Yr Atom, King Street, Stryd y Brenin, caffi a chanolfan Cymrawg. Cafe and Welsh centre.
Pantri Blakeman, Blue Street, opposite the bus station up towards the centre of town, upstairs. Very cheap. Family business.
Shop y Pentan, in the Market Precinct. Books and things Welsh.
If you go on the T1 bus, rather than drive, there are very likely to be Welsh speakers on the bus. Regular buses, advertised to Lampeter but they go all the way through to Carmarthen. The once daily bus going on to Cardiff finishes on 17 June.
In the north , in towns like Pwllheli , Caernarfon , Llangefni , Blaenau Ffestiniog to name a few , you are guaranteed to have the opportunity to speak Welsh in most pubs/cafes/shops but I would say that if you wanted the full Welsh experience then Caernarfon undoubtedly has the edge . Cymraeg is in the air everywhere you go and people will usually address you in Welsh before English (especially if you go on a cold wet day out of tourist season)
We do Machynlleth fairly regularly as it’s only a relative stones-throw up the road from us. Of which I can fully recommend ‘Caffi Alys’ in the town centre for people searching for the kind of experience I am talking of
I had a brilliant “Welsh Language experience” last week, on a Cwrs Cymraeg at Nant Gwrtheyrn at Lefel Sylfaen - we were 12 in the class, with myself and a lady doctor from Austria the 2 ‘foreigners’, the others from all over Wales.The course provided both the North and South language options side-by-side so everyone could concentrate on that which they were familiar with. We all lasted the course and received our Sylfaen certificate at the end of it. (very proud of it).
SSIW was my first experience of the Welsh language and it was Aran and his team who installed in me a love for this beautiful ancient language and gave me the opportunity and the lesson material to get this far ( I confess I rate myself to be only a beginner and have a long way to go to become competent). Diolch yn fawr iawn Aran and SSIW. I shall continue to try and improve through your excellent learning programme. x
Nicky, Sorry for the delayed response - I’ve been off the radar recently (for a good reason - struggling through SSiW Course 2). If it’s not too late for a reply to be of any use, last summer I went to Llanrwst for the day and found Welsh spoken with no problem. I don’t really like to plug my own old postings, but you may find my report on my day trip of some use. Search for “Baruch” and the thread “I came, I spoke, I was understood!”. If you haven’t yet been on your trip, best of luck wherever you go.