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Inside Cardiff’s indie coffee shops

In a time where people are rushing around and grabbing coffee from the nearest Starbucks, why not sit down and relax in a cosy atmosphere instead?

Be sure to curl up with a book and some hot cuppa.

Are you a coffee addict or a tea fanatic? It’s always nice to grab a hot drink with your mates or just treat yourself with some luxurious hot chocolate. Let it be after a long day of work or just chilling on the weekend there are some brilliant independent coffee houses in Cardiff – here are our top 5 picks for you!

1. Coffee Barker

Location: Castle Arcade

Interiors of the beautiful Coffee Barker.

A peaceful location with some big sofa chairs and warm lighting is a perfect place to catch-up over a coffee or just relax on a cold winter day. The ambience of the place is one of the most relaxing ones among all the coffee shops in Cardiff. Be sure to treat yourself to a hot chocolate with marshmallows and flakes.

2. Uncommon Ground Coffee Roastery

Location: Royal Arcade

The dark interior of Uncommon Ground Coffee Roastery.

This coffee shop is the perfect place to crash if you want a nice location to sip a coffee and get your work done. The dark ambience helps you to concentrate and the friendly baristas just make your day. Don’t forget to try the lavender cake, as it is a delicacy.

3. Pettigrew Tea Rooms

Location: Bute Park & Arboretum, Castle West Lodge, Castle Street

Enjoy a cup of tea at Pettigrew Tea Rooms.

If you’re more of tea over coffee person, Pettigrew Tea Rooms is an excellent choice for you. Located at the south-gate end of the huge Bute Park, this place is a small cute castle-like tea house which is most popular for its afternoon tea. Why not be brave and book yourself an outdoor table to enjoy the breezy Welsh weather and let your tea warm you up instead?

4. Hogwurst

Location: Blackweir, North Road

Have a laid back evening with your friends at Hogwurst.

Away from the hustle and bustle of Cardiff City Centre, Hogwurst is a small independent coffee shop located in the student accommodation area. It’s one of the best places to just hang out with your friends and to play board games and sing along playing a guitar. We recommend a nice cup of cappuccino and a bite of their famous hot-dog to enjoy your time better.

5. The Little Man Coffee Company

Location: Ivor House, Bridge Street

Experience the minimalistic interiors and some hot coffee at The Little Man Coffee Co.

This is one of the popular coffee shops in Cardiff which provides an excellent espresso and lip-smacking smoothies. The laid back atmosphere and the minimalism of the interior make you feel comfortable and at peace as soon as you walk in. Just find yourself a good seat by the window and enjoy your latte while enjoying the view of the streets of Cardiff.