I’m Gwennan, you might have heard of me on Steph’s blog a few times before (I’m always muscling in) and I run Twenty Something Meltdown. I am a freelance illustrator and lifestyle blogger from Wales with a low key obsession with Instagram and a widely known obsession with bullet journals. You can expect to find a bit of everything on my blog including lots of photos of the Welsh countryside, lots of blush pink and our piglets, the two Ronnies.
Why I chose to write about Cardiff…
I live there! I actually live in the arse end of nowhere about half an hour outside Cardiff on our farm and cider orchard but Cardiff is my local city and somewhere I consider my hometown. I love Cardiff, I feel like it’s quite a unique city in the sense that everything is there. Most people are so used to attractions and stadiums and venues being outside a city centre shopping district and I’ve found many a friend surprised to find it’s all in one place. Also it’s quite Instagrammable so that’s nice.
5 things to see and do in Cardiff
I mean you may as well treat yo self when you’re in the big city shouldn’t you? Cardiff is pretty great for shopping, we have pretty much everything there and there’s a mix of the two big shopping centres plus smaller shopping arcades and independent businesses. It’s all within easy reach of eachother, has all the big names and is super close to the station or the buses so you don’t have to lug your 10 bags too far.
Obviously this is no good if you hate the sport but even if you’re nonplussed or don’t care about the teams if you can get tickets to see a rugby match at the Principality Stadium then do. The atmosphere is like nowhere else I have ever been. Cardiff on a match day is heaving, it’s lively and everyone is up for it. The feeling you get in the stadium when the flames are going or the fireworks are set off or omfg when Welsh fans start singing, it’s one of the most exciting, fizzy, buzzing feelings ever.
Get Out of Town
Slightly defeating the object but whilst there’s loads to do in town there’s actually loads to do just outside too. St Fagan’s is a working museum of Welsh life set in the grounds of a gorge estate and has all kinds of things to see like a farm (with piggies), an old school house and old fashioned shops. They also have events throughout the year like a super good food festival and it’s within easy reach of Cardiff in the car or on a bus.
Go to the Park
There’s a few parks and green spaces in Cardiff and you don’t have to walk miles to find them. Bute Park is right behind the castle in the centre of town and it’s lovely. Lovely. In Spring there’s a flower festival every year, in Autumn the colours on the trees are a photographers dream and you can hire bikes and go for miles if you cross the river. There’s also a cute little café by the walled gardens which serves a cracking cuppa.
Take a Boat
I think you can take a banana boat type ride in Cardiff bay which whilst something I’ve not done, is apparently quite a lot of fun if a bit wet. If you’re not into the fast experience you can take a boat trip down the river in between the parks and it’s sooooo relaxing and you get to see the city from a whole different perspective (and actually much more worth the price than the open top bus tour imo).
Gwennan’s Recommendation for Food & Drink in Cardiff
If you’re stuck for plans for dinner or a meal in town you can’t really beat the St David’s Centre food court. It literally has everything you could want, you’ll be spoilt for choice and probs have to have a family argument to make a decision. It’s got all the usual suspects, TGI’s, McDonalds, Frankie & Bennys, Nandos etc but also has a range of choices of cuisine from Japanese to Mexican to a good old fashioned Shake Shack. If you want something a bit less mainstream you can always pop down to Caroline Street which is a Cardiff resident right of passage or go down to the market for the best fish and chips you’ll have in your life. Obviously out on the main streets and in the smaller arcades you’ll also find more independent cafes and tea rooms and the Wok To Walk on St Mary Street is a firm fav with my friends.
A map of things to do in Cardiff…