Cardiff is a diverse capital city that's boasts unique modern architecture, a rich cultural identity and entertainment listings that are second-to-none. There is something for everyone in the Welsh capital, and you could spend days exploring the city unique neighbourhoods.
Shopaholics will love Cardiff's city centre, which attracts shoppers from all over Wales and England with its excellent provision of shops and great transport links. Cardiff Bay is another one of Cardiff's " must visit" neighbourhoods. 20 years ago it was a rough area to avoid at all costs, but now it's a cosmopolitan neighbourhood and the cultural heart of Wales, with water views to die for. It's also home to some of the most talked about buildings in the Wales, namely the Millennium Centre, the Welsh Assembly's Senedd and St David's Hotel.
Tucked between Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay is Atlantic Warf, which has enjoyed extensive regeneration in recent years. What was once an industrial docking area of the city is now home to scores of trendy flats and small houses, built with young professionals in mind. It is also home to the Red Dragon centre, which offers numerous restaurants, a cinema, bowling, hotels and even a Doctor Who exhibition.
Riverside is the place to head to for cheap backpacker accommodation, and is also a great place to pick up ingredients for an either authentic curry or an organic stew. Not only does Riverside have numerous Halal and Indian shops, but every Sunday a Farmers' market is set up on the banks of the river, opposite the impressive Millennium Stadium.
Slightly to the north coffee can be smelt on the breeze in leafy Pontcanna, which is often referred to as Cardiff's "Media Quarter", and Roath Park is the place to head to for a Sunday afternoon stroll and an ice cream.For cheap accommodation and restaurant choices head to the student district of Cathays, next to the other student area of Roath. St Fagans is situated on the outskirts of Cardiff, but while there you'd be forgiven for forgetting you were anywhere near a city. Although it's home to the National History Museum, it feels like a small village in the middle of nowhere. Spend a few days walking, cycling, driving or bussing around Cardiff, and you will have a delicious, fun and fascinating time.
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