Bordered by eclectic Cowbridge Road to the south, and Llandaf Fields to the north, Pontcanna’s leafy residential streets are packed with must-try foodie destinations.A 15 minute walk out of the city centre, this beautiful suburb has attracted small businesses to an extent where every alley and courtyard abounds with niche food and drink gems. Where else do you find a coffee roaster, a microbrewery, and a Danish bakery, all within a stone’s throw?Join Wriggle on a mission to Cardiff’s ultimate urban village, where we have found (at least) fourteen reasons you should love Pontcanna as much as we do.
Like your coffee roasted fresh? Lufkin roasts in-house.
Hidden in an alley, this tiny roastery has a big beating heart for coffee. Their specialty grade, green Arabica beans are roasted in small batches, and handed to caffeine-craving creatives who flock there like bees to honey.
It has a treasure chest of a Welsh deli
From the soundtrack of Welsh chit-chat to the shelves stocked with Anglesey sea salt and seafood seasoning out of Pembrokeshire, Canna Deli is a haven for all things Welsh. They are most famed,however, for their award-winning cheeses sourced from the family dairy farm in Anglesey.
It has its own brewery
Pipes Brewery, tucked away down an alley, is easily overlooked. Not least because, most days, the brewers are cooped up inside, toiling on their next crazy concoction (the portfolio includes Baltic Porter Espresso and Chocolate Wheat beer). But come the first Saturday of each month, and the master brewers emerge from their laboratory to let the public sample some of their finest hand-crafted ales and lagers.
Make that two breweries
Crafty Devils Adam and Rhys have been brewing beer since 2014, but did you know that you can sample their craft ales in their very own cellar bar on Llandaf Road?
It has the best Danishes in town
This proudly independent bakery-café is the passion project of Betina Skovbro, a Danish photographer who has called Cardiff her home for the last twenty years. Bread and pastries are handmade on-site every day, so swing by in the morning to tuck into pastries whilst enveloped in the scent of freshly baked bread. We may have found actual heaven on earth.
A micropub just opened here
Church minister-turned- pub landlord James Karran is earnest about real ales and craft beers, but then there’s more to this pub than the booze. With local artists’ work hung on the walls and bands turning up the music every weekend, this little pub is fast becoming the area’s community hub.
Fish doesn’t get fresher than at Cardiff’s only fishmonger-cum- restaurant
Where else do you get to choose your fish straight off the counter? Fish at 85 specialises in fresh,locally sourced fish, cooked to your liking, and served in an oh-so- suave restaurant.
Kemi makes a killer salad bowl
Feeling the blues? Get yourself over to Kemi’s and get stuck into a salad feast the colour of a rainbow – that, and the sunny charm of Kemi herself, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Foodies love its authentic Catalan restaurant
Perfect for date night, family-owned La Cuina dishes out stunning Northern Spanish fare in their intimate restaurant-deli.
One of its restaurants was named Wales Restaurant of the Year in 2014 and 2015
For a spot of comforting French cookery, Bully’s delivers. With its plush sofas and pleasingly cluttered walls (memorabilia galore!), is this the cosiest fine dining restaurant in the country?
And there’s one more fine dining restaurant on that same street
Arbennig is consistently rated among Cardiff’s top restaurants in the Good Food Guide. With a strong commitment to using local suppliers to showcase Welsh produce at its best, this husband and wife team is definitely on to something special (arbennig in Welsh, don’t you know?)
It arguably has the coolest coffee shop in Cardiff
Hunker down with suits and freelancers at Kin+Ilk, a coffee shop, licensed bar and brunch spot nestled between office buildings on Cathedral Road. Its minimalist Scandi-esque interior, comfy armchairs and casually dressed, smiley staff combine to create a perfect blend of laid-back cool.
Even an Italian would approve of a Dusty Knuckle pizza
Recently named one of the top ten pizzarias in the UK by The Guardian, this former pop-up has found a more permanent home at the Printhaus – to the delight of their ever-growing (and hungry) following.
It's art hub also happens to have an excellent caff.
Multi-platform arts center Chapter is where Cardiff creatives come to work and play. Indulge in about of people watching while you chow down on Turkish eggs with chili oil and yogurt. Yum!