“The Best Places to Eat Out (or in) in Cathays”
There’s a pretty fuzzy boundary between Cathays and Roath, but within both there are some definite key streets and areas that you should know about. It doesn’t matter which one is in which area, what matters is that you check them out!
This street is far more residential than the other streets to be mentioned, with the first half being mostly student houses and a big old tower block of brand new student halls at the other end. However, there are some serious student favourites on this street. Of course, Woodville Road’s namesake pub – The Woodville, affectionately known as The Woody. This will become your favourite pub (Sundays are all about The Woodville quiz night). Wiwo noodle restaurant was voted best takeaway in Wales and it’s easy to see why. You’ll need to visit to find out! Irie Shack is a fun, inexpensive Caribbean restaurant that plays live music and has Happy Hour every day – it’s the perfect place for a fun meal out!
This is a very popular street with loads of student favourites dotted about. The Crwys sits right at the end of Woodville Road – a less studenty pub but plenty of cheap bar meals and TVs to watch the sports. The Stag is a real winner on the street – quirky and cosy, always busy inside and outside (even in the winter – they have hot water bottles and blankets!) with their burgers being very popular, as well as their coffees and cake. More chippies and takeaway shops than you’ll know what to do with line the streets, and a big old Co-Op right in the middle is great for when you want a bigger shop than the corner shop, but not enough for big Tesco.
This is more into Roath territory now and this street is absolutely great for all the staples you’ll need. A relatively big Tesco full of everything, Boots and Superdrug, WH Smiths, Savers, and B&M Bargains. So it’s kind of a one stop destination for your bits and bobs! Of course there are takeaways and pubs (this is Cardiff), but this one is more about the shops. If you keep walking to the end until it forks to the left, then you reach Wellfield Road which has all the lovely restaurants and cafes you could want!
Albany Road’s better looking, cooler sister. This area isn’t frequented by students quite as much because it’s a bit further out of the way and it’s not so geared towards the student population. That makes it a nice change from the usual student haunts though. It is so “foody”, with loads of different options.Juno Lounge has such chilled vibes and the tapas are to die for – a perfect date night destination. Chaiholics tea room specialises in Chai Tea so is perfect for you chai sipping hipsters, or if you want a more exotic change from your Sainsbury’s Basics tea bags. One of the crown jewels of the street is Joe’s Ice Cream which can only be described as perfection…
Oh, Roath Park, how we love you. Everyone loves Roath Park. It’s the ideal place to spend a rare warm and sunny in Cardiff - great to get away from the city and see some greenery, feed the ducks to clear your mind if you’re stressed for exams, or go all Ally-and-Noah (don’t pretend you haven’t seen The Notebook) on a rowing boat date on the lake. It’s a bit of a walk away from Cathays but well worth a wander up. If walking isn’t for you, you can get a 21, 23 or 28 bus from the city centre.
A pretty unassuming street if appearances are anything to go by, but Salisbury Road is a real central hub packed full of great places to eat and drink. Gassy Jacks, Vulcan, and Kokos are the places to grab a drink and each have a completely different vibe so be sure to try them and pick your favourite. Between the three of them there is a lot going on around the Salisbury Road pub scene. In terms of places to eat, Salisbury Road has it all. Bagel & Burger is an absolute must visit if burgers are your thing, Noodlebox do some absolutely incredible noodles, and of course the legendary Café 37 for pretty much everything else.
This road is fantastically foody and your go-to place for Middle Eastern/North African/Asian cuisine. The further down the road, the better. It’s also home to cult favourite gelato/mammoth waffle house, Kaspas, which, FYI, will become one of your favourite places ever. Milgi is another favourite amongst students, especially of the vegan/vegetarian variety. It’s a predominantly plant based restaurant but don’t let that put any of you carnivores off, the food is so flavoursome and inventive you won’t even miss the meat. The middle eastern supermarkets are one of the shining stars of the street – full of inexpensive, beautiful food that may inspire you to get a bit more exotic with your cooking.