St David's Centre is Cardiff's biggest and busiest shopping centre, which has recently doubled in size. Fully under-cover, St David's is a modern shopping mall with mainly national chain shops. The newer section to the south spans two floors and is a very bright, airy shopping space.
Cardiff Central Market is an impressive Victorian structure which offers a unique shopping experience in the heart of a modern, bustling city. Under one great glass roof you will find a wealth of products ranging from pots and pans to bread and butter, and from nuts and bolts to rock and roll.
Queen Street is Cardiff's main shopping street and stretches east from the castle. Home to the city's major stores, the street is fully pedestrianised but the quality of the crumbling pavement leaves a lot to be desired.
High Street and Duke Street Arcades are small victorian arcades which connect High Street to Duke Street and St John Street. Full of small independent businesses, it's a chance to find unique items to buy or local produce to eat.
Wally's have been trading from premises in Cardiff for nearly 60 years now and have become famous for their range of foods from around the world. From cheeses to meats, olives to cereal mixes, sauces to soups, it is truly a foodie heaven and you're sure to find something unique to take home with you.
Spillers is known to many as the 'Oldest Record Shop in the World' and has been part of Cardiff life since 1894. Unique with specialist knowledge and a diverse selection of music on both compact discs and good old vinyl.
Castle Arcade is a small victorian arcade which connects High Street to Castle Street. Full of small independent businesses with brightly coloured shop fronts, it's a chance to find unique items to buy or local produce to eat.
Castle Welsh Crafts is a family business that has been supplying Welsh gifts and souvenirs for over forty years. From t-shirts and magnets through to miner’s lamps and Penderyn Welsh Whisky, or just a postcard and some creamy fudge.
Royal Arcade and Morgan Arcade are two small Victorian arcades which connect St Mary Street to The Hayes. They are separate from each other but run almost side by side to link the two main streets. Many independent businesses but Morgan Arcade has become increasingly empty.
Lose yourself in second-hand books, vintage clothing, medals, bespoke lighting, furniture, records, army surplus and comics, over three floors in this converted warehouse. With over 30 stalls under one roof this is the antique centre of Cardiff.
Queens Arcade is a modern shopping mall with mainly national chain shops. Built on two floors it is a bright, under-cover shopping space. It links Queen Street to Working Street and St David's Centre.
The old north-south route through of Cardiff, Working Street runs from St John the Baptist Church to Hill's Street and The Hayes Island Snack Bar, then becoming The Hayes. Recently fully pedestrianised and repaved to a high standard, the modern designer shops of St David's Centre are a new addition to the area.
High Street and St Mary Street are Cardiff's original main streets. The grandeur of the buildings show the high status the Victorians viewed shopping here. Recently pedestrianised, High Street and the top part of St Mary Street are seeing a revival with new shops and outdoor markets.
Shop Wales is a small shop that sells everything 'Welsh'. Maybe just a little bit tacky, you can find rugby shirts, t-shirts, dragons, flags, accessories and lots of novelty items. Ideal if you need to find a last minute present to take back to the family.
Famously known as James Howell for many years but now just the 'House of Fraser', this is the last of Cardiff's iconic department stores. The frontage would be impressive in any European capital. Inside is a wide variety of wares and the store attracts a more upmarket clientele.