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The big 10: Favourite cafes in South West Wales

By This is SouthWales  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

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SO, what's your favourite? In this new weekly feature we will be asking ten people to tell us what they think is the best... well, almost anything!

This week it’s the best cafes where you can take the weight off your feet during the Christmas shop. Tell us what your favourite is by filling out the form below and check back to thisisSouthWales.co.uk where we will publish a full list of your recommendations.

1. Alex Frith MBE, creator of Bumbles of Mumbles and The Best Is Yet To Come: “I love to go to Starvin Jacks in Park Street, they are the best in Swansea. It’s lovely, they all know me and make a big fuss when I call in.

2. Kathy Peart, a 23-year-old English language student at Swansea University: “I try to avoid going to Starbucks and Costa as I feel the smaller coffee shops benefit more from my business and generally charge less. My favourite place in Swansea to go for coffee is a cafe called First Call Coffee in Orchard Street because the staff are efficient and the owner is very friendly (and often gives free samples of his cakes).

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3. Kevin Johns, Swansea Sound DJ: “I love Gershwins in Nelson Street, Swansea. They play jazzy music and swing music and it’s just lovely. It is full of Swansea people and you can go upstairs which is sometimes quieter. It is popular with theatre people.”

4. Swansea musician and music producer Andy ‘Wal’ Coughlan: “You can’t beat the Kardomah in Portland Street, Swansea, it’s a real, traditional coffee shop. I just love the ambience, there’s nothing wrong with keeping things as they were.”

5. Llanelli Star journalist Alana Lewis said: “I love going to Altalia in Stepney Street, Llanelli. They have a range of shots such as hazelnut and caramel that they add to the coffee. It’s yum!”

6. Neath Port Talbot councillor Alex Thomas: “If I’m in Pontardawe I like going to Bishop’s at the canal bridge. It offers good, hearty food at a reasonable price.”

7. Swansea student Nyangala Zolho said: “I usually pop in to Costa in Whitewalls. It’s just convenient to stop off there.”

8. Evening Post deputy news editor Paul Turner: “I love M&S. I think they do one of the best hot chocolates I’ve tasted and they put loads of cream and marshmallows on top. And if you get a table by the window, you can watch the world go by below in Oxford Street.”

9. Vanessa Thomas, part-time degree development officer, Swansea University: “After a busy day shopping I like to take the weight off my feet by going to Starbucks in Oxford Street, Swansea, for a caramel latte!”

10. Adam Farrell, claims handler at Insurance firm Admiral: “I don’t drink coffee, but I have been down to Starbucks at Morfa Retail Park (below), where I had a frappuccino, if that’s what it’s called!”

You got in touch to tell us your favourites...

Joes Ice Cream Parlour, Swansea.

Forte's, Mumbles.

Maddocks' Tea Room, Pennard

Sam's Restaurant and Coffee Shop, Swansea

La Parmigiana, Swansea

Gelato Gatti, Aberafan Beach

Cafe Continental, Swansea

Jenkins, Llanelli

Shoebox cafe, Brynymor Road, Swansea

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  • waldo99  |  December 04 2012, 9:09AM

    not a big fan of the big chains like Costa and Starbucks especially since they dont pay any tax. When in Mumbles I usually go to Cake on Dunns Lane which does a mean double espresso