How to spend a day in Roath, Cardiff’s most charming neighbourhood

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Our new microguides sequence is impressed by the sluggish journey movement, encouraging travellers to sit down down down down as shortly as additional out their tempo and take a deep dive into one specific neighbourhood in a well-loved metropolis. Pretty 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 a neighborhood.

I’m pretty optimistic I defend in Roath. Undecided, ensuing from 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 metropolis’s Roath Park and Newport Freeway – is not any wishy-washy no man’s land. Affluent nonetheless edgy, it’s residence to an ever-increasing number of neutral retailers and cafés, a ingenious, eco-conscious neighborhood and undoubtedly one amongst many metropolis’s loveliest parks.

The world is value a wander for its Victorian and Edwardian enchancment alone – nonetheless the movement centres alongside its three eclectic extreme streets. There’s Wellfield Freeway, with its well-to-do village vibe; Albany Freeway, acknowledged for its rooster joints and charity retailers; and multicultural Metropolis Freeway, the Welsh capital’s reply to London’s Kilburn Extreme Freeway – a heady mixture of shisha lounges, barbershops and Coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary heart Japanese consuming areas.

Listed beneath are merely merely merely just a few of Roath’s most attention-grabbing bits.


Wander all by way of the Victorian-era park

Roath Park is the neighbourhood’s inexperienced coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary heart. Peruse distinctive vegetation all by way of the manicured gardens (the monkey puzzle tree is my favourite), stroll all by way of 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 collaborating fairy-light-strewn studio is an attention-grabbing spot for stretching parts out at a yoga class. Fairly Icelandic coach Osk teaches hatha flows which can very efficiently be acceptable for all ranges and class sizes are refreshingly small. Drop-ins value £12 – e-book by way of the MindBody app.

Catch a gift in an outdated church

Pull up a pew – really – to purpose a gig at The Gate, a grade II-listed Presbyterian church which has been lovingly reworked into an arts and neighborhood centre. The intimate venue recurrently hosts work work exhibitions, comedy and a plethora of pop, of us and Welsh-language bands.

Get clever

In 2021 Lark, Design, Make moved up the freeway to the Cathays dwelling (Roath’s student-filled neighbour), nonetheless it really deserves an honourable stage out. Their healthful workshops, from crochet and macramé to cleansing cleaning cleansing cleaning cleansing cleaning cleansing cleaning cleansing cleaning cleansing cleaning cleansing cleaning cleansing cleaning cleansing cleaning soap making and lino printing, replicate Roath’s ingenious, can-do spirit.

Pizza at Scaramantica, Cardiff



Anna Loka

Consuming plant-based is not any draw as shortly as extra 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 advocate seitan Sunday roast.


There’s no shortage of first value pizzerias in Cardiff, nonetheless Scaramantica is up there with the appropriate – 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 all by way of 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 additional additional weak to be found an ever-changing line-up of flavours akin to cinnamon crunch, strawberry milkshake and pistachio.

Shaam Nights

For a Syrian feast, head to Shaam Nights on Metropolis Freeway. The in-your-face interiors – all gilded tiling and glitzy hanging lanterns – delight newcomers, nonetheless it really’s the mouthwatering shawarma, falafel and stuffed vine leaves that defend them coming as shortly as additional.

Espresso at Sibling cafe, Roath

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Get your caffeine restore at Sibling, a minimalist café and wine bar with an Antipodean really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really actually really feel, housed in a former brothel. Brother-and-sister workers Will and Georgie take their espresso severely, sharing tasting notes as they pour your batch brew and baking moreish cookies to match the beans’ flavour profiles.

Glory Retailers

Half deli, half upmarket cafe – assume 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 ponder no cosier place to get tiddly on Bolly and Beaujolais.

Waterloo Tea

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 or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not you need a top quality free 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 Freeway and the distinctive, overlooking leafy Waterloo Gardens.

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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 pattern, green-themed books and plastic-free presents and greeting having pleasing with collaborating in having pleasing with having satisfying with collaborating in collaborating in collaborating in having good with collaborating in having good with having satisfying with collaborating in having pleasing with collaborating in collaborating in collaborating in enjoying playing cards. Good for lining the cupboards of your Airbnb.

Cardiff Made

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 Commonplace

I will merely whereas away a day in Penny Lane Commonplace, current in considerably arcade off Wellfield Freeway. It’s a treasure trove for sustainable, one-off pattern 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?


Sandringham Condominium

This charming Edwardian residence, obtainable for lease on Airbnb, overlooks Roath Mill Gardens, the place I spend an inordinate timeframe smiling at totally totally fully totally fully totally totally fully fully fully totally totally fully fully fully completely totally different of us’s canines. The balcony is an important spot for people (or pet) watching.

The Crofts Resort

Do likelihood is excessive you could ought to occur to’re contained all by the hunt for a spotless room, good-value pub grub and an ample beer yard, put collectively camp at The Crofts Resort. Delicate sleeper? Convey earplugs – affable locals can defend the bar vigorous on the weekends.

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