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17 of the Best Independent Shops in Cardiff

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If you’re heading to the capital this week, why not avoid the identical looking shops that clutter the high street and have a look in these quirky, independent shops in Cardiff that are popping up across the city.

Whether it’s a unique souvenir you’re after or simply a chance to window shop in the blossoming creative scene, these independent shops in Cardiff are just waiting to be discovered.

Home byKirsty

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Head to this minimalist homeware shop in the Roath Park district to pick up beautiful, modern items for your home. Over 60 designers and makers from across Wales and the UK are showcased in this intimate shop, which sells everything from statement light shades to cute stationary.

Born out of a love of design, Home byKirsty is encouraging everyone to love their homes.

64a Glenroy St, Roath CF24 3JY

Cardiff Market

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Wandering around this indoor market is a great way to spend an inevitably rainy day in Wales.

Although technically a host of independent shops under one gigantic roof, this indoor market has everything from traditional butchers and fishmongers, to iconic Welsh cakes and tender Welsh rarebit.

You’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re feeling peckish – that’s for sure.

St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AV

Castle Welsh Crafts

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If you’re looking for a Wales-inspired souvenir, then take a look around this folk shop on Castle Street.

Castle Welsh Crafts specialises in Welsh love spoons – wooden, hand-carved gifts that were given to women by suitors in the 17th century as an indication of serious intentions.

The unique designs in love spoons symbolise secret messages – and the staff at the shop are more than happy to help you pick out the perfect spoon.

1-3 Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BS

The Bone Yard

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Head on down to Canton where you will find this idyllic studio space that doubles as a makers market every first Saturday of the month. You can buy anything from pot-plants to beautiful laser-cut paper decorations at The Bone Yard, One of the quirkiest independent shops in Cardiff.

Rear of 35a Romilly Crescent, Canton CF11 9NP

Depot Cardiff

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For a selection of the best independent street food the capital has to offer, check out Depot on Saturdays.

The home of the street food scene in Wales is a market-style treasure-trove of delicious eats. The themed food nights are stuff of legend but be sure to book tickets – as they’re popular events.

Construction House, 22 Dumballs Road, Cardiff CF10 5FE


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Proudly Welsh, Bodlons’ first city centre shop was set up with the belief that Welsh food and design could rival products made anywhere in the world.

Situated in Yr hen Lyfegell, make Bodlon your number one stop for everything cymraeg-made.

Yr Hen Lyfrgell, The Hayes Cardiff CF10 1BH

Wally’s Delicatessen

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Make sure to check out Wally’s Welsh Section that is purely devoted to Welsh products. A delicious array of cheeses, Bara Birth breads and beers produced in the Valley’s are just waiting to be snapped up.

38-46 Royal Arcade, Cardiff

Spillers Records

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Established in 1894, Spillers Records is recognised as the oldest record shop in the world. Spillers Records was founded by Henry Spiller and once specialised in the sale of phonographs, wax cylinders and ceramic phonograph discs.

Today, however, you’ll find a diverse selection of music on CD and vinyl, merchandise and even gig tickets. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what type of music you’re into, Spillers Records is one of the most historic independent shops in Cardiff.

27, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AF


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This little shop is on the outskirts of Cardiff, but it’s well worth the trip. Specialising in gifts and homewares from Welsh stockists, Nest is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or two to remind you of your trip to Wales.

Plus, the village of Rhiwbina is such an interesting and communal place to visit.

2 Heol-Y-Deri, Cardiff CF14 6HF

Brød – The Danish Bakery

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Based in Canton and Pontcanna, Brød is an absolutely fabulous Danish Bakery. A particular favourite amongst locals looking to grab a bite to eat, this independent bakery is seriously delicious.

Using traditional Danish baking methods, Brød are experts when it comes to baking breads, pastries and cakes. Drawing upon their love for baking and Denmark, Brød is one of the best independent shops in Cardiff.

126 Wyndham Cres, Cardiff CF11 9EG

The Dead Canary

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Bringing a new approach to the cocktail scene in Cardiff, The Dead Canary is an independent cocktail bar with a difference. Inspired by famous Welsh heroes both past and present, The Dead Canary’s expertly crafted cocktail menu is packed with delicious drinks and interesting ingredients.

A darling of the award shows – picking up numerous gongs in 2016, 2017 and 2018, The Dead Canary is a welcome addition to the Cardiff independent scene.

Barrack Ln, Cardiff CF10 2FR

Troutmark Books

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Rows upon rows of curious classics and postmodern page-turners greet your eye as soon as you enter Troutmark Books, one of the quirkiest independent shops in Cardiff.

This absorbing shop is a throwback to a bygone era as that unique book smell greets you at the door. If you’re heading to Cardiff and you’re a book worm, then make sure to set aside some time to explore this literary paradise.

Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BW

Penny Lane Vintage

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Not just a shop but a mini emporium, Penny Lane Vintage hand picks quality vintage clothing, accessories, homewares and memorabilia for your purchasing pleasure.

Penny Lane Vintage is an established independent shop in Cardiff that is packed with peculiar pieces dating from Victorian times through the ages to the 1980s.

Octavo’s Book Cafe and Wine Bar

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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 tea, wine and a menu of snacks of starters, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting down with a glass of wine and a freshly bought book after a long, hard day shopping in some of our favourite independent shops in Cardiff.

West Bute Street, Cardiff Bay CF10 5LJ

The Dough Thrower

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Hailing from the Swiss alps, the owner of The Dough Thrower is a master craftsman when it comes to pizza.

Not only is this Neapolitan Pizzeria the best place to grab a slice of doughy goodness, but it’s also one of the most delicious independent shops in Cardiff.

591 Cowbridge Rd E, Cardiff CF5 1BE


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An independent bistro using the best Welsh ingredients and products, Milkwood serves top-notch food in a quality environment.

A laid-back bistro by day and an opulent restaurant by night, Milkwood is a seriously superb place to eat in Cardiff.

83 Pontcanna St, Cardiff CF11 9HS

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