Sunday is the perfect day for hitting local markets. The fridge is empty, there’s nothing on telly worth watching and, as you’ve not got work to tend to, you may as well spend a few hours strolling outdoors.
Riverside Market in Cardiff has been operating since 1998, bringing fresh produce and exclusive local wares to visitors for over 15 years. It’s not just the goods on offer that make Riverside a treat – it’s the smells (mediterranean, Indian, sugary, earthy), the colours (vibrant organic veggies, deep amber spices, opaque ruby red jams) and the sounds (buskers, jolly traders, the occasional gossiper).
We went to Riverside Market on a chilled Sunday morning in September and took a few photos of the Cardiff landmark. We can’t promise that you won’t be tempted to attend (and hey, if you see us there, come say hello over a cronut!).
To set the scene: river (check), market stalls (check), punters (check)
Mr Nice Pie‘s offerings living up to the name
Super-bright and completely natural fresh pasta from Casa del Cymru – zingy!
A beautiful bunch of fresh flowers pulled together by The Flower Hive (these guys know how to match colours)
Pillowy, sticky brioche oozing with blueberry sweetness
Oh, and they are vegan! Happy Amy! (Thanks Wigmores of Monmouth bakery)
Ta-da: the mighty Cup and Cake cronut! So so sugary, so worth the wait…
…as that big grin confirms. The Caffeine Kid‘s coffee (washing the sweet beast down) is 100 times better than any high street cafe brew
Big thumbs up to the amount of vegan produce on sale. These beetroot bombs from The Parsnipship are naturally neon
If you like speciality bread, you’ll love the San Francisco by Riverside Sourdough. Malty, edgy and robust
Spice of Life, one of the best spice shops in Cardiff, bring a mini version of their Roath spice and herb mecca to Riverside
Olive Bar’s wooden buckets were bulging with plump goodies. If only you had smell-o-vision…
There is a real sense of community that buzzes through the bustling riverside street of stalls and marquees. If you go once and return again next time it’s in town, you’re bound to recognise someone or be recognised by somebody who was there the previous week. In cities, this is really hard to come by – yet another reason why Cardiff ticks our boxes.
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