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Top Choice Museum in Swansea (Abertawe)

Egypt Centre

Swansea University's collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities includes a fascinating array of everyday artefacts, ranging from a 4000-year-old razor to a mummified crocodile. Kids can try their hand at Muppet mumm…
Top Choice Market in Swansea (Abertawe)

Swansea Market

There's been a covered market in Swansea since 1652 and at this site since 1830. Rebuilt in 1961 after being bombed in WWII, the current version is a buzzing place to sample local specialities, like cockles, laverbr…
Top Choice Chinese in Swansea (Abertawe)


Opened by expats frustrated by what passes for their national cuisine in these parts, this characterful, intimate restaurant focuses on authentic MSG-free Chinese dishes, including a wide range of seafood, vegetable…
Top Choice Tapas in Swansea (Abertawe)


Set back from the road in an old brick warehouse, and with a menu as eclectic as its decor, this chic eatery specialises in 'world fusion tapas'. This translates to small plates and tasty platters designed to be sha…
Top Choice Cafe in Swansea (Abertawe)

Square Peg

With mismatched stools reupholstered in recycled denim and kooky local photography blanketing the walls, this is exactly the hip kind of place you'd expect to deliver seriously good coffee. With two blends on the go…
French in Swansea (Abertawe)

Didier & Stephanie

The opening hours are erratic at this long-standing restaurant, so it pays to call ahead. It's well regarded for its French cooking, refined setting and attentive service, and offers set menus at lunch (two/three co…
Ice Cream in Swansea (Abertawe)

Joe's Ice Cream Parlour

For an ice-cream sundae or a cone, locals love Joe's, a Swansea institution founded in 1922 by Joe Cascarini, son of immigrants from Italy's Abruzzi mountains.
Bar in Swansea (Abertawe)

No Sign Bar

Once frequented by Dylan Thomas (it appears as the Wine Vaults in his story The Followers), the No Sign stands out as the only vaguely traditional bar left on Wind St. It's a long, narrow haven of dark-wood panellin…
Pub in Swansea (Abertawe)

Queen's Hotel

This old-fashioned corner pub has a polished mahogany and brass bar, Victorian tiles and a range of cask-conditioned beers on tap. Dylan Thomas propped up the bar here when he was a cub reporter around the corner at…
Pub in Swansea (Abertawe)

Uplands Tavern

A former Thomas hang-out, Uplands still serves a quiet daytime pint in the Dylan Thomas snug. Come nightfall, it turns into a different beast altogether as the hub of the city's live-music scene, attracting a mixed …