Cardiff has a thriving visitor economy, attracting an estimated 18.4 million tourists in 2013. The city was designated as a Centre of Culture in 2008 and offers a wealth of arts events and venues, notably the Wales Millennium Centre, situated in Cardiff Bay. This iconic venue attracted more than a million visitors in 2014, making it Wales’ top visitor attraction for the eigth year running.
The city centre is compact and easily navigable and contains a mixed offer of shopping centre, high street and Victorian shopping arcades, which in combination provides a diverse assortment of shops, cafes and delicatessens. To the south of the centre is Cardiff Bay, Europe’s largest city-centre waterside regeneration project. This area is home to the Welsh National Opera and major businesses such as RBS, Arup and Regus, as well as the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh offices of the UK Government and the European Commission, in addition to an assortment of waterfront shops and restaurants at Mermaid Quay.
The Millennium Stadium has cemented Cardiff’s reputation as a sporting capital, playing host to various high-profile events including the Six Nations Rugby Tournamant, the first event of the 2012 Olympics, and hosted a number of Rugby World Cup 2015 games, including two quarter finals. Cardiff is also marketed as “Europe’s Youngest Capital”, and is home to a student population of over 65,000, including an estimated 6,000 overseas students, primarily drawn from Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan and the University of Glamorgan.
The city centre is well connected with the Cardiff Central rail station, giving both regional and national access and the main bus terminus giving access to the heart of the city. The city is strategically located on the M4 and has national and international access via Cardiff Airport.
The Hayes is a scenic pedestrianised shopping street, lined with Edwardian and Victorian buildings on the western side of the street and St. David’s shopping centre on the eastern side of the street. Following the opening of St. David’s it has become home to a number of high-end retailers including Hugo Boss and Reiss, as well as a dining quarter at Mill Lane.
ST. MARY STREET/BREWERY QUARTER
Brains Brewery was redeveloped into a restaurant quarter complimenting existing pubs, clubs and restaurants in the vicinity. It is within easy reach of the Millennium Stadium complex and was recently pedestrianized, thus improving the linkage between the transport hubs and St. David’s.
Mermaid Quay is a waterside shopping and restaurant quarter within in the Cardiff Bay development. Situated less than a kilometre from the city centre, it features an array of cafes and restaurants, a comedy venue, and hosts cultural and family events throughout the year.
Queen StreetQueen Street is Cardiff’s main pedestrianised shopping thoroughfare and is home to high street names including Next and M&S. At the western end of the street is Cardiff Castle, which plays host to a variety of street musicians, performers and most recently, the Nato Summit Dinner. Queen Street is also the location of two other shopping centres within Cardiff city centre; the Queens Arcade Shopping Centre linking into St. David’s, and The Capitol Shopping Centre. Both have their prominent entrances on Queen Street.
ST. DAVID’S/DEWI SANTSt. David’s is the largest shopping centre in Wales and the prime shopping destination in Cardiff. The second phase, completed in 2009, extended the shopping centre to include over 130,000 m2 of retail and leisure space, anchored by the largest John Lewis outside of London. St David’s, which regularly hosts fashion and entertainment events, is home to over 180 fashion, accessories and electrical retailers, alongside a two-storey dining quarter. St David’s serves as Cardiff’s main city centre car park.
|KEY AREAS / STREETS/SHOPPING CENTERS||CONSUMER PROFILE||MAJOR RETAILERS PRESENT||NEW ENTRANTS||TYPICAL RENT FOR UNIT OF 2,000 SQFT||RANGE OF UNIT SIZES|
|St David’s||Mass Market, Tourists, Local Shoppers||John Lewis, Debenhams, H&M, Apple, Hollister, Goldsmiths, Monsoon, Hamley’s, River Island, Marks & Spencer and Primark||Primark, MAC, Bose, Size, Tiger, Blott, Clogau, Patisserie Valerie, Michael Kors, Kiko, Swarovski, Smiggle and H&M upsize.||£200,000||500 - 35,000 sqft|
|Queen Street||Mass Market, Tourists, Local Shoppers, Office Workers||Marks & Spencer, Next, Top Shop, Zara, JD||Samsung||£175,000||300 - 150,000 sqft|
|The Hayes||Luxury, Tourists, Designer Brands, Restaurants||HoF, Urban Outfitters, Joules, Molton Brown, Radley, Kath Kidston, Hugo Boss, Reiss, Kurt Geiger, Wagamama, Carluccio’s||Wahaca, Cosy Club||£150,000||500 - 80,000 sqft|
|Mermaid Quay||Tourists, local business density, Local Shoppers||Tesco, Austin Reed, Las Iguanas,Wagamama||Costa, Yakitori, Top Gun||£100,000||500 - 10,000 sqft|
|St Mary Street/High Street/Brewery Quarter||Local, Convenience, Tourists, Business, Restaurants/Pubs/Clubs||Sainsbury, Tesco, Prezzo, McDonalds, Hard Rock, Pizza Express, Nando’s, La Tasca, O’Neils and Wetherspoon||Sainsbury||£75,000||500 - 10,000 sqft|
Data as of September 2015
The café quarter at Mill Lane features al fresco international dining and several bars in a picturesque central location.
St Mary Street in the city centre is known for its bars and clubs. Just off St Mary Street is the Old Brewery Quarter, home to several chain restaurants and a few independents on the former site of the Brains Brewery. The setting features a mix of modern and historic architecture, including elements of the original brewery buildings.
Within St. David’s shopping centre, the Eastside dining quarter offers both casual and fine dining, with restaurants including Jamie’s Italian, Prezzo, Pizza Express, TGI’s, Yo Sushi and Nandos.
The Crown Social bar and restaurant in the Parc Hotel by Thistle has been awarded two AA rosettes and offers a contemporary take on traditional Welsh dishes.
Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones has recently joined the Burges restaurant at the Park House as consultant chef, where he will be charged with redesigning the menu and turning the Park House into a world-class dining destination.
Mermaid Quay features more than two dozen cafes and restaurants in a scenic waterfront setting, within close proximity of the Wales Millennium Centre and the business district at Cardiff Bay.
|KEY AREAS||CONSUMER PROFILE||FOOD & BEVERAGE OPERATOR INCLUDING||RENT FOR 3,500 SQFT UNIT|
|St. David’s||Tourists, local shoppers||Wahaca, Cosy Club, Wagamama, GBK, Nandos, Jamies Italian, Barburitto, EAT, Shake Stack.||£200,000|
|Mill Lane||Tourists, local shoppers||Las Iguanas, Bills Produce, Ash, Cote||£200,000|
|St Mary Street/Old Brewery Quarter||Tourists, local shoppers||La Tasca, Chiquitos, Nandos, Bella Italia and Pierre Le Bistrot||£100,000|
|Mermaid Quay||Tourists, local shoppers, local business density||Cote Brasserie, Las Iguanas, Nandos, Café Rouge, GBK, Porro, Five Guys||£125,000|
Data as of September 2015
Victoria DaviesAssociate Partner, EMEA Retail, Cushman & Wakefield LLP
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