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Cafe culture.

There has always been a strong cafe culture in Cardiff and the Valleys, helped by 'the Bracchis', the collective term for the Italian cafes which sprung up across South Wales many decades ago. Cafes are thriving still in our city centres and valley towns. As soon as we have our first taste of spring sunshine, our street cafes come into their own, full of people keen to soak up the sun's rays while enjoying a drink and watching the world go by. Some of the cafes pictured here are still flourishing, others have long gone. How many do you remember?


| Dishing up the food is Spencer Kavanagh in his cafe in Jacob's Market, Cardiff, in 2003

| Early days at Conti's cafe, Tonypandy

| Richard Lawrence outside Beth's Baps cafe in Ystrad in 2008

| Pupils from Methyr's Bishop Hedley school at the Pobol y Cwm cafe at the BBC studios in 2008

The Bistro One Cafe in Cardiffin 2006

| Cafe Roma at St Tydfil's Shopping Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, in 2007

| The Prince's cafe, Pontypridd, in the 1970s

| An early picture of Servini's Cafe

| Who remembers Asteys Cafe in Central Square, Cardiff, pictured here in 1975?

Cafe Mona in Aberdare

Stepping Stone Cafe at Tredegar was the first Fair Trade business in Blaenau Gwent in 2007

| Llanharan Drop-in Centre cafe in 2008

| Pinos Cafe, Penrhiwceiber

A bite to eat at Garlands, Cardiff, 2007 A bite to eat at Garlands, Cardiff, 2007

| Forte's Cafe in Barry. Dino Forte serves ice-cream in the original cafe in 1947

| Jack Assirati in the Station Cafe, Pontycymmer. Jack's father opened the cafe in 1933 when he emigrated from Palma | Jack Assirati in the Station Cafe, Pontycymmer. Jack's father opened the cafe in 1933 when he emigrated from Palma

Kemi's Cafe, CardiffBay, in 2008

This is what Chats Cafe Bar at Cardiff's Marriott Hotel looked like in 2009

| Maria Carpanini at The Prince's Cafe, Market Street, Pontypridd, in 2005

| Cardiffarcade favourite Madame Fromage in 2007

Brian Heale and Bidd Dadd, pictured here in 2002, were regulars in the Black and White Cafe on Penarth Road, Cardiff

| Eddie Rabaiotti on the Penarth seafront in front of his cafe - Rabaiotti's - in 1990

Debbie Reynolds, owner of Forte's Cafe in Barry Island, pictured in 2007

Derfel Rhys-Jones of Terry's Cafe, Barry, in 2005

Cafe-owner Mario at Cafe Mario, Quay Street, Cardiff, in 2004

Owner Jill Wallace in the Corner Cafe, Tonyrefail, in 2007

Amanda Jarvis and Nigel Elliot with Mack's Cafe owner Tracey Chambers in Merthyr in 2005

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 19, 2016
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