Cardiff boasts six historic arcades, which in total stretch to a length of 797m (2,655 ft.)! The beautiful arcades still retain many of their original features and are home to dozens of unique stores and cafés. In the Castle Quarter you'll find High Street Arcade, Duke Street Arcade and Castle Arcade. Home to a number of great vintage and craft shops, cosy cafés and the odd deli.
Towards the south of the city centre, the Morgan Quarter is home to Royal Arcade, Wyndham Arcade and Morgan Arcade. In these arcades you'll find boutique shops selling clothes, jewellery and plenty of cafés and restaurants to rest weary feet.
The arcades are also home to some of Cardiff’s most interesting cafés and delicatessens. You’ll find vegetarian and organic cuisine as well as great delicatessens for foodies looking to stock-up.
One of Cardiff’s most famous shops, Spillers Records, the oldest records store in the world, is based in Morgan Arcade – its 3rd home since opening in 1894. Over the years Spillers has seen and supplied many varied types of pre-recorded music and now offers a diverse selection of music on both CD and vinyl.
And if you’re looking souvenirs, plenty of Welsh gifts can be found in these arcades, from handmade Welsh textiles to Welsh love spoons and rugby shirts.
More recently the arcades have been transformed through a local social design group into galleries, cinemas, workshops. These versatile spaces have been used to showcase the National Theatre of Wales and even as a venue for a fashion launch! The Ark empty shops project has aimed to fill spaces within the arcades to expand Cardiff creatively.
You can see a full list of Cardiff's historic Arcades here.