For those of you arriving earlier, Stryd y Plas in Caernarfon is a great place to explore. It is where Palas Print, our all time favourite bookshop is located. You’ll find quirky shops and restaurants and plenty of opportunities to use your Welsh.
On Stryd y Plas you’ll also find Llety Arall. Ty Siocled, an artisan chocolate shop. Siop Manon, a colourful vintage shop run by Manon Elis who used to play Michelle on Rownd a Rownd. Siop Iard who sell hand made designer Welsh jewellry. Scoops a dutch pancake house. Bonta Deli a wonderful little delicatessen. Art shops, the Market Bar and much more.
Another great place to practice your Welsh is Na-Nog book and gift shop on the maes.
A drink (and possibly a meal) at the Black Boy Inn which dates back to the early 16th century (the inn and not the food), is a must, as well as a visit to the Bar Bach - the smallest pub in Wales.
Other fab watering holes and places to dine include, Ty Glyndwr, who serve great cocktails I’m told. Ty Castell are great for Welsh tapas. Ouzo and Olive are a fabulous and reasonably priced Greek restaurant. Osteria serve Italian food and amazing sharing platters. Wal has good food and a great atmosphere. Stones Bistro pride themselves in their steaks and seafood. Copa on the Maes are popular with the youger generation - they are a modern pub serving pub food in a lively and colourful environment.
If it’s good weather, then I highly recommend sitting on the wall outside The Anglesey pub with a glass in hand, looking out over the Menai Straits towards Ynys Mon.
For fabulous Cantonese dining, Fu’s is a must!
if your feeling frivolous and really want to push the boat out, the Gun Room just outside Caernarfon is spectacular.
Fancy seeing more of the coastline? Then book a trip on The Queen of the Sea. She and her Welsh speaking staff will take you along the Menai on a relaxing trip where you can see the mountains of Eryri in the background.
If you feel like a pamper, my regular hairdressers One.A are fab. They’re friendly and efficient and have Welsh speaking staff! They also do nails and make-up! But book fast as they’re very popular.
Of course you can always visit The Galeri. check this link for what’s on at the cinema that week. They also have art exhibitions, and restaurant and bar area with outside seating.
Should you have forgotten any essentials, Caernarfon also have a Boots, a pharmacy/chemists, a Tesco/Morrisons/Asda, Peacocks, Home Bargains… and should you have made the mistake of leaving your frock at home, there are about four or five good charity shops…