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  • “I remember seeing a selection of olives on display that looked wonderful.” in 9 reviews

  • “Amazing range of deli counter food - I love the Boar pate yum...” in 8 reviews

  • “Behind the till you'll find a range of traditional liquors from across Europe, such as Limoncello from Italy or Cytrynowka Polish vodka, and many fine wines.” in 7 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    9/8/2011

    Love this place!  I went in because I saw all the American goodies in the window!  However, after walking in, it is not just American goodies, there are lovely marinated olives, wines, meats, and even goodies from other countries.  What made me give Wally's the last star happened to be the American items that I hadn't seen at very many places...  Hershey's Cocoa, Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, and Jiffy Cornbread Mix.

    I'm not sure if I'll remember exactly where it was because we just happened to stumble onto it.  The food items are not exactly cheap, but then again imported items are never exactly cheap, however I don't feel like the prices were higher compared to other stores that sell the similar items.

    Love it...  will definitely be back!

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/9/2010
    Listed in When in Wales!

    Wally you are sure not a wally!  you amazed me with your fine selection of food.

    When I arrived in your establishment, I was impressed to see a beautiful array of cheeses, hams, meats and sweets. Your displays counters and all the foods from around the world.

    Your staff I found delightful. But what impressed me the most was the fact that you sold and wait for it.....Peanut butter M&M and Reece's pieces white chocolate. Wally I'am in love with you! their my absolute favourite and sooo they were nearly £2 but who cares! I cant get those delightful treats all the time.

    I shall look forward to seeing you next time when Iam next in Cardiff.

    Lady Raka xxx

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/4/2010

    Deli's always excite me. And Wally's does not disappoint. There is a section for wine, cheese, meat, an olive bar and my favourite part...The sweet section that caters some of the more rarer things from other countries. Essentially I go in there for one thing and one thing only. Hershey hot fudge ice cream topping. Think of a galaxy bar seducing a mars bar on a hot summers day to the music of Barry White and your not even close to the sexual flavour of it.

    Erm..The deli, yes. The layout is of a European traditional deli. The smells that allude this place are amazing. The strong cheese wrestles with the cooked smells of the beautiful meat as the olives tug at their trousers to get some attention. Truly wonderful and worth a visit alone.

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/5/2010

    For unusual ingredients, this original Wally's deli shop in Royal Arcade would be the first port of call for most Cardiff locals. Over the decades it's been running, the shop has become a bit of a Cardiff institution.

    For continental products such as Italian and Spanish cheeses, French charcuterie, Greek olives and olive oil, you can't beat it. But there's far more to it than that - in recent years the shop has expanded dramatically and it now stocks a cornucopia of high quality and unusual products.

    First off, as soon as you walk through the door there's an extensive olive bar with dozens of different varieties marinated in various herbs and spices. At the back of the shop there's a big cheese counter with a massive selection of European artisan cheeses, and at the other side a charcuterie selling cold meats. Behind the till you'll find a range of traditional liquors from across Europe, such as Limoncello from Italy or Cytrynowka Polish vodka, and many fine wines. And on the shelves you'll find packs of dried fruits, nuts, cereals, biscuits, chocolate, and ranges of non-European ethnic products such as Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Mexican and Caribbean.

    Wally's well-deserved success has also led to the creation of a second store in Cardiff's glitzy new shopping centre (St David's 2).

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/9/2010

    An unusual food shop selling nuts of all kinds your favorites and the foreign that you may not know so well and there are extraordinary, many selections of different kinds of herbs.

    The people who work there are pleasant enough and they are helpful if you get stuck and confused about what to choose and confused about where to look to find what you want.

    The shop in that lies within the Royal Arcade in Cardiff's town centre and it has been there for sixty years. There is another shop also, that is located in the Saint David' s Centre in Cardiff's shopping centre.

    The man, who owns this shop, is the man who owns the shops name. The current owner's father ran a small shop before this exact type of shop, in Vienna and then eventually he and his family travelled to England 1939.

    Eight years he worked in a factory to accumulate capital and he also learned the English language at the same time, later on he opened a brand new shop selling such food product that I've mentioned above.

    The prices are reasonable enough and I do really recommend this shop for all who like to try at something new and culturally interesting.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/9/2010

    Ah I love love love this little delight!

    I only really go here when I have a little extra cash to spare as it is quite pricey but when I do I have never been disappointed.

    The sell so many little treats ranging from sweets, cakes and biscuits to cooking sauces, pickles and pasta shells. It really is worth a look as your bound to find something that tickles you tastebuds.

    If your stuck for a gift idea this christmas try buying one of  their amazing little hampers they have on offer. Prices range from £35-£45 and there are loads to choose from. One that is always a safe bet is 'Wallys top ten' hamper. This consists of their top ten items ranging from sauces to olives to chocolate covered nuts all presented in a lovely little basket.

    There are so many unique little products in this shop it is a must to visit when trawling through the arcade.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/9/2010

    This is a great place, it everything and such cool selection of foreign for food. Speaking as someone who used to live in the United States, what I thought was absolutely amazing is that Woody's stocks some of the food stuffs that I really miss like Reese's puffs! For those of you who don't know what this is, ask yourself the question do you like Reese's peanut butter cups? If the answer is yes then Reese's puffs is that but a cereal! On the back wall is a meat counter with a large selection of ham, salami and other beautiful looking meats.

    The prices are slightly on the expensive side, but it really doesn't matter because for me Wally's is place to go and treat yourself to some absolutely deli-ightful foods and somewhere you're very unlikely to do your weekly shop.

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/9/2010

    If nothing else, stop by Wally's for the delectable American goodies. I thought all hope was lost when all I could find in this fair city was Lucky Charms cereal for £7 a box at House of Frazer. Big deal.

    I can't go in here, or else I will quite easily drop £50 (of disposable income I don't have) on coconut M&Ms, Combos, and anything else imported from my home land (anyone who's left their Mother Country's shores will share my mild obsession).

    Wally's ain't cheap. But sometimes, a bit of quality food goes a long way to enhancing my mood. The olives here are especially tasty, and worth it if you're sick of the comparable offering from local supermarkets like Tesco and Asda.

    Just go here. I promise you won't be disappointed.

  • 3.0 star rating
    25/9/2010

    Food! We all love it and we all need it. At Wally's Delicatessen they offer a whole range of food that immediately looks appealing and incredibly tasty that makes you want to pick up a basket and start buying. Even though it's not in the most ideal of locations in Royal Arcade that doesn't stop people visiting and buying.

    If I could remember the first thing that comes to my head about Wally's it would be the smell. You are struck by that distinctive smell. It's like when you walk past a bakers shop and all you can think about it the freshness of that bread. When you enter Wally's you are hit by the smell and you can see the food they have. I remember seeing a selection of olives on display that looked wonderful. I like making currys now and then and I thought this would be the perfect place to find some ingredients. Sure enough I was right and they has everything I was looking for. As well as ingredients and olives they do cheeses and deli meats. To top it all off they do have imported cereals from American including Lucky Charms. An overwhelming sense of joy was filled within me when I first found this out.

    Wally's Delicatessen is a wonderful food shop that supplies a full range of foods that will have you coming back to buy more. You do need to watch out for the prices though, it can get a little pricey.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/10/2010

    Wally's delicatessen have recently added more space to their store by taking up space occupied by the shop next door which has made a huge difference.
    It does of course means that the normal selection of goods has been greatly augmented. For example they now have a cheese counter with a wider selection of cheeses from both Britain and Europe There is hardly any cheese that you require that is not on display.

    They have also a counter with self service of large stuffed olives in olive oil. The inside's are many and various including garlic if that is your taste. Mention should also be made of the coffee counter that has a wide variety of coffee beans I intend slowly going though them.

    So far I have sampled the Mocha that has a wonderful aroma and a chocolate/ coffee flavour. Together with their normal delicatessen foods and spices the new addition to the store makes it probably the finest establishment of its type in the city.

    • Qype User bernar…
    • Cardiff
    • 16 friends
    • 60 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/7/2009

    Wally's delicatessen have recently added more space to their store by taking up spaceoccupied by the shop next door
    It of course means that the normal selection of goods has been greatly augmented . For example they now have a cheese counter with a wider selection of cheeses from both Britain and Europe There is hardly any cheese that you require that is not on display. They have also a counter with self service of large stuffed olives in olive oil. The inside's are many and various including garlic if that is your taste . Mention should also be made of the coffee counter that has a wide variety of coffee beans I intend slowly going though them. So far I have sampled the Mocha that has a wonderful aroma and a chocolate/ coffee flavour. Together with their normal delicatessen foods and spices the new addition to the store makes it probably the finest establishment of its type in the city .

    • Qype User Badger…
    • Edinburgh
    • 16 friends
    • 171 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    Wally's is THE place for all your weird and wonderful cravings!
    With a wide range of European delicacies ranging from juicy straining stuffed olives to mouth watering meats, it really is worth stopping by for a peek at their tasty wares!
    Their cake and italian cookies are particularly noteworthy and the staff welcome any queries someone may have and are happy to order items they may not have in stock.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Words struggle to describe how great this place really is! You name the ingredient and they have it - or they will go out of their way to get it for you. The staff are so helpful, and really know their stuff, giving you a great shopping experience.

    Lots of different ranges are crammed into this Tardis-like store. The smell of all the ingredients is heavenly. I often just pop in for some inspiration (not to mention stocking up on all the continental biscuits!)

    There is a fantastic range of produce on offer, meats, cheeses, dry ingredients, canned goods, but you really have to experience it for yourself to believe it. A real gem.

    • Qype User kyano…
    • Cardiff
    • 15 friends
    • 93 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    This is a palce I as a food-a-holic do like! As I am a foreigner living in Wales this is where I can satisfy some of my cravings. When I first arrived here I noticed this shop and thought of it as another old Arcade based one. But I was wrong, since I stpeed foot on there I keep on going there regularly for my speciality foods. This was the only place where I found proper Yeast! And that was hard to get from the normal retailers. That for me says a lot when quality is related. You can find almost anything there, good cheeses, good pasta, great spices from all the world.

    For the looks of it, it just makes it more charmer, it is one of those shops that seem to be packed to the roof. While visiting it seems you are on a discovery journey and never know what to find. That for me is bliss. :D

    I highly recommend Wally's, even if you are just visiting go there, you sure will come out of it with something! And it is close by Spillers, another of Cardiff's institutions!

    • Qype User junipe…
    • Cardiff
    • 12 friends
    • 77 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    I love Wally's, the smell gets you before you even step in the door! If you love meat and cheese you are definitely in for a treat. Amazing range of deli counter food - I love the Boar pate yum...

    Also a big fan of the speciality and imported food they have here. It was the first place I found in the UK that stocked Milo (an Australian chocolate and malt drink) and they do a great range of Asian foods too. The staff are really helpful and know their stuff.

    Be careful if you have lots of bags with you, it's such an Aladdin's cave that I'm always worried I'm going to knock a pile of tins off the shelves!

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/8/2010

    Wally's Deli has been there forever and continues to stock European flavours of meat, cheese, wines and pick-your-own olives. The quality is wonderful and it smells like Madame Fromage Restaurant- Delicious! It is never disappointing and it is hard to limit yourself to just the one thing you went in for. There is also an American food section, including American pancake mix that is so hard to get hold of over here.

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/7/2010

    Wally's is a fantastic delicatessen stocking an extensive range of speciality food from across the globe from cured meats and fine cheeses to American sweets. They have food to appeal to all travellers and those temporarily or permanently relocated who crave a taste of home be that South Africa, Australia, Poland, Germany or Italy.

    The family who founded Wally's emigrated to Wales from Vienna in 1939. Over the years the shop grew to cater to the needs of the immigrant community from Eastern Europe specialising in Polish cooked meats and pickles, Hungarian salami, German hams and sausages and European-style bread. As the South Wales continental community developed the product range grew to include Italian and Spanish cheeses, hams and salamis, French charcuterie, Greek olives and olive oil and many more continental products. Today the range also covers ethnic products, in particular Chinese, but also Thai, Japanese, Mexican and Caribbean.

    So whether you want eccentrically shaped pasta or green curry paste, this is your place.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/9/2010

    Wally's is a real old fashioned delight of a shop to visit.  As soon as you go through the door the smell of food hits your nostrils.  It's been such a pleasure to see the shop take over more and more space.  Unfortunately the more space it takes up the more customers it gets.  Wally's is a place to browse it isn't designed for a quick visit.  When I visit every tin and packet is examined carefully before the grand finale of looking in the fridge.  The staff are very knowledgeable about their produce and are   happy to give you small tasters of the many meats and cheeses in store.
    The one frustration is trying to get in to do a shop at Xmas.  Wally's is absolute bedlam then so I have devised a system.  I go in early December and get everything i need including my annual Pannetone.  These beautiful italian boxed cakes are fantastic and look really festive hanging from the shop ceiling alongside the gingerbread.  At Christmas the whole shop smells like a Christmas pudding.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/9/2010

    You know when you have that unquestionable urge for pot of olives, a packet of amaretto biscuits and three balls of tea that blossom into pretty flowers in your teapot? No, me neither. But this gorgeous delicatessen will awake in you the most stirring desire for unusual cupboard fillers.
    With prices geared towards the affluent food obsessive, it is generally not worth buying basics here. Wally's also has the most overpriced and unfamiliar range of cans by the morally questionable Coca-Cola, an unusual element in an establishment that oozes such a liberal impression.
    However, when it comes down to the rarer goods and ingredients, Wally's is a great place to be inspired. Reminiscent of a French deli, their cheese counter is always rather tempting and the variety of meats available always comes as a surprise.
    Wally's is certainly worth a visit, especially if you can be bold in trying new things and experimental in the things you buy. Full of well-dressed people ready to make quality meals, the shop itself, not necessarily the food it serves, is a lifestyle choice. To make the most out of this excellent service, feel free to break the mould.

    URBAN CHALLENGE: Buy some cheese because you like the name

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/8/2008
    First to Review

    What a marverlous, magical place Wally's is. Full to the brim with delictible, delicious food stuff from around the world, if you're adventurous in cooking, you need this place. The collection of curry pastes is mind blowing (and will blow the taste buds off your tongue if you're not careful). They have everything you could wish for - a real Aladin's cave of ingredients.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/12/2010
    Listed in Deli delights

    Wonderful deli with a fabulous selection of yummy things. I always find something new in there and the deli counter staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. It is very pricey but you're paying for the quality of the products on offer (which are 100% worth it!). My only criticism is that one female member of staff is quite rude and will often keep you waiting to pay without a word of apology.

    • Qype User Seren0…
    • Cardiff
    • 106 friends
    • 183 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/12/2007

    This is the best Deli in Cardiff! This is such a unique deli as soon as you approach Wallys you can already tell it's going be a good shopping experience. The smell of spices, sausages and cheeses fill the whole arcade! The staff are really friendly and helpful and always give you advise on what to buy for different food delicacies. The back counter of the shop sells different cheeses and sausages, they have such a wide range of salami and delicious German sausages your jaw would drop. It's mouth watering wondering around this small narrow shop browsing the different jars of roast peppers and spiced onions. As soon as you have been in here once, you will always come back. This deli is number one with anyone who has good food taste.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/7/2010

    I love this place...simpply because they sell "world foods" which is hard to find in Cardiff. They have a South African and Auzzie sections (I am South African so this is great!), they also have polish and american food and a great fresh deli section with amazing olives. Abit pricey but you do get what you pay for, so if you want something special this is the place to go.

    • Qype User em…
    • Cardiff
    • 11 friends
    • 116 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/8/2008

    Fantastic range of all delicatessen foods, staff very very friendly & helpful. Highly recommend wally's.

    • Qype User nig…
    • Cardiff
    • 13 friends
    • 92 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    25/8/2008

    Wally's delicatessen in the royal arcade cardiff is a popular delicatessen selling a range of delicatessens such as curry paste.

    • Qype User SCOTTY…
    • Bridgend
    • 3 friends
    • 143 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    The best Deli in Cardiff without a doubt. They have a very wide range of produce on sale, and do things like hampers for christmas, at very reasonable prices. The service is top class, and the staff are very friendly.

    • Qype User twinkl…
    • Cardiff
    • 2 friends
    • 50 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    I LOVE this place. The smell of it wafts into the arcade before you've even gone into the shop. its the smell of hundreds of different goodies that are stashed in this place. The prices are really reasonable and you can get some crazy bits and bobs. If you're ever at a loss for an obscure ingredient or a lovely deli item (stuffed vine leaves, pastrami, yummy olives) then come here. Staff are more than helpful and extremely knowledgeable and they'll let you try little bits before you buy.

    • Qype User catsga…
    • Cardiff
    • 1 friend
    • 20 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/11/2008

    First class novel shop for lovely ingredients. A must if you are going into Cardiff city centre. The smell is amazing, and the range of products in this deli is outstanding.

    • Qype User aligib…
    • Cardiff
    • 2 friends
    • 44 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    22/5/2009

    This place is great- every time I go in there, I end up buying something I never even knew existed. Foods are from all over the world- and its not too expensive either. This place is much better to buy your snacks from as its mostly healthy stuff- well, without all the added sugar etc. I couldn't find some seaseme sticks, asked one of the assistants and they knew where they were- score!!.

    • Qype User damste…
    • Swansea
    • 0 friends
    • 59 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    14/11/2012

    Over the last few years we have been going to Wally's deli but in the last year or so the customer service has got considerably worse with some staff being very rude and hostile. Also some not all staff do not have sufficient product knowledge. Some of the items are overpriced in comparison to other specialist stores and supermarkets, especially some of the continental biscuits. Also some items are hard to come by and have been told its due to their stockists but have been able to source these products elsewhere in South Wales with no problems. More proactive attempts to change stockist should be made to ensure products are in stock. I am also a disabled customer and find the layout problematic for disabled people especially in wheelchairs. There is not enough room near certain sections to move around especially near the pasta, biscuits and narrow alleyway section at the rear of the store, for a wheelchair to adequately be put through without causing damage to stock. Also disabled toilet is covered by the bread section preventing independent access without staff support. wallyskaffeehaus.co.uk/i… With No lift access to the Kaffeehouse Wheelchair users and people with mobility problems are essentially prevented from accessing the top floor. Disability legislation states that all areas of a business must be accessible but this is not be adhered to. Relocating the kaffeehouse downstairs and removing the bread stand away from the disabled toilets should be a priority. Little thought has been made to make sure disabled customers receive the same level of service as able bodied customers. All in all this business needs better pricing, updating on product knowledge and also disability training as there is little evidence of it. It really prevents this business from marking itself out to be one of Wales's best independent shops. Really is a shame that basic errors in the customer experience are hindering this business, it has the potential to rival the likes of Valvona & Crolla in Edinburgh.

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