Whether it’s for a lazy afternoon, working on some writing, reading a book, people watching or exploring a new area, I love visiting coffee shops – especially small, independent ones with great plant-based options!
Since focusing on my blog and doing freelance work in the last few months, I’ve spent a fair bit of time trying out some of the best little cafes across Cardiff, Swansea and the surrounding areas.
If you’re anything like me and enjoy a coffee break (and maybe a cake or some delicious vegetarian food!), these places are likely to be right up your street and well worth a visit!
Here’s a list of some of my recent favourites – and don’t forget to share yours, I’m always on the lookout for more!
This dreamy plant-based cafe has delicious food and a gorgeous 70s styled interior. It’s a great place to sit with the sun beaming through the open windows and enjoy a coffee (or a lavender milk!).
The menu is seasonally developed and boasts some of the most fresh, interesting and tasty ingredients I’ve ever had. The pancakes are a definite must-try!
If you have a sweet tooth then WT has a great selection of homemade cakes, all naturally sweetened with unprocessed sugars. Bonus!
Wild Thing has recently just opened a base in Cathays too, alongside their Grangetown restaurant. With a great ethos and social goals, I can’t recommend a visit highly enough.
Based on the cosy Danish lifestyle and attitude that seeks to find joy in everyday moments, Swansea-based Hoogah is a cafe, bar and kitchen with a great, relaxed environment to work, chill out and grab some food and drinks.
The people working there were also super welcoming and chatty which is always something I appreciate!
I decided to base myself in Hoogah for an afternoon of writing and treated myself to the vegan brunch which featured miso wild mushrooms, scrambled tofu, mixed spiced beans and avocado. It was delicious and filling!
After the customary latte, I was intrigued by a menu of exciting flavoured warm drinks. I picked the beetroot latte made with coconut milk and teamed it with a slice of matcha cake (I just couldn’t say no!).
I can highly recommend trying the beetroot latte – not only is it pink but it’s super earthy and sweet! I’ve never tasted anything quite like it.
The cherry on top of visiting an already beautiful Mumbles!
Boo’s Kitchen is an independent plant-based cafe in the middle of Mumbles, but just off the main street so it’s peaceful and quiet around, which lends itself perfectly to the bright and airy interior.
The whole brunch menu sounded fantastic – and the lunch menu was equally as inviting!
As a huge fan of mushrooms, I just had to try the miso mushrooms on herby sourdough (and, of course, I added the hash brown to the dish!).
These were some of the best mushrooms I’ve ever had with the mixture of sweet, savoury and spicy flavours – and the hash brown was perfectly crispy on the outside. I’m already eager to head back and try some more of the menu.
Whether your veggie/vegan or not, I highly recommend spending the day wandering around Mumbles and paying a visit to this little gem!
This is definitely the most ‘instagrammable’ of the bunch (if that’s your thing!), but it’s definitely not the only reason to visit Blossom.
The interior is a huge draw with a massive wall of flowers, gold hanging chairs and luxurious green velvet seats, but the sweet treats and great service are a huge part of its appeal!
The staff are always smiley, friendly and inviting (which always encourages me to come back again!).
It’s a great place to meet a friend for a coffee or sit and relax in a beautiful environment. It’s even great for a quick pit stop when exploring Roath (one of my favourite areas of Cardiff).
If you do visit, definitely pick up a piece of baklava. For some reason, I have only recently tried it and I’m kicking myself because I devoured the box of baklava from Blossom within minutes – it’s so flaky, buttery and moreish!
Where’s your favourite coffee spot?
All these cafes and restaurants are veggie/vegan friendly as I only drink non-dairy milk so just a heads up that you’re good to go if you’re so inclined too!
Share some of your favourites in the comments below so I can add them to my list to visit – or even drop me a message if you’re from the area and you’d like to meet up and go for a coffee too!