One of Cardiff Arcade's many hidden treasures, the Plan cafe is a lovely hideaway for anyone wanting to enjoy a leisurely cup of tea or healthy serving of hot or cold food.
The Plan is located in a two-story corner space, right in the middle of Morgan Arcade. The ground floor is great for people watching, with several huge windows facing directly into the arcade’s traffic. There are also a few tables set up outside for those wanting more space. The top floor is usually quieter with some bigger tables, more isolated from the bustle downstairs. Besides the massive old-fashioned chandelier that hangs from the ceiling, the decor is modern and simple, allowing for an uncomplicated visit.
The Plan has a casual, laid-back atmosphere as well as attentive service. On an average day you’ll find families eating breakfast together, friends sipping coffee over pastries, and young couples enjoying lunch. It’s a little more difficult to flag a waitress down on the top level than the bottom, but they’re usually pretty good at noticing you when you walk up the stairs.
Between 9am and 11am Plan serves a lovely breakfast, ranging from bacon and eggs in a fresh bap (£3.60) to organic Greek yoghurt accompanied by a selection of fresh fruit (£3.50). From 11am onwards, there are several hot and cold foods to choose from, including a Greek salad (£6.20), homemade chilli, jacket potatoes and a wide range of baguettes and sandwiches. On a cold day, warm yourself up with a hefty serving of soup (£4.50). There are usually a few to choose from, but the carrot and coriander is especially delicious. All of the soups are served with a warm white or wheat baguette, butter and two slices of cheese (except for the broccoli and stilton soup).
Plan is an excellent café for vegetarians, offering meals such as the vegan salad (£6.20) and vegetarian chilli with rice (£7.50) which are good value and very filling as well.
If you’re looking for a place to sample a rare green tea or coffee from around the world, then the Plan is your next stop. The tea and coffee menu is the same size as the food menu, and with so many wonderful hot beverages to choose from, you won’t feel guilty savouring your last few sips as you watch the world go by.
The Last Word
Plan is a great place to grab a quick and hearty lunch or sit for hours over a cup of rare tea and a newspaper, pausing only to watch the consistent bustle of all the passers-by.