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.
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.