Cardiff’s burgeoning dining scene has created a culture of snap-happy foodies, always looking for the perfect plate of colourful cuisine for their Instagram feed. After all, is a venue even worth gracing these days if the menu isn’t utterly Instagrammable? Luckily for the folk of this fair city, I have taken it upon myself to eat my way around Cardiff, seeking out the tastiest and prettiest dishes around, so you can be confident your future choices will be totally ‘gram-worthy’.
Stylish Park Plaza Cardiff is home to the uber-cool Laguna Restaurant and Bar, serving up fantastic food and sumptuous afternoon teas, like a little sanctuary smack in the heart of the city. Why not enjoy a cheeky glass of wine outside on their peaceful private terrace, before feasting on some of their deliciously 'grammable dishes?
Cardiff meets Italia in this classy little joint in the heart of 'Diff city. Serving a range of Italian inspired dishes and tempting treats throughout the day and night, you can gorge yourself on lovely little pastries and a selection of the finest prosecco at Nine Yards. These guys understand that fizz is best served with a side of sweetness, and it sure makes the perfect snap.
Porro has two rather swish venues, situated in Roath and Llandaff. Both serve up modern British food, inspired by Italian cooking. Their menu includes some impressive and pretty plates of food, lovingly made using locally sourced products from as many independent and local suppliers as possible.
Chapel 1877 on Churchill Way is - you guessed it - a chapel built in 1877, that has been lavishly restored to its former gothic glory. It now serves as an opulent fine dining experience in a stunning setting; think gloriously high ceilings and fabulously restored ornate features. Be sure to dine in one of the cosy booths in their à la carte restaurant on the first floor, and don't forget to snap some of that glamorous decor when you do!
In an age where the traditional pub is dying, it’s always reassuring to come across a venue that is doing well in spite of it all. Victorian pub The Flora had new, hipster-style life breathed into it last year, thanks to some sizeable investment, new independent ownership (it's now in the wonderfully safe hands of the team behind Ten Mill Lane) and the adoption of a progressive foodie ethos. Check it out for banging roasts, a gorgeous beer garden, and a b-e-a-utiful selection of gins. Chin chin!
The proudly independent Pitch Bar & Eatery is a modern little venue located smack bang in the bustling Mill Lane. Their cocktails are absolutely fabulous, their new menu is vibrant and exciting, and Pitch also serve some pretty tasty pizzas as part of their small but well-crafted menu, all made with passion using the freshest ingredients around. Go grab a pizza the action, and don't forget the 'gram while you're tucking in to your slice!
Hipster haunt and Wriggle favourite Small Bar pours some pretty tidy beers from some of the best local breweries around, including Crafty Devil, Pipes, Boss, Lines and Tiny Rebel. To accompany their amazing selection of ales is a small but well refined bar food menu, that includes some awesome homemade pizzas, and some cracking hot dogs.
The Admiral, the new restaurant at St David’s Hotel, features an eclectic food culture and all bold flavours of Australasia. With a contemporary design and stunning sea views, it’s the perfect date night dining experience. Their à la carte menu features a range of zesty and colourful dishes to choose from - all perfect for the 'gram.
The latest venture from the Milk & Sugar empire is Llaeth & Siwgr. Based in the old library, this light and airy café is an instagrammer's dream, and serves up the most filling and delightful breakfast and brunch dishes, as well as made-to-order sandwiches and salads.
Officially a ‘Jay Rayner approved’ restaurant, The Classroom is shaping future culinary talent, as top professionals train aspiring chefs. The seasonal menus use only the finest quality ingredients with a real focus on local produce, delivering beautifully presented and exquisite dishes. Strictly the classiest of 'grams here, please.
This unassuming little Splott-based café serves a knock out, no-fuss selection of homemade burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs and Macaroni Cheese at a very fair price. Luvly Grub also dish out a selection of gigantic desserts that frankly wouldn’t look entirely out of place at the Willy Wonka factory, and make a sweet snappin' opportunity.
Mill Lane revelers will likely know Mocka Lounge as a swish bar serving up champagne cocktails to a thirsty Friday night crowd. What you might not know is that they serve up a selection of classic British dishes including burgers, platters, steak and a very colourful and nourishing winter salad. Say cheese!
You can’t talk about food in Cardiff without acknowledging its rapidly expanding street food scene. Street Food Cardiff is an annual celebration in Sophia Gardens of some of the best food trucks around. Gorge your way through a range of cuisines and taste sensations, and be sure to document via Instagram Stories as you go!
With thanks to Portia Jones for this article! Portia is a Cardiff based food & travel blogger. Click here to follow her blog.