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Cafe Minuet

42 Castle Arcade Cardiff CF10 1BW

This endearing eatery just inside Castle Arcade is a long-standing favourite with the locals, as much for its lack of pretension as anything else. It’s very small, with barely half a dozen tables, and the decor is fairly ordinary, but (despite the vaguely French name) the food is delicious homemade Italian fare, with pizza and pasta sustaining the bulk of a long menu, though there are plenty of other tempting dishes available. Try the spinach and ricotta pancakes, or the calamari and whitebait salad, and in warmer weather, take a seat at one of the little check-clothed tables outside – or grab a snack from the tiny hatch and park yourself on the castle lawn across the road. The only downside is that they don’t serve alcohol.

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