There’s so much to say about Cardiff it’s hard to know where to start. The city is home to the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff Castle and the Millennium Stadium and of course, as everyone knows, Doctor Who is filmed there. It has a great selection of hotels, bars and things to do, but on top of all that it has some of the best shopping in the country.
Queen Street is the city’s main shopping street. Pedestrianized and full of street dancers and human statues, it boasts high street favourites such as Next, Primark and Topshop. The Hayes is another pedestrianized area which is home to designer and boutiques stores including Radley and Hugo Boss. The city has three shopping centres: the Queens Arcade, the Capitol Shopping Centre and the recently opened St David’s Centre, which holds the largest John Lewis store outside London.
Cardiff also has a number of Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades. These are split into two quarters: the Castle Quarter where you will find vintage and craft shops, and the Morgan quarter which is full of clothes and jewellery boutiques and, as it happens, the oldest record store in the world; Spillers Records. For independent craft shops the Mermaid Quay is a must and the recently redeveloped St Mary Street Market is now a must see for foodies and vintage lovers alike.