Cardiff’s Best Coffee Shops

We love a good coffee here at Discovering Estates it the first thing we think of in the morning and last thing we think of at night.

Here are our favourite Coffee Shops around Cardiff… without a Starbucks or Costa in sight!

The Plan Café take coffee very seriously. Using only the best in-season, ethically sourced, gourmet beans they brew up some of the nicest coffee in the city. The staff are friendly and the cafe is a great place to pop in for a decent cup of coffee before or after your morning errands. You will never find the cafe without any atmosphere offering a traditional savoury menu with generous portions make it a great option any time of the day. Voted in the top 50 Coffee bars in the UK

Pettigrew Tea Rooms is found on the edge of Bute Park and within seconds of the castle. With its olden days interior and quaint feel this is a really unique spot. This is a slightly more expensive place than others but you have to book for afternoon tea

Stag Coffee This independent coffee shop is so much more than just coffee. They care about the little things that make experiences unique, quirky and memorable, right down to the detail: milkshakes in jam jars, chips in enamel cups, sandwiches on chopping boards, hot chocolate in enamel mugs. And to top it off the coffee is fantastic

Little Man Coffee Co. located near the Saint Davids Shopping Center, serves locally roasted coffee and occasionally using guest beans, the shop is gaining quite a following and shows art exhibitions on the first floor. Free WiFi, Delicius cakesmakes this the perfect spot to refule after a hard days shopping.

Uncommon-ground is a coffee roaster and a Coffee shop. Open 7.30 – 6.30 Monday to Saturday they use the ‘Original Uncommon Ground Espresso’. And is run by Coffee mad brothers Paul and Ian Hayman. This place is all about the Coffee and is a must when you are in the Capital.

When you finally come down from your Caffeine high make sure to check out our Apartments to make sure you get a great nights sleep

 

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Wales and its majestic coastline, stunning mountain range and luscious, green countryside, finds a place in the heart of everyone who visits. The diverse landscape is home to 1000’s of species of birds and animals but here is a list of our top five places to see wildlife in Wales, along with a bonus activity at the bottom.

Dolphins 

There are 100 dolphins on the Southwest coast of Wales making the place for you that have always dreamed of watching a dolphin in the open sea. Walk along the beautiful blue flag beaches with a pair of binoculars or sail along the coastline while seeing the Welsh coast from a unique point of view on one of the boat tours.

Between Cardigan and LLanarth, you can find many dolphin tours specialist and these are some of the best places to see Dolphins. We have often seen Dolphins in  LLangranog and have been lucky enough for them to come to say hello once while we were swimming there.

   

Grey Seals 

The favourite mammals of the Welsh are Atlantic Grey Seals easily visible in the country’s coastal waters. They live and surround the beautiful sanctuary islands of Skomer, Skokholm, Ramsey and Caldey in Western Wales. But on the headland in Porthdinllaen, in North Wales, the largest resident colony is located.

From August to December, during their breeding season, you’ll see lovely little animals with thick, soft silky white fur lying along the beach or in rocky shelves basking the autumn sun and listening to their “songs.” They are fed with their mother’s milk and then as they get older they move out to the sea on the lookout for fish. You may also see the adult surfing the waves along the beach.

Red Kit

The wild, skilful and acrobatic red kit is one of the reasons many people visit the  middle of the country. There is estimated to be more than 1000 breeding pairs in Wales after they had been pushed to close extinction. The great conservation effort has lead to the strong and promising return of this heavenly predator. The areas of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire has the most Red Skit and are often seen spectacularly soaring in the sky, but they have spread all over Wales. It has a forked tail and impressive span with a streamlined body, making it very easy to distinguish the kit from any other bird. 

Puffins 

A hidden and untouched haven for wildlife is just a mile from the coast of Pembrokeshire. Many birds live on the relatively small island, including razorbills, gannets and fulmars, but many visitors come to see the always recognizable puffins. The breeding population of puffins on the island in the spring and early summer reaches an incredible 6,000 when pairs begin nesting in April and breeding their young until they are ready to leave the nest at the end of July.

Kingfisher 

The slow-flowing waterway, wild hedgerows, paths and landscapes which surrounds the Monmouthshire and the Brecon Canal, turn it into a haven for wildlife. Sightings of a colourful and vibrant King Fisher, who dances between the canal and surrounding landscape.

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