Old meets new in Cardiff, where modern high street outlets are in walking distance of some of the country’s oldest arcades.
Cardiff has fast become top-of-the-shops in recent years, with a combination of designer brands, high street names, independent boutiques and antique markets. Recently ranked the 6th best shopping destination in the UK, there’s something for everyone in Cardiff.
Forward thinking eventsCardiff is leading the way in the 21st century shopping experience! Cardiff Fashion Week is the premier fashion event in Wales and begins 22 – 29 October 2016 of fashion, sponsored by Motorline Maserati, will showcase the very best design and retail in Wales.
The highlight of the week will be the catwalk shows and designer village at Cardiff Masonic Hall on Saturday 29 October. Taking part will be designers and retailers from across Wales who will are using the event as a platform to showcase their collections to a UK audience. Catwalk shows are at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. The Chapel 1877 is the official after-show venue so grab a cocktail or glass of bubbly before or after the shows to make this a truly unique day. Standard tickets are £10 and VIP tickets are £15.
The Arcades are a Cardiff institution and a great place to stumble across some of the city’s best independents stores. The Castle Quarter is made up of High Street Arcade, Duke Street Arcade and Castle Arcade all full of vintage clothes stores, quirky craft shops, legendary jokes shops and trendy coffee shops. Running parallel to the cafe quarter is the Wyndam Arcade and a short stroll away is the Morgan Quarter made up of The Royal Arcade and the Morgan Arcade – dating back to 1858. Packed with boutiques, niches stores, shoe shops, jewellery stores and importantly home to Spillers Records, the world’s oldest record shop.
Established in an old Victorian pumping house, The Pumping Station is home to the most eclectic mix of traders this side of the Severn Bridge. With more than 35 under one roof, you can spend an entire afternoon browsing vintage furniture, jewellery, clothing and furniture from the Victorian era right through to modern day.
Lovers of all-things-vintage should also check out the Castle Emporium, centrally located opposite the clock tower of Cardiff Castle. This former Art Deco cinema offers an eclectic mix of Vintage and Retro fashion in specialist boutiques, collectibles from eras past, hand crafted designer wares, records, contemporary art, jewellery and unusual gifts.
Jacobs Market is an Aladdin’s cave for items such as vintage clothing, furniture, records, army surplus and comics and a good spot to wile away hours in the heart of the city. Amongst the treasures and trinkets are a collective of eccentric sellers and stories to tell.
The high street indoor shopping emporium, St David’s offers the ultimate 21st century shopping experience and features the high street’s most popular names across a spacious 1.4million square feet.
Including Apple, Hollister and the biggest John Lewis outside of London, the centre also boasts a five floor flagship Primark. As well as Hugo Boss, Karen Millen, Kurt Geiger, Reiss, Jo Malone and Vivian Westwood for the fashionistas who want to splash the cash.
Cardiff’s Central Market is a great place to get a taste of the city all under one roof. The impressive Victorian structure offers a unique shopping experience in the heart of a modern, bustling cityand you’ll find a wealth of products ranging from fresh baked bread and Welsh Cakes, flowers to records and sweets and hardware to pet supplies and fresh fish. Cardiff Market has been trading in one form or another since the 1700s. It has occupied the same site for over 100 years and although you will no longer find livestock tethered and penned outside its doors, some of the old features remain to this day.
Established in 1994, Craft Folk organise outdoor art and craft events in Cardiff City Centre and surrounding areas. They run approximately ten events throughout the year, with their exhibitors selling a wide variety of diverse arts and crafts, interspersed with seasonal food and drink. Through their events they are committed to keeping traditional arts and crafts alive thus ensuring that talented crafts people have the best possible opportunity to show and sell their work.
Designer names to be exact! McArther Glen Designer Outlet is located just outside of Cardiff in Bridgend and is the largest designer outlet in Wales where you can find your favourite brands at up to 60% off, all year round. With cafes, restaurants, free parking and more than 90 brands there is something for everyone and the wide range of stores ranges from iconic fashion brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Levis, Lacoste and Calvin Klein to athletic labels and high-street favourites such as Ted Baker and French Connection.