Side Street Style: Food, fun and mini adventures in Cardiff

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08/07/2017

Food, fun and mini adventures in Cardiff

fresh food
Enjoying a fresh Kale salad at Benugo's


Life has been so busy lately I feel like I've not done many updates on what we have been getting up to in and around Cardiff. We have been exploring so much of the local area lately I thought I would share a few foodie places we have been enjoying and some mini adventures in the city. We have also done a lot more outdoor exploring but I will keep those for another post so this one is more about accessible family friendly city stops and places to eat with kids (as well as childfree).

Firstly we were invited to try out the new menu at Benugo's, John Lewis in St Davids two. I love how well they cater for vegetarians with some fantastic fresh dishes as seen above with their Kale and Pomegranate salad as well as child friendly options, it's also great to see this London based British company expand to Cardiff.


breakfast brunch

fresh breakfast


John and I also managed to stop into Jamie's one morning and try out their new breakfast menu, I did a much larger post about our time here, do check it out as it's great seeing more and more places offering a fresh breakfast menu to get the day started.

A new coffeeshop that has recently been added to an impressive collection of artisan independent cafes in Cardiff is 200 Degrees and between them and Little Man they make some of the best Cortados around. They also have some delicious pastries, breakfast roles and granola that are packaged to grab and go. The stylish New York inspired interior with fast wifi makes for a great place to relax and they are very family friendly which is always a win in our books.


pain au raisin
Enjoying a pain au raisin at 200 Degrees


If your looking something a little bit stronger than coffee or just fancy a refreshing Spitzer on a Friday after a long week than 29 Park Place has a really cool and creative cocktail menu. I highly recommend the Rosie & Gin which is perfect to sip on a warm sunny afternoon with friends. They also have a brunch and lunch menu and daytimes are family friendly, in fact we have take the boys for brunch here a few times as the pool table and retro TV games are always a hit with them.


29 park place
The Rosie and Gin cocktail at 29 Park Place 


Getting back to some family friendly mini adventures there is a new temporary addition to the National Museum in Cardiff and believe me you don't want to miss this if you have kids who are dinosaur fans. The special exhibition that is Dinosaur Babies, showcases full size dinosaur skeletons, touchable models and a huge 2.5meter dinosaur nest and will be on show until the 5th of November, even though it does mean purchasing an ticket at an additional charge we certainly felt it's worth it especially as the rest of the museum is free and it kept the kids entertained for hours, plus its educational.


National Museum Cardiff

National Museum Cardiff


Another popular summer activity is heading out onto the water at Roath park with the paddle boats and rowing boats. This can get quite busy in the hight of summer so why not head down there before the schools break up as the rowing boats are already available for hire. We went a few weekends ago and had so much fun paddling around as we tried our hand at rowing. They also offer peddlerz for kids to try out on their own and the activities are run by Parkwood outdoors who offer an array of exciting things to do across Wales, encouraging kids to get outdoors and reconnect with nature.


kids on water

Roath lake


With the recent heatwave we also headed just out of the city to Barry beach, yes this beach has had some bad press in the past few years but the regeneration of the area has had a really positive affect and this is a great place for those families who live in Cardiff and don't have a car but want to enjoy the simple pleasure of the seaside on a sunny day. You can now hire beach huts for the day and there is also a climbing wall near the far end of the beach, plus coastal walks. If you have not been in a while I highly recommend you get your towels and suncream ready and hit the beach with a picnic and spend the evening there.


beach time

Barry island


I've also put together a little week in the life vlog sharing a few more things we have been getting up too. Oh how I do love this time of the year, warmer weather means lots more adventures. What have you been getting up to?



15 comments:

  1. The pain au raisin is nearly the size of the little ones head bless them! I'd really love to explore the national museum at some point.

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    1. The national museum is lovely and great for a rainy day! Yes I know pretty big Pain Au Raisin :)

      Laura x

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  2. This is a great post! I have never been to Cardiff before, but I sure would like to check out these places after reading your recommendations :) Great photos aswell!

    Celia x

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    1. Thanks so much Celia! Yes do come to Cardiff soon, it's a great little city

      Laura x

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  3. We've never been to Cardiff but it looks an amazing place to visit

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    1. You must come!! There is so much to see and do

      Laura x

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  4. Beautiful photos! Sounds like you had a great time in Cardiff :)

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  5. I've not heard of that cafe. Will have to visit as hubby loves a cortado. We will defo be going on the pedal's at roath park over the summer x

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    1. It's on Queen street and very good! Go check it out

      Laura x

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  6. I used to love visiting Roath Park and the paddle boats, we've been lucky with the weather lately.
    I've not been to 200 degrees yet but good to know you enjoyed it, will check it out.

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    1. Yes the weather has been really good lately - as long as it's dry I am happy. Do check 200 degrees out - great for a casual coffee in the city

      Laura x

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  7. I love the photos in this post. Some great recommendations for new places to try and visit. When we lived in Cardiff, Roath Park was our absolute favourite place to visit. Stunning!

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    1. Roath Park is such a lovely place - a favourite with all I think

      Laura x

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  8. Great round up. We enjoyed Dino Babies too! I had no idea Jamie's did breakfast now. Will have to check that out, they're great with kids x

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    1. Thanks Katie. Do try out the new breakfast menu at Jamie's if you get the chance

      Laura x

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