Five must-visit newbies to launch in Cardiff this Summer


As we learn to love moving around more freely, regulars to the city will have noticed a few new colourful additions to the leisure and retail scene to emerge since lockdown. Cardiff is never a city to stand still, so if you have yet to venture on in, come and experience our top five must-visit newbies that will provide a welcome breath of fresh air for your next visit.

Lost Lands Roof Top Cinema

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Outdoor cinemas are not only the biggest trend to hit our gardens this summer, but we are lucky enough to have rooftop hosts, Lost Lands, take up residence on top of Jacob’s Market this July to bring us showings set against Cardiff’s panoramic skyline. Sip cocktails and relax as the sun sets, and order yourself some Macho Nacho street food, all served up to the side of your deckchair!

As cinema’s under the stars go, this one is pretty epic!

Ridiculously Rich By the Sea

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Alan Sugar’s apprentice winner Alana Spencer has brought her sweet treats to the heart of the Bay with a brand new pastel coloured diner that looks right at home in Mermaid Quay. The second ‘By the Sea’ concept to open, to mirror that already found in Aberystwyth, is set to be popular with all ages as a day by the sea is not complete without tasting one of the super indulgent sundaes, milkshakes, and cookie dough pizzas.

Flagship Zara Store

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Retail inside St David’s 2 is far from flagging with a brand new flagship Zara store, recently opened opposite the Apple Store. Now the queues have subsided, it’s the perfect time to set your sights on some super summer brights, spotted in their impressive womenswear collection. With an ample childrenswear and menswear collection on the first floor, the new store is significantly bigger than their previous store on Queen’s Street.

A Bigger & Better Techniquest 

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Four years in the making, we couldn’t be happier that our landmark Techniquest centre has finally reopened its doors to reveal its huge revamp. Having undergone a huge extension, you can expect to see a host of custom-made exhibits including a living wall, earthquake simulator, virtual operating theatre and a remote operated vehicle. With its appeal now stretching to an  older audience, all ages are in for a hugely different Techniquest experience and one that is definitely worth travelling for. 


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Wales’ biggest water park returns to Cardiff Bay for the summer months. Last seen in 2019, these inflatable climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, slides and monkey bars offer a fun-filled day out for families and friends looking to reconnect and embark on activities akin with holidays abroad. 

Why not stay a while?

With so much still to see and do, why not stay a while and enjoy a weekend away or a family staycation in Cardiff? We offer multiple self-contained, self-catered apartments and studio living across Cardiff and the Vale, to accommodate any numbers for as long or as little as you are looking for. Experience all the luxuries of home, coupled with the convenience of a hotel.

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