Mermaid Quay
Mermaid Quay
4.5
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Mermaid Quay is set in a stunning waterfront location in the heart of Cardiff Bay. It's the perfect place for dining out or relaxing over a drink in one of the 30+ restaurants, bars and cafés. With cuisine from around the world – from Welsh ice cream to Japanese sushi, from freshly prepared French food, stylish crepes and flame-grilled Latin American dishes to Italian pizza, Portuguese PERi-PERi chicken and everything in between – Mermaid Quay has somewhere for every taste, mood and budget. And why not have a laugh at The Glee, Cardiff’s first and finest comedy club or visit the new Everyman five screen boutique cinema. Mermaid Quay also offers the gorgeous Zia Boutique gift shop, the fabulous Fabulous Welshcakes, Pavers Shoes, Tesco Express and the award-winning Ken Picton Salon as well as other stores and services. PLUS, it’s home to the Aquabus waterbus service – offering with trips around the Bay and beyond and to the city centre.
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  • MrsDD
    Telford, United Kingdom267 contributions
    An area on the up
    About 30 mins walk from the city centre. There is a train station. Lots of tit big chains have set up they’re- Zizzis, weatherspoons. So it gets busy at night with dinners. Think Liverpool docks 15 years ago- development happening fast. We a good walk along the path which took us past the Welsh parliament building. Defo an area on that up and I would imagine lovely for a meal on a summer night.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 January 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,556 contributions
    A Place to Eat and Meet
    Mermaid Quay is located in Cardiff Bay. It has a large number of places to eat and drink including wagamama, brasseries and more. There are some lovely views of the bay from the waterfront. Worth checking out on your visit to the city.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 March 2023
  • Paul Wirral
    Wallasey, United Kingdom72 contributions
    Marvellous Mermaid Quay
    A beautiful waterfront setting in Cardiff Bay. It consists of eateries, shops etc that caters for all food & drink needs and it is a lovely place to spend in the summer and there is always a large hustle bustle of locals and tourists. There is a car park just behind it near the wetherspoons and there is ample parking
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Chander_62
    Cardiff, United Kingdom410 contributions
    Not as vibrant as it used to be !
    Not as vibrant as it used to be. Review of Mermaid Quay Pending review Was quiet on Thursday morning as we expected. We could not make out whether it was the time of the day or the times we all were in. A few places were shut and the place was not as vibrant as we had seen in the pre-Covid days.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • David D
    Devon, United Kingdom20,413 contributions
    More than just shops and restaurants we really enjoyed walking around exploring
    We spent two nights in Cardiff Bay the 19th and 20th October during this time we visited the Quay a number of times. This waterfront Quay was part of the massive investment for the Dock and Bay regeneration programme and it opened in 1999. It is has numerous bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. However there are other interesting aspects to be seen and explored. Close by the "Spoons" pub, the Mount Stuart, which we visited more than once, there is the small Landsea Square and it's Water Feature. In front of the pub on the waterfront there is the Landsea Gardens and the Rugby Players Statue From the Quay there are views across the Plass to three very different styles of buildings, all of national importance, Welsh Millennium Centre, The Senedd, Parliament and the historic Pierhead Building. We walked across the wooden footbridge , than spans Roald Dahl Plass, to the Quay from near Pierhead Building. From the footbridge we overlooked The Plass and its pillars and seventy foot tall water tower. There were pieces of industrial machinery dotted around the place, a reminded of the area's history and former use. We had dinner on the Quay both nights, first night in Demiro's and the next night in Duchess of Delhi (both reviewed separately). Kiosks and their jetties lined up along the waterfront, from here it was possible to take boat trips around the bay and into the City. Most of the places mentioned in the review are reviewed separately.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 December 2023
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David D
Devon, UK20,413 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We spent two nights in Cardiff Bay the 19th and 20th October during this time we visited the Quay a number of times.

This waterfront Quay was part of the massive investment for the Dock and Bay regeneration programme and it opened in 1999.

It is has numerous bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. However there are other interesting aspects to be seen and explored.

Close by the "Spoons" pub, the Mount Stuart, which we visited more than once, there is the small Landsea Square and it's Water Feature. In front of the pub on the waterfront there is the Landsea Gardens and the Rugby Players Statue

From the Quay there are views across the Plass to three very different styles of buildings, all of national importance, Welsh Millennium Centre, The Senedd, Parliament and the historic Pierhead Building.

We walked across the wooden footbridge , than spans Roald Dahl Plass, to the Quay from near Pierhead Building. From the footbridge we overlooked The Plass and its pillars and seventy foot tall water tower.

There were pieces of industrial machinery dotted around the place, a reminded of the area's history and former use.

We had dinner on the Quay both nights, first night in Demiro's and the next night in Duchess of Delhi (both reviewed separately).

Kiosks and their jetties lined up along the waterfront, from here it was possible to take boat trips around the bay and into the City.

Most of the places mentioned in the review are reviewed separately.

Written 2 December 2023
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Chander_62
Cardiff, UK410 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Not as vibrant as it used to be.
Review of Mermaid Quay
Pending review
Was quiet on Thursday morning as we expected. We could not make out whether it was the time of the day or the times we all were in. A few places were shut and the place was not as vibrant as we had seen in the pre-Covid days.
Written 14 September 2023
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Chander C
8 contributions
Sep 2023
Was quiet on Thursday morning as we expected. We could not make out whether it was the time of the day or the times we all were in. A few places were shut and the place was not as vibrant as we had seen in the pre-Covid days.
Written 14 September 2023
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Pioneer50548009133
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
Nice modern city centre lovely castle at a price plenty places to eat snd drink boat trips to bay nice worth a couple of days stay
Written 10 September 2023
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flying unicorn
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
As a Frist time visitor there isn't much clear information on where to park especially as a blue badge holder. Instead of electric charging points they should be disabled parking
Written 26 August 2023
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Paul Wirral
Wallasey, UK72 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A beautiful waterfront setting in Cardiff Bay. It consists of eateries, shops etc that caters for all food & drink needs and it is a lovely place to spend in the summer and there is always a large hustle bustle of locals and tourists. There is a car park just behind it near the wetherspoons and there is ample parking
Written 20 August 2023
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iamface
Cardiff, UK1,517 contributions
Jul 2023
1st time visit here after moving cardiff 2month. small quay but pretty enough with red pierhead building and ferris wheel and sea view. Busy place
Written 9 July 2023
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Gareth M
1 contribution
May 2023 • Solo
The suporviser today smelt of bo & weed was ebrupeted to staff not wearing hair net or hat think you should vet your staff
Written 18 May 2023
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Al-Murray2612
Cardiff, UK122 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
We visited tonight 3 ladies. Alex the manager met us on arrival. They were very busy. But he showed us to our seats and explained how the new norm works.

Natalie was our waitress and I must say although extremely busy they were amazing. Service excellent. And Alex found time to check on us.

We had 3 course and all amazing. Food very good.

Thanks both. See you soon
Written 3 May 2023
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,556 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
Mermaid Quay is located in Cardiff Bay. It has a large number of places to eat and drink including wagamama, brasseries and more.

There are some lovely views of the bay from the waterfront.

Worth checking out on your visit to the city.
Written 30 March 2023
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