Cardiff Central Market
Cardiff Central Market
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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Glass-walled shopping mall lined with upscale shops and restaurants.
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< 1 hour
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  • Gwlader
    London, United Kingdom141 contributions
    Buzzing Indoor Market
    Visit here every time in Cardiff, just love browsing all the stalls. Morgan the butcher is family run and has been there from the start, always order my Welsh lamb, sausages, steaks you name it and bring back with me. Stalls selling Welsh cakes, fresh bread, fruit and veg. Retro gents clothing from days gone by, sewing, books, nick - nacks, cobblers and tea shops selling all day breakfasts. A must see.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 18 December 2022
  • Patric D
    Sandbach, United Kingdom945 contributions
    Market and Arcades!
    You really need to explore both the indoor market and the surrounding shopping arcades in and around St Mary Street. Full of interesting independent shops and a lot of nostalgia in the overall architecture. Great on a wet and/or cold day
    Visited January 2023
    Written 14 January 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,521 contributions
    Sparsely Populated
    In the Cardiff City Centre there is a large indoor market and it is a very grand building. There are many different things you can buy including fresh fish, clothing, candles and street food. Unfortunately when I visited not all the stalls were occupied. Real shame, I hope more local businesses will find a place there.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 March 2023
  • felixflorian
    London, United Kingdom51 contributions
    very traditional feel, great food for excellent value for money!
    we stayed 2 nights in Cardiff and came every morning to get our breakfast fix here. The Bakestones and Tea Pot Cafe were the places we had our food from. The tea pot Cafe had Faggot which i really enjoyed and the lady was so friendly and honest. Loved it.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 17 April 2023
  • packedandready2go
    933 contributions
    Good place to puy traditional Welsh cakes.
    This is an old traditional market with a lot of stalls. The one business that makes a visit extra worth while is the bakery where they crank out delicious traditional Welsh cakes and scones and bread pudding for reasonable prices. This stall can be found in the middle of the market.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 20 May 2023
  • mariandyelb
    Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Worth a visit
    Good variety of stalls, selling all different things it's an everyday market ie fruit, veg, fish, meat etc only one stall selling Welsh cheese and only 2 with Welsh cakes one more popular than the other :-) . Lots of places to eat and drink at reasonable prices, comfortable to walk round. The building is Victorian 1891, do look at the website before you go so you get an idea as to how the market is set out . Ideal place to visit if its raining and you are fed up with ordinary shopping centres
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2023
  • Nelgumford
    336 contributions
    Like a hidden magical world of commerce
    New to the city, we only went into the market to get out of the rain. It turned out to me like a magical world of commerce, hidden from the modern day. On top of that it has an eating bench around the balcony where one can eat your sandwiches while taking in the marvel below. And there are toilets.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 11 July 2023
  • coldtimesahead
    Liverpool, United Kingdom23 contributions
    Yummy
    Great market Varied stalls Huge selection of goods to buy and places to eat. We had a v decent bacon bap from the little cafe in the corner(really lovely staff). Took a deli salad home for lunch which was huge and such good value
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Bertie1224
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom487 contributions
    A cacophony of sights and smells
    Slightly reminiscent of the Budapest indoor market with an upstairs area too. Lots of wonderful food stalls and also the usual market stalls. We tried the Welsh cakes. Very nice. The production line for the scones was amazing. They must shift tonnes! The fish stall at an entrance is a smell to behold. This is a fascinating place to spend a few minutes just wandering and taking it all in.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Vivienne B
    6 contributions
    Marvellous market
    A lovely Victorian market somewhat like Covent Garden in London. Fun to wander around even if you are not self catering. Buy the Welsh cakes! Skip the queue at the Welsh cake stall and go to the bakery. Her Welsh cakes are made that day and no queues. Delicious. Pop upstairs had have a fabulous well priced pizza.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
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tinkle_24
Northampton, UK1,732 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We love the market and it is brilliant when you can buy a takeaway and eat upstairs on the balcony. Plenty of choices for lunch. We often have freshly made Welsh cakes for breakfast. The queue is very long at lunchtime. The Thai stall serves up excellent, authentic n reasonably priced Thai food. There is a good fish stall. Strongly recommended for lunches.
Written 17 November 2023
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Paul F
Chesterfield, UK2,454 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This place is really worth a walk around. Situated in the heart of Cardiff I can imagine in years gone by it would have been the place to shop.

You could buy just about anything here, from a button, to a hat, to a rib of beef!!! All good quality and reasonable prices.
Written 12 November 2023
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siontomosr
Cardiff, UK45 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Brilliant spot in the heart of the city for food and much more. Particular favourite lunch spot is Sage Deli, or if having a treat the Pizza place upstairs. Some really interesting independent clothes shops, etc, there too. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 9 November 2023
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David D
Devon, UK20,395 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Friday 20th October and we walked around this Victorian built indoor market which opened in 1891.

The most striking feature of the Market is the apex roof which comprises of glass, wood and metal. So definitely would taking a few moments to have a look upwards.

The Market is filled with a variety of stalls, Butchers, Fruiterers, Poulterers, Bakers, Cake makers and do much more.

On our way round we stopped to visit Hatts Vitage Emporium, what an amazing clothing shop. We had a chat with the fascinating ower

In the centre of the Market on top of the first floor offices, stands the four sided clock with a working clock face on each side. The office kiosk is located above Bakestones, the bakery, where people were queuing up the buy cakes and Welsh cakes straight from the griddle. We did purchase some delicious Welsh cakes.

There are further stalls upstairs on the balcony, which is accessed by the two staircases on either side of the entrances. On the wall at the base of both staircases there is a plaque.

One plaque commemorates the Market's centenary in 1991while the other commemorates it's opening in 1891.

As we left the Market, we all agreed that it is so important that places like this are preserved. It was a delightful experience ambling around this wonderful old Market.

Written 3 November 2023
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lomaro
Copenhagen, Denmark509 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A rather worn down market but it is build for local shopping and not to be a tourist spot. I imagine it is a great place to go shopping if you are local but if you are a tourist it is not a place to hang around to hang our.
But good mixture of all the stalls you need for your every day shopping
Written 22 October 2023
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bulldog19
Port Talbot, UK537 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Always been a highlight of a visit to Cardiff, whilst growing up a wander upstairs to look at all the animals including pups and kittens was amazing, sadly thats now long gone, with it some of the mystique.

However downstairs still well worth a visit for the butcher’s and of course the Welsh cakes, good fruit and veg stalls as well as the great fishmonger’s, a must do
Written 25 September 2023
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JennieD1950
London, UK7 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
I wanted some laverbread so headed to Cardiff Market where there is one of the best fresh fish stands I have ever been to. Amazing variety and beautiful fresh fish. I live in London and was visiting the area.. just had to do a detour to the market as I knew they'd have what I wanted, and they did!
Written 23 September 2023
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bryn w
31 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Visiting on a day out to Cardiff looking around for places of interest , deciding to find a food outlet for a quick lunch i came across this cafe I looked at the menu and of course the prices . Well the food was enjoyable the price was value for what I ate , Well I think for a decent fryup cooked meal and I think the people who ate there seamed to enjoy their food look forward to my next visit
Written 22 September 2023
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Connor
Wales, UK25 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
An awesome little gem in the heart if Cardiff. Multiple stalls from sweets and treats, do lunches and snacks to clothes and jewellery can be found here. The market really has come into its own in recent years and is popular for a reason.

I would absolutely recommend visiting for lunch if you’re ever in the city.
Written 20 September 2023
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Vivienne B
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
A lovely Victorian market somewhat like Covent Garden in London. Fun to wander around even if you are not self catering. Buy the Welsh cakes! Skip the queue at the Welsh cake stall and go to the bakery. Her Welsh cakes are made that day and no queues. Delicious. Pop upstairs had have a fabulous well priced pizza.
Written 1 September 2023
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