Cardiff area guide: Canton
When living as a student in Cardiff, you may not often leave the confines of Cathays and Roath to venture past the city centre. However the area of Canton just west of the city centre is a lively area in its own right, popular with postgraduates who choose to stay in the city after their studies.
Where is Canton?
Just west of city centre you will find yourself in an area recognised as one of Cardiff’s most ethnically diverse districts: Canton. It takes averagely 10-15 minutes to walk from Canton into the city centre, making it a prime location for city workers or others who desire a central location that is still primarily residential. Canton also includes direct links onto the A48, which leads to the M4 and is ideal for avoiding city centre traffic.
Highlights of the area
Populated by around 13,000 people, Canton is full of life with plenty of shops, restaurants and entertainment, and is well known for having developed a bohemian feel over the years, with Chapter arts centre at the heart of the district. Chapter has been running for over 40 years, providing all kinds of creative exhibitions from thought-provoking performances and films to pop up shops selling local produce.
Canton has a range of local transport options, with many regular buses and a local train station, Ninian Park, which links with other local stations every half an hour.
Local amenities include a good range of supermarkets, several schools central to the area and a number of doctors’ surgeries.
There are various choices for pubs in the Canton area, usually housed in old buildings with typical local architecture, adding traditional Welsh character to the area.
The Lansdowne is well known for an influx of Cardiff city fans, and is the only pub that screens Gaelic football and hurling, perfect for sports lovers. The pub also hosts an annual beer festival, with food and music that embraces Canton’s bohemian vibe.
The Westgate is a cosy pub run by Brains with good food and real ales, which regularly pulls in a younger crowd at weekends.
The Beverly Hotel is a traditional but more up-market pub and hotel, with working clothing not permitted. The facilities of this converted Victorian townhouse include a great beer garden where you can watch the world go by during summer, and 17 en-suite rooms.
Cafés and restaurants
Canton has an assortment of cafés and restaurants on the central Cowbridge Rd, including chain restaurants and authentic gastronomy. With its great mix of culture, Canton has a fantastic range of restaurants and takeaways offering all types of cuisine.
You can sample the speciality fish dishes of Almada Portuguese Restaurant or get a true taste of traditional Thai food at the relaxed and contemporary Bangkok Café. These small independent eateries and many more in Canton like them, are great for exploring new tastes right on your doorstep.
Live in Canton
If you’re interested in living in Canton or other Cardiff areas and would like to have a look at the properties we have available to let, you can visit our office in Cathays or contact us through our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages.