As the Welsh capital, Cardiff has always been a city alive with things to do and places to go. Not to mention dozens of great spots to grab a drink or a bite to eat.
But being a national institution, doesn’t always grant a free pass to greatness. For, as anyone will tell you, what makes this city truly great is the people who live here.
Which is why we asked the people of Cardiff where their favourite places to eat, drink and make merry are. And because Addison Lee and our partners offer executive class travel at plain old Cardiff taxi prices, you can now travel to all these great places in affordable style.
So when you’re ready to sink a cocktail, guzzle down a burger or just check out the local sights follow our guide to Cardiff.
If you’ve never been to Cardiff before, there’s one thing you can’t help but notice when you step out onto its streets – the stadium. Sitting – unlike most major stadia – right in the heart of the city, The Millennium Stadium casts a gigantic and impressive silhouette across the Cardiff skyline. And given it’s the home to the Welsh Rugby Team, it’s really no surprise. Should you be lucky enough to be in the city on a matchday, you’ll likely witness thousands of people streaming towards it like moths to a flame. Quite an impressive sight.
But rugby isn’t the only thing that makes Cardiff sing. There’s also plenty history and culture to soak up. Wales is, after all, a country that boasts hundreds of castles and ancient ruins. Cardiff being no exception (check out Cardiff castle).
So to enjoy a great day out in this historic city, get stuck into our great little guide to Cardiff – you won’t be disappointed. Book your car through Addison Lee and avoid the lottery of choosing a Cardiff taxi – you won’t regret it.
Where to drink
So we’ve established that rugby’s important to the locals in Cardiff. But like all sports, if you’re a spectator then watching the game is no fun without a proper pint in your hand. Zero Degrees was Cardiff’s first proper craft brewhouse and although some snobs may tell you it’s fallen behind the times a bit, we still love it. This microbrewery-cum-restaurant-cum-bar may do things simply but it’s location and beer are both still unsurpassed. Which is more than enough to keep us happy.
27 Westgate St, CF10 1DD
Of course for every beer swilling bloke, there’s a lady (or fella) in dire need of a good Cosmo. Lab 22 is universally regarded as Cardiff’s best cocktail bar. And while there are a few pretenders to the throne, none of them match the glitz and glamour of this city centre parlour. The drinks are every bit as creative as the name suggests and the crowd are equally colourful. Expect Cardiff’s finest and fanciest in here. Loud and unsurprisingly proud.
22 Caroline St, CF10 1FG
Where to eat
So you’ve been to the game, sunk a few pints. Now all you need is some delicious grub to soak up the excesses of your afternoon. That’s where the Smoke Haus steps in. Jumping on the seemingly never ending bandwagon of ‘US diner style’ food, this is another ribs, burgers and hot dogs joint that takes pleasure in making your meat as meaty as it possibly can be. And it does it well, offering up all those yankee flavours with some refreshing craft beers to wash it all down with. Sure, it’s nothing new. But if it ain’t broke…
Mary Ann St, CF10 2EN
The Potted Pig
Buried deep down in an old bank vault, the Potted Pig is arguably the jewel in Cardiff’s gastronomic crown. The cavernous but very cosy restaurant serves up an unexpected mix of French classic dishes and New York grilled foods to surprising levels of success. Widely applauded by critics and food lovers alike. We’re not afraid to admit, this is our favourite restaurant in Cardiff. Oh and they love gin too. And so we love them.
27 High St, CF10 1PU
Fish at 85
With Cardiff being such a prominent and important British fishing bay, it’s crucial that the local restaurants support the fine work their fishermen are doing. No restaurant does a better job of that than Fish at 85. Using only fish caught in British waters, this terrific little bistro serves up any number of thoughtful and delicious fish based recipes for your pleasure. The decor is light and breezy, while the ‘catch menu’ actually allows you to talk to a fishmonger in person about his fresh fish recommendations for you.
85 Pontcanna St, CF11 9HS
What to do
If there’s a game on, and you can get a ticket, you simply have to go. Be warned, Wales rugby matches don’t come cheap, but to be swept up by the tide of fans as they head into the stadium on match day, is like nothing else. If rugby’s not your thing then the national football team also play here and there are gigs and concerts on throughout the year. Also, it doesn’t matter if it rains as the stadium has a retractable roof. How fancy.
Westgate St, Cardiff CF10 1NS
Bang smack in the middle of Cardiff there’s another great Welsh institution, the castle. Originally built as part of the Roman fort around the city, Cardiff castle has been a part of the terrain for nearly 2,000 years. Full of exciting turrets and attractions, the castle is a terrific day out for the family or even sans kids if you’d prefer. During the summer they put on events like medieval jousting to keep the crowds entertained.
Castle St, CF10 3RB
Cardiff International White Water
A bit of a change of speed this one but if you’re up for it then why not, we say? Built as part of Cardiff Sports Village, the International White Water is an artificial rapids system that anyone can go along to test themselves on. They offer white water rafting, indoor surfing, canoeing, kayaking as well as a whole host of other activities. Not for the faint hearted but tremendous fun for everybody else.
Watkiss Way, CF11 0SY