If you love good food and looking for a great UK destination to find some- look no further than Cambridge. There is much more to this historic city in the United Kingdom than the world famous university- here you will also find beautiful buildings, museums, galleries and plenty of independent and high street shops. And most importantly to food lovers- fabulous cafes, street food traders, and restaurants.Here are the places where you will find the best food in Cambridge.
Whether you want a quick bite or a Michelin quality night out, with Cambridge’s vibrant food scene you won’t be short of choice! It has never been better to eat, drink and be merry in and around the city.
Where to start the day:
For breakfast or brunch, head over to one of the many wonderful cafes on offer in and around the city. We love the fresh breads and pastries at Stir as they have their own on-site bakery. Enjoy city centre based Michael house which has many delicious options, including eggy bread or bircher muesli. Coffee lovers should visit Hot Numbers who roast their coffee beans from sources around the world. More places for breakfast in Cambridge here.
Time for tea? Be sure to try Fitzbillies who have been serving fabulous cakes in the city since 1920. They are famous for their Chelsea buns which are sticky, sweet and just delicious. You can get some beautifully gift wrapped to take away with you which you must definitely do.
Even on a chilly day, find time for Jacks Gelato who make fabulously flavoured ices. Easily the best in Cambridge The flavours change daily and are exciting, they include more classic ones like mint choc chip through to salted treacle.
Pit stop lunch? You can’t beat a burger! Steak and Honour are a local gem and also centrally based. This independent burger restaurant serves quality burgers and sides, including the classic, riverside beef, brioche bun, lettuce, onion, gherkin, French’s mustard and Heinz tomato ketchup.
Or perhaps some slow, fast food from Smokeworks ? We can highly recommend the mac and cheese fritters. Here you will find pulled meat choices and sharing platters. Tasty veggie options also available. Try the Smokeworks Tap next door for a pre or post burger drink also. More places for the best burgers here.
Cambridge have plenty of quality restaurants in the city for a special evening meal. Our favourites are Michelin starred Restaurant 22 and Vanderlyle. Book these places well in advance.
Restaurant 22 is an intimate dining room which feels really luxurious. They offer a seasonal 7 course tasting menu- the perfect place for culinary treat.
Vanderlyle serve a set 5 course seasonal feast menu. The chefs work directly with local growers and producers to compile the menu based on what is available locally. Totally delicious and the menu just happens to be completely met free.
Dessert fans will love Cambridge too! There are plenty of places for cake. You must visit Chocolat Chocolat if you’re a chocolate lover. You will find various handmade chocolates and truffles at this artisanal chocolate shop. Their creations are packed with the creamiest chocolate flavours that will immediately melt in your mouth. Be sure to grab a gelato too! Perhaps satisfy your sweet tooth with a lush chocolate brownie box?
Vegetarian or vegan options:
Street food fans can find daily pop ups at https://www.foodparkcam.com/ or check specific vendors for their location.
If you can squeeze in any more food, see all of our food recommendation here in our Ultimate Guide to Cambridge Restaurants.
You may need a longer trip or a return visit to try the many wonderful food opportunities Cambridge has to offer. Prepare to want to come back soon! Happy eating