Pen-y-lan Pantry  

I have so much love for this lovely café, deli, shop, meeting place and community hub. It’s like a little slice of home and like you’ve just walked into a mate’s café, as the staff are so friendly and passionate about what they have achieved. It has a real community feel, with partnerships with other independent shops such as the Bottle Shop in Penarth, plus a whole other Facebook page dedicated to their events. There is a real buzz about the place and there is always something going on. They also deliver veg boxes to the local area, by bicycle, this place has it all right?

This cafe, pantry and all round dynamite of a place earns a full stamp of approval and place in my heart as one of the best cafes in Cardiff. It is nestled at the end of Kimberley Road in Roath, and you can’t help but be drawn into it it by the flowers outside, lanterns and various signs. 


As followers of my blog will know, I am partial to a sausage roll, and this place fulfills my sausage roll dreams, as they serve a variety of posh sausage rolls, including my favourite pulled pork. As well as a wide variety of specials that are updated and an ever changing menu, depending on the season. I balance out the sausage roll with one of their super salad bowls, so that order is restored. Their menu is a bit fancy, but actually just relies on good wholesome ingredients, I love the roasted tomatoes on toast. AND oh my god their cakes, they are baked in store, or by local producers, and again are seasonal. I love the nature of this place, that it is ever changing and evolving, so that there is always something new to taste and feast on.

The delicious deli section/ come corner shop / come pantry boasts all local producers, and supports the community and the environment. All items have been lovingly chosen to fit in with the ethos of the place. You can pick up some basics like eggs and Welsh milk, to yummy chutneys, jams and chocolate. Their seasonal icecream is a real treat, and not to be missed, unless it’s winter (sad face). Try the roasted peach and lavender, it’s amazing! Fear not those reading this that don’t live in Cardiff, as they do deliver and have an online shop, the bicycle can make it to you across the oceans. 

Events include pop up Supper Clubs, Master Classes and meet the producer days, one recently being where Coffi Bank took over for the day, where they set up a cool little bar and served their coffee all day. This place really shouts out loudly and proudly about independent businesses working together. 

Check out this beaut of a place at 72 Kimberley Road, Cardiff, Cf23 5DN

 www.penylanpantry.com 

Brød

Brød, meaning bread, is a busy, lovely Danish cafe nestled in Canton/ Pontcanna. It has managed to  encapsulate a Danish culture, taste and decor, and brings something new and unique to Cardiff. There is a really friendly and cosy environment, where you can stay for hours or quickly pop in for a pastry or loaf of bread. 

It has a modern, simple, rustic and stylish decor, from the brick walls to the wooden counter, and from the milk bottles, with delicate flowers in them, to the rolling pin wall. The attention to detail means that you really feel that you are in an authentic Danish bakery. I also love the lighting and the bird houses in the toilets. 

The menu is host to many traditional Danish breads, pastries and cakes. All of which is translated from Danish, into English and Welsh. I love the breakfast roll, which is a lovely crusty roll with Swiss cheese, so simple and delicious. Also, the Danish take on a sausage roll, or pølsehorn, can’t be missed. The cakes include corgette cake and dream cake, both equally as luscious. You are spoilt for choice which is why there is also various amazing, artisan breads and pastries to take away, all displayed in the window. 

The tea and coffee here is amazing, all served in stylish navy crockery. So if you do just want a cuppa then this is perfect.

The kitchen is at the back of the cafe and is open plan, you can see that everything is cooked freshly on site. The owners passion for baking came from her Grandad who was a baker, she then learnt to bake and has also passed this onto her children, this family passion is very apparent at this cafe. 

The staff are knowledgeable about the menu and origins, aswell as being really friendly and efficient. When we were chatting they were saying that in Denmark you would always go and buy a pastry or cake to take with them when popping to a friends house etc, and that bread is a huge part of their daily lives. Hence,the variety and take away options. 

I love this little slice of Denmark and love the ambience, food and the effort that the owner has gone to, to make sure you feel the important connection between his cafe and the Danish concept ‘hygge’.

A little cwtchy corner to read a book or people watch.

Very child friendly, with a bag of dinosaurs for little ones to play with, plus changing facilities. 

The very tasty Tomat oh Oste Snegl (tomatoe and cheese snail), this has lots of herbs and flavour.

Chokolade Kugie (chocolate ball), which has a gooey, doughy like texture, there is also a rum version of this.

You can find this gem at: 126 Wyndham Cres, Cardiff CF11 9EG

For more information visit: http://www.thedanishbakery.co.uk

Sunflower and I

I love this cafe and bar because you could spend all day just walking round and looking at the decor and trinkets, of which most are for sale. Even all the corners have something in them. You are hit with the most beautiful smell walking in, as this cafe is also a flourist. It feels so opulent and stylish. I feel like visiting here is a real treat and it has an air of calm and presence about it. The owners have communicated their love of interior, decedance and flouristry. The bouquets are so unique and again opulent, which fits in with the whole environment.

The menu is in the middle of a collection of novels. It boosts a lovely afternoon and tea and has an amazing selection of teas and coffees. As well as great wine and beer. 

There are frequent concerts, art exhibits and cabaret evenings. The piano placed in the middle as a centre piece is a part of these musical evenings.  All the details of events are on their website.

You can find this little treasure trove at:

 1 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5EE

http://sunflowerandi.co.uk/