Right i'm going against the grain a bit here, as unless you've been living underground for the past few years you'll know exactly what Ikea is and what it does.
If you don't its the place that puts the weird adverts on around about tea time.
Anyhow, i don't want to talk about the furniture, i want to talk about the nick knacks you can get here for mere pennies.
plants, cushions, kitchen utensils all for stupid prices, last time i was there i bought a baby fern for 69p!A living thing for under a pound! eewwfff bloody marvellous.
Now if the basement of this place doesn't keep you happy, head up to the restaurant where food is also stupidly cheap but not stupidly disgusting. The food here is actually great and i think nowadays Ikea is more famous for it's meat balls as it is its wardrobes!
I'd also like to give the car park a mention here, although slightly intimidating it just goes to show how logical the Swedish are. Put the car park under the store! Pure brilliance.
Yeah Ikea sells everything you could ever need for you home.... Blah Blah Blah. They offer a delivery service..... Blah Blah Blah.... and now they even offer an assembling service Blah Blah Blah!
BUT I am reviewing something that over shadows all of the above......... the MEATBALLS!
I love Ikea meatballs! You can get three sizes of meatball portions and I always opt for the large!
They are served wth fries and have a side portion of Ligonberrie sauce! Mmm Mmm Mmmmmmm!
The other thing worth mentioning on the menu is Ikea's Daim cake!! This is truely scrumptious! If after too many meatballs you cant fit anything else in... Panic not.... Get a Daim cake to take away!
The food here, like the furniture is cheap and of a fantastic quality!
We hardlu ever go shopping here.... we just take advantage of their great cafe!
P.S Get a Ikea family card to enjoy free tea and coffee!
There's something about Ikea that turns me into a child and makes me want to misbehave. Maybe because all the toys are out to play with or maybe because my mental is age is closer to my foot size.
Since I'v moved, I've spent a fair bit of time in here replicating 500 days of summer and trying to make my house look a little nicer.
I am a candle fiend and have spent far too much money in here on them. I've also acquired the biggest tea mugs known to man, a small child can bathe in them. Oh I have to give a special mention to the chair I bought and built in a man like fashion. Sorry, back to the review.
I don't think I've ever seen a staff member that wasn't a cashier so I would bother asking for help.
Prices are great here and is a great way to modernise your room with a budget.
Finally, if you want to treat a loved one to dinner, come here. The food here is so cheap, but actually quite nice so is worth a trip if you've spent 7 hours in the shop.
As a student this Ikea was an absolute lifesaver! Some of the furniture in my student digs was beyond unsuitable, I could literally only fit around five pairs of jeans and five jackets in the wardrobe that was provided. Luckily I had some space left, so I ended up buying this clothes and shoe rack thingy, which nearly all of my clothes fitted in (I won't mention the piles I left at home) for only £20.
And this is what's great about Ikea, the good value! No matter how full my trolley gets I never get that sick feeling when the cashier tells me how much I have to pay. Low value often means ugly products, not so with Ikea, their products are bright, colourful, and rather trendy, I managed to transform my room on quite a small budget.
The only bad thing about Ikea for me was that all of my housemates had bought their stuff for Uni from here too, so it was an absolute nightmare working out what belonged to who.
Well I know for one fact that IKEA do not allow photos to be taken in less you ask the Human Resources department! Typical or what?! That's the first place that I have told not take pictures of within a long time.
I know this because I was told off by the till area for not being able to take pictures without permission, but that was after I had been taking pictures already inside and plenty of staff where around who could have also told me off. Mind you the guy at the entrance did look a bit shifty towards me as I had my camera around my neck, but he did not say anything to me still.
It is a very useful and massive shop, based around the Cardiff Bay and it is free to enter. They have several sections of products such as; lights, bed duvets, candles, pictures frames, cloth hangers, plenty of storage items, mirrors, a cafe, a car park, a low deals offer, large lifts, escalators, and a Swedish food market area.
Entry is free; the staff do seem a little picky about certain things, but it is a very useful shop and our house and Caravan in Pembrokeshire are both full of IKEA items and products. I would still recommend it as a shop for everyone to attend and buy house items from.
We all know Ikea is a must for furniture hunters on a budget - not just in Cardiff but world wide - did you know that Ikea is the biggest furniture seller in the world?
But this review isn't about the furniture - ohhhhh controversial!!!!! I hear you say.
This review is about the food. All I want to say is consider Ikea not just as a furniture store but a quite good cheap restaurant too. Its great value for money. You can get a cooked breakfast for 99p! Where else in the developed world can you get that? Ok the meatballs and the fish and chips are not as cheap but they are as cheap as a chip shop and you have all the sauce you could wish for and a table and chair to sit down and eat it at too!
One word of advice I wouldn't take a first date here - I did once and it didn't last long after we left the store - pity really she looked quite nice all dressed up.
Most are familiar with IKEA across Britain, with it's well known low prices on furnishings and practical house hold items. This particular store is of course no exception in terms of the products it sells, but I do however find it quite different to some of the others i've been to across England. A very odd, uniquely constructed building, It looks almost as if a large blue shoe box has landed on top of some stilts. This massive blue construction sits above the large car park, where although places are fairly limited, customers can usually find a space to park.
Inside, customers must travel up escalators to reach the second floor, where the cafe and snack bar are situated. The prices of the hot dogs, ice cream cones and chips are staggeringly low, even in comparison to fast food chains, which is a real attraction to some. The cafe also provides cheap prices, notably on its full english breakfasts. Personally I find the food from the cafe to be pretty grim. Aside from the food, the shop is very well staffed and stocked as you'd expect.
I absolutely love IKEA! The ranges are so affordable, and so different to your usual homeware shop.
The childrens creche is a godsend, they can play for up to 40 minutes in a childs paradise, and you have a beeper that goes off when you need to collect them.
The food in the restaurant is tasty and well priced, and if you sign up for a family card you can get free cups of tea!
This is probably the only shop that I actually look forward to taking the kids!
One of those stores that you mean to go in for one thing and hours later you emerge from the dark depths of the store loaded with items!
While the quality is generic and simple, their items are functional and excellent for those on a tight budget.
Located in the Channel view area, if you don't drive, you can get the Number 9 bus (Sports village).
Everything you need for the home and then some!
Unlike some other IKEA stores, Cardiff IKEA is very easy to find. It's close to other retail parks meaning you don't have to make a special trip just to get there. There's plenty of covered parking below the store and lots more room in the outside car parks.
Inside there's everything you'd expect from IKEA and more. There is a crèche, a café and a separate takeaway section. There's a separate entrance specifically for returns to you can access what you need very easily. There's also a small food market there as well as vending machines to grab a quick drink.
Overall you get the excellent IKEA value with the added bonus of it being in a very easily accessible location.
If you've ever been to any Ikea, then you'll know what this one's going to be like.
As Ikeas go, this one is a little bit more spacious than some (for example the Bristol one). The paths for the big trolleys are a bit easier to follow, and the car park is pretty manageable. However this extra spaciousness doesn't stop it filling up with people every weekend. If you need something from Ikea, go during the week if you possibly can, it's a much more pleasant buying experience.
When I've been there, the staff have been friendly enough, to the small extent that I've had to have any help from them. They were particularly helpful in the 'seconds' section, where there were staff happy to talk about what damage there was to any particular item, how it could be dismantled, that kind of thing.
The food in Ikea used to be a little bit of a draw- I know people who really do enjoy the bargain meatballs. However as the 'restaurant' gets a bit bigger and busier, the Subway-style approach to catering gets exposed a little bit, and some of the ingredients are poor. However, the one exception is the Daim bar cake. It's out of a packet and you can buy it in supermarkets but it still makes a trip to Ikea feel a lot happier.
Ikea Cardiff has been a fantastic place to furnish and make a house a home. Great kitchen accessories which make cooking a far more fun experience and ideal storage containers which are both attractive and practical. Bathroom accessories are also bright and useful as well as good value.
The ranges of furniture are ideal as they start at very reasonable costs and work their way up to solid wood of good quality as well as being easily assembled. Anyone who loved lego or meccano sets will be in their element making ikea furniture.
I've been nicely surprised by the service in Ikea Cardiff as well with helpful and friendly staff.
Okay, I'm updating my review of Ikea simply because I only just found out about the wonderful selecion of food they have on offer to eat in or take home. The meatballs, gravy, chips and jam are absolutely delicious. GO TRY THEM!
Ikea is a great place for essentials such as Cups and Plates for your kitchen and bathroom accesories. It's has a variety of styles both classic and modern at reasonable prices. There are plenty of carparking spaces available. There is also a restaurant which sells delicious food at very cheap prices!
Ikea is ideal for all the basics whether its pots and pans or bedding. They also provide specially designed kitchens and bathrooms as well as storage solutions. They provide extensive parking facilities and theres always plenty of room. There is a cheap and cheerful resteraunt should you get hungry after all of the shopping. Should the kids annoy you they also have a child minding service!
ikea is ikea, and is great for cheap yet stylish furniture. I love bargain corner, where items that are slightly damaged, or marked get put. at sometimes mega low prices. Ive save quite a few pennies there! i like the faily card idea, which isnt about how much you spend, just how many times you use it, if it be for a £1 or £1000 you get the same benifits. and it saves you money on items, and on some food in the restaurant. The retaurant is brilliant! and brakfast before a certain time is only like 99p or something silly, and you do get a fari amount. For a cheap meal this place can not be beaten. And still has good qaulity. The only thing about it is that is gets sooooooo busy on the weekend and really spins me out!
Ikeas styles range fom bright and funky to classic and wooden, everyhting you could ever want for your house all under one roof(and at a cheap price too!). Staff can be a bit mardy at times and seemingly unaware of their duties but otherwise Ikea is a really good quality place to shop.
I dont no about you but i love ikea, in cardiff its buy the big asda down the bay with boots & the sports shop etc. Ikea has so many wonderful things for the home & a grea range of furniture from funky & bright chairs that you can hang from your ceilling (kinda like a swinging chair-i wonder if thats what its called?!!!) to rugs & photos for your wall. I bought some wavy long lenght mirrors for my wardrobe door which were very good value for 4. Ikea also sells hotdogs (bit off subject but they are lovely hotdogs & very low prices!!!)
Ikea sells a vast range of home furnishings from modern day to kooky. Eveything from beds, to sofas, pictures, plant pots, wardrobes. Lots of nifty little things, ideal if your moving home you'll find evrything you need at ikea
Ikea Cardiff is located near the bay area on a large retail park that has everything for Argos to McDonalds! A great place of a day shopping. As always ikea offers great 'student furniture' and nick-nacks, but my anobeda wardrobes lasted just 6 months of daily use! That said if you're renting a flat and don't want to furnish it at any great cost then look no further. One more thing to say is that the food in the restaurant at Cardiff Ike is pretty good; don't get me wrong I'd be miffed it my husband took me for a romantic meal there!, but the meatballs and the fish are a welcome treat after a tough few hours of shopping.
IKEA is one of those places you either love or hate, and I'm one of the latter. The range of furniture looks great and there are lots of room displays in this store so that you can see how your flat pack will look when assembled. And there's the rub; self assembly. Twice when I have bought items and tried to assemble them, I have had to go back to the store to get missing parts. By the time you add on the extra petrol and wasted time, their furniture is not so cheap after all. The staff are helpful. ..... but that is only if you can find one to assist you. There just aren't enough of them in this store. Everything is self-serve as well as self-assembly. This may be ok if you're 6'2 with strong muscles, but if you are 5' nothing, this is no joke. Even if you opt to pay to have the furniture delivered you still have to get the items from the storage racks to the till and this can be very difficult (see above re my lack of muscles!)
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