The Lonely Planet guide books have updated their entry about Cardiff – and it seems the city is being recognise for ’embracing its new role with vigour’.
The new role is of a city which has “entered the new millennium pumped up on steroids, flexing its new architectural muscles as if it’s still astonished to have them.”
The guide book is buzzing about the capital, pointing out the Millennium Stadium and the National Museum of Wales as places to visit – along with more offbeat places including the newly opened Cardiff Story Museum.
For the nightlife its 10 Feet Tall, Club X and Pica Pica which get the nod – and to catch a gig or a show its Clwb Ifor Bach and the Sherman Theatre who lead the line.
Foodies will delight in seeing Brava, Cameo Club, Madame Fromage, the plan and the Riverside Market give the thumbs up. The now-closed Le Gallois is also given a recommendation, showing no matter how hard you try guide books will always be one-step behind.
Cardiff’s Victorian Arcades – as featured by the Cardiff Arcades Project – get a prominent mention alongside St David’s.
In terms of the weather – it seems June, July and August are the best time to visit – although February and March see the Six Nations arrive to “warm the spirits.”
It’s interesting reading about the place where you live from an outsider point of view. We’ve recently had the Cardiff Bucket List guest post on this blog, so now we’d like to know what would you recommend for tourists to our great city. Where should they go? Where should they eat? What should they do in the few days they’ve got in Cardiff? Let us know in the comments below