Located overlooking Swansea's attractive marina, SA1 is the city's most upmarket district, with luxury restaurants, stylish cocktails bars and waterside walkways creating a distinctly European atmosphere.
No trip to Swansea is complete without a drink in a classy SA1 bar or a meal in one of the city's most desirable restaurants. This area has been the focus of a lot of development in recent years, and the network of modern, waterside apartments attract the city's young professionals, footballers, and anyone else eager to be at the centre of the action.
Visit in the summertime and enjoy alfresco drinks by the water, or come in winter and cosy up in a welcoming cafe.
At the heart of the SA1 is the Meridian tower. Besides being the tallest building in Wales, the tower is home to the country's highest restaurant, the Grape and Olive. Situated on the top floor, this serves delicious organic food accompanied by breathtaking views of Swansea Bay and the coast towards Cardiff. The rotating floor means everyone can enjoy the views. Head across the road and along the marina to the Italian restaurant Gallinis Brasserie. Try locally caught lobster and sea bass or a delicious tiramisu while you watch the tethered boats swaying in the breeze.
Lying just across the small harbour, you can see the old tug and a lightship that are moored in front of the National Waterfront Museum. Entry to the museum is free and you can stop by between nine and five pm during the week to discover more about the city’s proud maritime history. Turn right as you exit the museum and make your way to the Dylan Thomas Centre. Admission is again free and there are a number of interactive exhibitions that bring Swansea’s favourite son to life. Have a look at the bright, 3-D timeline that details his work and listen to some of the world’s most well known voices including Prince Charles and Richard Burton read lines from his poems.
The Mission Gallery nearby is a must for lovers of contemporary art while the Dylan Thomas Theatre over the road regularly hosts professional shows as well as cabaret and stand up comedy nights.
Cross the elegant Sail Bridge to find more bars and eateries on the far side of the estuary. The glass fronted River House is a stylish place to unwind with a beer or a cocktail or cross the open square to find some of the city’s best seafood at La Parilla. After something to eat relax with a drink and listen to some fantastic live music at Café Americano.
Swansea Marina is less than a mile from the city centre. Another area of bars and restaurants can be found on Wind Street and Salubrious Place, a short walk away.