Things to do in Cardiff

It's no secret that the Welsh capital is a bustling hub of activity most of the time - from historic castles to quirky cocktail bars, its got a little something for every area of interest. With that in mind, we've put together our own DesignMyNight-approved list of the best things to do in Cardiff, so whether you're a local looking to branch out with your eating and drinking destinations, or a tourist hoping to uncover some of the city's hidden gems, we've got you covered.

Last updated on 3rd July 2020




To our mind, there's no better way to see the sights of a city than with a stiff in drink in hand and these phenomenal Cardiff rooftop bars are offering you just that, from city centre cocktail spots fronting gorgeous garden terraces, to secret bars with even secret-er outdoor areas.

Spend a day or a romantic evening discovering Cardiff's waterside haunts. Home to a charming selection of pubs, bars and restaurants, the views of Cardiff Bay bring a little extra magic to any occasion, making it the perfect spot for an end-of-holiday dinner, or an enchanting date night.

The brainchild of MasterChef contender Tom Simmons, Pontcanna restaurant Thomas has fast become one of Cardiff's most sought-after reservations. A fine-dining destination with buckets of style, you'll find a fusion of Welsh and French-influenced plates on the menu, alongside a speakeasy-inspired bar with some enticing cocktails to quaff.

Looking to enjoy a little of the local ale? Cardiff is home to a wealth of excellent craft beer producers and microbreweries just waiting for you to sample their wares. We've rounded up our pick of the litter, from the neighbourhood bars whipping up the good stuff on-site, to some of Wales' most impressive brewers.

A dedicated sherry and vermouth bar on Guildhall Place, Vermut is alleged to be the first of its kind in the whole country. Step inside its unobtrusive doorway and you'll be treated to a stunning selection of authentic aperitifs along with a range of complimentary snacks and sharing boards.

Easily one of the best things to do in Cardiff these days, a visit to Pontcanna's lauded eateries is a no-brainer. The area has seen a monumental rise in popularity due to an influx of quality restaurants serving up astounding eats, and now's your chance to check out the goods.