Mermaid Quay
Mermaid Quay
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Mermaid Quay is set in a stunning waterfront location in the heart of Cardiff Bay. It's the perfect place for dining out or relaxing over a drink in one of the 30+ restaurants, bars and cafés. With cuisine from around the world – from Welsh ice cream to Japanese sushi, from freshly prepared French food, stylish crepes and flame-grilled Latin American dishes to Italian pizza, Portuguese PERi-PERi chicken and everything in between – Mermaid Quay has somewhere for every taste, mood and budget. And why not have a laugh at The Glee, Cardiff’s first and finest comedy club or visit the new Everyman five screen boutique cinema. Mermaid Quay also offers the gorgeous Zia Boutique gift shop, the fabulous Fabulous Welshcakes, Pavers Shoes, Tesco Express and the award-winning Ken Picton Salon as well as other stores and services. PLUS, it’s home to the Aquabus waterbus service – offering with trips around the Bay and beyond and to the city centre.
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  • Paul Wirral
    Wallasey, United Kingdom689 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvellous Mermaid Quay
    A beautiful waterfront setting in Cardiff Bay. It consists of eateries, shops etc that caters for all food & drink needs and it is a lovely place to spend in the summer and there is always a large hustle bustle of locals and tourists. There is a car park just behind it near the wetherspoons and there is ample parking
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Chander_62
    Cardiff, United Kingdom402 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not as vibrant as it used to be !
    Not as vibrant as it used to be. Review of Mermaid Quay Pending review Was quiet on Thursday morning as we expected. We could not make out whether it was the time of the day or the times we all were in. A few places were shut and the place was not as vibrant as we had seen in the pre-Covid days.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • David D
    Devon, United Kingdom25,409 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than just shops and restaurants we really enjoyed walking around exploring
    We spent two nights in Cardiff Bay the 19th and 20th October during this time we visited the Quay a number of times. This waterfront Quay was part of the massive investment for the Dock and Bay regeneration programme and it opened in 1999. It is has numerous bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. However there are other interesting aspects to be seen and explored. Close by the "Spoons" pub, the Mount Stuart, which we visited more than once, there is the small Landsea Square and it's Water Feature. In front of the pub on the waterfront there is the Landsea Gardens and the Rugby Players Statue From the Quay there are views across the Plass to three very different styles of buildings, all of national importance, Welsh Millennium Centre, The Senedd, Parliament and the historic Pierhead Building. We walked across the wooden footbridge , than spans Roald Dahl Plass, to the Quay from near Pierhead Building. From the footbridge we overlooked The Plass and its pillars and seventy foot tall water tower. There were pieces of industrial machinery dotted around the place, a reminded of the area's history and former use. We had dinner on the Quay both nights, first night in Demiro's and the next night in Duchess of Delhi (both reviewed separately). Kiosks and their jetties lined up along the waterfront, from here it was possible to take boat trips around the bay and into the City. Most of the places mentioned in the review are reviewed separately.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Lissa C
    West Dunbartonshire, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place to visit for a lunch or dinner or drinks
    Absolutely gorgeous place to visit especially in lovely weather. Lovely restaurant’s overlooking the bay. Friendly staff and they have barrels of water for dogs. Outdoor seating areas which allowed our dog to come everywhere with us. There are shops and a hairdressers and a carpark. There was also water sports while we were there. Amazing place, id recommend it to everyone
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 20, 2024
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Tranmere10
Oxford, UK40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It depends on what you like. Modern buildings have been put onto former dock areas, together with wide roads, a concert hall and similar. People jog there and go along to the barrage. The new bit has the usual chain restaurants. A bit soulless for me.

It has been plonked there with little apparent regard to the older part of town to its west and appears to have sucked the trade from that area. These contain a range from 1840's small houses to 1880's well built and ornate offices and other buildings. In other countries the older area would be maintained and made a feature of, but here it is decaying. See it before it goes.
Written July 9, 2022
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Pammy S
Windsor, UK110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Firstly I must warn Drivers. My car is 4 years old with a Sat Nav. Cardiff is evolving into a marvelous city but my cars directions we so out of date I ended in a bus lane and have received a fine. Used my granddaughter's phone navigation system from then on. Many roads we closed and diversions in place. Take care!
However, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Mermaid Quay so many choices of good restaurants something for everyone taste. At the time of our visit in August a fun fair was at the center of the Quay that added to the atmosphere. Everyone around was so happy. I was a wonderful afternoon.
Written August 24, 2021
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Paul Wirral
Wallasey, UK689 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A beautiful waterfront setting in Cardiff Bay. It consists of eateries, shops etc that caters for all food & drink needs and it is a lovely place to spend in the summer and there is always a large hustle bustle of locals and tourists. There is a car park just behind it near the wetherspoons and there is ample parking
Written August 20, 2023
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Ankit2385
Bengaluru, India636 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Its a nice waterfront area and great place to wander around. Lots of bars and restaurants, boat rides and things to see and do. There are direct bus from the city center and Taxi's easily available.
Written June 4, 2021
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EmT
Cardiff, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Food was sooooo good, service was AMAZING! Tom served us and he was so lovely and welcoming and super knowledgeable. He was also like this with every other table that he was serving as well. Such a fab human, thank you for making our meal extra happy!

The guy who was working the door too is also lovely but we didn’t catch his name :( but thank you too!
Written August 27, 2021
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Anneure
Brighton, UK106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Great place: I spent most of my 3-day holiday to Cardiff here. Lots of restaurants and shops, boat tours - easy to get to from the town centre, good cheap buses, boats. Great cycling.
Written September 11, 2022
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Lissa C
West Dunbartonshire, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Absolutely gorgeous place to visit especially in lovely weather. Lovely restaurant’s overlooking the bay. Friendly staff and they have barrels of water for dogs. Outdoor seating areas which allowed our dog to come everywhere with us. There are shops and a hairdressers and a carpark. There was also water sports while we were there. Amazing place, id recommend it to everyone
Written March 20, 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,082 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Mermaid Quay is located in Cardiff Bay. It has a large number of places to eat and drink including wagamama, brasseries and more.

There are some lovely views of the bay from the waterfront.

Worth checking out on your visit to the city.
Written March 30, 2023
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Chander_62
Cardiff, UK402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Not as vibrant as it used to be.
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Was quiet on Thursday morning as we expected. We could not make out whether it was the time of the day or the times we all were in. A few places were shut and the place was not as vibrant as we had seen in the pre-Covid days.
Written September 14, 2023
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ozneroL88
Misinto, Italy2,798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
It's absolutely a fantastic area for walk, have fun with friends between bars, shops & restaurants...u can do more activities there, I can't do other than reccomend it a visit!
Written October 8, 2019
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