When you're visiting a city for the first time there's nothing better than getting tips from a local on where to eat, where to shop, and for unique suggestions beyond the usual guide book inklings!
We caught up with Cardiff local Mike Price, Promotions Manager for Visit Wales, for his insider scoop on the city, including where to find a book-lover's paradise.
Depot Warehouse – The Warehouse brings together street vendors offering everything from burgers to burritos, hot dogs to haute cuisine, with local beers on tap.
Gwdihw – I love Gwdihw, a tiny bar that has retro signs, odd furniture and staff that are part of the party. The Old Arcade is the place to go when in Cardiff for a rugby match.
Why I love it: “There’s always an infectious buzz about the city and anticipation of the next global event that we get to host.”
Cardiff Castle – Take the guided tour around the castle. The interior is absolutely stunning. The National Gallery and Museum of Wales is one of the finest in Europe.
Hay-on-Wye – Hay-on-Wye is famous for books. There are millions of them. The castle’s a bookshop, the cinema’s a bookshop, the fire station’s a bookshop. If you can, visit during Hay’s annual literary festival.
Spillers Records – Cardiff’s Victorian and Edwardian arcades are stuffed full of the quirky and unusual. Spillers Records in the Morgan Arcade is the oldest record shop in the world!