Europe’s youngest capital city has undergone significant development since the 1980s, including Cardiff Bay, an impressive waterfront area, the Wales Millennium arts centre and several world-class sporting venues. Cardiff is now one of the UK’s most visited cities, attracting thousands of tourists every year to the bustling city centre with a range of funky bars and vast array of shops, markets and museums. It’s very much a cultural hub and has a huge range of diverse dining experiences on offer.
Foodie fans of Italian cuisine are spoilt for choice in Cardiff. In the heart of the city centre is Cafe Citta, an elegant eatery offering authentic Italian dishes to hungry customers. With a fantastic menu including mouth-watering antipasti and pizzas expertly crafted from fresh ingredients, this restaurant is well loved by locals and tourists alike. Elgano is another Italian restaurant providing authentic fare. Head chef Pietro has some impressive cooking credentials, having previously worked at Giovanni’s. Pietro’s menu is influenced by ingredients from his native Calabria, creating rich and sumptuous flavours.
Renowned as one of the finest restaurants in South Wales, I Giardini di Sorrento is also conveniently located just a short walk from major hotels, shopping centres and transport links. Offering a true Italian dining experience, Massimo and his staff promise authentic food in comfortable surroundings with impeccable service. Sourcing local ingredients and serving a tantalising selection of specials with carefully chosen speciality wines, this is a restaurant not to be missed. If you fancy a cosy night at home, I Giardini even offers a home-delivery service via companies like Deliveroo. The premium food delivery service provider has partnered up with some of the best Cardiff restaurants to bring customers a delicious and diverse range of restaurant food including Indian restaurants, dessert diners and many more.
Also proving very popular in Cardiff is Coleg y Cymoedd restaurant, Nant. Coleg y Cymoedd, or ‘college of the valley’s’, is one of Wales’ largest education providers, offering many popular courses, including a School of Hospitality and Catering with innovative, student-led restaurants. Open to the public during term time, Cardiff-based Nant not only has a great ethos but also offers great food. With students taking turns to be head chef under the careful supervision of expert faculty staff, Nant’s menus are always evolving, consistently delicious and offer amazingly good value.
For those that fancy an even more alternative dining experience, The Clink is another community-driven concept. It offers serving prisoners a unique chance to gain skills, experience and qualifications so that on release, ex-offenders can gain employment under a supportive mentoring scheme. Ex-offenders are taught by expert chefs to create delicious food but also gain front-of-house skills to build confidence and help them to reintegrate back into the community. The Clink has been deservedly commended for providing this ‘innovative approach to rehabilitation’.
Zero Degrees occupies a prime spot along Westgate Street with stunning views of Millennium Stadium, and boasts a Grade II listed facade and chic industrial interiors. The open-plan brewery provides both a sleek backdrop to the dining area as well as fresh beer brewed on-site.
Whether you’re Cardiff-born or visiting this wonderful city for the first time, the top-class cuisine on offer here won’t disappoint. This culturally diverse and truly cosmopolitan capital has something for everyone.