NosDa recommends… Let’s explore Roath!
If you’re staying in Cardiff for a few days and you’re looking to get out of the city centre, my first port of call would be the bustling neighbourhood of Roath.
My love affair for Roath first began when I was 18 and visiting the boyfriend I had in Cardiff University at the time. The relationship didn’t last (it was for the best!) but my love for this wonderfully diverse and multi-cultural area has stood the test of time. Located less than a mile outside of the city centre and easily accessible by foot (25 minute walk) or bus (15 minutes), it’s an absolute must visit if you’re a fan of good food, drink, independent shops, music venues and beautiful parks.
What is there to see?
Roath Park and Lake: Lake Road West, CF23 5PG
A beautiful Victorian style Park with a rich history. Start off by walking from the top of Wellfield Road across the Recreational field, through the Pleasure Gardens and under the bridge through to the Park. You’ll eventually climb a bit of a hill and be greeted with the stunning view of the Lake and lighthouse. At the weekends families and their dogs flock here to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. In the summertime you can even rent rowing boats and pedalos and get out on the lake! Don’t miss the colourful floral displays and Roath Park Conservatory.
Roath Farmer’s Market – Keppoch Street CF24 3JW
Every Saturday between 9am and 1pm, the Mackintosh Sports Club opens its grounds to local producers selling the very best in Welsh food and drink. From organic veg to freshly baked sourdough bread, this is a must visit for those who love everything independent. There is also a lovely craft market adjacent and occasional music events.
Charity Shops – Albany Road and Wellfield Road
If you’re a shopaholic but keen to give something back, Roath has over 15 different charity shops for you to dig out some amazing second-hand bargains. These charities include Ty Hafan, British Heart Foundation, Tenovus, Greyhound Rescue Wales and the YMCA.
Food and Drink
If your belly’s rumbling or you’re gasping for a drink, Roath has all grounds covered with a fantastic range of Welsh and International restaurants and cafés. Here are a few of our favourites:
Coffee#1 – 85 Albany Road CF24 3LP and 43 Wellfield Road CF24 3PA
Cosy coffee shops offering an array of sandwiches, cakes and the very best coffee. Check out their salted caramel pretzel and spiced chai!
Milgi – 213 City Road CF24 3JD
A long-time favourite amongst locals, this wonderful independent vegetarian and vegan spot specialises in foraged food and has a yurt in the back garden which is super cosy in the winter. Try the vegetarian roast on Sundays with a lovely glass of Vintage Roots Organic wine!
The Bottle Shop – 4 Pen-Y-Lan Road CF24 3PF
A small independent wine merchant stocking over 800 lines of different beers, wines and spirits from all over the world as well as some local Welsh producers. Fairly priced and with super friendly knowledgeable staff, they love to have a chat and give their own personal recommendations. They host regular tasting events and you can drink in house too!
Juno Lounge – 14 Wellfield Road CF24 3PB
A cosy café bar with quirky vintage décor and a fabulous roof terrace that’s always bustling in the summertime. We thoroughly recommend their triple-stacked buttermilk pancakes!
Penylan Pantry – 72 Kimberley Road CF23 5DN
A corner shop come deli that promotes local producers, the community and the environment. They host regular food events too!
Café du Chat Noir – 28 Wellfield Road CF24 3P
An independently owned French café in the Wellfield Court shopping arcade. Try their homemade quiches and toasted sandwiches… you won’t be disappointed!
Sushi Life – The Globe Centre, 5 Wellfield Road CF24 3PE
Currently rated number 2 on TripAdvisor for restaurants in Cardiff, this brilliant little Japanese Sushi place has been gaining quite the reputation and it’s easy to see why. Gather some friends together and go for the Dragon Sushi platter!
Joe’s Ice Cream – 68 Wellfield Road CF24 5BA
This Welsh- Italian ice cream parlour on the corner of Roath recreational ground regularly has customers queuing out the door for their famous ice cream. I always go for the Hazlenut Fudge Sundae after a walk in Roath Park in the summer!
Anna Loka – 114 Albany Road CF24 3RU
100% Vegan Café that is the brainchild of Adam, entrepreneur and Hare krishna Monk. Compassionate food that doesn’t compromise on quality or taste. We recommend Krishna’s Mighty Whole Food Bowl!
I Giardini di Sorrento – 12 City Road CF24 3DL
An award winning independently run Italian restaurant that’s perfect for special occasions. The food is authentic and plentiful!
Mirchi Indo Pak Cuisine – 90-94 City Road CF24 3BN
My friends rave about the food here! A lovely little family run restaurant with super friendly staff. Try the BBQ mix grill if you’re super hungry.
Pubs and Music Venues
The Andrew Buchan Bar – 29 Albany Road CF24 3LH
Cardiff’s best kept music secret! A quirky real ale bar owned by the Rhymney Brewery that may not look like much from the outside (it used to be a video game shop), but it’s become a community hub for local artists and musicians. Don’t miss the monthly vinyl nights and keep an eye on the Facebook events page for the very best in local music talent. Always free entry and the beer is super cheap!
The Four Elms – 1 Elm Street CF24 3QR
Venture deeper into Roath and you will find this fantastic community pub that has one of the best beer gardens Cardiff has to offer. Cheap pub food and a great selection of beer and cider. Perfect during the summertime!
The Globe – 125 Albany Road CF24 3NS
This former cinema has been an established venue on the Cardiff scene for years. Featuring up and coming bands, the very best tribute artists in the UK and specially curated DJ nights.
The Gate – Keppoch Street CF24 3JW
A Grade 2 listed building that was opened as an Arts and Community centre back in 2004. Features regular live music events, dance classes and art exhibitions.
Cardiff MADE – 41 Lochaber Street CF24 3LS
A platform space run by Cardiff based Makers, Designers and Artists offering exhibition space, live arts venue and a great place to meet and eat.
These are just a few of our favourite spots that we’ve discovered and grown to love over the years. Let us know yours and have fun exploring!
Number 57 or 58 Bus leaves from outside the O’Neill’s bar at the end of Westgate Street. You can get off the bus on Albany Road (Inverness Place or Alfred Street bus stops). The bus journey from the city centre should take about 15 minutes.