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Secret Garden Cafe, Cardiff’s Hidden Gem

It is no wonder Bute Park sits high in Cardiff’s must-visit-list. The park has so many things to offer and the Secret Garden Cafe is just one of its many wonders.

During my walk around Bute Park, I came across a brick wall with a peculiar door with many details carved on it. It’s in a secluded area in the park, near a small, hidden garden.

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A brick wall with an unusual door in Bute Park

To my surprise in, the door opens up to a hidden cafe inside called the Secret Garden Cafe! It was a very nice place and to sit and relax.

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The door opens up to a cafe in the afternoon

The door leading to the cafe, which was called The People’s Door, was engraved with many details which tells the history of Bute Park. The one that stood out the most was “The Black Friar”, a friar who used to live in the friary in Bute Park. One of the “secret” engraved on the door was that back in the 1700s, they used to torture unruly women with a ducking stool in Bute Park. Yikes!

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Details on the door engraved with stories of Bute Park history

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The People’s door was adorned with many details about Bute Park history

After ordering a beverage from the cafe, you can take a seat in one of the benches in the cafe area and enjoy the breathtaking view.

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On sunny days, the secret garden cafe is the perfect place to read and relax

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Beautiful purple and pink flowers surround the cafe area. A nice treat for the eyes.

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Bring your own food and have a nice picnic in the tables provided!

It’s very nice to see that the people who came to this part of the park is very diverse. There were a group of young people chatting away, a group of elderly people just sitting and enjoying the view, there were also people with their dogs, taking a rest between their walk in the park.

 

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Stuttgart Garden, which resembles Castle Square in Stuttgart

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The white flowerbed was one of the first thing to catch my eye.

The small garden right in front of the cafe is a very nice addition to the area surrounding the secret cafe. You can also get a nice history lesson from it. The garden is named named Stuttgart Garden, after the city in Germany. Stuttgart is a twin city of Cardiff and this garden was to commemorate 50 years of twinning (1955-2005). The white flowerbeds form an X shape, which is similar to the Castle Square in Stuttgart.

Next time you visit Bute Park, be sure to stop by for a drink in Secret Garden Cafe and experience one of Cardiff’s best kept secret!