Cardiff is an amazing place to go shopping, You will find absolutely everything you will ever need, you have all the typical high street stores, New Look, H&M, Jane Norman all in the new St David centre, which also hosts every little gadget shop you can think of! But back to the clothes.. Queen Street is where Topshop (a massive THREE FLOORS!), Primark and River Island are found, along with Lipsy for pretty dresses for nights out and BHS and Marks for the older customer!
What I seem to love best about Cardiff though is the individual retailers, get lost in the castle arcade and you will find Eccentrix (one of the best shoe shops in town, very affordable) Hobo's (Vintage clothing at its best) an alternative fashion store underneath a fancy dress shop and two other shoe shops which are both still simply amazing. St Mary's street is where you will come across two more arcades both hosting some more amazing vintage clothing stores, along with skating stores and another alternative fashion store (Rebel Rebel)
If its charity shop's you are after The Oxfam Boutique (which sells some designer items) is on St Marys street and continue towards Cardiff Central train station for three other ones, all full of amazing clothes with good causes. If your looking for cheap fancy dress from a charity shop Scope (Churchill Way) always has something for me when I ask!
You will however need a lot of time and a lot of coffee and money to visit all these amazing stores!
It always makes me feel rather sad when I come back from travelling, and this is partly due to the fact that I feel the UK lags behind in the shopping department. OK that's not strictly true, but I do live in a rubbish town in Wiltshire, you see.
However, I was reminded after I returned from Australia, that there is some hope in the UK. This is when I went to Cardiff and accidently ended up shopping. And I'm sure girls (and some guys) everywhere will tell you that it is very easy to accidently go shopping. Cardiff has all the usual high street stores but I'm not really interested in them- although, even those shops are better than my home town. I prefer the unique clothing shops, where you can pick up something that hardly no one else has. The arcades are brilliant for this, with so many exciting vintage shops lurking around the corner.
I'm going to give special credit to a shop called "Hobos Vintage Clothing" which - despite the name- has just about the best selection of clothes I've ever seen. I believe it is in the Queen's arcade, but forgive me if I'm wrong considering I do not live here. I could quite happily have lived with the clothes in that shop alone and never shop somewhere else again. There were so many different types of tops, jackets (for men as well), jeans, trousers, skirts and of course amazing dresses. It's the type of shop where if you see something you have to buy it out of fear that you'll never see something like that again. And so I did, I parted with 22 much needed pounds in exchange for this fantastic black and white dress with red roses on it. I did get £3 off though for a student discount which was nice :) The only disadvantages with that is they only have limited amounts of the clothes and so may not have your size in the piece you want and usually it's only in smaller sizes.
But in all, shopping in Cardiff is a great day out =)