Best Places For Coffee And Tea In Cardiff, Wales

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India Leigh

Cardiff is rife with cafés, including a number of friendly independent coffee shops and tea houses. Unpack at one of the city’s best boutique hotels or top B&Bs, then set about checking out this guide of the best places to have coffee and tea in the Welsh city.

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The Little Man Coffee Co.

Busy day in Cardiff coffee shop, Little Man Coffee Company

The Little Man Coffee Co., located near the Motorpoint Arena, is an arty little coffee shop which shows a host of exhibitions on the floor above the cafe. Serving locally roasted coffee and occasionally using guest beans, the shop is gaining quite a following. Little Man offers free wi-fi for patrons, as well as a range of delicious treats to complement the coffee experience.

Stag Coffee

Ask for a decent coffee shop in the Cathays area and you’ll be directed to Stag Coffee. This small and charming independent shop does not limit itself to coffee, however. Serving an all-day breakfast and a host of tasty burgers and sandwiches, the staff at Stag Coffee is more than willing to cater to their costumers needs. This cosy cafe is one of the best spots in the student-populated area of Cathays to get good coffee and something to eat.

Selah Cafe and Tea Room

Selah Cafe And Tea Room is a homely little spot on Station Road. Constantly busy, this place has lovely staff and owners who have turned the Selah Cafe into an unmissable place for coffee and cake lovers. You will feel an air of community from the time you set foot in the cafe. They have a large and loyal costumer base and visitors soon feel like they are part of the family. The food is great too, homemade with love and care.

The Dech Coffee House & Cakery

The Deck Coffee House & Cakery is located in Cardiff Bay and it is worth a trip to the bay just to sample their treats. Cosy and charming, The Deck is an independent coffee shop which bakes some of the most stunning cakes and sweet treats in the city. Their coffee is freshly ground in house, and is fair-trade and organic. If you’re hungry, The Deck offers a food menu which is hard to resist.

Pettigrew Tea Rooms

Pettigrew’s Tea Room and gate into and out of Bute Park in Cardiff

Pettigrew Tea Rooms couldn’t be better located. Perched on the edge of Bute Park and within crawling distance of the castle, Pettigrew Tea Rooms has flourished. The vintage crockery and interior add to the experience of enjoying afternoon tea or a lunchtime sandwich. Formerly a porter’s lodge, this is a slightly more expensive place than others but it is still worth visiting this tea and coffee shop set in a great location.

Waterloo Gardens Teahouse

Waterloo Tea came about when, after the sad loss of a local butchers, there was a desire to create a place where the community could gather. The result was a tea house, after the founders decided it was hard to find a decent cup of tea when away from home. Now, Waterloo has three tea houses, a gift shop, and sells their tea to take home. If you love tea, this is where you should be.

The Plan Café

The Plan cafe in the Morgan Arcade

The Plan Café always offers at least three different coffee blends in their Victorian Arcade location. There is always a lively atmosphere in the cafe, which also offers a savoury, traditional menu with generous portions. The staff is friendly and the cafe is a great place to pop in for a decent cup of coffee before or after your morning errands.

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