If you’re heading to Cardiff this summer, why not step off the beaten sightseeing path and have a look in some of the quirky, independent shops that are popping up all over the city?
Whether it’s a unique souvenir you’re after or simply a chance to window-shop from the blossoming creative scene in Cardiff, these independent havens are just waiting to be discovered…
Head to this minimalist homeware shop in the Roath district of Cardiff to pick up beautiful, modern items for your home.
Over 60 designers and makers from across Wales and the UK are showcased at this tiny little shop, which sells gorgeous products from statement light shades to cute stationary.
64a Glenroy St, Roath CF24 3JY
Wandering around this indoor market is a great activity for the inevitably rainy day in the Welsh capital.
Although technically a host of independent shops under one giant glass roof, the market has everything from traditional butchers and fishmongers, to iconic Welshcakes. You’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re feeling peckish.
St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AV
Castle Welsh Crafts
If you’re looking for a Welsh-inspired souvenir, take a look around this folk-craft shop in Castle Street.
Castle Welsh Craft specialises in Welsh love spoons – wooden, hand-caved gifts that were given to women by suitors in the 17th century as an indication of serious intentions.
The different carved designs in love spoons symbolise secret messages and the staff at Castle Welsh Crafts are more than happy to help you pick your perfect spoon.
1-3 Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BS
Miss Patisserie Beauty Shop
No, not somewhere that you can pick up a box of chocolate éclairs! Miss Patisserie Beauty Shop is the flagship store of an Instagram famous beauty company.
This small space is filled with vegan skincare and beauty products in pastel colours, with beautiful packaging.
Pop in to stock up on luxurious products including body creams, face oils and candles in preparation for a decadent pampering session. Look out for the bath bombs cleverly shaped like delicious-looking cupcakes as well.
7 High Street Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BB
The Bone Yard
Head to the Canton area of the city to visit this studio space that doubles as a venue for a maker’s market every 1st Saturday of the month. In an old scaffolder’s yard, you can buy anything from pot-plants to beautiful laser-cut paper decorations, all made by independent makers and designers from Cardiff.
Rear of 35a Romilly Crescent, Canton CF11 9NP
For a selection of the best independent street food Cardiff has to offer, head to Depot on Saturdays from 5pm to 11pm.
The home of the street food scene in the Welsh Capital is a market-style treasure-trove of delicious eats based in a former industrial unit.
The themed food nights are legendary, but be sure to book tickets, as they’re popular events.
Construction House, 22 Dumballs Road, Cardiff CF10 5FE
Proudly Welsh, Bodlon’s first city centre shop was set up with the belief that Welsh-made food and design could rival products made anywhere else in the world.
Situated in Yr hen Lyfrgell, the Welsh Cultural Centre in Cardiff, make Bodlon your number one stop for everything Cymraeg-made.
Yr Hen Lyfrgell, The Hayes Cardiff CF10 1BH
Wally’s Delicatessen and Kaffeehaus
Make sure you check out Wally’s Welsh Section that is purely devoted to Made-In-Wales products.
A delicious array of cheeses, Bara Birth (traditional bread with dried fruits), laverbread (made from seaweed) and Valley-produced beers and ales are ready to be snapped up by any foodies visiting Cardiff.
38-46 Royal Arcade, Cardiff
Nest Cardiff (Rhiwbina)
This little shop might be a bit out of the way (Nest is in the leafy village of Rhiwbina just outside the city), but it’s well worth the visit. Specializing in gifts and homewares from Welsh stockists, it’s the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or two to remind you of your trip to Wales.
2 Heol-Y-Deri, Cardiff CF14 6HF
Octavo’s Book Cafe and Wine Bar
Just across the road from the luxurious Exchange Hotel sits a former coaching inn that’s recently been transformed into a bookstore and cafe. Serving teas, wine and a menu of snacks all made from local Welsh produce, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting down to a glass of wine and a freshly bought book after a long day shopping around Cardiff’s independent scene!
West Bute Street, Cardiff Bay CF10 5LJ
Make it a Trip to Remember by Staying at The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff
Add a luxurious touch to your weekend away in Cardiff by staying at The Exchange Cardiff.
The Exchange is a perfect base to explore everything Cardiff has to offer, from the city’s famous castle to its quirky independent shops. Book in today and spend the night in one of our deluxe rooms, equipped with flat-screen TVs, walk-in showers and spa baths.
Situated at the heart of the city in the beautifully restored coal exchange building, staying at The Exchange is a spectacular insight into Cardiff’s history as an industrial hub. Visit the Culley & Co. Bar & Restaurant to enjoy a delicious menu crafted from regional ingredients and soak in the heritage of this incredible building.
To enquire further about staying at our luxury accommodation or to book your visit to The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff, call us on 0151 601 8801.