National Geographic Traveller (UK)

City break: Cardiff

From its signature beef pies to vegan dishes and Spanish specialiti­es, the Welsh capital is a dynamic dining destinatio­n that never stands still


Where to go and what to eat in the capital

Once one of the world’s busiest port towns, Cardiff has transforme­d itself into a vibrant, cultural hub — a young capital with a youthful energy, palpable on the

streets and in bars and restaurant­s. During its industrial heyday, it attracted people from across the world, who brought with them an array of internatio­nal culinary traditions. The result is a diverse dining scene; walk down busy City

Road and you’ll find Syrian, Moroccan, Lebanese, Polish and Chinese restaurant­s standing shoulder to shoulder. Over the past 20 years, the city has seen plenty of changes, not least around its docks, which have been transforme­d into Cardiff Bay — a good starting point for food-lovers. And while larger chain restaurant­s once dominated the centre, more and more independen­ts are popping up, offering everything from homemade pizza and custard tarts to stand-out coffee and stellar vegan options, changing the face of the city’s dining

scene and making Cardiff a true gourmet hotspot.

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