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Coffee Barker

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$$ - $$$
City Centre
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Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU, Wales
029 20224575
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 1 week ago 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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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here during my lunch hour and I was very disappointed. Ordered a pot of tea and baked potato. After a 25 min wait the potato arrived and it wasn't cooked properly. I took it back and they promised another. After another lengthy wait, I gave as I'd run out of time and had to go back to work. I... More 

Thank Andrew O
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56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a toasted sandwich which wasn't particularly flavourful so I felt a bit disappointed considering this, a bag of crisps and a soft drink leave little change from a tenner. Food is a little overpriced for what they are (and for Cardiff) but I think you are paying a premium for the atmosphere and comfy leather armchairs.

Thank Missp5555
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I regularly visit Barkers Coffee as I like the atmosphere, the food and drink and it is a good place to chill out. However, the service is terrible. Queuing at the till so as to order even just a coffee or pay for a cold drink takes sooooo long and i don't understand why. Barker's if you are reading this,... More 

1 Thank Oliver H
Swansea, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All that's missing is probably cigar smoke and brandy... and cleric mix of furniture, extra pleasant staff but strangely limited menu, although really nicely prepared. Coffee very nice and tasty, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon to die for......

Thank rhmclapham
Penarth, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came in for coffee and toast...not cheap at over £10 for 2 people..staff friendly and polite.Coffee and toast v nice apart from running out of brown bread by 11.30am! However never saw a table cleared or cleaned..customers removing dirty crockery themselves. Floor dirty and upswept and behind counter floor again was unclean. Think Barkers should be a bit more proactive... More 

Thank maggie1966
Houston, Texas
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54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found, just walking around the town, in search of a nice and healthy breakfast place, in one of the nicest arcades of Cardiff, this delightfully tasteful and quirky breakfast and lunch place. Very nice staff; excellent coffee, very generous portions of yoghurt and fruit, well prepared eggs and so on and so on. It felt a bit like sitting... More 

Thank Kikker G
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled upon Coffee Barker whilst Christmas shopping with my dad on Xmas eve. Lots of handmade food and a large variety - something for everyone. The setting is very cosy. Large armchairs and sofas, candles etc. Great value for money - the slice of victoria sponge cake I had was huge, and very tasty! Seemed to be lots there also... More 

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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, Brunch, Lunch
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: 029 20224575
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?