5 of my favourite coffee stops in Cardiff City Centre

If, like me, the time distribution of your Christmas shopping trip  in Cardiff is essentially 5% shopping, 10% panicking about shopping, 75% coffee stops and 10% cake  (quick maths), you’ll know that finding the perfect pit stop or two for that caffeine hit is an essential, and possibly the most important and enjoyable part of your day.

To help you with this critical decision this Christmas season, fear not, I’ve prepared a quick guide to my favourite coffee stops in Cardiff City Centre- you’re welcome.


  1. The Little Man Coffee Company

Ivor House, Bridge St, Cardiff CF10 2EE

Leave the hustle and bustle of St David’s 2, onward past the sparkly lightening bolt, and there, across the zebra crossing next to the Traders Tavern is The Little Man Coffee Company.

The vibe is always relaxed, with the smell of coffee (usually sourced from local Welsh Roasters) and the sound of funk and soul music in the air.  The food menu offers a selection of classics with a twist, from toasties to colourful salads and, most importantly, they have a breakfast bar filled with fruit, cereals, breads for toasting, and Pop Tarts  for less that a fiver.


2. Coffee Barker 

Unit 13, Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU

Situated in the Castle Arcade, this quirky little coffee shop is the perfect spot to sink in to a comfy armchair and cwtch up with a cuppa.

If you’re unable to find a a seat inside amongst the eclectic decor, don’t worry, you’re sure to find a spot in the seating area outside, where you can settle down at a candle lit table,  pull on a blanket and watch the shoppers pass you by under the beautiful Christmas lights.

Oh, and the coffee is great too!

If you really want to treat yourself, grab an ice cream in sister cafe,  Barker Gelato.

And they’re not going to stop at coffee and ice cream….soon, you’ll be able to grab a swift one at the new Gin and Juice bar if you’re looking for something stronger to take the edge off!

3. Hard Lines

Castle Emporium, Womanby Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BS

Cardiff Central market, Unit 25, Cardiff CF10 1AU

Grab a speciality coffee to go from Hard Lines as you weave through the hustle and bustle of Cardiff Market or search for unique treasures at the vibrant Castle Emporium.

The shop in the Cardiff Market sports a retro pink coffee machine and neon lights, whilst the shop in Castle Emporium sells newly released vinyls alongside your caffeine hit.

Both shops pride themselves on their passion for providing great single origin coffee.

4. Uncommon Ground

10-12 Royal Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AE

Nestled near the St Mary’s Street entrance of the busy Royal Arcade, Uncommon Ground is definitely a hipsters’ paradise (and I for one am not going to complain about that!)

The vibe is really laid back and  friendly and the shop itself has so much character with an industrial feel, from it’s exposed brick to the copper kettles and lights hanging in the window.

The in-house roasted coffee is insanely good- possibly my favourite flat white!

Uncommon ground is the perfect place to meet with friends, or to sit in the window, read a book and watch the world go by.

5. The Plan

28-29, Morgan Arcade, St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1AF

The Plan is often said to serve the best range of coffees in the city centre, and not only that, it has arguably stolen the ideal spot, taking pride of place in the heart of Morgan Arcade, spanning two floors at the cross junction between the 2 branches of this Victorian building.

If you’re lucky enough to grab a much coveted seat, allow the expert baristas to recommend a cafetiere….and you might as well have some Eggs Benedict whilst you’re there too- shopping is hungry work!


What’s your favourite coffee shop in Cardiff City Centre? 

I’d love to hear your recommendations.





5 of my favourite coffee stops in Cardiff City Centre

Around Cardiff: The Coffee Pot in Abergavenny

Good morning campers, how on earth are you?!

I don’t know about you, but Sundays are my favourite. I love the laid back vibes and the opportunity to catch up with friends and family before the pre-Monday dread kicks in (if I’m being honest I usually get the dread by 10pm Friday night…but what can you do?)

Today, one of my besties and I traded in a day of raving for behaving and decided to venture to Abergavenny for a coffee.

I should pause here and say that I feel my blog title is becoming a *bit* deceiving, in that this girl appears to be more About The Valleys these days. That’s because I’ve moved back to my home town for a little while….but that’s a blog for a different day!

I’m not sure that Girl Within a 40 mile radius of Cardiff is as catchy though so can we all just go with it and expand our horizons and enjoy the variety of locations within the South Wales Valleys area and possibly beyond? Thanks hons.

Anyway Abergavenny….it’s so beautiful! If you haven’t been before, it basically looks like a quaint little toy town, surrounded by stunning green hills. Dreamy.


We decided to pop to a little independent shop called The Coffee Pot.

What tempted us in was the little back garden we could see through the window; perfect place to perch in the sunshine.

I had an iced cappuccino and my friend had a flat white.

I also got tempted in to buying homemade cake by the barista EVEN THOUGH I’m trying to be good (to put this in to perspective…yesterday I was trying to be good and I ate a McDonalds wrap, a ham and cheese toastie with chips and pasta carbonara so …yeah).

We shared a summer fruit crumble as recommended (there were so many lovely looking home made cakes that I couldn’t pick) and it was just lush!

Also….my friend’s flat white had a bear on it and I don’t think you can wish for more than that on a Sunday to be honest?


The staff were super friendly: good vibes all around.

So, if you want somewhere to while away your Sunday morning over a coffee and the paper, or to catch up with friends followed by a stroll about the shops and market, this is the place for you.

Happy Sunday Hons.

Around Cardiff: The Coffee Pot in Abergavenny