An area that should need no introduction by now, Pontcanna is carving out a niche for itself as one of the UK’s hottest food tickets. Known to be one of Cardiff’s trendiest neighbourhoods, this leafy enclave to the west of the city is home to some of the best eateries in town, from craft beer havens to vegan delights, and we’ve rounded up our pick of the litter.
One for the craft brewing fiends, this sprawling bar and kitchen just shy of the Taff boasts one of the city’s best beer line ups. Alongside their own on-site microbrewery, they’ve got an impressive selection across the taps and fridges that showcases the best pints from home and abroad. And for soaking that all up, you can chow down on everything from small plates and sides to speciality burgers and meaty main courses.
A charming neighbourhood eatery, the much-lauded Milkwood serves up some of the most unique dishes in Pontcanna, all prepared with local Welsh produce. While the menu changes regularly, the quality and thought that goes into them does not, and guests can expect to tuck into delicacies such as roast quail with lardo polenta, lentil samosas and stuffed saddle of rabbit all served up in sublimely beautiful style.
One of Pontcanna’s favourite daytime hangouts, this stylish Danish bakery offers up some serious treats. From mouthwatering pastries and crusty loaves to freshly made sandwiches and strong coffee, it’s the perfect brunching spot or lunchtime drop in. But if you’re looking to do your midday meal properly, their Hygge Afternoon Tea offers a selection of sweet and savoury pastries alongside open-faced sandwiches and plenty of tea.
One of the icon’s of the Cardiff dining scene, Bully’s is a Pontcanna favourite with its mix of quirky hodge-podge interiors and delicious French-inspired dishes. Turning local produce into continental cuisine, you’ll find everything from aged Carmarthenshire beef fillet in red wine sauce and marinated lamb with Wye Valley asparagus to a decadent dessert list, including a Valrhona chocolate mousse.
Possibly the area’s friendliest eatery, Pontcanna Inn is all about the great food and even better atmosphere. Located up on Cathedral Road, the pub, restaurant and boutique hotel offers warm and modern interiors alongside a tantalising sun trap of a garden out the back. But it’s the food here that has really given the venue its name, as it brings a modern take on pub classics from extravagant burgers to posh kebabs.
Kin + Ilk
The stuff that Insta-dreams are made of, Kin + Ilk has locations across the city, but it's their Pontcanna one that boasts the most relaxed atmosphere, which, across the brand, is already a pretty chilled one. Situated just off Cathedral Road this daytime cafe and brunch spot is a must-visit if you’re in the market for health-focused and totally delicious dishes, and honey-processed Salvadoran coffee.
The pizza joint for Pontcanna regulars, these dough-slingers are dedicated to the principles of the slow food revolution, meaning their slices are of the highest quality. Options evolve with the seasons and offer a regularly-changing roster of speciality toppings, from mushroom and fava miso to a beef and horseradish offering.
The Lazy Leek
Vegans of Cardiff need not worry about being subjected to more superfood salads and buddha bowls because this Kings Road Yard eatery is all about the plant-based junk food. From beefed-up beef-free burgers to dirty fries and cauli wings, this is cruelty-free indulgence at its very messiest.
It’s a members bar, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying out the goods on offer at Pontcanna Street’s Cameo Club. With a bar, bistro and lounge to explore, it’s got all-day breakfasts and an excellent selection of cocktails to choose from, alongside luxe interiors primed the admiring.
Open every day from the early morning, this chic and cheerful eatery offers some serious breakfast options, from meaty fry-ups to delicious American-style pancakes. Brava keeps things casual come dinner time, and from Wednesday to Saturday you can chow down on a doughy selection of artisan pizzas and delicious desserts, with all ingredients sourced from local suppliers.