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Coffee Barker

#152 of 1,028 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 - 16:30
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Sun 11:00 - 16:30
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 17:30
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Doesn't feel like Cardiff or even Welsh! Can't tell who are customers and who are staff! And I assumed wrongly it's not table service.... Think the designer had fun doing this place but this place needs staff presence and Obvious staff uniform ? Name badges ? Table menu ?

Thank Dryws D
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very long wait for some pretty decent cake/milkshake. Need more staff though!! At least 15 minute wait. Beats the standard costa and Starbucks though

Thank Matthew M
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely quirky decor Comfy sofa and place you can stay and chat with friends easily On the down side coffee is poor quality And service is poor and slow Staff seem uninterested in customers and seem to spend there time chatting while people wait to be served

1 Thank jacy60
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have had lunch here a few times recently. Nice ambience - very relaxing and chilled out. Great pots of tea and the warm sandwiches are good.

Thank Jo P
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointed with the nutella late, as the nutella is just on the cup, not in the coffe. The staff was not the best.. But the place is nice and in a nice location

1 Thank anna r
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

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 

2 Thank louislou
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 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 

1 Thank Bryony H
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 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 Debbie J
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

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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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 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

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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
USD 2 - USD 10
Cafe, British
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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?