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A perfect day out in the ‘Diff

Summer in Cardiff is actually really nice when it chooses not to rain. I mean REALLY nice. The blossom’s out, Bute Park looks incredible, and it’s actually not cold for once?! I’ve I’ve put together a plan of what you should do in Cardiff on a summer’s day, whether you’re spending it with housemates, course friends or friends from home – an ideal post-exam/deadline day out!

The Crowd, Cathays

Brunch – laze out of bed at around 9am. If Cafe 37 is packed (and it usually is), head just two minutes further to The Crowd Cafe on Sailsbury Road, Cathays. Try the passion fruit iced tea and their waffles – or a breakfast bap if you’re looking for something a bit more savoury. There’s great atmosphere here and the staff are very friendly – plus it’s an ideal place to people watch! Other alternatives include Bills, Earlybird Cafe and The Pot – the Welsh are brilliant at a brunch, I’ve found!

Roath Park

After breakfast, you’re gonna want to walk some of that good food off. So head to Roath Park Lake as a nice alternative to Bute Park. It’s a little further (it takes me about half an hour to walk here from the centre of Cathays but definitely worth the trek!) but once you’re there there’s plenty to explore. Myself and my friend recently spent hours here, just walking around the lake, watching swans, looking out for dogs and of course finished the day off with a 99 flake. It’s a very instagrammable location too – are you even a Cardiff student if you don’t visit Roath Park Lake on a sunny day?

The Hashery

When you’re getting a bit peckish again head into town to The Hashery on High St. This is an absolute gem myself and my housemates recently discovered and have loved returning to, thanks to their 2 for 1 cocktails – all day! Grab a mojito or four, write a message on their blackboard walls and take advantage of their £7 lunch offer – you can’t really go wrong.

National Museum

Once you’ve finished mooching around the town centre (being sure to pop into the arcades!) head to the National Museum. I love that its completely free to enter (they rely on donations) and I’ve been here several times with different people. If you’re interested in history and archeology this is definitely the place for you. I have a real obsession with dinosaurs and mammoths (god knows why) so this is quite a fun place to just educate yourself on the world just a little bit.

Jamie’s Italian

Ok, another food recommendation. I know. Cardiff is ideal for us foodies! If you’re not still full-up from breakfast and lunch, you are spoilt for choices for dinner. There are some fab chain restaurants here – check Carluccio’s, Wahacas and Jamie’s Italian in the town centre. If you’re staying in Cathays try Face 11 for some pizza, or Tenkaichi Sushi and Noodle Bar on City Road. If you really CBA to head outside, JustEat and Deliveroo have you covered. My personal faves are Ice-Cream Passion, Happy Cow (formally Yummy Kitchen) and Pizza Milano 2.

Retro’s Cardiff

When Cardiff nightlife is as good as it is – you’ll be wanting to head out clubbing. Where you go definitely depends on what day of the week you’re on, but on Wednesday definitely try WTF Wednesdays at Retro’s Cardiff instead of the SU for your cheesy hits fix, and Pryzm or Clwb Ifor Bach on Fridays. Live Lounge is also strongly recommended – £1 glasses of wine and it seems to be open ALL THE TIME.

What are your favourite things to do around the city? Which of these would you recommend? Let me know!

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