Cardiff is the up and coming hub for classy cocktails, so take a look at the ones we rate the top cocktail bars in Cardiff here!

 

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Fish at 85

 

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Fish at 85 is a delightful little gem on Pontcanna Street, which serves up high-quality local fish sourced daily by their chef. Pop in on a Tuesday to try out their delicious tapas night, which comes highly recommended by frequent visitors! 

Le Monde

 

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If you're looking for a delicious seafood dish in the city centre, there really is no better place to find it! Having stood the test of time, Le Monde has been a St Mary's street staple for years, continuing to attract seafood lovers in search of a venue that offers both variety and quality.

El Puerto 

 

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Diners in search of a seafood experience that offers both authenticity and ambience will not be disappointed by what El Puerto has to offer! Situated in Penarth marina, this restaurant offers fantastic views of the water, making it the ideal setting to enjoy fresh-caught seafood as the sun sets!

Fish and Field 

 

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This is another delightful little restaurant which makes venturing outside the city centre more than worthwhile. Located near Cardiff's stunning Roath Park Gardens and Lake, Fish and Field is known for its welcoming atmosphere and fantastic seafood plates, which are sure to have you coming back for more!

One to Watch: Seafood Shack 

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This brand new edition to Cardiff's seafood scene opens its doors on June 15 (conveniently enough, this is also National Lobster Day). Situated in the former Cranes music store site, the venue is sure to have a grand appearance, and will even house a Champagne and oyster bar on its first floor!

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As cliché as it may be, us Brits just love a good afternoon tea! Luckily, here in Cardiff we're spoilt for choice when it comes to places that serve this much-loved meal, with plenty of options to suit all tastes! So, whether you're looking for an up-market treat in swanky hotel, or a delicious homemade scone in a cosy tea room, Cardiff has something to offer all afternoon tea enthusiasts! 

It was hard to narrow down the list, but here are our picks for the best afternoon tea in Cardiff:

Pettigrew Tea Rooms

 

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This traditional tea room has been a favourite amongst locals and tourists for some time, thanks to it's amazing selection of cakes, all served in delightful surroundings with lots of vintage details. The best part about Pettigrew's afternoon tea menu, is that you are able to choose your own sandwich fillings and cake, making it ideal for those who like to enjoy their favourite flavours. 

Find Them Here:

Castle Street

CF10 1BJ

 

Laguna Kitchen & Bar at Park Plaza 

 

When it comes to Cardiff's hotels, Park Plaza always comes out on top in the fight for the best afternoon tea! Not only do they provide a delicious selection of cakes and desserts, but they also offer a choice of themed afternoon teas, depending on your individual tastes. Alongside the traditional option, Laguna Kitchen also offer a 'Gentleman's' tea, complete with mini venison burgers and Yorkshire puddings. One of their most popular, however, is the Hendricks 'G & Tea', which swaps the traditional beverage for a refreshing cocktail!

Find Them Here:

Greyfriars Road 

CF10 3AL

 

The Deck 

 

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We've mentioned The Deck on our list of the best coffee shops and baked goods in Cardiff,  so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that they also knock it out out the park when it comes to afternoon tea! Not only will you get to sample their incredible baking skills, you'll also get to enjoy your tea in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, which has earned rave reviews from customers. The best part? Free tea top-ups! 

Find Them Here:

Harrowby Street

CF10 5GA

 

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Who doesn't love Italian food? Whether it's pizza, pasta, bruschetta, or a nice tiramisu, Italian cuisine has something for everyone. That's probably a big part of why Italian restaurants are so popular - no matter who you're dining with, they're sure to find something on the menu that they like!

If you fancy a fun family dinner, a big Italian banquet with friends, or romantic meal for two, Cardiff has plenty of excellent Italian eateries to choose from. Here are 5 of our favourites:

Da Mara Pizza

Da Mara

25 Clear Water Way, Lakeside, Cardiff CF23 6DJ

Formerly known as Anatoni's, Da Mara (stylised as 'da MARA') is a lovely restaurant near Roath Lake that offers authentic Italian food and great service. They specialise in proper Italian pizza - the pizzas have their own separate menu, in fact - but there are plenty of other dishes available too if pizza isn't your thing.

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Zio Pin Chianti

Zio Pin

74 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3RS

With a cosy, welcoming atmosphere and a huge variety of Italian meals on the menu, Zio Pin is one restaurant that can always be relied upon to provide a wonderful dining experience. Arrive hungry and you'll leave full, satisfied, and very happy indeed!

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Giovanni's Cardiff Food

Giovanni's

38 The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AJ

Conveniently located right in the centre of Cardiff (just across from the St. David's 2 shopping centre), Giovanni's offers a warm welcome and a menu that encapsulates, as the restaurant's website puts it, "the true taste of Italy".

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Strada

24 Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ

Situated in the splendid waterfront restaurant complex at Mermaid Quay, Strada is a great choice if you're looking for a mouth-watering Italian meal in Cardiff Bay. Their set menu is great value for money if you're on a strict budget.

 

 I Giardini di Sorrento Meal

I Giardini di Sorrento

12 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3DL

Located on City Road, a street better know for its takeaways than for its tiramisu, I Giardini is one of Cardiff's highest-rated Italian restaurants on TripAdvisor and a great place to go if you want some "truly Italian" cuisine. Specials are revised daily, so you never know what delicious treats you might get to try during your visit!

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Sometimes, you just can't beat a spot of proper pub food. Whether you're after a Sunday roast, bangers and mash, or a nice big steak and ale pie, there are plenty of places in Cardiff and the surrounding area to grab some cockle-warming pub grub...and no, we're not just talking about the city's many Wetherspoons!

Here, in our opinion, are the five best gastropubs in and around Cardiff:

 Lansdowne Pub Cardiff Food

The Lansdowne

Lansdowne Road, Canton

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The Lansdowne team describe their establishment as a "new old pub". They specialise in real ales, but they also serve up a great variety of pub meals, including steak, burgers, fish and chips, curry, and more.

 

Royal George Mexican Food

The Royal George

Mackintosh Place, Roath

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Located at the centre of Cardiff's infamous 'death junction' (where Albany Road, Mackintosh Place, Crwys Road, Richmond Road and City Road all meet), The Royal George is a popular student haunt with loads of great food to munch on while you watch the football or psych yourself up for a game of pool.

 

Leigh Burger

The Gwaelod-y-Garth Inn

Main Road, Gwaelod-y-Garth

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Gwaelod-y-Garth is a village near Taff's Well. If you want the picturesque country inn experience, the Gwaelod is well worth seeking out - it's great for Sunday lunch as well as for posh pub dishes (Tournedos Rossini, anyone?) during the week.

 

 

The Traveller's Rest 

Thornhill, Caerphilly

The Traveller's Rest is a great place to stop for a meal after a brisk outdoor walk. It has a cosy, rustic interior and a menu full of meals that will warm you right up.

 

 

The Corner House

Caroline Street, Central Cardiff

If you don't fancy straying away from the centre of town, don't worry - there's great pub grub to be had at The Corner House. Situated on the end of Chippy Lane - a street more famous for its cheap chip shops than for its hearty pub food - The Corner House is a hidden gem with loads of lovely dishes to choose from.

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