The pandemic has never managed to halt progress on Cardiff’s ever growing independent food industry. A whole host of new places have popped up across the city this summer and we have been eager to try them all. From award winning bakeries to revolutionary vegan pop-ups, Cardiff continues to be the city that never fails to deliver on fresh new culinary masterpieces to enjoy. Here’s our list of the latest Foodie hotspots opening their doors in the city.
Smokin’ Griddle – Pontcanna
Swansea favourite burger bar is opening in Cardiff in the middle of August. Its no secret that Cardiff loves a burger and Smokin’ Griddle will have its work cut out to stand out in the crowd. But with a mix of traditional and non-standard burger fillings, and a whole lot of Southern Fried Chicken we think they can capture our attention. Wash down your burger with a range of milkshakes and chase it up with a Nutella Waffle for dessert… you cannot go wrong.
TukTuk – Cathays
After undergoing a major refurb, TukTuk in Cathays reopens to serve Thai food and drinks. The former takeaway has just been taken over by Sean Tao while he was still studying at Cardiff University. Now graduated, Sean has thrown all his efforts into rebranding the restaurant into a stylish foodie hotspot. Come for the new décor and stay for the crispy breaded chicken in Panang curry and kaffir lime leaf sauce.
Alex Gooch Bakery –
Award winning and much-loved baker is expanding from his Pontcanna bakery into the Maindy area, on Whitchurch Road. Starting from a small ‘1 man bakery’ in Hay on Wye, the master baker has grown to deliver fresh bread across England and Wales. From making their own Tayberry Jam for Donuts to the unbeatable heritage Sourdough bread that made him famous, Alex Gooch has never failed to amaze, and we cannot wait for him to open his doors.
Barons Court – Penarth
Breathing new life in the site of an old Toby Carvery, the historical Barons Court is reopening to deliver brilliant pub food and Sunday roasts. The oldest standing building in Penarth has great views over the river Ely, making it the perfect place to sip some champagne and watch the world go by. The old castle building will be run by local entrepreneurs Jayne Haywood and Jemma Evans along with award winning Head Chef Chris O’Brien. This one could very quickly become a firm favourite to visit and treat yourself in the summer months.
Big Bad Vegan
These guys are brand new and are taking meat alternative meals to a new level. Frying up unique ideas like Fysh Fillets and chips, handmade Sossij patties and substitutes LLamb and Chykn, the team at Big Bad Vegan are getting creative for the Cardiff vegan scene. Follow them on social media (@the_big_bad_vegan) to see where they will pop up next. Recent highlights have been a pop-up burger stand outside the Academy Espresso Bar in Barry and stocking up at the Fryers Club Fish and Chip shop on Cowbridge Road.
Bruno’s Pastéis de Nata – Roath
This authentically Portuguese bakery providing pastries, cakes and breads has opened just off Albany Road. Renowned baker Bruno Pinho gained recognition from Nigel Slater OBE for his signature pastel de natas, a traditional Portuguese custard tart. Now you can experience the finest flavours of Portugal, topped off with some rich brewed coffee, on Diana Street this summer.
Bacareto – City Centre
Self-described as a relaxed informal cafe, we’re excited to have a new place to chill out in the city this summer. Serving up traditional Venetian snacks like cichéti and aranchini, the Italian styled cafe will introduce Cardiff to some new snacks, wines and coffees. We may be avoiding air travel this year but we can certainly enjoy some sweet treats and fresh coffee… Venice style!
If you know of any other new independent food spots, we should try then please let us know. We love to see the city championing the little places that make the Cardiff food scene one of the best in the UK!