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Penarth is a vibrant Victorian town just 4 miles from Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. It is an amazing mixture of old & new, in culture & architecture, and offers a warm welcome to all visitors.

The Cafe International is truly a Cafe with a difference! It’s a place where internationals can feel especially welcome and ‘at home’; somewhere to meet new friends, share in free English lessons if you wish, and a place to enjoy all things international!

Are you living, working or studying locally & looking for something new to do or somewhere to go to meet new people?

Whether you are a student, an aupair, working or busy with family, Cafe International could be just the place for you!

The Cafe was set up about 15 years ago to provide a social network for internationals living locally & currently meets either at Tabernacle Church Penarth ( where we have the use of the Lounge & Gym areas (downstairs as you enter the building) – or we meet at venues in the town or in Cardiff/Cardiff Bay.

The Cafe (now held monthly but often meets in between times too!) is run by a team of local volunteers who organise and provide various activities for internationals and friends.

We aim to provide:

  • A relaxed atmosphere
  • A variety of social activities, themed evenings, quiz nights, board games, sports
  • Trips to local places of interest
  • Opportunity to share your language with others who wish to learn, or perhaps learn a new language yourself by informal discussion


At the monthly Thursday’s Cafes you can:

•  Meet new friends

•  Relax at the end of a busy day

•  Learn about the cultures, customs, food & music of different countries

•  Improve your English

•  Chat, play games/sport

•  Get practical help & advice

. Share your own language with others


At other times you may wish to:

.   Meet for coffee

.   Join a Cafe cultural trip

.   Request additional language support


You also won’t want to miss:

.   Cafe Weekends Away (see Gallery section of this website)