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Coffee Barker

#136 of 1,024 Places to Eat in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Centre
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Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU, Wales
+44 29 2022 4575
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on Tuesday late afternoon and should have gone elsewhere when I spotted the very average coffee machine. Considering they call themselves a Coffee Shop I would have expected a quality espresso machine serving barista style coffee. Asked for two flat whites and was served two cups of watery brown coffee flavoured milk, half of which was slopped into the... More 

1 Thank louislou
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here today, at not a very particularly busy time (Wednesday early afternoon). Service was terrible, staff didn't know what they were doing at all. Also couldn't distinguish between different types of coffee. I asked for a flat white - instead I got a black coffee with milk straight from the carton thrown into it, in a great big mug.... More 

Thank Bryony H
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely our new favourite coffee shop in Cardiff. Staff so friendly and helpful. Best cup of tea I have had out over Christmas holidays (and we have been to quite a few places!). The food that was been served looked delicious. Doorstep toast looked amazing. Such unusual decor.. .so much to see. Lovely choice of music..just one very small negative... More 

Thank Parasprintmam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love Barkers design-quirky and cosy. You're spoilt for choice with the menu! went for a jacket potato and it was absolutely delicious-very filling! and a milkshake which was very nice. My friend had a doughnut shake which looked amazing! All so nicely presented. Friendly staff. Would have loved to have tried one of the amazing cakes on offer but was... More 

Thank Lala L
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stumbled across this funky little Coffee Shop whilst on a recent visit to Cardiff. We opted to sit outside in the arcade underneath the cosy warmth of the heatlamps. I had a lovely big mug of Creamy Latte' and a generous wedge of Chocolate Vanilla Cake, and my other half had a Pot of Tea which was served in... More 

Thank Stuart L
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'd been here a couple of times and it's always perfect! Delicious food, great coffee & tea, and lovely environment to enjoy your time with family and friends!

Thank pamifuentes
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Positive: Fantastically set out theme - nice change from the usual mainstream coffee shops in Cardiff. Fairly priced too. Negative: Grubby, incredibly grubby. The Mess in and around the serving counter, and the cups/trays was a big let down. Staff spend a lot of time joking and messing around with each other, not really interested in serving or the customer.

Thank James G
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When I first arrived it was pretty quiet but soon a whole crowd of people came. I sat down and waited for my friend to arrive. I was really craving a festive panini and was sad to find out they had sold out. So opted for chicken and cheese instead. My friend also opted for this , but when bringing... More 

Thank Emma F
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

Great coffee and atmosphere at Barkers. However I waited 25 mins in the queue today, which is pretty shocking! Sticking to Costa next time.

Thank Adam D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

City centre coffee-bar/bistro that I wondered past and was drawn into by the delightful decor and interesting breakfast menu. I has wonderful avocado and egg on roast and will definitely visit again.

Thank John N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$2 - $10
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  South Wales  >  Cardiff>  > City Centre
  • Neighborhood: City Centre
  • Phone Number: +44 29 2022 4575
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?