Looking for a bite to eat? But fed up of the generic chains filling the high streets? You’ve come to the right place.. check out our recommended hidden eating spots in Swansea.

1. Star bar and Chinese restaurant, Green Dragon Lane, Swansea


This Authentic Chinese cuisine eatery can be found hidden away on a city centre side street. The prices are very student friendly and the reviews of the food are brilliant. Some firm favourites are baked port ribs with gingko and fried king prawns with three cups of sauce! Give it a try and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

2. Square Peg coffee house, Sketty

The makers of Square Peg wanted to give it a comfortable environment where people could come relax for a couple of hours, maybe do some work with their famous coffee and perhaps a bite to eat of their homemade delicious cakes or brunch options. Starting to get more popular with the students with reviews such as Lovely little place; friendly, homely and all profits going to charity. Yummy coffee and great music being the cherry on top!” – Jennifer Johannesson, Facebook.

Give it a try and give us your thoughts below.

3. Thai Taste, Swansea Market

This isn’t somewhere you would think to go to but this authentic Thai eatery is so yummy it earns its way on this list. It already has a cult following from plenty of locals and students alike. You’ll find it in Swansea market where they’ll serve Pad priew wan chicken or pork; larb moo; queyteow tom yum noodle soup plus lots more. The reviews are promising with Takethestep, Tripadvisor saying “If you are looking for authentic tasting Thai food at a fair price and don’t fancy a restaurant head to this little gem.”

4. Pop up restaurant at Carreg Adventure, Gower


This pop up is located in the renovated Stouthall Mansion and serves all different cuisines depending on the pop up! Its something different and well worth a visit, especially for the bustle of the atmosphere! Poshpop on TripAdvisor said “The food was outstanding everything was absolutely done to perfection. And the lemon desserts are better than what we had in Italy.”

5. Lezzet Authentic restaurant, Penllergaer

We battled with whether to put this on the list as it is a little further out so you may need a car to get here… but it’s so deserving of the spot on the list and you’ll agree if you’ve been!

Although it doesn’t look like much from the outside, it serves alfresco Turkish and Mediterranean food cooked in stone oven or charcoal grill. It is located on the edge of Penllergaer Woods. Some foods served are chicken Shish, Turkish Pide and Stonebaked pizzas. Nichola Rees said on Facebook “Visited this lovely place today. Lush food, takes me back to Turkey. Friendly staff, can’t wait to go back evening time.”

6. Belle Vue Bistro, Swansea

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Easily one of the best restaurants in Swansea, Belle Vue Bistro is a family-run restaurant and coffee shop in Swansea Bay. Whether you’re looking for a juicy fillet steak, burger or chicken parmiagiana, their experienced chefs are more than accommodating.

If you’re looking for delicious food, Belle Vue Bistro has to be on your foodie bucket list.

Address: 6-8 Bellevue Way, Swansea SA1 5BY

7. Bar Americanos, Prince of Wales Dock

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This waterfront jazz cafe has an impressive menu, but that’s not all. Its waterside location makes for the perfect setting for a date, or simply dinner with friends. Customer reviews frequently mention their great selection of drinks, outstanding service and fantastic lunches.

Not forgetting the great atmosphere, delicious cocktails and live music!

Address: Prince of Wales Dock, Kings Rd, Swansea SA1 8PP

8. HQ Urban Kitchen

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Situated in the Old Central Police Station in Swansea, if you haven’t visited HQ Urban Kitchen, you need to head here right away.

Whether their ‘full Welsh breakfast’ (breakfasts served until 11.30am FYI!), or a delicious brunch (served all day), HQ Urban Kitchen has everything you could ask for. If you simply want a snack, or the weather’s heating up, they also have some cold options available, including sandwiches on lightly toasted sourdough, malted granary or gluten free bread.

What’s more, they have fast WiFi, plenty of power sockets and an abundance of delicious food and drinks if you’re looking to catch up on some work while you’re there! Or why not grab a good book and enjoy a moment of peace? Is HQ Urban Kitchen one of the best restaurants in Swansea? We think so…

Address: The Old Police Station, Llys Glas, 37 Orchard St, Swansea SA1 5AJ

9. Mermaid Cafe Bar, Mumbles

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An absolute must-visit – especially if you have food allergies or intolerances – the Mermaid Cafe Bar in Mumbles is not only dog friendly, but also incredibly accommodating in other ways too.

This homely restaurant has a warm welcome, hearty food and plenty of local produce. Its spectacular sea views are more than a good enough reason to visit alone!

Address: 686 Mumbles Rd, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4EE

10. Dinu’s Pizza

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Having started their business making pizza in their homemade oven, Dinu’s Pizza is now serving Swansea with its deliciousness. Having moved to the UK 10 years ago, Dinu Cojocariu is no stranger to an Italian restaurant atmosphere. Alongside his wife Madalina, Dinu’s Pizza has gone from strength to strength.

If you’re looking for fantastic food, you’ve found it.

Address: Swansea Rugby Club, St. Helens, 1 Bryn Road, Swansea, Swansea, SA2 0AR

11. The Perch, Wind Street

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Located in Swansea city centre, The Perch can be found in the heart of Swansea, on Wind Street. Get ready for tapas like never before, alongside live music and delicious drinks from their cocktail bar.

Address: 66 Wind St, Swansea SA1 1EQ

Let us know if we’ve missed your favourite spot and we’ll be sure to include it on the next list!

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Last Updated on October 27, 2023