Get your Christmas brew on

December weather. Also known as, the perfect time to curl up in a cozy cafe with a good book and your favourite mug of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or cocoa.

While Cardiff’s arcades look especially radiant, tis the vibe in its corridor’s quaint cafes that squeals Christmas.Red throws, clinking cups, happy chatter, marshmallow toppings, the smell of roasted Arabica beans and an occasional “laugh out loud” fill the Victorian courtyards with winter sweetness.

Some of the cafe’s are even offering seasonal brews to spice up the ambience.

At the Boardroom Coffee Shop in Duke Street Arcade, all hot Christmas drinks come laced with whipped cream, delicious toppings like toffee apple, mint, salted caramel and Irish cream as well as a dash of glitter! Don’t worry, although the gold dust sparkles, it is edible. Each festive drink will set you back £3 pounds.

If it’s tea you crave (maybe tea is more your cup of tea?), then the Waterloo Tea Room in Wyndham Arcade offers a pot of a light and flavorful Christmas blend for £3. London Fog, is another hot creation made with a combination of Earl Grey, dried lavender, vanilla syrup and milk, and again a cup is yours to enjoy for only £3 pounds.

As a surprise pressie, the barista and manager, Kasparas will also add a signature Christmas tree art on any latte of flat white ordered during the season.

Erica Henderson, a foodie and lifestyle blogger who has visited the tearoom this season says, “Waterloo tea rooms is a gorgeous, modern place to relax and enjoy a vast selection of fine teas. The interior exudes a quaint air of relaxation with a friendly and genuine team at hand. Their kindness and care is reflected in their efforts to support the community and of course, their cakes are extremely delicious!”

Wally’s Kaffeehaus, located on the top floor of Wally’s deli in Royal Arcade has many  speciality beverages on the menu. These include kirsch hot chocolate for £3.25 and a mug of gluhwein for £3.95.

Fancy a cup of cheer this Christmas? Then head on down to the arcades for the most decadent brews, this side of town.

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16 thoughts on “Get your Christmas brew on

  1. …Could imagine myself walking in these corridors ..taking in the aroma of fresh brewed coffee…bakes..and much more…and it would be just perfect if one could share such cozy moments with friends..n loved ones…. wont it ..? Such a perfect setting…

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  2. I have a great love for hot drinks, and the London Fog sounds like something you’d have found in a Harry Potter book, with such delicate but flavorful ingredients like rose, lavender and Earl Grey!

    Reading about these lovely shops and their beautiful hot concoctions during the Christmas season, along with the beautiful pictures posted, allows me to almost feel the warmth of the arcade shops and smell the drinks brewing behind the little doors.

    Fantastic read!

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  3. Good article! I’m gonna put on my gloves, get my books and my notebooks and go to the arcades for a delicious study afternoon! ❤ thanks, it is very informative 😀

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