Visiting Cardiff for the 6 Nations tournament? Here is our pick of places to visit, drink and eat to make the most of your day.
Places to visit
Cardiff is the famed location for the filming of the post-2004 Doctor Who, and the Doctor Who Experience gives you the opportunity to take a look behind-the-scenes, star in your very own Doctor Who adventure, see the world's largest collection of Doctor Who props, sets and costumes.
Cardiff Bay is one of the UK’s most successful regeneration projects in the United Kingdom. It now contains hip shops, bars and restaurants at Mermaid Quay. The best way to appreciate the scale of the development is a £3 tour on the Open Boat for a tour of the bay.
Places to eat
The Potted Pig is undoubtedly one of Cardiff's finest restaurants, it’s in an old bank vault but won’t cost a fortune. Even notoriously difficult-to-please restaurant critic Jay Rayner liked this wonderful French-Welsh restaurant on Cardiff’s High Street, which is within a Leigh Halfpenny penalty-kick of the Principality Stadium. If there are a group of six or more of you, try the whole suckling pig.
If Italian food is more your thing then Casanova, again its proximity to the national stadium is unbeatable, boasts outstanding Italian food. It is in the Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide, and it’s also great value.
Staying on the continent, Madeira, a city centre Portuguese restaurant has been around for years and is a favourite for its hearty peasant food. Family run, the service is outstanding and there is a huge range of traditional dishes ranging from pasta to excellent seafood and steaks.
Le Monde across the road from the stadium is a favourite for rugby writers before matches – and if it’s good enough for the gentlemen of the press, then it’s worth the effort. Its grill and steaks are good but the star turn is the seafood counter and the gorgeous wine list. It’s also open until 2am.
If a post-match munch is more your thing then braving the pedestrianised delights of Chip Shop Alley – aka Chippy Lane - for a poke of chips with curry sauce is a rite of passage for any visitor to Cardiff, and of all the shops Dorothy’s is the best.
Places to drink
The City Arms is one of the city’s favourite watering holes and a recent winner of the Best Cardiff Pub of the Year award, this grand old rugby pub has almost as great a rugby pedigree as the stadium itself. Two minutes from the Principality Stadium, this recently-renovated boozer is popular with locals and fans alike.
If you closed your eyes and imagined a die-hard rugby pub, The Old Arcade would be it. The walls are covered with rugby memorabilia and rare shirts donated by the Welsh Rugby Union.
The Prince of Wales is virtually on the doorstep of the stadium, being a Wetherspoons the beer and food is cheap, and plenty of room and big screens to watch the game. The pub is inside what was once the Prince of Wales Theatre, and it retains features such as the balconies. It is a favourite for rugby fans.
With three projector screens over two floors and the biggest selection of Welsh beers in the city, Tiny Rebel straight across the road from the stadium is a massive hit on match days. It serves only craft beers, plus damned fine burgers.