Hidden Gems in Cardiff

PettigrewTeaRooms-038-300x225Pettigrew Tea Room- perhaps not such a hidden gem these days as Pettigrew Tea Room is now voted number 3 on trip advisor but there is a reason why. This quintessentially British Tea Room (and gift shop) situated on the outskirts of Cardiff’s beautiful Bute Park (right by the city centre) is every cake and tea lover’s dream. Offering a wide spectrum of teas and other drinks alongside a vast variety of sandwiches and delightful (try to resist them) cakes, Pettigrew tea Rooms has something for everyone.


Tea and Cake- A little less off the tea room radar, Tea and Cake is a lovely tea room attached to an even lovelier gift shop, located on Wellfied Road, opposite Roath Park. Tea and Cake offer a wide variety of fantastic looking (and tasting) cakes as well as unique flavoured Frappes. If savoury is more your thing, Tea and Cake have a huge selection of sandwiches, Salads Panini’s made to order.  As well and unique gifts, quirky interior decorations and a hilarious selection of cards, within the shop you’ll also find a luxury chocolate counter and delicatessen.

Cardiff Antiques Centre- Based in the Royal Arcade in the city centre, Cardiff Antiques centre is a beautiful shop with so many items and ornaments that you will simply adore. You can find all manner of things from jewellery to retro clothes, toys and pictures, we dare you to have a little rummage and find some hidden treasures. There is such an extraordinary collection of antiques here; it is well worth a look for anyone wanting to find something special and unique during their time in Cardiff.

Cardiff Bay ‘Fabulous Welshcakes’- Fabulous Welshcakes are a busy little shop in Cardiff Bay where you can watch the cakes being made whilst shopping They call their welshcakes fabulous because they really are! Baking since 2006, fabulous welshcakes source local ingredients to go into their traditional recipe such a welsh butter from the dairy in Caerphilly. Griddled to perfect, they provide the tastiest welshcakes around! Fabulous welshcakes also stock a range of contemporary Welsh gifts from soaps, chocolates, cards and jewellery so you can shop the cutest gifts amongst the delicious aroma of freshly baked welshcakes.

Spillers Records- Spillers Records is a renowned record shop in Cardiff and is the oldest record shop in the world! Founded in 1894 by Henry Spiller, Spillers has seen and supplied various types of pre-recorded music. Today, they pride themselves selling a diverse selection of music for both compact discs and old vinyl.  Whether you’re looking for a record or not, if you’re in Cardiff, a visit to Spillers is a must!

newyork_xlargeNew York Deli- the New York Deli has been going strong since 1990, offering sanwhiches, bagels, their famous hoagies and much much more. They have been voted best sandwich bar in 2011 and 2012 for South Wales Food & Drink Awards. If you’re in town and feeling peckish, head to High Street Arcade for a hearty American style sandwich, you will not regret it. For more reason why, just check out their reviews Tripadvisor



Wallys Delicatessen – Wally’s is a family run continental delicatessen that was founded in 1947 by a Polish Jew. It is based in one of Cardiff’s loveliest and oldest Arcades and has been open in its current location since the 1980s. Sales have gone from strength to strength and Wally’s is a real ‘Cardiff Institution’, a shop that people visit and remember.

Milgis- Not only is Milgis an incredibly cool and quirky café /restaurant, coffee shop/ cocktail bar, it is also a Cardiff hotspot for vintage bargains. Milgis offers unique vegetarian food (and gluten free options) all organically sourced from local hedgerows and fields. In addition to its fantastic food and chill out areas, on the first Sunday of every month between 6 and 8pm you can find vintage goods, upcycled items, unique curiosities and crafted pieces at the Northcote street market (behind Milgis), and the third Sunday of each month between 6 and 8pm is a £1 jumble sale.

cycle-tours1-300x136Cardiff Cycle Tours – If you love fulfilling a trip to a new city by seeing all the hot spots it has to offer but walking really isn’t your thing, then Cardiff Cycle Tours may suit your needs instead. All of Cycle Tours bikes are British made and quality designed with comfort first. There’s nothing better than a leisurely cycle when the sun is out so why not spend the day viewing Cardiff’s best bits and historical attractions.

Walking around Cardiff Bay- Since it’s restoration in 2000, Cardiff Bay is now a popular destination for those going for dinner, drinks or a spot of shopping. However, we also love the Bay for the fresh air, sea views and the lovely walking path it offers. The Cardiff Bay barrage coastal path provides a safe pedestrian and cycle route with direct access to and from the Inner Harbour. It will take you to the interesting Cardiff Bay barrage where you can learn a little about the Bay’s restoration project. The Bay is also home for a selection of remarkable buildings such as the quaint Norwegian church, The Pier Head building and the spectacular looking Wales Millennium Centre (known as the Armadillo).

Joes Ice Cream- Joes, made in Wales since 1992 originally started in Swansea but have recently opened a Cardiff ice cream parlour in Roath. Using select ingredients of the highest quality, Joe’s sacred recipe remains unchanged and safe in the heart of his family who make the same ice cream, almost a century on. ‘Everything else is just ice cream’!

Of course our very own Thomas Restaurant serves one of the best Cafe Lattes, Cappuccinos or Hot Chocolates around, we get nothing but great reviews about them. With free-parking, it’s the perfect place to relax after a busy day site seeing, shopping or for a good catch up with a friend after the school drop-off.

Tempted to take a trip to Cardiff after reading about these hidden gems?  Why not stay at Future Inns and save money with our Early Bird rate, making it a trip to remember.