One of the best things about Cardiff City Centre, are the quirky hidden gems you can always manage to find in one of the Arcades. By complete fluke, I found one of these in the Duke Street Arcade called Garlands.
What makes Garlands a little bit different is the amount of local Welsh dishes advertised on the menu – and better yet, everything is under £9!! A lot of travellers staying at Bunkhouse ask us where to find good Welsh food, and from now on I will send them all here! Situated a mere 4 minute walk from our Hostel it is the perfect place to get coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch!
The Duke Street Arcade in itself is jam packed with Vintage and Antique shops. Along with bunting and décor very similar to Bunkhouse, it gives off a welcoming and warm vibe. For any of you Instagram lovers; get your filters ready – because this is the place to be!
For food, I had ‘Good Morning Mumbles’ which is a Welsh Breakfast that consists of cockles (sea food) & fresh laver bread (sea weed) served on fresh laver bread pancakes, crispy bacon and black pudding served with a fried egg. Perfect way to start the day! They also serve a variety of teas and coffees. I had the Lapsang Souchong, which is a black smoked tea. This was presented in a charming little teapot, which set the tone for the rest of the meal.
Garlands is open from 9-5 Monday-Saturday and 10-4 on Sundays. Breakfast starts form as little as £1.95 – with different toasts and cereal on offer. Portion sizes are generous and the atmosphere is cute and quaint. Very friendly staff and fast service!
So, if you’re in Cardiff and looking to go somewhere quirky, affordable and WELSH then this is the place for you!
Jessie & Helen – Bros for life.