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The Plan Cafe

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28-29 Morgan Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AF, Wales
+44 29 2039 8764
08:45 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 08:45 - 17:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After hearing such great things I chose to give it a try. My toastie was good but not great and portion size was far too small for the price, although my boyfriend's eggs benedict looked and tasted nice. The wait was quite long and others who arrived later got food before we got our drinks, felt a bit forgotten.

Thank Keah M
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tea time stop off, lovely hot chocolate and red velvet cake. Great atmosphere, quaint place. They stopped serving food at 4 pm, only cakes and drinks until 5pm

Thank Nkem O
Belfast, United Kingdom
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I saw through the window their claim to be listed as one of the top 25 cafes in U.K. By Sunday times. I thought it would be tough to turn that down! Well what a let down. It was £6.75 for a beef baguette. It was literally the smallest baguette you've ever seen with one slice of beef. The side... More 

Thank ctron1
Concord, California
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243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Plan Café is conveniently and centrally located in the Morgan Arcade in Cardiff, not far from the castle and hotels. It specializes in artisan coffee that is freshly brewed by the baristas on site. There is a nice café serving breakfast and lunch. The menu includes many egg dishes, jackets (baked potatoes), salads, soups, bugers, ploughman’s lunch, etc. with... More 

Thank dragonrees
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting cafe. They chose their coffees season by season and the flavours are delicious. I can only drink decaff and even the decaff has a deep flavour. The coffee is expertly prepared by Trevor, the experienced barrister. Excellent coffee cheaper than Starbucks and just a stone's throw away. Don't miss this place!

Thank joannaCardiff
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87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

because it had been rated so highly by people I expected more. The food was OK but not great. The service wasn't anything to write home about. the waitress did her job but no more than that. The toilet was disgusting. It smelt real bad. Not some where I would have high on my list for a revisit.

Thank filligirl
Bridgend, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Generally the food is nice, and it offers a nice variety of drinks. The staff are friendly and keen to help. I found the cafe to be a little cramped, tables are quite close together and if you have a pram it's very difficult to negotiate. The toilets are also freezing because their downstairs, though they are otherwise well maintained.... More 

Thank Crisdavies
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The plan used to be my favourite place for coffee and lunch but what has happened the last six months?! Last time I went in the atmosphere was full of grease in the air and steam, its been freezing cold the last few times and really uncomfortable- has the heating broken and not been fixed?! Food has been awful, limp... More 

Thank Emja79
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I notice this cafe in Morgan Arcade won Best Coffee Shop at Cardiffs Lifestyle Awards 2016 based on public votes so that should tell you it's a place to eat. It does get busy but there is an area on the first floor to eat. We have never been disappointed with the food that has been served always well good... More 

Thank irenechadwick51
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great place in Cardiff in a cute arcade. Good coffee and good food. was a cozy and welcoming place, service was excellent, I would definitely recommend.

Thank k-oconnor11

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$11
Cafe, British, Welsh, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
08:45 - 17:00
08:45 - 17:00
08:45 - 17:00
08:45 - 17:00
08:45 - 17:00
08:45 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28-29 Morgan Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AF, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff
  • Phone Number: +44 29 2039 8764
One of The Independent's top 50 coffee bars in Britain; fantastic fair trade coffee; organic, vegan, veggie, and gluten-free menu items; excellent breakfasts and lunch.

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