Whether you're visiting Cardiff for the first time or a resident looking for something new, discover a taste of South America in Wales.
From the Welsh settlement of Patagonia to prime beef patties, Wales and Argentina are inextricably linked.
Welsh traditions such as the crowning of the bard still go on today in the South American village of Y Wladfa and around 5,000 residents are fluent in the Welsh language.
A seductive slice of Argentina is waiting to be discovered in Wales’ capital city of Cardiff too.
The Best Burgers in Cardiff
Scorching temperatures, endless coast lines and soft sandy beaches. Unfortunately our South American cousins in Argentina surpass Wales in each of these things. There is however something we do equally as well. Beef. Yes, beef!
Argentina is one of the biggest red meat consumers in the world and it’s something that we in Wales also pride ourselves on. The gourmet burger is on the rise and during your trip to Cardiff it’s essential to try the local, delicious beef which is on offer.
The Grazing Shed
Located on the city centre’s best-kept secret, Barrack Lane – The Grazing Shed serves up something for everyone. Speedy service, local ingredients and a laid back, quirky atmosphere makes it a perfect lunch – or dinner stop-off. You have to try the The Tipsy Toucan – a delicious double beef burger weighing in at a whopping 330g! It’ll set you back £10.50 but it’s worth it – for the coronary alone.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
With a title like that you know you’re in for a treat before even stepping through the door. Located in Mermaid Quay Cardiff Bay, Gourmet Burger Kitchen serves up an extensive range of meat and veggie burgers to suit all tastes. We recommend the spicy Blazing Sombrero, it’s smothered in smoked applewood and chorizo relish and at £9.95 is quite the bargain. And don’t even get us started on their salted caramel milkshake!
Urban Tap House
Perfectly positioned between the Millennium Stadium and the centre of town, Urban Tap House boasts excellent burgers – and beers too! Our top pick is The Signature burger, which brings together the glorious union of peppered ground beef and deep friend pickles. Wash this down with a a few of their ales and an afternoon siesta typical of South America may just be on the cards. This burger sits at the cheapest end of our scale at £9.95.
The Smoke House Wales
The Smoke House is an authentic American BBQ restaurant, which serves everything from burgers to burritos – and it also has an impressive brunch menu. Located in Pontcanna, a short walk from the Millennium Stadium – go here to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Our personal favourite is the the Swamp burger (don’t be fooled by the name) topped with goats cheese and red onion relish – it is simply delish! At £13.00 it’s the priciest burger on our list, but state-side cuisine in Cardiff doesn’t get any better than this.
A taste of Argentina in Cardiff
What better way to mark the Rugby World Cup, Patagonia 150 or any occasion really than with a cocktail. South America is well known for popularising the spirits, Pisco and Cachaca. The classic Pisco Sour – a devilish concoction of brandy and egg white and the refreshing Caipirinha are firm favourites. Both can be found shaken and served up in many of Cardiff’s cocktail bars.
We recommend Las Iguanas, Buffalo Bar and The Laguna Bar for an expertly made cocktail – all conveniently located in the city centre. And for an extensive selection of Argentinian wines look no further than Viva Brazil just a stones throw away from the Millennium Stadium.
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of ‘Y Wladfa’, the Welsh colony who sailed, settled and created thriving Welsh communities in Southern Argentina back in 1865.
The Wales Millennium Centre located in Cardiff Bay have a wide range of events to celebrate Patagonia 150. These include art exhibitions, theatre productions and performances from the National Youth Choir of Wales.