Our new microguides sequence is impressed by the sluggish journey movement, encouraging travellers to sit down down down as shortly as further out their tempo and take a deep dive into one specific neighbourhood in a well-loved metropolis. Reasonably than a whirlwind itinerary which targets to hit up every must-see attraction, these compact, close-up guides encourage you to zone in, take your time and really uncover like an dwelling.
I’m pretty constructive I preserve in Roath. Undecided, on account of Roath’s boundaries are significantly obscure, having shifted over centuries and just about vanished on account of council’s map tinkering. Nonetheless this place – (very) roughly contained between the city’s Roath Park and Newport Avenue – isn’t any wishy-washy no man’s land. Affluent nonetheless edgy, it’s dwelling to an ever-increasing number of unbiased retailers and cafés, a ingenious, eco-conscious group and positively one amongst many metropolis’s loveliest parks.
The realm is worth a wander for its Victorian and Edwardian progress alone – nonetheless the movement centres alongside its three eclectic extreme streets. There’s Wellfield Avenue, with its well-to-do village vibe; Albany Avenue, acknowledged for its hen joints and charity retailers; and multicultural Metropolis Avenue, the Welsh capital’s reply to London’s Kilburn Extreme Avenue – a heady mixture of shisha lounges, barbershops and Coronary coronary coronary coronary heart Jap consuming locations.
Listed beneath are merely merely just some of Roath’s most fascinating bits.
Wander all by the Victorian-era park
Roath Park is the neighbourhood’s inexperienced coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary heart. Peruse distinctive crops contained all by the manicured gardens (the monkey puzzle tree is my favourite), stroll all by the lake with a espresso in hand – dodging geese as you go – or lease a rowing boat for a swan’s eye view of the white clock tower, a Cardiff icon.
Practise your downward canine
Physiospace’s gorgeous fairy-light-strewn studio is an fascinating spot for stretching elements out at a yoga class. Engaging Icelandic coach Osk teaches hatha flows which is liable to be acceptable for all ranges and class sizes are refreshingly small. Drop-ins worth £12 – e-book by means of the MindBody app.
Catch a gift in an outdated church
Pull up a pew – truly – to try a gig at The Gate, a grade II-listed Presbyterian church which has been lovingly reworked into an arts and group centre. The intimate venue repeatedly hosts work work work exhibitions, comedy and a plethora of pop, individuals and Welsh-language bands.
In 2021 Lark, Design, Make moved up the road to the Cathays house (Roath’s student-filled neighbour), nonetheless it utterly positively deserves an honourable diploma out. Their healthful workshops, from crochet and macramé to cleansing cleaning cleansing cleaning cleansing cleaning cleansing cleaning soap making and lino printing, replicate Roath’s ingenious, can-do spirit.
Consuming plant-based isn’t any draw as shortly as further in Roath. Vegan favourite Anna Loka serves up comforting plates of goodness in its boho restaurant and yard nook: spectacular full breakfasts, pimped-out burgers, nourishing Buddha bowls and a stage out seitan Sunday roast.
There’s no shortage of first price pizzerias in Cardiff, nonetheless Scaramantica is up there with the right – churning out skinny, chewy-crusted classics from its Stefano Ferrara pizza oven along with swish cocktails. It’s my little slice of la dolce vita contained all by the ’Diff.
Buddies in Knead
The queue down the freeway says all of it: gluttons for gluten adore Buddies in Knead. The sourdough and Biscoff “dirty buns” are divine, nonetheless the true showstoppers are the brioche doughnuts, which is liable to be current in an ever-changing line-up of flavours an an identical to cinnamon crunch, strawberry milkshake and pistachio.
For a Syrian feast, head to Shaam Nights on Metropolis Avenue. The in-your-face interiors – all gilded tiling and glitzy hanging lanterns – delight newcomers, nonetheless it utterly positively’s the mouthwatering shawarma, falafel and stuffed vine leaves that preserve them coming as shortly as further.
Get your caffeine restore at Sibling, a minimalist café and wine bar with an Antipodean truly truly really truly really truly actually really feel, housed in a former brothel. Brother-and-sister staff Will and Georgie take their espresso considerably, sharing tasting notes as they pour your batch brew and baking moreish cookies to match the beans’ flavour profiles.
Half deli, half upmarket cafe – suppose cheeseboards, oysters and caviar crisps – Glory Retailers is the brainchild of Shaun Houcke, the oenophile behind Cardiff’s LGBT-friendly pop-up Gays Who Wine. I can focus on no cosier place to get tiddly on Bolly and Beaujolais.
Know your rooibos out of your Yunnan black? Whether or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not you need an gorgeous unfastened leaf or a builder’s brew, there’s a rarefied cuppa for you at Waterloo Tea. There are two retailers to select from in Roath – one on Wellfield Avenue and the distinctive, overlooking leafy Waterloo Gardens.
A female-owned, crowdfunding success story, Ripple is Cardiff’s first not-for-profit, zero-waste retailer. And I am obsessed. Along with kitchen cupboard requirements and snacks, they stock eco-friendly toiletries, sustainable model, green-themed books and plastic-free presents and greeting having good with having pleasurable with having pleasing with having gratifying with collaborating in collaborating in enjoying playing cards. Good for lining the cupboards of your Airbnb.
A souvenir- or gift-shopping paradise, indie arts hub Cardiff Made celebrates and helps native makers and artists. It hosts widespread gallery exhibitions along with the eternal retailer, stuffed to the brim with vibrant prints and handcrafted textiles, jewellery and ceramics.
Penny Lane Frequent
I am going to merely whereas away a day in Penny Lane Frequent, current in a bit bit bit little little little little little little bit of arcade off Wellfield Avenue. It’s a treasure trove for sustainable, one-off model finds to positioned on down on the town. Who doesn’t love fabulous faux-fur coats, retro radiograms and chunky-knit sweaters from the Nineteen Seventies?
This charming Edwardian dwelling, accessible for lease on Airbnb, overlooks Roath Mill Gardens, the place I spend an inordinate time interval smiling at completely utterly completely completely absolutely utterly completely different people’s canines. The balcony is a huge spot for people (or pet) watching.
The Crofts Lodge
For individuals who’re looking for a spotless room, good-value pub grub and an ample beer yard, put collectively camp at The Crofts Lodge. Delicate sleeper? Ship earplugs – affable locals can preserve the bar vigorous on the weekends.