To celebrate the best meal of the day, we’ve picked some of the very best places for brunch and breakfast in Cardiff. Serving everything from a full Welsh to avocado on toast, scrambled eggs and vegan delights, there’s something for everybody.
Cardiff isn’t short of quirky cafes, tranquil brunch spots, breakfast diners and restaurants serving the very best dishes to start your day with. So, check out some of our favourite places in the city and enjoy a morning meal that is sure to get your taste buds tingling.
Milgi specialises in plant-based, healthy food and their breakfasts are no exception.
Lucky diners can choose from delicious Welsh fry ups, an Indian breakfast, laverbread, avocado on toast and lots more. There are also freshly-made juices using specialist health food ingredients and most dishes can be made to suit a vegan or gluten free diet.
One of the best and healthiest spots for breakfast in Cardiff, Milgi is the perfect place to enjoy a tasty, lazy morning.
Little Man Coffee
Next up is Little Man coffee, located in the centre of Cardiff. This cute breakfast and brunch spot specialises in quality coffee, sourced from over 25 roasters.
But, what makes this place so good is their tasty breakfast bar. Choose from cereals, toast, various fruit, pastries and more, for less than £4. They also do a good cake selection, avocado on toast, sandwiches, fresh juices and all the technical high spec coffees.
Inside, the decor is minimal and unfussy, with lots of sanded wood and mismatched furniture, giving it a delightfully cosy and homely feel.
Milk and Sugar
This chic cafe and bistro is one of the most stylish places to grab some breakfast in Cardiff.
Offering visitors anything from porridge with sultanas and honey, to a full Welsh breakfast, black pudding and toast and eggs Benedict.
They only use great seasonal produce from reputable local suppliers, and markets, so you know exactly where all of your food has come from.
Cully’s is one of the most breathtaking and historic place to enjoy brunch or breakfast in Cardiff.
Set within the stunning Exchange Hotel, this luxurious restaurant offers diners a delicious choice of dishes that are sure to start your day off right.
Tuck into a Welsh breakfast, eggs on toast, cereal and much more, in the spectacular surroundings of this former Coal Exchange.
We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
Waterloo Tea, Wyndham Arcade
There are actually three Waterloo Teahouses in Cardiff and all are equally good, however the one in Wyndham Arcade is our favourite.
Expect a charming atmosphere, plush decor, a brilliant selection of premium teas and of course, some very tasty breakfast choices. You can enjoy smashed avocado, feta, chilli oil and sourdough, scrambled tofu or eggs, avocado, braised peppers and tomatoes and poached eggs, spinach, hollandaise and sourdough.
They also offer vegan and gluten free options and a very good cup of coffee!
The Plan Café
The Plan Café is a gourmet bar and café offering artisan coffee and mouthwatering food.
Situated in the heart of Cardiff city centre and housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building in the middle of the Morgan Arcade, The Plan is a truly unique and independent breakfast spot.
Diners can delight in smoked Scottish kippers on buttered toasted ciabatta with a poached egg and creamy mustard sauce. Or, organic Greek style yogurt with honey and fresh fruit, a range of breakfast sandwiches, full Welsh breakfasts and personalised eggs on toast. All of their eggs are free range and from Wales, as well as their milk, cream and yogurts.
Nestled away at one end of Duke Street Arcade, Garlands is all that a proper cafe should be, with tasty, inexpensive food served by courteous, efficient staff in relaxed surroundings.
One of the best places for breakfast in Cardiff, Garlands offers deliciously fresh and traditional Welsh food. You can enjoy dishes like the “Good Morning Mumbles” breakfast featuring cockles and laverbread, Glamorgan sausages and the house speciality, rarebit, which is prepared the traditional way, with cheese, mustard, beer and butter stacked high, then toasted on a slice of bread.
The décor is also fabulous, the walls are adorned with fascinating photographs showing the history of Cardiff’s artists, actors and musicians.
Next in our guide to the best places to enjoy brunch and breakfast in Cardiff is Stag Coffee.
This café is perfect if you’re looking for a great, affordable breakfast in wonderfully quirky surroundings, decorated with frilly lampshades, unique wallpapers, stag heads and a stunning chandelier made from antlers.
When it comes to food, Stag Coffee keep it traditional, offering the stag breakfast which features thick cut Douglas Willis cured bacon, pork sausages, locally sources free range fried egg, herby mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, hash browns, black pudding, baked beans and buttered toast.
They also offer veggies and vegan alternatives, as well as pancakes, Greek yogurt and eggs on toast.
This fully vegan, healthy restaurant is one of the most unique and quirky options on our guide to the very best places to enjoy breakfast in Cardiff.
Anna means food, health or earth and Loka comes from the world, or planet in Sanskrit. Their brunch and breakfast menu features everything from marinated crispy tofu, to omelette, smoky tempeh rashers, scrambled tofu, breakfast baps and yummy banana and blueberry pancakes.
Located in the Roath / Cathays area of the city, just a 30-minute walk from the centre, this vibrant cafe is well worth a morning visit.
The Pot Bistro
Next up is The Pot Bistro, a French inspired cafe and restaurant in the Cathays area of Cardiff. This little breakfast spot is perfect for those looking for something a little sophisticated.
Why not tuck into their delicious veggie breakfast, featuring 2 Glamorgan sausages, scrambled egg, grilled mushroom and tomato, with beans and toast. Or perhaps you fancy the classic eggs Benedict, Royale or Florentine.
If you have more of a sweet tooth, The Pot Bistro’s menu also includes a giant pancake, with streaky bacon, scrambled egg and maple syrup, which is sure to get your mouth watering.
The Early Bird
This bright and vibrant little café and bakery is all about brunch, bakes and brews. Opened in late 2015, The Early Bird has already established itself as a local favourite.
Warm and homely inside, with cosy décor and minimalist art on the walls, it’s the perfect destination to enjoy a quiet brunch or breakfast in Cardiff.
From classics like the baker’s breakfast, to the ‘don’t worry, brie happy’ which features sautéed mushrooms, Halen Mon smoked salt, garlic, tarragon and brie on ciabatta, The Early Bird serves some of the most unique breakfast dishes in the city.
Their French toast is a must, served with either chocolate, bananas and hazelnuts or baked apples, cinnamon and salted caramel.
Last on our guide to the best places for brunch and breakfast in Cardiff is Penylan Pantry, a picturesque café that focuses on good food and good service from good people.
Situated very close to Roath Park, Penylan Pantry may be slightly off the beaten track, but it’s well worth a visit.
Their breakfast choices range from the ever popular healthy start bowl which includes quinoa, button mushrooms, salsa, lime, black beans, toasted seeds and avocado. To the healthy chocolate porridge, made with oat milk, cacao, toasted hazelnuts and maple syrup.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the very places to enjoy brunch and breakfast in Cardiff. If you’d like to book a table for Culley’s, get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 02920 107050.
We look forward to seeing you soon!