Cardiff's Famous Foods: 7 Items You Have To Try

Cardiff's Famous Foods: 7 Items You Have To Try

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    The table above lists all the local delicacies from Cardiff you have to try on your visit. Click on each name to be taken straight to the part of the blog post for that item.

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    Welsh Cakes

    Vibrant, bustling marketplaces with fresh produce on offer, tempting delicatessens and family-friendly cafés - these are just some of the reasons why Cardiff is considered to be a great place to eat. The food produced in Cardiff is famous because of the unique recipes created over the years and are well known for being particularly flavoursome. Some of the most famous dishes include tatws pum munud, Glamorgan sausages and cawl.

    But there's more reasons as to why the food is so good in the city: local chefs and food outlets also strive for high standards when it comes to quality and flavour. After all, we all deserve unforgettable flavours wherever we may be! And in Wales, they want you to experience their food at its best. What's not to like?

    Once you've read up on the foods to try on your visit to the Welsh capital, why not have a look at our posts for the activities that are available to do. You can find them on the following button below:

    Famous Cardiff dishes you need to try

    Cardiff is a popular tourist destination because of its diverse range of restaurants and cafes. It has been nicknamed the food capital of Wales, which is why it's no surprise that there are many famous dishes to try. One such dish is tatws pum munud, which consists of chunky potatoes with onions and bacon made into a stew. Another well known dish include Welsh cakes and bara birth- a traditional Welsh cake made from yeast dough shaped like a bap before baking! All these different dishes make up what is called 'Welsh cuisine'. Have a look at the dishes we recommend below:

    Welsh Cakes

    I love Welsh cakes. They're a really popular dish in Wales, and it's one that is found at any celebration or gathering because the cakes are best served with tea! It's like a scone (served hot or cold) made from flour, butter or lard with currants included. Usually circular and just under an inch thick, the cake can sometimes take a while to finish! Despite originating in Wales, these tasty treats are now popular all over the world. We recommend you give them a go if you spot them at your next gathering!

    Tatws Pum Munud

    Tatws pum munud is a great dish that is loved by many. The stew made with bacon, potatoes, onions and other vegetables creates a perfect balance of flavours and will leave you wanting more. The dish is a very traditional dish in Wales and means 'Five minute potatoes' in English. Served usually with a large slice of crusty bread!

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    Glamorgan Sausages

    The sausage is a traditional Welsh vegetarian sausage that is made from cheese, leeks and breadcrumbs. The sausage became popular during the second world war at a time when meat was difficult to come by. Usually Caerphilly cheese is used alongside the ingredients listed above but depending on the place you buy them, there may be a substitute or two. The sausage has featured in many tv chef programmes and is a popular dish among vegetarians and non-veggies alike.

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    Welsh Rarebit

    Welsh Rarebit is a popular dish throughout the United Kingdom. It is a cheese toasted sandwich that is made with cheddar cheese with different variations including ale, Worcestershire sauce and mustard.

    Welsh Rarebit is a cheese variation of the traditional cheese toastie. The dish is thought to have originated in England but adopted by Wales and enjoyed throughout the country. The history of the 'rarebit' goes all the way back to the 18th Century where the original name was Welsh Rabbit (with no rabbit ever being involved in the dish). While it's not the healthiest meal out there- it's definitely tasty! Welsh Rarebit can be toasted or grilled, making it a versatile choice for any meal time!


    Cawl is a Welsh dish made of lamb or beef with potatoes, carrots, leeks and other vegetables. It is usually served with bread.

    The dish has been around for centuries and is considered to be a national dish of Wales. Although there are variations, the traditional cawl is well loved by many. The hearty stew typically contains meat and vegetables, making it a filling meal that will leave you satisfied. And what's even better is that cawl can be made in large quantities, meaning you can enjoy it again and again! So if you're looking for something delicious and Welsh, be sure to try cawl!

    Bara Birth

    Bara Birth is a delicious traditional Welsh cake that is made from yeast dough. The cake is usually shaped like a bap before being baked, and is popular all over the world. Bara Birth translates to “speckled bread” and is typically made with dried fruit, spices and sometimes nuts. The loaf has a moist texture and usually contains currents, raisins, sultanas, mixed peel and sometimes apricots or dates which gives the cake its characteristic speckled appearance. Bara Birth can be served hot or cold, and goes great with a cup of tea!

    Many people agree that Bara Birth is a tasty treat that can't be missed. The cake has been around for centuries and continues to be a favourite among many. Whether you're looking for something sweet or savory, Bara Birth is the perfect choice!

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    Caerphilly Cheese

    Caerphilly Cheese

    Caerphilly cheese is a cheese made from cows milk. It is matured for ten weeks which gives the cheese a mild, tangy flavor.

    Caerphilly cheese was first produced in Caerphilly to feed the coal miners from the local area. The cheese is light in colour with a high fat content (usually around 50%). Made from either pasteurised or unpasteurised milk, the cheese has protected status and has won many awards over the years including the 'Best British Traditional Cheese' award in 2004.


    Cardiff food has a lot of variety but the best part about it all is that each dish will be sure to get your taste buds dancing. Above are some dishes you don't want to miss out on when in Wales. If you're looking for something savory or sweet I'm sure there's a Welsh dish waiting for you on your visit. If there is a dish that we've missed, let us know via our contact form and we'll be sure to add to our post.

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    I hope this article has been useful in answering the question 'What is Cardiff famous for?' and in giving an overview of some traditional Cardiff delicacies and items worth buying as souvenirs while visiting. If so please share with your friends on social media!

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