Fondly referred to as ‘Mach’, Machynlleth is a small Welsh town in the Dyfi Valley. A market town since 1291, Mach has always been a natural meeting place. Situated just by the bridge over the Dyfi River, it is a crossroads for the traveller, trader and tourist- which lends a certain vibe to this Welsh country town.

We're home to MOMA Machynlleth, The Owain Glyndwr Centre, Machynlleth Comedy Festival, Y Plas, and Machynlleth Pride; there's always something going on! Our busiest day is Wednesday- market day. The Wednesday market here is thriving, with stalls selling everything from artisanal bread, handmade jewelry, and garden plants, to second-hand clothing, fruit and vegetables, and Indian food. The best time to visit is in the morning- when the pastries are fresh and the pavements aren’t too busy.

Along the main street is a myriad of independent businesses, some shiny and new, and some well-established. Visit R.E.D shoes for handmade shoes, sandals & boots. Home to the original Shandals, and one of the most beautiful shops in town. This is like a candy shop for shoe lovers! Tymhorau Dyfi, a social enterprise, sells products from sheepskin, plant-dyed wools, to books and hand-crafted wooden items. Most recognisable as a florist, they sell beautiful arrangements, plants, and wreaths, as well as hosting workshops and talks. Elin Angharad is a genius with leather handbags and accessories. From her studio in town, she produces handmade leather goods to your specifications, as well as her own collections. The list of great shops here is endless; we also have Wheelers Fabrics haberdashery, bookshops galore (including The Literary Cat and Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop), an ironmonger and hardware store I.G Owens, numerous charity shops (Save the Children has a brilliant selection, and the Dog Shop is full of bargains), antique stores, and the wonderful Dyfi Wholefoods, just to list a few! 

We have a wealth of bars, restaurants, and cafes too. Mach is a great place to be if you are vegan/vegetarian- every venue offers veggie options, if not always vegan. Ty Medi is a vegetarian café with great tea, coffee, and cake. The side salads are so delicious they become a main event of their own. There is no other venue that will do once you have tried Italian chef Sabrina of Blasau Deli's recipes. Great for picnic foods- sausage rolls the size of your fist! They do the best sandwiches in town, and Saturday nights are Pizza takeaway. Gwen is a recent addition to our high street, serving tapas, charcuterie, and cheese, alongside a wide selection of wines from across the world. Other bars and restaurants include Shilam (for massive portions of Indian food), the Wynnstay Hotel, and Y Gegin Fach. Watch out for Green Goat pop-ups too! If pub grub is your jam, you'll want the White or Red Lion, and takeaway is best from China Garden, Town Kebab House, or Hennighans Chip Shop. Hermit Crab is a mini-but-mighty takeaway coffee spot serving specialty drinks, Welsh cakes, pastries, and products by local artisans. As we are coffee fanatics, we frequent all the local dealers, including Caffi Glyndwr and Mandy's Coffee Shop.

Pretty much everything is simple and homemade, unpretentious, and relaxed. Just how we like it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camilla Norberg