Top 10 Unique Places to Eat in Cardiff

Deciding what to have for dinner can be challenging, and Cardiff doesn’t make this any easier. The city is full of fantastic places to eat making it a sanctuary for foodies. Whether you want top Italian pizza, a giant burger, the latest vegan bites or sophisticated bistro food - Cardiff has it all. Here are some of our top choices from the city in no particular order!

1. The Grazing Shed

Home to the Super Tidy Burger, The Grazing Shed is a favourite among foodies throughout the city. The burger bar, which is unique to Cardiff, offers a variety of burgers for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans which are all made using locally sourced ingredients. 

Whether you fancy a more traditional burger with cheese, onions and ketchup, or a ginger and wasabi burger, you’re bound to find something you like. The Grazing Shed has also gained attention in recent years for its mouth-watering vegetarian and vegan burgers, including the spicy Hellfire Hippy which is packed with avocado cream, salsa, and Caribbean hot sauce.

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2. Calabrisella

It’s no secret that Cardiff has a variety of brilliant places to grab a slice of pizza. One of the stars is Calabrisella which has two restaurants – one in Canton and one in Cathays. Run by an Italian family, Calabrisella serves all your favourites like pasta, arancini, and cannoli but the fresh thin-based pizzas are the star of the show. 

They offer generous portions for good prices which just makes it even more delicious. Calabrisella offers vegetarian and vegan pizzas, and there are many different pizzas with different toppings to choose from.

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3. New York Deli

If you’re looking for extravagant sandwiches, which sometimes can be as big as your head, New York Deli is the place to be. With everything from bagels and sandwiches to hoagies and hot dogs, the American sandwich bar will help you get your fix of deli meats, cheese, and multiple toppings. 

Hidden in the Duke Street Arcade, New York Deli also prides itself on its vegan and vegetarian options and has its own in-house vegan deli meats meaning you don’t have to miss out on classics like the Rueben or the New York Hoagie.

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4. Vegetarian Food Studio

Award-winning restaurant Vegetarian Food Studio is a firm favourite with Cardiff foodies for its delicious Indian dishes. As you might have guessed from its name, the Grangetown restaurant specialises in meat-free cuisine. 

This family-run restaurant on Penarth Road is great for inclusivity as it offers vegan and gluten-free options for diners. Whether you’re after samosas, Muttar Paneer, or something new, the menu stands out as a unique place to eat in or takeout.

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5. Ansh

Another burger bar which is currently making waves is Ansh. Based on Cowbridge Road East, the bilingual restaurant is a collaboration between a passionate cook and an award-winning butcher who pride themselves on sustainability. 

Named after different Welsh legends, the mouth-watering burgers are made using local produce. On top of that, the owners have planted more than 6,000 native trees, helped to protect land which is a haven for wildlife and biodiversity, and they use cattle which help with vegetation growth. If you’re not sold on sustainable meat burgers, there are vegan and vegetarian options on their menu too and all burgers can be made gluten free.

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6. The Classroom

If you’re looking for a unique and sophisticated dining experience, try The Classroom. Based on the top floor of Cardiff and Vale College’s city centre campus, it is staffed by the college's Catering and Hospitality students for most of the year except for during the summer break when it is staffed by trained professionals. 

Offering modern European food to the backdrop of panoramic city views, you will be able to enjoy top quality, seasonal dishes from upcoming chefs. The Classroom also offers dairy and gluten free options and focuses on regional Welsh produce where possible.

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7. Sticky Fingers

Looking to go out with mates but unable to agree on what to eat? Check out dedicated street food venue Sticky Fingers which always has a fantastic variety of options for diners. This Richmond Road restaurant and bar has guest street food businesses that rotate on a regular basis. 

With four different independent businesses at Sticky Fingers every week, you can expect anything from boa buns and noodles to burritos, burgers, or Greek kebabs and there is usually an array of options for vegetarians and vegans too. With good music and a buzzing atmosphere, you can also order drinks to your table – including cocktails and prosecco – using your phone to enjoy a brilliant and memorable evening with friends.

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8. Tenkaichi

Much like with pizza, Cardiff has plenty of options if you’re looking for sushi in the city. With a variety of Japanese restaurants on offer, foodies are spoiled for choice. Based on City Road, Tenkaichi offers a wide variety of sushi along with steaming miso soup, bento boxes, ramen, curries as well as other favourites. 

The small award-winning restaurant is known for its maki rolls and has plenty of choice for vegetarian and vegan diners. The food is delicious and fresh and it’s not too hard on your wallet either.

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9. Vivo Amigo

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try Vivo Amigo which specialises in Indian and Mexican fusion dishes? This restaurant has been taking Cardiff by storm since it opened its doors in October 2020. 

Beef madras burritos, chilli paneer tacos and nachos topped with pulled tandoori chicken can all be expected at the Whitchurch Road restaurant. Named the best Mexican on Trip Adviser in 2021, the fusion restaurant has become a favourite with foodies across the city. This is the place for you if you’re looking for big, bold, and new flavour combinations.

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10. The Potted Pig

Finally, we come to the Potted Pig. A restaurant based in an old bank vault underneath the city centre, the Potted Pig has a constantly changing menu showcasing gourmet British food with Welsh, French and New York grill-inspired influences. 

The mouth-watering dishes served change throughout the year and are based on food which the team “enjoy to cook” rather than a theme. While this is a restaurant aimed at more carnivorous diners, however the Welsh Rarebit is to die for.

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There is, of course, so much more as Cardiff is a huge hotspot for food, whether you’re looking for your old favourites or to dabble in the latest food trends. With options to suit all budgets and dietary requirements, get ready to explore the city and find your new favourite place for a bite to eat.