Would you sit and drink coffee in a public loo?

Well in this Cardiff park, now you can - and it's nowhere near as gross as it sounds!

A long-neglected block of public toilets on Victoria Park has been brought back to life, and this week reopens as a modern, independent park-side café. 

After an extensive refurbishment that has taken almost six months to complete, Bloc Coffee will open its doors to the public for the first time this week.

The new venture is the work of Alex Parker and business partner Donna Paton, who chose the Welsh spelling of “block” as a nod to the building’s past as a public loo. Now completely redesigned as a quirky café, the interior is just 90 square metres, but there’s also additional outdoor seating on a small patio which overlooks the park.

Alex, who originally comes from a construction background, is a self-confessed travel addict who spent five years living in Melbourne, a city known for its coffee culture. 

At Bloc, he’ll also be taking inspiration from his favourite European city, Barcelona. He explained: “In Barcelona it’s common to see people enjoying a glass of Cava in the coffee shops and bars around the city. I want to emulate that a bit, so we’re planning to import the same Cava I love to drink there, to serve by the glass here at Bloc – I just love it, I even had it at my wedding.” 

Once the new venue has had time to find its feet, there are also plans in the pipeline for regular supper clubs, chef takeovers and pop-up events. With a late-night alcohol license in place, and enough space to seat 25 people, we're sure Cardiff's pop-up chefs will be queuing up for a date in this new Cardiff hot spot!

To celebrate their opening this week, Bloc have teamed up with us to give away 10 free flat white coffees per day from Wednesday 2nd May – Sunday 6th May. 

To claim yours, click here.

Published -30th April 2018