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New Cardiff Uni Students: Exploring Cardiff’s Coffee Haven

24 April 2024
Photo by Nafinia Putra on Unsplash
Photo by Nafinia Putra on Unsplash

Hey there future Cardiff Uni students, especially those starting their language classes this May! If there’s one thing Cardiff isn’t short of, it’s amazing coffee spots. Trust me, this city is a haven for coffee lovers. For some of you, that daily cuppa is practically your morning ritual, your wake-up call to seize the day. And hey, when you’ve got those early classes, a good coffee is practically a lifeline, am I right? So, let me be your guide to some of the coolest coffee joints in town. Let’s brew up some excitement for your Cardiff adventure!


Looking for a chill spot near campus to enjoy a cup of coffee? Look no further than KIN+ILK in Capital Quarter. With its relaxed vibe and great coffee, it’s the perfect spot for a study session or catch-up with friends. Plus, it’s just a short walk from the city center, making it convenient for students exploring Cardiff. Just keep in mind, it’s closed on weekends, so plan your visit accordingly!

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📍No 1 Capital Quarter (Smart Way), Tyndall Street, Cardiff CF10 4BZ, UK

The Little Man Coffee Company

Let me tell you about The Little Man Coffee Company—it’s awesome. With top-notch coffee, friendly staff, and delicious food, it’s a must-visit. The vibe inside is urban chic, with a sprinkle of comfy chairs for good measure. Plus, they’ve got a cool toast and cereal bar for a quick snack. What’s really cool? They’re open till 9pm on weekdays, perfect for post-study hangouts or events like yoga and scrabble nights. It’s not just a coffee shop—it’s a whole experience!

📍Ivor House, Bridge St, Cardiff CF10 2EE, UK

Uncommon Ground Coffee Roastery

Check out Uncommon Ground Coffee Roastery in the heart of Cardiff’s Royal Arcade. Run by local brothers, Paul and Ian Hayman, since 2015, this spot is all about fresh, expertly brewed coffee. It’s a great place to unwind or catch up on studies, all while enjoying some of the finest brews in town. Plus, their unique ‘Original Uncommon Ground Espresso’ is a must-try!

📍 10-12 Royal Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AE 

Waterloo Tea

Waterloo Tea—it’s a hidden gem in the heart of the city. Picture this: quirky arcade vibes with a touch of Parisian charm. Inside, it’s all about calm and clean design, like a modern farm shop meets Japanese tea room. The tea? Amazing. And the coffee? Top-notch, sourced from Yallah’s Trust range. Plus, the menu features local Welsh produce for a true taste of the region. But what really makes it special? The peaceful vibes—perfect for kicking back and enjoying your brew.

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📍21-25 Wyndham Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1FH, UK

Corner Coffee

Swing by Corner Coffee, right opposite the Castle in the city centre, for a truly ‘cool’ experience. From the trendy staff to the precise coffee-making, this spot is ideal for catching up or cranking out study sessions. Don’t miss their signature blend.

📍 13 High Street, Cardiff CF10 1AX

Alrighty, Cardiff Uni freshers, we’ve reached the end of our coffee tour!  Whether you’re a hardcore coffee addict or just love a cozy spot to hang out, Cardiff’s got you covered.  So grab your mates, hit up these spots, and let the good times brew!  Enjoy your Cardiff adventure, and remember, stay caffeinated, my friends! ✌️☕️