Coffee Barker – Cardiff

29 May

The Place


Located in Castle Arcade there’s a fair bit of competition for Coffee Barker, including the amazing Madame Fromage. There’s a nice decor to the cafe with comfy seating and big windows creating a relaxed atmosphere to reflect on life with some cake and a drink. We sat outside and the blankets provided on the seating was an especially nice touch.


The Hot Chocolate


Me and my good wife both had hot chocolates but for a change I opted for the white chocolate version. Sadly it turns out, perhaps rather unsurprisingly, white hot chocolate is quite sickly and I left the majority of it. That’s not a reflection on Coffee Barker to be fair but just that white hot chocolates are not for me. You live and learn.

The Carrot Cake


The icing was the hero of this carrot cake. Thick and with nice texture. As for the cake itself, the taste was there but I found it a tad dry, reminiscent of the carrot cake I previously reviewed at Cafe Brava. In the interests of balance I should say my good wife disagreed and enjoyed it.

The Rest


I did have a really lovely and spicy chicken and chorizo panini which added to the pleasant nature of the setting is enough to recommend a return visit.

Coffe Barker
Castle Arcade

2 Responses to “Coffee Barker – Cardiff”

  1. Dorine May 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Oooh Coffee Barker- absolutely love it. The only problem is that it’s far too popular and sometimes you just can’t get a space!

    I do agree on white hot chocolates, they tend to be a bit too sweet. Even normal hot chocolates sometimes are a bit sickly.

    • hath53 May 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Hi Dorine,

      Yes it was full when we went, which made the blankets on the seats outside very welcome.

      I have a very sweet tooth so never found hot chocolate sickly but clearly white hot chocolate is not for me.


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