There are several arcades and markets under cover of glass, the many stalls in the market sell almost everything from
cushions to cauliflower
pig's head to pomade
kitsch to keycutting
The arcades may have interesting shops rather than stalls, and nowadays there is the St David's mall with the usual 'high street' chains as well as classy boutiques.
Something for everyone.
What to buy: nothing special unless you are into Welsh memorabilia
What to pay: as much as you like
Since 1998 local Welsh and organic food products are offered on the Riverside Real Food Market.
The market is perfect for a stroll and people watching.
You get a good idea of fresh Welsh organic food from vegetables and fruits to cheese, pies and chutneys. The market takes place every Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Cardiff Market is located in a Victorian structure under a glass roof and has been trading here since 1891; it is the original shopping mall. The stalls are run by independent traders who all bring their own expertise.
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
What to buy: Fruit & Veg; Meat & Poultry; Groceries; Clothing; Fancy Dress; Formal Wear; Everyday Fashions; Goth Wear; Footwear; Tools; Motor Accessories; Antiques; Hardware; Kitchens; Home Improvements; Giftware; Stationary; Computers; Books; Army & Navy; Soft Furnishings; Posters & Print; Toys & Games; DVDs & Music; Confectionery; plus lots more...
What to pay: Various
Cardiff Market - Marchnad Caedydd
I stumbled upon Cardiff Market on my first morning in the city and could not resist having a look - so I ended up with a whole bag of fruit that I then needed to drag along with me all day :-)
The market is very big, but it is mostly food - all the typical things like fruit and vegetable, bread, meat and fish etc. There are also some stalls selling other things, though.
The building itself is really nice and retains its very Victorian atmosphere. The market has been held at this site for more than a century.
I really enjoyed my stroll here, as the building is so lovely and the stalls were just nice to look at. The fruit I bought was very good quality.
The market is closed on sundays, but open on all other days from 08.00am to 05.30pm.
What to buy: Delicious plums, bananas, apples... :-)
The Cardiff Market was built in 1891 and it was first known as Solomon’s Temple because it was built by Solomon Andrews.
I had too much expectation of the Cardiff Indoor Market but we felt disappointed at the end. There are a lot of stalls, selling various things, from food to souvenirs and from clothes to music.
At the ground floor we spent some time checking the fruit and other food stalls(fish, meat, vegetables, sweets) and we bought a tasty break for only £0.76! We also checked some old books and on our way out we stopped at the small souvenir stall where the friendly lady sells fridge magnets, mugs, tshirts and other touristic items all with the welsh dragon, we bought some fridge magnets for £2.
At the upper floor (pic 2) we checked the numerous second hand vinlys (lps, singles, picture discs) but most of the them were in bad condition and some good ones not in good prices.
We entered from St Mary’s street (pic 4) but you can also use the entrance at the other side (near St John church)
Riverside 'Real Food' Market takes place every Sunday near the City Centre. Here you can buy healthy, generally organically produced, food of all descriptions.
The stallholders are all from the area near to South Wales. There are some from the English Borders and several from West and Mid-Wales.
Open for business 10am to 2pm every Sunday on Fitzhamon Embankment.
I don't know why they choose to put up their stalls on the narrowest bit of pavement. Maybe they will move nearer the main road one day...!?
Cardiff VT member M0BIUS helps run the Real Food market website.
What to buy: Great for fresh vegetables and apples, cheeses (including goat), pies, home-made chutneys, organic fresh bread, plants, herbs and spices...
There is also several local meat stalls, selling (amongst other things) interesting sausages and occasional 'kid pies' - baby goat not human!! Often nice vegetarian burgers are available too.
'Fairtrade' sometimes run a stall.
What to pay: Very reasonable for the quality. There are expensive delicacies and cheap bargains.
Cardiff Market is a typical Olde English type of market, worth a visit as much for its architectural value as for its importance as a market. The many stalls, spread over two floors, sell almost everything you could wish to buy nd is particularly good on fresh produce. In addition to this there is a cafe upstairs with pretty red and white umbrellas and a view down over the heaving market stalls below.
What to buy: Come here to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, floury bread baps stuffed with freshly cut ham, handmade jewelry, fabrics of every colour and texture, second hand toys, antiques, food for your pets....hey, even some pets!
The stalls are all painted a clean white with the name stencilled overhead. Stall owners are helpful and proud - friendly almost to a man; but when I say almost I mean it. Se my warning tip in this regard.
Cardiff Indoor Market is an essential visitor experience. Here you can buy all your groceries - fruit, veg, bread, cheese, meat, sandwiches, sweets. And almost anything else - parakeets, tropical fish, records, wigs, umbrellas, toys, cloth, jewellery, microwaves ovens. Or you can get your hair cut, have a tatoo, have your fortune told, sit down to a hot meal then use the public toilets!!!
What to buy: See my Must See Activity on Cardiff Market
This large Victorian indoor market was built in 1891 and serves up a bizarre range of goods including cheese, fish, pets, electronics, secondhand records and laver bread, a local favourite made from seaweed.
Mix with the local at the famous local market, The new 4 acre site includes 2 acres under cover so that no matter what the weather the show goes on! This new site also has nearby parking facilities for 650 cars giving our customers easy access to the market. In 1999 the market has grown to over 400 stalls
Cardiff's indoor market is a bustling, busy shopping area. The sellers here are very friendly and always ask me what team I'm supporting. As it's usually an Irish team, they rarely wish me luck, but are always friendly.
Well for a shopping addictive as me, a visit trough all shopping areas is a must lol ... This old market, reminded me Leicester one, but obviously this is nicer.. sorry ...