Cambridge makes for a lovely day of shopping. The pretty, cobbled streets offer the perfect mix of traders. The shopping areas are varied, with the shopping centres, main city centre, and some hidden gems a little further afield. Here are our favourite places for shopping in Cambridge, combining the high street with fabulous independents.
The Independent and high street shops:
The City Centre and the shopping centre The Grand Arcade is where you will find all of the high street shops, as well as many fabulous independent businesses. Wander the cobbled streets and pass the beautiful university buildings to find them. Perfect for those personal and unique gifts.
The Grafton Centre offers larger stores, for example Primark and Next and has a new food court upstairs.
The Beehive Centre situated in Newmarket road also has some larger stores including Boots, and M&S Food. Get for a quick trip as parking is right outside the shops.
You will find the main market centrally in the market square. Here you are able to browse the many arts and crafts stalls on the market and enjoy goods from over 60 independent traders. Find fabulous items including; vintage clothing, artisan foods and drink, jewellery, art, crafts and lots more. A great place to find those really unique gifts. The market is within easy access to the other main shopping areas. A great online gift idea, how about custom patches to make clothing more special?
Nearby All Saints Garden Arts and Crafts Market also offers original gift ideas and is held every Saturday. Here you will find artisan arts and crafts including; sculptures, jewellery, household crafts and paintings. Be sure to enjoy the selection of wonderful independent shops nearby.
A little further from the centre but well worth the walk is Mill Road. Here you can enjoy independent businesses and brilliant restaurants offering diverse and exciting food and drink. Stroll around delis and international supermarkets, or take a break at one of the fabulous restaurants or coffee shops.
Eating and drinking in Cambridge:
There are many excellent places to eat in Cambridge and there really is something for everyone when you take a break from your shopping. Check out of ultimate Cambridge restaurant guide and see for yourself.
Parking in Cambridge:
Park and Ride is a cost effective option if you intend to shop until you drop. There a good few around the outskirts of the city which will get you into the action quickly and without having to worry about navigating the traffic. Other car parks in Cambridge can be found here.
Staying in Cambridge:
Whether you enjoy a plush luxury hotel or prefer the camping style of accommodation, Cambridge has plenty of accommodation to please you. Find great places to stay in Cambridge here.
Shopping in Cambridge:
We think that you will agree, Cambridge has everything you need for Christmas shopping in Cambridge trip. Let us know your favourite shops in Cambridge in the comments below.