Keen on supporting small, local businesses? Or maybe you’re looking to reduce your food miles? Perhaps you’re simply searching for an appropriately hipster Facebook check-in location? On that last point I’m joking obviously, – but the point is, you can’t go far wrong with any of these…
1. Cardiff Indoor Market
— Chris S.Dixon-writer (@CrickChris) January 19, 2016
“If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it” as the saying goes. Well, this beauty opened waaay back in May 1891, and a farmers’ market is known to have existed at the same site since the 18th century. To this day, it’s still an excellent spot for fresh bread, veg and meat, and arguably the best Welsh cakes in Wales. I recently wrote a guide to the market for Wales Online, which you can read here.
St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 @cardiffmarket_
2. RCMA Markets
— Riverside Real Food (@RCMAmarkets) September 15, 2013
Popping up in Roath, Rhiwbina and Riverside, the RCMA markets are a foodie’s dream. From fresh, free-range eggs, to herbs and spices and still-warm loaves of bread, it’s hard not to want to walk away with one of pretty much everything. The inclusion of street-food traders like Mr Croquewich also means you can refuel as you shop.
Fitzhamon Embankment, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF11 6AN @
3. Penylan Pantry
— Penylan Pantry (@PenylanPantry) March 9, 2016
Winners of the ‘best cafe’ in at this year’s Cardiff Life Awards, the Pantry is so much more than that – it’s a corner-shop-come-deli that promotes local producers, the community and the environment. They also host regular pop-up events in partnership with other local businesses.
72 Kimberley Rd, Cardiff CF23 5DN @
4. Canna Deli
— Bethan Williams (@bethtalwrn) February 28, 2016
This little Welsh deli in Pontcanna is situated on a modern, purpose-built mews, just behind the co-op on Kings Road. They stock a great variety of Welsh sauces and condiments, along with cheeses, cured meats and hams. As a non-Welsh speaker, it does feel a little cliquey to me, but I let them off for stocking the most excellent bacon from Charcutier Ltd.
Pontcanna Mews, Cardiff, CF11 @Cannadeli
5. Thorn hill Farm Shop
— Leanne Brookes (@LBSingsCardiff) June 25, 2014
Just north of Cardiff, the team at Thornhill Farm stack their shelves high with fresh, tasty local produce. The butchery on site provides lamb and beef, pork and leek sausages, mint and lamb burgers, and even Kofta kebabs – all made with meat reared on the farm. Cheese, butter and seasonal vegetables are also available, and there’s a cute coffee shop on site, too.
Capel Gwilym Rd, Cardiff CF14 9UB @