I am not a shopaholic, I’m just helping the economy…. yeah, ok I’m a shopaholic. But for anyone that hasn’t visited Cambridge before, please let me recommend some amazing places to grab some bargains and explore the shopping in Cambridge city.
Cambridge General Market
Based in the Market Square (clues in the name) and open on a Monday – Saturday from 10am until 4pm, this market has everything you bargain hunters could wish for. From clothes and jewellery, to fresh fruit and veggies, to homemade arts and crafts and so much more. It’s the heart of Cambridge and is great for a wander round.
The Grande Arcade opened in 2007 and lifted the shopping experience standards in Cambridge in my opinion. Thanks to the Grande Arcade we now have shops such as John Lewis, Pandora, Hollister, Victoria Secrets, Tiger, Ray-Ban and so many more. This is the place to be for your up-market high street shops. There are also 500 cycle parking spaces and a cycle shop on hand. I guarantee that you will find anything you need in this centre.
Lion yard is attached to the Grande Arcade, though significantly smaller, it is the older part of the shopping centre. Built originally in 1970 it contained the Cambridge Central Library (still does) and a few small shops. Nowadays this is where you can grab a fresh juice, a warm cookie or a hot chocolate from Hotel Chocolat and walk around shops such as Pia, Body Shop, Superdry and a large sports outlet.
The Grafton Centre is over the other side of town, closer towards Mill Road. The Grafton was built in the 1980’s and has changed layout and undergone a lot of development over the past few years. In fact, it is still undergoing a refurbishment programme to upgrade the centre. In this shopping area, you will find yourself some cheaper bargains from high street shops such as Primark, Debenhams, The Perfume Shop, H&M and many more.
Now down to the real deal…The quirky little Cambridge shops that tourists flock here for and the streets to find them.
A stunning street in the centre of Cambridge that runs alongside St John’s College. This street is cobbled and has an old-school Cambridge feel to it. There is an arts and crafts market held in the All Saint’s Garden open on a Saturday from 10am – 4pm which offers handcrafted jewellery, glassblowers and quirky antique pieces. Also down this road you have some famous Cambridge bookshops, Ryder & Amie’s (Old School Cambridge clothing and memorabilia). Not to mention Cambridge Fudge Kitchen (yum, enough said!) and Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shop that is dedicated to retro and modern sweets, chocolate and American candy. Trinity Street also houses Jigsaw, Whistles and Jaeger if you want some beautiful top end high street/designer clothes.
What a little gem in the centre of a hustling and bustling Cambridge. This small narrow street sums up Cambridge perfectly. With thin cobbled streets and filled with small boutique shops you are sure to go home with plenty of bags worth. Le Creuset, although a chain is not one to miss down Rose Crescent. A stunning cookware and kitchen shop with some of the friendliest staff (not to mention that there are regular cooking demonstrations in store with samples aplenty!). You can also find Cellini, an elegant jewellery shop specialising in pearls, coloured stone, diamond and bespoke creations.
Wherever you choose to shop, we will be ready with a cocktail waiting on hand in the bar at Tamburlaine for when your feet will walk no more. And always remember, we could give up shopping, but we’re not quitters! Happy shopping!