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A Guide to Great Shopping in Cardiff

Cardiff: the dynamic, cosmopolitan capital of Wales. It comes as no surprise that Cardiff is one of the UK’s top locations to shop until you drop.

With a shopping scene that’s far from limited, you’re guaranteed to have a productive day of shopping. From secret vintage spots to leading high street and designer favourites, Cardiff has something for everyone, from varying tastes to varying budgets.

High-Street and Designer Shopping in Cardiff


St David’s centre has provided Cardiff with an exciting, diverse shopping experience. Featuring leading high-street names including H&M, New Look and Primark, happy shoppers can enjoy stocking up on the latest trends at affordable prices. And for those hoping to splash some cash, St David’s boasts the biggest John Lewis outside of Oxford Street.

High-street favourites around the city can also be found on Queen Street, with Topshop bringing the city the most sought after clothes and accessories of the UK. Also off Queen Street, shoppers can enjoy upmarket designer shopping at Flannels.

Vintage Shopping in Cardiff


Cardiff offers a wide range of independent vintage shops. For those who enjoy exploring the nooks and crannies of a city, you can expect to discover a variety of hidden gems around Cardiff.

It’s well worth spending an afternoon exploring Cardiff Market’s shops Little Empire and Hatts Emporium. For lovers of the 60s, 70s and 80s, Hobo’s Vintage is your go-to spot. Expect to be dazzled by the best of your favourite decades at this vintage hot spot.

During your visit, you may fancy shopping for a good cause. If that’s the case, then look no further than Albany Road for charity shops including Tenovus, British Heart Foundation, Oxfam and Barnardo’s. You never know what you’ll find from their lovely selection of clothes, homeware and accessories.

Independent Shops/Novelty Gifts in Cardiff

If your visit to Cardiff is fleeting, you simply can’t leave without some sentimental Welsh gifts! Treat yourself or someone special to a gift from the array of great items at Polka Dot in Cardiff Bay’s Mermaid Quay. You’ll also find some of the best novelty items and gifts imaginable in Menkind, which can be found over in St David’s centre. Expect to find everything from quirky gadgets to magic tricks and puzzles.

And for those in search of tasty treats and keepsakes, you’ll find a quaint shopping haven by paying a visit to the charming Castle Arcade, located opposite Cardiff Castle. Within the Victorian arcade you’ll find an array of unique businesses, featuring cheese and cake shops and a great book shop for browsing the day away.

For music lovers visiting the city, we recommend heading to Spillers Records, which dates all the way back to 1894. Here you’ll find a wide selection of fantastic vinyls and CDs that we’re sure you’ll cherish.

If you’re planning a visit to Cardiff this year, we’d love to have you stay at the Exchange Hotel. Located in the former Coal Exchange building, the Exchange offers a luxury experience of Cardiff filled with character and history.

Opening in April 2017, the new hotel is one of the most exciting developments in Cardiff Bay this year. We’ll be posting plenty more information leading up to the opening, so make sure you keep checking our blog. You can also find us on Facebook.

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