pontcanna area cardiffThe Pontcanna area
Covering: Grangetown, Llandaff, Pontcanna and Riverside
Out and about in Pontcanna
Bute Park is Cardiff’s biggest green area, with several entrances in both Pontcanna and Riverside. Once part of Cardiff Castle’s grounds, the park was gifted to the people of the city in 1947 by the Fifth Marquess of Bute. As well as royal history, the park is home to over 3000 species of trees, woodpeckers, herons, woodland, and wide-open fields. A peaceful spot in the centre of the city, you’ll feel far away from any hustle and bustle here. The River Taff and the Taff trail flow through Bute Park, which you can follow to Brecon if you’re so inclined, or Castell Coch in Tongwynlais, which is far less pedal time. If you’re taking things easier, there are three cafes to choose from within the park walls (we’ll talk about those in Eat).
Nearby, is Llandaff Fields, which sits opposite Pontcanna’s Penhill Road. A huge stretch of green, it has plenty of benches and a path that takes you to Western Avenue, onto Llandaff Cathedral and some of Roald Dahl’s childhood haunts. The fields are popular for picnics, kids football and dog walks. Never far from a cuppa, you’ll find a café here too.
If you fancy a walk or cycle to Cardiff Bay, start at The Holiday Inn in Riverside. Take the Millennium Walk Bridge past the Millennium Stadium, following the river along the Taff Embankment until you reach the Bay. Maybe you’d prefer a run? Grangemoor Park in Grangetown is just a few streets away from the Bay, and hosts Parkrun every Saturday morning at 9am. Though, why run when you could get a boat? There are two water taxi services that will cruise you along the Taff from Bute Park to Cardiff Bay and vice versa.
Brews in pontcanna
From coffee to real ale
Little Man Garage is tucked away on Tudor Lane in Riverside. A garage converted into a coffee shop, they have great views of passing trains, a woodburning fire for those wintery days, and an all-day coffee deal. Brewing coffee from beans they’ve roasted on-site, Lufkin is nuzzled in Kings Road Yard, off Kings Road in Pontcanna. They sell the same hand-made ceramics they stock in-house, and host home brewing classes. If you’re a night owl, you can keep fuelled in the 24 hour Starbucks just a short walk or shorter drive from Grangetown.
The Tramshed is a grade II listed building in Grangetown that had a previous life as a tram depot and workshop, and has since been refurbished to create a music venue, cinema, co-working space and yoga centre. Over on Romily Road, Pontcanna, Llanover Arts Centre run a programme of art classes and courses including painting and photography from their Edwardian red brick venue. Cardiff’s only community based screenprint workshop, The Printhaus, offer courses, membership and print services on Llandaff Road, Canton, while their neighbour, The Bone Yard, is a shipping container village home to small businesses from Twin Made craft workshops to Ffwrnes pizza – catch the open days and markets at both. Chapter Arts Centre is a social space and cultural venue, with cinema, art, performances and café bar.
Eat in pontcanna
Places to eat in Pontcanna
Underneath the blue marquees lining Fitzhamon Embankment on Sundays from 10am until 2pm you’ll find Riverside market, where you can buy a range of groceries, street food, baked goods, spices and coffee direct from growers and makers. A tiny walk away from the market, Pettigrew Tea Rooms is based in Bute Park walls, serving breakfast, lunches and afternoon tea. Further into Bute Park, the Summer House Café and Secret Garden Café offer hot drinks, meals and sweet things among the greenery and flowers, as does Café Castan in Llandaff Fields. Fancy pizza? Dusty Knuckle make the wood fired kind on Llandaff Rd, between Printhaus and The Bone Yard. In need of Danish treats? Brød on Wyndham Crescent, Canton, have got you covered with romkugles to afternoon hygge tea. Vegetarians and vegans, check out Vegetarian Food Studio in Grangetown and Kemi’s in Pontcanna.
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