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16 Things From Cardiff That Will Make You Say "Fuck, Why Don't We Have That?"

Where else can you walk past a lion and a Dalek on your way to work?

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1. The oldest record store in the world.

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Spillers is the world's oldest record store, and they aren't shy about telling you. Why should they be?? Take THAT, literally everywhere else in the world.

2. Rugby nights on St Mary Street.

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Much has been said about the festival atmosphere of rugby days in Cardiff, but at night is when things really get extra. Shoes may or may not be worn past 1am.

3. Chippy Lane.

Otherwise known as Caroline Street, the place everyone goes after their St Mary Street bender to get curry and half-and-half.


4. Chapter Arts Centre.

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Chapter is the alternative hub of the city, boasting an artsy cinema, theatre, gallery, bar, and restaurant with epic sweet potato fries and cawl, as well as regular exhibitions and temporary works to see.

5. So. Many. Flea. Markets.

Between Jacob's, Rose Street, and the Indoor Flea Market, to name a few, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to curious bric-a-brac and quirky furniture. Follow the smell of old books and emerge five days later.

6. A secret bar that does Ernest Hemingway-themed cocktails. / Via Twitter: @TDCCDF

Book an appointment online at The Dead Canary, a hidden watering hole, and arrive to an unmarked door where you have to ring a bell to be let in.

7. Or drink your cocktails in a yurt, if you prefer. / Via Twitter: @ClaraNee1

Milgi looks like any cute fairy-lit restaurant from the front, but out back they have a massive yurt where you can host events or just relax beside the outdoor heaters.


9. The first cat cafe in Wales.

I mean, look at that little fluffkins. Feline Good is situated on City Road (Cardiff's quirky and diverse strip of eateries and shops) and has only just opened. I will now be taking all my meals there, should anyone need me.

10. Marilyn Monroe cupcakes.

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Choose between everything from the legendary salted caramel to Marilyn Monroe and Greek-god themed cupcakes that'll leave you needing a serious lie down.

11. The chance to travel with The Doctor.

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If you like Doctor Who, then Cardiff Bay boasts something you can't get anywhere else: The Doctor Who Experience. There's also more filming locations and more Doctor Who landmarks in Cardiff than in any other city.


12. And Daleks are EVERYWHERE.

Randomly saw a dalek on my way home from work today #exterminate #onlyincardiff

Childhood dreams/nightmares come true.

13. Actual giant Welsh cakes. / Via Twitter: @Lucie1980

At Bakestones in Cardiff Market, you can get freshly griddled Welsh cakes the size of a plate. Delicious additions like coconut or chocolate are there for the experimental, and even a vegan take on the old classic. Nom.

14. Barry Island.

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Okay, so not technically in Cardiff and not really an island, but this lovably retro pleasure beach – full of '90s fairground rides, Gavin and Stacey landmarks, and seagulls that WILL steal your burger straight out of its bun – is still pure class on a sunny day.

15. The animal wall, otherwise known as Cardiff Zoo.

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Lions, tigers, and bears, plus a few other things. Spot some majestic creatures in the wild without fear of getting eaten, because they're all made of stone and covered in seagull poop.

16. And possibly the best buskers ever.

This guy on Queen Street is literally making music on old sauce pans and people are loving him #Cardiff…

It's not unusual to see drama students performing an all-bins version of the national anthem or opera singers and harpists performing along The Hayes. It is the land of song, after all.