5 Best Hidden Coffee Gems in the Cardiff Area


Cardiff is home to numerous independent coffee shops, but here we are going to highlight those that you may not have heard of; the hidden gems of Cardiff. 

The 5 Best Hidden Coffee Shops in the Cardiff!


The Secret Garden Cafe in Bute Park 

Located in the heart of one of Cardiff’s most famous gardens, Bute Park, The Secret Garden Cafe is a Green Key accredited independent business which focuses on serving nothing but organic food and specialty coffee. Not only do they source from other local businesses, but they are also a partner of Wildlife Trusts South and West Wales, and for every hot drink served, The Secret Garden donate 10p to the cause. If you are looking for something to do in the Cardiff area this week, why not head down to The Secret Garden Cafe and support their great cause, and of course, take in the wonderful views of Bute Park.

Barker Tea House

Barker Tea House is the definition of cosiness with its warm and welcoming interior and unmissable afternoon tea. Located in the arcades in the heart of the city centre, Barker Tea House is a branch off the famous Gin & Juice and Rum & Fizz locations also in Cardiff’s hotspot. Whether you’re looking for some authentic brunch or signature coffee, Barker Tea House has it covered with its extensive menu which also includes alcohol if you’re looking for something a little stronger! Why not support your local coffee shops this weekend and try out this hidden gem?



This independent Danish bakery was founded in 2015 when the owner moved over to Cardiff from Denmark and decided to open up her very own bakery as she missed the bread from back home! If you’re looking for a taste of Denmark with a side of great coffee, then Brod is a must. With their range of delicious pastries and freshly baked bread, you certainly will not regret trying out this local bakery, especially because they are also home to a variety of coffees and other specialty drinks to fix that sweet craving!

Waterloo Tea

Waterloo Tea was founded back in 2008 and has since been expanding their tea rooms, which are now at a total of four in just Cardiff alone, as well as a further one located in Penarth, making the total of Waterloo Tea branches five, in just 15 years. They are, of course, the homes to a selection of signature teas, but they also cater for coffee-lovers and those who are just looking for a bite to eat! With their extensive food menu which ranges from brunch to classic afternoon tea, they also cater for vegetarians and vegans – there really is something for everyone!


Milkwood Cardiff

Known for formerly being a high-end Welsh bistro, Milkwood has since opened its doors as a Cafe post-lockdown due to the hit that the hospitality industry took. However, this was possibly the best decision they could have made! Located in the stunning neighbourhood of Pontcanna, Milkwood has flourished since becoming the home to brunches and small plates, as well as signature coffees and cocktails, and they have now also began opening in the evenings of Fridays and Saturdays! Check out this hidden gem whether you’re looking for somewhere to have brunch with friends, or even a cosy setting for your weekly date night – Milkwood has you covered!

If you’re a coffee lover and love to check out the local independent coffee shops wherever you’re travelling, then we hope our list of the top five hidden gems of Cardiff helps you if you ever choose to visit the Welsh capital!

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