Recently ranked as the third best capital city in Europe, it's needless to say that Cardiff is a great place for foodies. From lavish, private dining venues for times when you want to splash the cash, to budget diners serving cheap but delicious eats, there are restaurants of all calibres in Cardiff. From Mediterranean favorites like Italian pizza and pasta, Greek souvlaki, Lebanese mezze platters and Spanish tapas, to more exotic options like Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and Mexican, as well as British restaurants, American-style burger joints, and so much more, Cardiff restaurants really do offer something for all tastes. And if that's not enough to appease your appetite, Wales's capital city boasts bars that could rival that of any big city, so be sure to finish off your night at one of its many watering holes. Whether you're a tourist searching for must-visit foodie destinations or are a local on the hunt for a new favourite, read on to discover the best restaurants in Cardiff.
Fresh, local and organic are words you'll often find on menus at restaurants across Cardiff. Wales is abundant with countryside and coast, meaning there is plenty of farm fresh produce to make use good use of, with many Cardiff restaurants offering a true farm to fork dining experience. Welsh lamb is renowned for its quality and is incorporated into many traditional Welsh dishes. As well as locally-grown vegetables and the meat from the finest Welsh cattle, menus at Cardiff restaurants take advantage other great produce that is readily available, like cockles and laver seaweed (edible seaweed used to make laverbread, a kind of puree usually served with seafood or on toast) from the Welsh coast.
If you're a visitor to the Welsh capital, trying traditional Welsh cuisine at Cardiff's restaurants is a must. One of the most famous dishes is Welsh rarebit – a posh cheese on toast if you will – consisting of toasted homemade bread smothered in a cheddar cheese sauce typically made from butter, cream, mustard, ale and Welsh cheddar. If that isn't enough to make your mouth water, other delicious dishes to try when dining at Cardiff restaurants include Glamorgan sausage – a kind of vegetarian sausage made from cheese, leeks and breadcrumbs, and the national dish of Wales: Welsh cawl – a traditional stew with Welsh lamb and vegetables – just the thing you need on a cold winter day. One of our favourite Cardiff restaurants is The Fig Tree in Penarth where the slow-cooked shoulder of Welsh lamb is a must for meat lovers!
Craving a curry? Mad about Mexican food? Fancy something French? No matter what kind of cuisine you fancy, you can guarantee that Cardiff has a restaurant that will suit you. From Spanish tapas bars to German bier halles, fancy French restaurants and Greek tavernas, explore Europe through a trip to Cardiff's restaurants and bars. If you want to venture further afield, hit up one of the city's Indian hotspots like Masala Bang, a popular city centre curry house, or try some Arabic delights at Falafel Wales and find out what makes their falafel famous around Cardiff. Meat lovers should check out Diablo Bar & Grill for succulent steaks and more. Vegan or Vegetarian? Not a problem. Head to Anna-Loka in Plasnewydd, the city's first ever fully vegan restaurant for a meat and dairy-free feast that's full of flavour. You're probably going to need to relax and unwind after all this eating, so round off your meal with a trip to one of Cardiff's best bars and finish off your evening with a cocktail or two.
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