How to spend 48 hours in Cambridgeshire
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The university city of Cambridge is positively brimming with tea, cake and coffee shops.
On Chesterton Road, just north of Midsummer Common, is Stir, a cool neighbourhood cafe. It’s a lovely, bright place that serves an array of cakes and light snacks, with a great space in the corner for parents with children – who are positively welcomed with colouring books and small toys. Café Foy is a new place in town, offering coffee, cake and brunch right by the river at Magdalene Bridge.
Heading up this eclectic area towards the east of the city is Espresso Library, a cool cycle cafe that’s open for breakfast, brunch and lunch until 5pm. It’s also open for drinks and dinner from 6pm until 10pm.
Scott’s All Day is a new face in town, a neighbourhood cafe by day and a pizzeria by night, which has been giving a big thumbs up by locals. Also new is Modigliani, an artisan coffee shop and Italian focacceria in Cambridge.
Tom’s Cakes is a cafe that sells its own home-made cakes and biscuits, with an emphasis on local ingredients and flavours. It also serves paninis, sandwiches and soup, too. The new kid on the block is the 5 Blends Coffee House, which has been going down a storm since it opened in 2018.
The Garden Kitchen is a spin-off from the hugely successful Garden Café at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Primarily takeaway – seating is minimal – food is fresh and there’s a tasty selection of salads, hot food and cakes. There’s also a sister cafe at Kettle’s Yard house and art gallery on Castle Hill.
Hot Numbers is now a Cambridge favourite. It serves the perfect coffee from a no-fuss, pared-down menu, and a tasty selection of cakes. It’s so good that there’s another one, right opposite The Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street, plus a newly-opened roastery, kitchen and bakery near Shepreth, a few miles outside the city.
Scott’s All Day is a new face in town, a neighbourhood cafe by day and a pizzeria by night, which has been giving a big thumbs up by locals
Further up Mill Road and over the bridge is the Black Cat Café, which is a good place for breakfast – try the specials at the weekend, which include eggs benedict with treacle-cured bacon and lemon hollandaise. Café Blue Sage is also a locals’ favourite, while Bravo Patisserie is new on the scene, serving coffee and cakes with a Turkish twist.
Liutaio is a music cafe and stringed instrument shop that offers a fusion of old and new, with an Oriental and Western menu and a place to enjoy live performances. Relevant Records, at the far end of Mill Road, has a coffee shop on one floor and a vinyl emporium in the basement –a treasure trove for vinyl lovers.
The Urban Larder is a well-loved, cosy coffee shop that serves great coffee, toasties and blondies, while locals rave about the new Cambridge Waffle Bar, serving sweet and savoury delights with a huge range of toppings.
Right at the end of Mill Road is The Edge Café, which – as well as serving good food and award-winning coffee – supports people who are recovering from substance abuse.
If that little lot hasn’t quenched your thirst for Cambridge, check out the links below and brew up some fresh ideas for a trip to this beautiful city.
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