Cardiff’s dining scene has been developing rapidly over the last few years. As well as the usual chain restaurant offerings, there are loads of indie venues, innovative pop-ups and food festivals all adding to the city’s burgeoning foodie scene
If you are a food photography fan, you’ll be delighted to know that there are plenty of Instagrammable dishes in Cardiff, featuring an array of colourful cuisines and plated perfection.
Is there any point in gracing a venue these days unless you can get a foodie snap for the gram? Probably not.
Here is our collection of Cardiff venues that have ‘gram-worthy’ dishes on the menu.
Wild Thing is an ethical cafe in Grangetownwith a vegan and low waste ethos.
Feast on pretty plates of food that are packed full of healthy, vegan goodness using locally sourced products. Even their coffee is roasted in Cardiff by local company Hard Lines
As well as serving up delicious dishes, this cafe is on a mission to be a zero-waste and sustainable venue in Cardiff. So you can make more mindful dining and coffee choices in the city.
The Admiral, is the swanky restaurant offering at Cardiff’s 5-star St David’s Hotel. As well as dreamy Cardiff bay views & nautical chic decor, they have a very Instagrammable à la carte menu.
If you can tear youself away from photographing your food, it’s also a fantastic venue for a date night in Cardiff. Make sure to try out their expertly crafted cocktails as well.
Blue Honey Local
Blue Honey Local is the sister site of popular pop-up Blue Honey Night Cafe. It’s a more permanent spot than the pop-up and has gorgeous lounge vibes and delicious dishes.
Their plant-based dishes are some of the prettiest dishes we’ve seen in Cardiff. An explosion of colour and taste all on one plate. Definitely sharpen your food photography skills this hip venue.
Ok so this group of Cardiff cafes might have an unpronounceable name but their plates are pretty special.
The KIN+ILK Pontcanna site is a stark and stripped back bit of Scandi cool, smack bang in the leafy suburbs of Pontcanna. Come for coffee and stay for the beautifully presented brunches. We guarantee that you’ll be spoilt for choice with their selection of Instagrammable dishes.
Being vegan doesn’t neceissily mean you have to ascribe to a ‘clean living’ mantra. Get your vegan junk food fix at popular Greazy Vegan.
Indulge in deliciosuly naughty burgers, hotdogs, fries and more at this kooky venture. Their gigantic vegan burgers make for enviable #foodporn Insta shots.
The Pot Bistro
The Pot Bistro is half cosy cafe and half intimate evening Bistro. At night the cafe serves up French-influenced bistro dishes that are as Instagrammable as they are delicious.
This small and independentally owned cafe strives to serve homemade food in an intimate setting in the city. Make sure to bring your favourite person here and enjoy some exceptional dining in Cardiff.
Society Standard is a hipster paradise with industrial decor and minimalist vibes, located on foodie corridor, Whitchurch road.
Sip on carefully crafted coffee and feast upon their brilliant brunch dishes. Their delectable dishes are also plated perfection and will definitely add some foodie chic your Instagram.
Ethical Blanche Bakery serves up cruelty-free food that is also ridiculously photogenic. You can find 100% soya free and 100% vegan sweet treats including delicious cupcakes and doughnuts.
Their permanent Roath home is also a super Instagrammable location if you are looking for a swanky backdrop for your foodie snps.
The Classroom is a fantastic teaching restaurant located on the top floor of Cardiff and Vale College’s City Centre Campus. Here aspiring chefs learn how to cook alongside top chefs and deliver seasonal European dishes, at a reasonable cost.
As well as being an official Jay Rayner approved’ restaurant in Cardiff, the dishes here are high quality and beautifully presented.
If you are looking for an upmarket dining experience in Cardiff, you’ll be sure to get some classy Instagram shots here.
Vegetarian venue Atma shows us that nutritious food doesn’t have to be boring. This chilled-out cafe is mindfully run by the Hare Krishna’s of Cardiff.
They have a varied vegetarian and vegan menu that is as pretty as it is whoesome. Feed your body and soul here and also get some colourful veggie snaps for the gram
One of the more sophisticated curry houses in Cardiff, Purple Poppadom brings a spot of fine dining to Canton. This swanky, award-winning venue is also Michelin & Good Food Guide listed, so you know you are in a for a foodie treat.
Moving away from plain old Chicken tikka’s and Lamb Bhuna, here you’ll find innovative dishes including Chilli Coconut Prawns, Sheek Kebab and pan-seared seabass.
All dishes have rather elegant plating, making it a great place for food photography in Cardiff
This cosy and independently owned & run Pontacanna Bistro has a focus on high-quality Welsh produce and a changing menu.
Come for the food and stay for the warm atmosphere and chilled out surroundings. Typical offereings include Duck salad with Frisee lettuce, Lentil samosa with roast beets, goats curd & romanesco and Roast fillet of Pollock.
Thse modern dishes are also a dream to photograph, so make sure to take lots of snaps for the gram.
What do you think of these Instagrammable dishes of Cardiff? Where is your favourite place to take Insta-good, foodie shots in the city? Let us know in the comments below.