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Indian Stores in Cardiff: A Cultural and Culinary Journey

3 June 2024

Hello everyone! As an international student, one thing I love about Cardiff is its cosmopolitan nature and varied choice of Indian stores and restaurants. Today, I’m excited to take you on a vibrant journey through the heart of Cardiff to explore the wonderful South Asian stores that bring a splash of spice to this beautiful city. Whether you’re an international student missing the flavours of home, a culinary enthusiast eager to experiment with new ingredients, or simply curious about Indian culture, these stores have something special to offer. From fragrant spices to fresh produce, each store offers a unique experience that reflects the rich diversity of South Asian cuisine. Join me as we delve into the best spots to find Indian essentials right here in Cardiff.

  1. Madhav (Maruti Restaurant and Grocery)

This non-descript, rough-around-the-edges shop on Lower Cathedral Road, has shelved chockfull of spices, sauces, rice and pulses. From coconut hair oil, spicy crisps like Kurkure, and juicy alphonso mangoes in the summers, this mini supermarket will make you feel like you stepped into a store in India. This shop also has its own dining area where you’ll see a lone chef busying himself at the stove. Now is the perfect time to remember the saying ‘never judge a book by its cover.’ It may not be impressive on the outside, but running for more than 40 years now, some people you run into the store will proudly boast about being regular customers since the 90s. This shop is my favourite one on the list. Don’t forget to try Mumbai’s favourite “Vada Pav” here, or if you want to try a complete meal as it would be made in a Indian Household, the “Madhav Special Thali” is a must-try.

  1. VM Stores – Indian and Sri Lankan Grocery and Convenience store

If Madhav is too far for those planning to live closer to the University, VM stores on North Road, is treasure trove for anyone looking to stock up on South Asian groceries. The store provides an extensive selection of rice, spices, lentils, canned goods and coconuts. Their fresh produce section includes a variety of herbs and vegetables that are essential for Indian cooking. You can especially find South Indian spices, vegetables, and dry foods at a very good price here. It is only a 15 min walk from Talybont Halls or Residence as well as the Heath Campus! The store’s flawless organization made it easy to navigate, allowing me to finish my shopping quickly.

  1. Masala Bazaar

Located on Richmond Road, Masala Bazaar is a popular destination for authentic Indian spices and groceries. The store boasts a wide array of spices, from turmeric and cumin to garam masala and asafoetida. They also offer a variety of lentils, rice, and flours, essential for Bengali cooking. Additionally, Spice World carries a selection of ready-to-eat meals, snacks, and sweets like gulab jamun and rasgulla, making it a one-stop shop for all your Indian culinary needs. Though it can be more expensive than other shops on this list, it is the perfect place to buy in bulk or if you are shopping for a big group.


Situated on City Road, SHOPRIGHT is known for its extensive range of Indian and South Asian products. On of the only two cash points on city road, this store comes in handy for anything you forgot to buy at the supermarket, as well as stocking a large selection of Halal meat and non-British foods for the local community. The store also offers an assortment of pickles, chutneys, and frozen foods. Their variety of frozen Indian breads, including chapatis, naan and parathas, along with a wide selection of teas and beverages, make SHOPRIGHT a favourite for students. Here, you can also buy pots and pans and other kitchen utensils that are frequently used in south Asian cooking, like a kadhai.

  1. Anika’s Store

Anika’s store is the go-to shop for Indian groceries in Cardiff Bay.  Lots of South Indian goods can be found here including Fresh Dosa Batter, Fresh veggies, Rice bags, variety of spices and frozen goods. The staff at Anika’s Store knowledgeable and friendly. They willingly provide guidance and suggestions for specific ingredients or products I was unfamiliar with. Their expertise and willingness to assist made my shopping experience even better. The store carries popular brands from India, ensuring that customers get the genuine taste and flavors they are looking for. Additionally, I appreciate the reasonable pricing at Anika’s Store. This store carries a lot of imported products that are sometimes unavailable at other south Asian stores in Cardiff.

Tips for Shopping at Indian Stores in Cardiff

  1. Make a List: Indian stores can be overwhelming with their wide variety of products. Make a list of what you need to stay focused. Stick to your list, or you will end up overspending.
  2. Explore New Ingredients: Don’t be afraid to try new spices or ingredients. Ask the store staff for recommendations if you’re unsure.
  3. Check Freshness: Since a lot of products are imported in bulk, make sure to check the expiry date before purchasing. When buying fresh produce or spices, check for freshness and quality to ensure you’re getting the best products.
  4. Bulk Buying: Buying 5kg rice from an Indian that will last you a few weeks is much cheaper than buying 1kg rice from Lidl or Tesco every few days. Consider buying in bulk for items you use frequently, like rice and lentils, to save money in the long run.
  5. Ask for Help: If you’re unfamiliar with certain products or need advice on recipes, don’t hesitate to ask the store staff. They are usually very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.

Exploring these Indian stores not only helps satisfy your cravings but also supports local businesses. Whether you’re cooking a traditional feast or just looking for a quick snack, Cardiff’s Indian grocery stores have you covered. Happy shopping and happy cooking!