A Saturday in Cardiff, Wales

Now firstly, time a visit in springtime to catch Bute Park in full bloom. Cardiff sure looks pretty in pink.

Shiny beacon St David’s can certainly satisfy Saturday morning sprees but if I were you, I’d mix up high street favourites with an elegant alternate, the Victorian arcades: cheese taste in Madame Fromage, rummage Troutmark Books, admire A Vintage Affair and feign interest in whole foods at mouth waterer Wally’s Deli. Tackle a messy New York Deli hoagie for lunch or opt for a sophisticated stop at glass plated, people watching perfect, The Plan Cafe. You’ll want to grab a jumper from Hobo’s before we brave the cold. That rain goes right through you. Yes, in Spring.

Circuit the new improved Cardiff Bay to find a dinner venue, taking note of Roald Dahl’s Norwegian church on your way round. Check the listings beforehand and schedule in a show at the stunning Wales Millennium Centre. Start your post show drinks at pocket sized Gwdihw, before slipping over to Ten Feet Tall for cocktails, the Gatekeeper for shots and Clwb Ifor Bach for a classic, sticky floor, Saturday night.

As for how to cure the Sunday head thumping, more on that tomorrow.

Address Book:

Troutmark Books: Castle St, Cardiff
The Plan: The Morgan Arcade, Cardiff
Hobos Vintage: 26 High Street Arcade, Cardiff

Kirsty Allen

Thanks to http://www.itv.com for the image. I won’t make a habit of that but during my three years as a student in this city, I took very few photos. Scenic ones, anyway. Tomorrow, the best way to spend a Sunday in the Welsh capital.

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