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Coffee Barker

#128 of 1,010 Places to Eat in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Centre
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Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU, Wales
+44 29 2022 4575
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Dropped in for a coffee on a freezing day. Friendly staff, quirky settings and they were playing Nirvana in the background. Caramel latte was perfect. Would recommend.

Thank essi81
Newport, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went here with my cousin. He enjoyed his meal which was waffle and some form of meat. It took ages to get served. Big line of people waiting and not enough staff. Our food turned up separately. It was fairly expensive for a veggie sandwich made of average white bread. What really annoyed me though was that my veggie... More 

Thank CPenn1
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here last week for breakfast. Deffo NOT coming back; Service was chaotic and poor. Staff were rude and condescending. Food was distinctly average. I'm giving 1/5 because I have to rate it something, though I dont feel its worth even 1. HOWEVER. Interestingly, there is another Barkers, in High Street Arcade, where I have been to before, and where... More 

Thank DunkBob B
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great comfortable atmosphere with nice sofas. Great hot chocolate, cake and interior. Overall really nice experience especially when it's hot for a warm up. The only thing is that it's quite expensive, however the staff were very friendly and service was quick.

Thank gemmaellard
Taunton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Visited Cardiff this place looks amazing from the outside, we thought we had to go in. Great quirky music selection, great coffee and what looked like a great breakfast BUT... the sausage was inedible, couldn't believe it. Now I didn't say anything as the girls serving presented to me as stand off ish, cold and just not very welcoming. My... More 

Thank grun_dmc
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69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I found this place which looked really interesting and nice, so we went in. I really liked the ambiance, they put a lot of detail in the arrangement and the furniture and the decor, I really liked it. The man at the till/making coffee was nice, everything was very relaxed. I had a soya latte and the... More 

Thank prinsessem
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

This place is popular. You can see why, it's cool! It's a hipsters paradise. It's got mismatched cushions, chairs and old telephones. I like it! I have been here on previous occasions when it's been quiet, but this time it was busy. The queue took ages to go down but it was a Saturday and lunchtime (2PM) so understandable. When... More 

Thank Geraint W
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

After visiting the magnificent Cardiff Castle our friend guided us around the beautiful architecture of the Victorian arcades. We stopped here for a welcome break ordering chai and a ham and cheese panini. The service seemed under pressure with a small queue and we did have to wait a while for delivery of our food. The waiting staff were happy... More 

Thank fatbloke60
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Worst espresso I've ever had. Nice interior and environment but get the impression it's more style over substance.

Thank Lawrence S
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Having lived in Cardiff for a number of years i was a little sceptical when i saw this place transforming from a clothes shop (Barkers) to a coffee shop but i must say the owners gamble has paid off handsomely. Out of the handful of independent coffee houses in the city, this has to be one of the best. Pros:... More 

Thank Marky M

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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
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
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?