The Cardiff Arcades

Loads of students completely overlook the arcades, which we want to change. Make sure you take your friends to explore and be forever known as the cool kid that knows the alternative places to go. 

There are six arcades in total making up the Castle Quarter and Morgan Quarter. The Castle Quarter is, surprise surprise, opposite the castle and comprises the Castle Arcade, Duke Street Arcade and High Street Arcade. This is the more alternative of the two with some real amazing foody gems hidden in there. Morgan Quarter is located in The Hayes opposite the main entrance of St Davids 2. It is made up of Morgan Arcade, Wyndham Arcade and Royal Arcade. It’s a bit more upmarket than Castle Quarter, with a definite fancier feel, but still well worth your time exploring.

Shops to watch & entrance points:


Entry next to Revolution bar (Duke Street opposite the castle). Full of hidden gems like Science Cream (ice cream made with liquid nitrogen!), a fancy dress shop that’s bound to come in handy and Madame Fromage (a cheese shop and deli that can only be described as OMG).


Entry next to Mountain Warehouse (Duke Street). Visit Garlands Eatery & Coffee House for gorgeous cakes and breakfasts in a cute, cosy setting.


Entry next to Kitchens Cookshop (St Mary’s Street). Look out for Hobo’s for vintage and retro fashion and New York Deli for a bite to eat (their sandwiches are legendary).


Entry directly opposite St Davids 2, next to Urban Outfitters/VANSSpillers, the oldest record shop in the world, is in this arcade. While you’re there grab some lunch in The Plan or a healthy salad from Crumbs.


Check out Wally’s delicatessen for all the health food you could ever want, plus it now has a café that you must visit. Another coffee house with seriously cool vibes and décor is Uncommon Ground which is worth a visit, even if just to soak up the ambience.


Two little stars of the arcades are located in this arcade: Waterloo Tea is the perfect place to bring your Mum on a weekend visit. Their afternoon tea is too lovely. Fancy a spontaneous piercing? Rebel Rebel is your guy. Very safe and hygienic, reasonably priced, and the shop itself is full of weird and wonderful bits and bobs.

Where now? Either head back to CITY or, if mention of those restaurants has made you a little peckish, head EAT.