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A Guide to Downtown Cardiff’s Shopping and Eating

 


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Once upon a time, Cardiff was not the beautiful city visitors see today. It began to significantly grow into a major United Kingdom settlement with the spreading of industrialism. However, today’s Cardiff is much different, and one could dare say much better, that the old city. Visitors from all over the globe flock to this delightful capital of Wales, and few leave without impressions that will last a lifetime. Ancient castles, modern marvels and many other landmarks can be found in this stunning city centre.

The Cardiff International Airport is only 15kms from the middle of the city, which can be accessed quite effortlessly with car hire, taxis and public buses. Nevertheless, many tourist to the city prefer to fly into London Heathrow first, then take the transit buses or trains into Cardiff.

The beautiful city centre of Cardiff is home to many entertaining and intriguing attractions. However, visitors also need to know about the dining and eating highlights this impressive city has to offer.

Hotels: there are numerous hotels in Cardiff City Centre, and many of these offer wonderful eating opportunities, especially international restaurants. The hotels can be somewhat more expensive than other restaurants around the city centre. However, this extra price does usually pay for the atmosphere or beautiful views that many offer. A selection of the largest hotel chains in the world are found in Cardiff, and are definitely the perfect spots for a romantic evening.

Pedestrian malls: these are generally regarded as the best shopping districts in the city centre of Cardiff. They are located in an area known as Castle Quarter, and generally provide the highest quality shopping stores in the city. The main pedestrian streets include Queen Street and St Mary’s Street. The Hayes is another one of the main streets worth exploring. All these streets are connected via a pedestrian walkway, so tourists can explore the streets without having to worry about traffic.

Cuisines: one of the best things about the city centre of Cardiff is its international cuisine flavour. There are dozens of restaurants to visit throughout the streets of downtown Cardiff. The most popular restaurants in the city are the Indian restaurants, and Indonesian restaurants have become popular over the past few years too.

Shopping Centres: even though the city of Cardiff is full of wonderful shopping centres, the largest and most explored centre in the city is known as St. Davids Shopping Centre. It is found in the heart of Cardiff, and was only completed in the year 2010. Together with the Queens Arcade, it is the largest shopping centre in all of the United Kingdom. The centre has previously been named the best shopping centre of the year.

Cafes: restaurants are not the only place in the centre of Cardiff. The cafes of Cardiff are home to some spectacular meals and beverages, in addition to a beautiful relaxing ambiance. Tourists can literally sit back and unwind in one of the many cafes. The menus are usually quite stunning.

Markets: there are numerous markets located around the heart of Cardiff, but the biggest and best is certainly the Central Market. This magnificent market place has been the heart and soul of Cardiff’s bargain centres for many years. There is a large range of merchandise within the marketplace, including handmade jewelry, crafts, art work and music. The market place is also a great place to find food too.

Things to know: according to research, Cardiff is the sixth best city for shopping and dining within the British Isles. When it comes to dining out, Cardiff’s central districts usually get extremely busy on the weekends, so it is recommended that reservations are made well before dining.

Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Hotels in Cardiff City Centre content.

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