Cheap Eats In Cardiff

I might be biased but I think Cardiff is a fabulous city! It is home to everything you could want, culture, history, fabulous shops, friendly people and best of all – plenty of yummy places to eat! Seriously, I think you could find just about any kind of food here. The city centre is peppered with adorable and quirky little cafes, nestled amongst the big chains. Branch out just a little bit to the outskirts of Cardiff and you will find some real gems.

I was challenged last weekend by Travelodge to be a #Travelodgetourist and to find somewhere to eat lunch and dinner for under£50. Bloggers have been working the same challenge up and down the country, but I’ve got to say, I think Cardiff is the best!! There are SO many places to eat that serve great food at reasonable prices that it wasn’t really a challenge at all!

With a challenge such as this I just had to turn to a couple of Cardiff’s finest gems. No big chains, just places known to locals that I would like to share with any tourists too.

First up for lunch we headed to the New York Deli which is nestled amongst the fabulous shops in the High Street Arcade – a perfect stop if you are shopping in the city centre. New York Deli serves whopper portions for great prices – you get a lot of bang for your buck there! As long as you don’t mind fewer frills this is a great place to take 5 and chat with friends whilst refuelling.


I ordered a Veggie Vegan Grinder which was amazing! Served warm and to order. Needless to say I couldn’t finish it!


Hubby went for the infamous Cardiff Devil’s Hoagie…he didn’t let it beat him though!



Two huge sandwiches, crisps and drinks cost us a grand total of £14.30.

For dinner we headed to a place I have been desperate to try out – Chai Street, an Indian Street Kitchen in Canton. So much great food at such great prices here too!

chai street cardiff

Hubby went for a Lamb Thali which provided a feast of food for £9.99…


I went for the Pav Bhaji which was simply delicious and a snip at only£4.95.


As lunch and dinner had so far come in at £33.14 I didn’t see the harm in a little dessert and this amazing traditional Indian dessert was delicious. Gulab Jamun with Ice Cream – £3.25. Shame the hubby ate half of it!


So there you have it, two very, very decent meals in Cardiff for much less than £50 including drinks. Could you do the same in your city?

This post is in collaboration with Travelodge.


  1. September 1, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Is it odd that I’ve never thought as New York Deli as cheap? Probably because I only ever used to eat there on pay day when I worked in Cardiff- it was the absolute treat of the month!
    And so, of course, if you’re recommending New York Deli I’m going to have to try out Chai Street, especially as I’ve a trip to Chapter coming up!

    • September 1, 2015 / 10:28 pm

      You absolutely must try it Debbie, it’s by the same people who run mint and mustard and the food is fab! I must admit to having a little street food obsession at the moment!!

  2. September 2, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    This look like amazing places to eat. We tend to eat at the same chain places in Cardiff so would love to try these for something new! The Veggie Grinder looks great x

  3. September 2, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    Thank you for the lovely post. I’ll be book marking this post for when I go to visit Cardiff!

  4. September 2, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    I love to see where local people eat and their recommendations, it’s always useful information x

  5. Lorraine
    September 2, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    I have wanted to go to Cardiff for a while and it’s great to hear the challenge was a success!

  6. September 2, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    The food looks amazing! I’ve never been to Cardiff before it’s certainly somewhere I’d like to visit one day.

  7. September 2, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Oh my, this sandwiches look AMAZING! That deli is on my list now.
    Alana x

  8. September 2, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    I’ve never been to Cardiff (never even been to Wales!) but if we ever get there, I’ve got two great sounding places to visit… that hoagie looks exactly like something my husband would devour!

  9. September 2, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    I love New York Deli but personally I do find it a little on the pricey side. I have never been to Chai Street but it looks great!

  10. Claire
    September 2, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    I’m loving all the inspiration for our trip to carfdiff next week… thankyou!

  11. September 2, 2015 / 7:34 pm

    Lovely post. I really want to visit Cardiff at some point – it’s great to hear of lots of affordable places to eat. x

  12. September 2, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    That’s actually really impressive. I think I’d struggle to get lunch and dinner for both of us for under £50. You actually both ate a good amount of food too! x

  13. September 2, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Not tried either of these but will be now. That Hoagie looks awesome.

  14. September 2, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    I love both places you’ve featured. Excellent choices. The new York deli is such good value for money as they have huge portions and chai street is one of our fave places. Even eva loves it there x

  15. Sarah
    September 2, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    I keep forgetting to try the New York Deli, I can see this is a big mistake! Will try and remember on my next trip into Cardiff. I do agree, it’s one of the best places to find amazing food xx

  16. September 3, 2015 / 9:19 am

    Wow, how can your hubby be hungry after that massive sandwich, I think it would have kept me going for days x

  17. Daniella
    September 3, 2015 / 9:59 am

    Oh my goodness, I need to go to Cardiff ASAP! All of the food looks right up my street, my first stopping point will be for that Indian street food. Yummy

  18. September 3, 2015 / 10:25 am

    I love New York Deli! Haven’t been there for years… you’ve inspired me to visit again 🙂 Chai Street looks amazing too. Definitely one for the massive list of places I want to try x

  19. September 3, 2015 / 11:13 am

    I didn’t know about these places but they look lovely, my husband would definitely want to try the Cardiff Devil’s Hoagie!

  20. September 3, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    I really want to go to Cardiff so this is great, I’ll have to keep it on hand for when I finally make it. x

  21. September 3, 2015 / 10:51 pm

    Never been to Cardiff, but that Hot Dog looks worth the trip on it’s own!

  22. September 4, 2015 / 9:09 am

    These looks so yummy! Two big sandwiches bargain! I’m not huge fan of Indian food but it looks impressive!

  23. September 4, 2015 / 9:10 am

    Haha! I cannot believe your hubby managed to put all that away!! X

  24. September 4, 2015 / 11:31 pm

    What a fantastic post! I think I would really enjoy eating at Pav Bhaji.

  25. September 9, 2015 / 10:51 am

    I too love Cardiff and these look like two amazing places to eat! Those deli sandwiches – wow! Great value too. Kaz x

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