Serves meat, vegan options available. Sister branch to Waterloo Gardens, Penylan. Offers breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea. Usually at least one vegan cake in the display cabinet, soya milk available for drinks, and at least two vegan breakfast (e.g. tofu scramble, avocado on sourdough), and 2 vegan lunch options (e.g. soup and bread, courgetti and pesto). Afternoon tea requires booking a day in advance which means vegans can be catered for. Free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri 08:30-17:00, Sat 08:30-18:00, Sun 10:00-17:30.

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12 Reviews

First Review by Spaghetti_monster


Points +224

31 Aug 2023

Great for tea

Has a lot of different teas as well as breakfast and lunch options. A bit expensive but very good

Pros: Great tea selection, Vegan options



Points +387

05 Mar 2023

Good vegan options!

Lovely little brunch place! Nice atmosphere and good vegan options❤️

Pros: Lots of option, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Expensive


Points +192

10 Feb 2023

Good vegan options

Great independent with a few options for vegans - the mushrooms are definitely recommended. Portions sometimes quite small though last time I went it was big so maybe they have changed it up.

Nice staff and good number of seats so even when it's busy you can often get a table. Lovely coffee and a range of teas - if you're not sure what is what the staff are really helpful.


Points +2369

26 Apr 2022


Little bit pricey but worth it for the selection of teas and nice atmosphere. Had a few different toasts.

Updated from previous review on 2022-04-25


Points +582

13 Jan 2022


Popped for a quick bite on our last full day and were not disappointed.

Great selection of drinks, cakes and hot food.

The staff were lovely and the place itself is very cute.

Updated from previous review on 2022-01-13

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Tasty drinks

Cons: Slightly on the pricier side


Points +347

25 Oct 2021

Lovely choice for brunch

Had a lovely brunch here. Great ambience in the arcade and friendly staff. My partner went for the miso aubergine brioche, I had the mushrooms and avo on sourdough. We both had an autumn spiced latte. It is expensive but a nice treat while we were on holiday, and everything is beautifully presented.


Points +143

05 Jul 2019

Yummy Avocado

Went for the smashed avocado (without the feta) and the avocado chocolate cake. Delicious and very friendly staff. A couple of other vegan options both savoury and sweet.


Points +581

07 Sep 2018

Cute & Kind

I popped in when I had time between trains and had a very nice oat milk flat white (they do almond, oat, and soy milks now) and the tofu scramble - all delicious and no fuss. Plus it's a gorgeous space in a convenient location with very nice staff!

Pros: Good options


Points +149

24 May 2018

Excellent in every way

Had the tofu scramble and it was great

Pros: Great vegan scramble, Nice atmosphere , Lots of teas to choose


Points +61

25 Jan 2017

Expensive but fascinating cup-of-tea choices

This is a specialist tea sellers, with all their tea sourced from particular estates, (and correspondingly expensive) and most of it organic - so high marks environmentally!
The staff are very knowledgeable about it and enthusiastic and helpful; it is clearly a place where you can order an expensive tea (and maybe a cake) and while away an hour or so reading or chatting to friends (their are some very comfy armchairs, etc.) They do a couple of vegan cakes every day which are delicious. However, whilst there are vegan choices at lunchtime (generally soups) they also serve meat and fish, so I would only recommend it at non-mealtimes (and lunch can go on until about 3.00, I was told). Very nice otherwise, though and easy to find - close to John Lewis.

Pros: Very nice atmosphere, Lovely teas, many rare chinese ones, Staff very knowledgeable about the teas

Cons: Quite expensive, Serve meat/fish at lunchtime


Points +5040

20 Nov 2016

Nice Salad and Cake

We had a yummy Lime and Lemon Cake, nice summer salad and the Rye with beets and avoided instead of cauliflower as they ran out. There were 2 vegan cake options, 2 open sandwich, 2 salads, 1 soup with bread. However Soup was not available on the day. Very busy area. There was a queue at the till. We had to pay before they serve us. Cake slice was nice but too small and quite expensive £3.90. Food portions were small. Nice as a once off.

Pros: Vegan Options

Cons: Expensive, Small portions, Long waiting time at till


Points +900

06 Jul 2016

Tranquil vegan-friendly tea shop in Cardiff city centre

My Mum and I visited this tea shop 4 times on our 3 day visit to Cardiff due to the friendly staff, relaxing atmosphere, and well labelled vegan options. The vegan cakes (we tried the lemon and lime, and the chocolate avocado) were delicious, and the tofu scramble (with roasted peppers and avocado) was great for breakfast.

Pros: Great city centre location (near to but different , Tasty vegan options (especially cake and breakfast, Friendly staff

Cons: Currently no vegan sandwich options (but other veg

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