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!
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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!
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!
This is a great store if you like something different they seem to have so many different foods under one roof. I love the different smells when you enter the store. It has so many foods you would not find anywhere else in Cardiff.
The service is fantastic the staff are so helpful. It is great shop to look for something different.
They are also offer a service on-line and you get regular updates and you can order hampers etc. to be delivered as gifts. My favorites are the herbs, spices and the curry mixes my children also live the gingerbread houses.
Wally's is easily the best - and most exciting - deli in Cardiff and deserves a five star recommendation. This is the place to go is you want Polish and South African food in particular - there are separate sections for both, and you won't see many of the chilled cheeses and cooked meats anywhere else in the city - or south Wales, come to that.
Wally's doubled in size a few years ago by taking over the shop next door, and is very bright and airy. And there's the slight problem. Although doubled in size, it doesn't seem to have quite doubled the stock. The old, smaller Wally's was packed from floor to roof with goods, and now doesn't seem to have expanded their stock pro rata to its new size. While it's not quite the culinary Aladdin's Cave it was once, it's still one of the better shops to visit in the city centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
I love this shop it is packed with weird and wonderful foods of the world. The sausages and cheeses,olives and meats that are hung up are all arranged delightfully. I often go in at christmas and buy the turkish delight for prezies. I have had some great sausages from there all meat and although a little dearer you get what you pay for. Quality. Pickles, whole nuts ready shelled, chocolates and buiscuits from all over the world. Lovely glad there are still shop like this surviving.
Fantastic deli, arguably the BEST one in Cardiff.
Have been coming here for years and they stock the expected and unexpected.
Meats, cheese, pates, pastas and sauce. Biscuits and sweets. Dried fruit. Huge bottles and containers of oils. I love coming here for the smells that come from the shops and never leave here without buying something.
If you are looking for specialist food items this is the place to go. With a great selection of items i found the perfect gift for my food loving chef friend - i think it has a really nice oldy world feel to it as well. Its good fun to go in and have a nose around at all the different things you can get.
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.
Wally's Deli is a specialist foods shop located in the Royal Arcade in Cardiff. The Arcades are a rather famous and quite atmospheric series of Victorian streets which have been roofed over and provide a great afternoon of shopping on the frequent rainy days that Cardiff enjoys!
The Royal Arcade is the arcade closest to the main shopping district of Cardiff city centre.
Wally's is a rather small shop that is filled to the rafters with a large variety of foodstuffs, most from Europe (they carry a large selection of German and Polish items) and a smaller amount from Africa and Asia. Wally's carries everything from dry cooking ingredients to hot sauce from the USA to unusual import beers and freshly sliced deli meats. The prices are fairly reasonable (they are slightly inflated, which probably is justified due to import) and the staff is very friendly and always generous with samples. If you're curious about food from afar and looking for a culinary adventure, just walk in and ask for a recommendation!
I've been going to Wallys, and even its predecessor (Saloman's) for about 50 years. It's still great, but they are now very expensive. I recently bought a product (matzo) that I hadn't found elsewhere recently, then went to a different branch of Tesco's and found it for less than half the Wally's price. They still have great cheeses, meats and all sorts of stuff you don't find elsewhere.
Personal favourites are the Cambazola (one of the few blue cheeses I really like), the Petit Tourtain cheese, the own-brand curried chutney, the herring fillets without onion (I can't eat raw onion), too many meats to mention, Krakus Dill cucumbers, the half price German biscuits and cakes after Christmas...
Mind you Asda in Cardiff Bay has a pretty good world food section, including many Polish sausages!
I agree with comments about open selection of olives - I've seen people at Tesco's open olive displays sneeze over them, spit the stones back to the bowls etc - completely unhygienic. Perhaps less likely with Wally's clientele, but I wouldn't buy them.
wass 'apping bra. Totally went to Wallys da uvver day. proper tidy innit. bought some banging sandwiches. safe as. Oh hello Mother. Did not see you there.
The last person forgot to mention that this is the only place in Cardiff that sells biltong! (For those of you not in the know, it's a very tasty south african dried jerky). The star are very helpful, if you'd like to try before you buy, they're quite happy to cut you a piece to see if you like it.
They also have some delicious cheeses, some very good local cheeses such as the chive cheese, and other welsh cheeses such as Black Bomber and Cadog cheddar (both of which are highly reccommended!). Apart from these the main things that this lovely little shops sells are whole foods and various foods from across Europe, including but not limited to, Polish beer, Italian pasta, French biscuits, various whole foods and spices, rice, some oriental food, the list goes on. You really have to go there yourself to really appreciate everything that this shop has.
Fantastic range of all delicatessen foods, staff very very friendly & helpful. Highly recommend wally's.
Wally's delicatessen in the royal arcade cardiff is a popular delicatessen selling a range of delicatessens such as curry paste.
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.
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.
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.
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!!.
I love Wally's! If you can't find an ingredient anywhere else, then have a look here! They have a very good deli with lots of gorgeous cheeses and cured meats. The selection of tinned/jars goods is great and won't be found anywhere else in the city centre. They were also the only place in Cardiff where I could find pinhead oatmeal! Well worth a visit.
Fab deli with lots of international foods - the food from South Africa is great and means that you dont have to search the internet for those special treats from home! The customer service is great, with the staff always willing to help you out. The Billtong is gorgeous, with a few unusual meat varities to try.
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