Swansea’s Iconic Cafés
Jun 24, 2021
As well as being home to great cuppas, full-cooked breakfasts, and lunches during a day of shopping, our Swansea cafés are places to meet friends and to feel part of a community.
This month, we’ve put the spotlight on our favourite cafés in the heart of Swansea city centre.
1. Kardomah,Portland Street
This is the most notorious café in Swansea and was even listed in the Daily Telegraph’s Top 50 Coffee Houses Around the Globe. Its known for its wonderful staff, some of which have worked there their whole lives. Its original décor from 1957 is untouched and it’s clear to see why Dylan Thomas loved this coffee house so much. It’s was even featured in BAFTA Cymru award-winning film ‘Set Fire to the Stars’ and a Dr Who Christmas special.
2. Gershwins, Nelson Street
This café is a home away from home for so many. It has regulars that have visited daily since its current owners took over in 1985. It’s a must-visit during a day in the centre of town and it’s even attracted the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones and the All-Blacks rugby team. This café’s iconic dish is the vegetable cawl, a family recipe that’s been a firm favourite for over 30 years.
3. Franco’s, Nelson Street
Francesco Gallo and his family brought the wonders of Franco’s to Swansea in 2005. This Neapolitan café and restaurant serves traditional Italian dishes alongside British classics, it has something for everyone. Its warm décor with nods to the family’s Italian roots, makes enjoying the customer-favourite lasagne an even better experience. While it’s known for its authentic Italian dishes, Francesco says that his Sunday Lunches are the best in Wales!
4. Caffé Lucia – Dolphin Hotel, Whitewalls
Watch the world go by with a paper, breakfast and excellent coffee. This modern but informal café with great outdoor seating, brings café culture to the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Its menu is pretty impressive too with locally sourced ingredients at the heart of each recipe.
5. Café Continental, Castle Street
Just a stone’s throw away from Castle Square, is Café Continental. A homely café with a vast menu and great coffee. Their homemade hand-cut chips are legendary, and the big portions and variety of dishes make it a must-visit café that offers excellent value for money.
6. Sam’s Café, Nelson Street
Famous for their breakfasts, with many customers saying it offers the “best full cooked breakfasts in Swansea”, Sam’s is a great place to start your day. Its lunchtime and dinner homemade meals are just as popular and have attracted families for years.
7. Café del Mar, Picton Arcade
Run by a husband-and-wife duo, this café is filled with passion which is clear in the beautiful dishes they create. From pasta, risotto and omlettes, there is something for everyone. Nestled away in Picton Arcade, it’s a great spot to escpae the crowds of the city centre. Originally from Romania, Mihai set up the café after being refused his request for a £1 p/h pay rise, in his previous job. He handed in his notice and decided to set up his own venture. The love the pair have for their café is contagious the second you step inside.