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Coffee Barker

Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU, Wales
+44 29 2022 4575
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“paninis” (26 reviews)
“duck egg” (6 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU, Wales
Neighbourhood: City Centre
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As I walked from Cardiff station to my hotel, I decided to take shelter from the rain and pop in to what looked like an interesting place for a quick bit of lunch. I was right about the "interesting" bit - tucked away down a...More

1  Thank jeff1894
Reviewed 1 week ago

Expected more, coffee and tea average, cakes prepacked, only one type of GF offering, which was a brownie. Took ages to get served.

1  Thank Polly L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coffee Barker used to be my favourite place. Nice coffee and very tasty cakes. I went on the 13th of May, Saturday afternoon and it was quite busy. The staff came across as very unprofessional and extremely rude. More specific, blond lady with glasses and...More

2  Thank kassianibiri
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed drinking an excellent flat white here while watching passersby from my comfy seat by the window. There was also a really interesting mix of music. The staff came across as a bit unprofessional though, joking around loudly amongst themselves while keeping customers waiting.

Thank PebbleL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly guy served us, yummy minestrone soup and rustic bread lovely relaxing atmosphere 😊 a must when looking for a nice hidden gem

Thank Suzanne S
Reviewed 18 April 2017

If you're looking for a good place to have a sit down and have a natter, Café Barker is definitely your best option in Cardiff. The location in perfect, really close to the Castle and also within one of the arcades! The decor inside is...More

Thank Sophie H
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Food was great ! Staff were really friendly however i felt the service could improve ! First of all we found a table, waited for a menu but were not presented with one so we got up to ask and were advised they no longer...More

Thank nataliefarrell90
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This place is situated in a lovely little arcade in Cardiff. Very cosy decor. Staff weren't particularly friendly which is unusual for the Welsh. Coffee was more expensive than London prices (ouch) and the carrot cake I had was disappointing (dry). Not somewhere I would...More

Thank xoxLuxyxox
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Visited Cardiff and we loved this coffee shop. So much choice on the menu! I had the Nutella latte & my friend had the strawberry milkshake, both delicious! 100% recommended!!

Thank Natalie_Diane2015
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We called in for a snack after attending the flower show.There is a display cabinet from which we chose a sandwich each. We then had to queue for a long time. We had the option of heating our food but that would entail another wait...More

Thank chrisandbrenda2016
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
where do you get the brown bread from,which you serve for the bacon and egg sandwich.Never had bread so good.
20 July 2016|
Response from biffa365365 |
Hi It's from Cardiff old market. The bread stall. Fresh every morning. So pleased you enjoyed. X
where do you get your brown bread from,which you serve for the bacon and egg sandwich?.Never tasted bread so good.
20 July 2016|
Response from Patrickcouret | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea! haha. I do not work there I was just visiting the place while on holiday. I am from England.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$10
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:30
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
08:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff>  > City Centre
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre
  • Phone Number: +44 29 2022 4575
  • E-mail
Coffee Barker is located in the beautiful Victorian Castle Arcade. Just off Cardiff High Street in the city centre and very near to Cardiff Castle. For all year continental "outside" dining there is seating within the Castle Arcade. Step through to doors and find delightfully comfy arm chairs within an ambiance that is always relaxed. Coffee Barker serves great Coffee, fine Teas, and tasty food made in our own little kitchen every day. Winner of numerous awards including Best Coffee bar. Open 7days Monday through Saturday 8.30am-5.30pm & Sunday 10.30am-5pm Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, All day comfort food. Great Coffee, handmade cake and ll the good stuff required for a chilled catch up with friends or a quick pit-stop whilst shopping. Enjoy x