Tea and Cake, Wellfield Road
This is a little gem, one of those places that just gives you a warm and happy feeling. I was taken there by my friend Marika who wanted to show me the Moomin products that they stock and I (with my well-documented obsession with all things Finnish) happily complied! It is quite exciting that they stock Moomin stuff as I think they are only place in Cardiff that does! Tea and Cake is divided into a pick and mix and gift shop out front and a tea and cake café at the back (complete with garden). We had a cappuccino (Marika) and a coffee frappe (me) and shared a piece of lemon and poppy seed cake. My frappe made me want to give up visiting Starbucks forever and the cake was very yummy too. The service was very friendly and the whole atmosphere is very relaxing and homely. I wish Tea and Cake much success and will certainly try and visit again soon!
A Shot in the Dark, City Road
I have to confess I walked past this place every day for a year and never went in. It was a friend’s surprise birthday party that finally made me venture inside. I always heard rave reviews of Shot…and I wasn’t disappointed. The drinks were a bit pricey (£4 for a large glass of wine) but the super-friendly (and attractive!) staff and the relaxed, cool-but-not-pretentious atmosphere made up for it! The food by contrast seems very good value. More or less the same price as Wetherspoons but made with infinitely more TLC.