My last story of the year is part of a round-up feature for Telegraph Travel.
I explored the Cardiff suburb of Pontcanna, the en-vogue neighbourhood for shopping, dining and drinking.
Here’s a taster of the text:
The Welsh capital packs heritage attractions and sporting heroes into the compact city centre. But the smart set heads for Pontcanna.
The leafy, northwestern suburb is, along with neighbouring Canton, home to green spaces, hipster hangouts and cool cafes. Crucially, it feels properly Welsh, and the locals outnumber day-trippers.
Better still, it’s just a 20-minute stroll into the city centre via Bute Park and the grounds of Cardiff Castle, part Norman fortress, part Victorian folly, following the river Taff.
Amongst my recommendations are brunch at Milkwood [pictured above] and the restuarant, Thomas.
The latter is the domain of Pembrokeshire-raised chef Tom Simmons, who blends French and Welsh influences for a true taste of the cosmopolitan Cardiff suburbs.
Read the full story via Telegraph Travel, Britain’s coolest 15 neighbourhoods — and how to see them like a local