This is a project to document the Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades in Cardiff, home to some of the quirkiest, individual and independent retailers in the city.

Are you a shop owner and interested in getting involved? Drop me an email at hello@amydavies.com and we can arrange a shoot in your store! (Don’t worry you don’t have to be in the photos if you don’t want to….)

A little bit about me: I’m Amy, the owner of the Cardiff Arcades Project website. I’m a photographer and journalist living in Cardiff and working in Bath for a range of photography/technology websites.

This is my personal project, but if you are interested in talking to me about my paid-for work please feel free to contact me. You can find more details about me on my personal website.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. This is a great project. Really looking forward to following your progress. I’ve just sent a link to your blog to my mum as she has just taken up photography and will love this.

    • Thankyou Amanda!

      It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I’ve met some absolutely lovely people, looking forward to meeting more!

  2. Love this project. A totally worthwhile cause, fantastic and interesting writing on capitvating people making an honest living in a wonderful city. Grass roots journalism at its best, keep it up Amy! P.s your photos are also amazing, the post of Looby Loo’s was a favourite of mine. 😀

    • Hi Beth,

      Thanks for your comment, so glad you like the project.

      From my perspective it actually started with more of a focus on the photographic side, but I’m fortunate to also be a journalist which I think gives it that little something extra!

      Looby Loo’s is probably my favourite so far too, can’t wait to take more pictures of those gorgeous ladies!

  3. Hi Amy,
    Ever since I was a small child coming to Cardiff on a Saturday from the Valleys, I have been captivated by the arcades and the wonderful diversity that they contain. It deeply saddens me to think that the increasing number of bland, identikit retail chains popping up around the city could lead to the demise of these many beautifully unique shops and traders. I think your photographs are fantastic, and I massively appreciate your efforts in drawing peoples’ attention to these enchanting arcades and the sad fact that if they are lost, they will undoubtedly be lost forever. Keep up the great work.

    • Thankyou for your comment Jonathan.

      I completely agree, it’s kind of the human condition isn’t it though to only be upset about something going once it’s gone. I include myself in that. It does feel nice however to be doing something proactive now before it is too late – I only hope that it’s working, just a little bit 🙂

      Best wishes,


  4. What an amazing project…I have been to Cardiif a few times and was struck by how lovely it was….if you would like a signed copy of my book for your mag..pop me a line.I shal follow your blog with great interest..yours Eliza Keating

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