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City of Arcades Top 10 Revealed
<< Back Posted on 31st July 2018

By Carolyn Brownell

City of Arcades Top 10 Revealed


The people of Cardiff and beyond voted in their thousands to reveal the 10 most popular businesses housed in the city’s seven historic shopping arcades.

The top 10 was revealed live on Friday July 27th as a brass band marched across the city visiting each business in turn. Waterloo Tea in Wyndham Arcade took the top spot, closely followed by tattooist and barbers, Sleep When You’re Dead, in High Street Arcade, owned by MTV star Matthew Pritchard.

The City of Arcades Top 10 are:
1. Waterloo Tea – Teahouse, Wyndham Arcade
2. Sleep When You’re Dead – Tattooist and barbes, High Street Arcade
3. Jones the Barber – Barbers, Castle Arcade
4. Pen & Paper – Stationers, Royal Arcade
5. Simply V – Vegan shop and bakery, Castle Arcade
6. Sobeys – Vintage clothing shop, Royal Arcade
7. Jian Chen Fine Art – Art gallery, Duke Street Arcade
8. Spillers – Record shop, Morgan Arcade
9. Rules of Play – Table top games shop, Castle Arcade
10. The Card Shop – Dominions Arcade

Kasim Ali, owner of Waterloo Tea in Wyndham Arcade, said: “It’s such a proud moment for all of us at Waterloo Tea to not only be recognised for what we do, but also to be a part of reinvigorating and championing the uniqueness of our beautiful city.” 

Matthew Pritchard, owner of SWYD, entrepreneur and MTV star, said: “I’m really proud and honoured that Sleep When You’re Dead has been included in the City of Arcades Top 10. It’s down to my amazing team, who work so hard. Since the campaign started, we’ve had some of our busiest weekends and we’d like to thank FOR Cardiff for starting this. We love being in the arcades and our future is definitely here as we continue to grow our business.”