10 Best Places For Coffee And Tea In Cardiff, Wales

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Photo of India Leigh
9 February 2017

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.

The Little Man Coffee Co.

Coffee Shop, Cafe, Coffee, $$$
Busy day in Cardiff coffee shop, Little Man Coffee Company
Busy day in Cardiff coffee shop, Little Man Coffee Company | © Kerry Elsworth / Alamy Stock Photo

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

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Vegan, $$$

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

Cafe, Tea Room, British, Coffee, Tea , $$$
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.


Based near the student halls of Talybont, HogWurst is the perfect place to stop on the way to or from lectures to get a cup of coffee. The shop operates on a ‘bring your own booze’ basis so that you can accompany one of their tasty hot dogs with your preferred drink, but they do not slack when it comes to serving tasty coffee. HugWurst’s milkshakes are highly regarded by kids and adults alike, and they also serve cup cakes and other sweet treats.

56 North Road, Cardiff, UK, +44(0)7908844278

The Dech Coffee House & Cakery

Tea Room, Cafe, Tea , European, $$$
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

Tea Room, British, Tea , $$$
Pettigrew's Tea Room and gate into and out of Bute Park in Cardiff on a sunny April Day. Pettigrew was the Marquess of Bute's gardener.
Pettigrew's Tea Room and gate into and out of Bute Park in Cardiff | © Freespiritarchitecture / Alamy Stock Photo
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.

Torre Coffee

Torre Coffee has been maintaining a great standard of coffee for a while now. With good service, reasonable prices and offering student discount, many people count Torre as their favourite coffee spot in Cardiff. The interior of the place is modern and classy and it complements the good cakes that are on offer. Fresh and flavoursome, the food is also worth trying.

3 Castle Street, Cardiff, UK, +44(0)7827738371

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.

5 Waterloo Gardens, Cardiff, UK, +44(0)2920456073

The Plan Café

Cafe, British, $$$
CARDIFF, UK. 13th October 2016. Coffee being made by barista Trevor Hyam from Lincolnshire in The Plan cafe in the Morgan Arcade. © Jessica Gwynne - F
The Plan cafe in the Morgan Arcade | © Jessica Gwynne / Alamy Stock Photo
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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