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Cambridgeshire shopping

Shopping in Cambridgeshire is as varied as the county itself and here are some of the best places to shop. The Grand Arcade is Cambridge’s central undercover shopping area. The main draw is the big John Lewis, along with the Apple Store and Victoria’s Secret. Linking to The Grand Arcade is Lion Yard Shopping Centre, with plenty of exciting shops including Smiggle, Flying Tiger, Hotel Chocolat and Lush. Inside, on the first floor, you’ll find the Cambridge Library, along with another good range of shops and some food stops. On Rose Crescent you’ll find upmarket shops such as L’Occitane, Molton Brown, Jo Malone, Le Creuset, Elegant Atelier, Neal’s Yard and Kiehl’s, while independent jeweller Cellini has a beautiful range of pearls, diamonds and bespoke pieces.

Ely, a tiny jewel of a city, has a craft and collectibles market every Saturday and a farmers’ market is held on two Saturdays a month, with producers on hand and a feast of tasty foods to try and buy. Every Thursday, Sunday and two out of four Saturdays, there’s a general market, too. Waterside Antiques, a huge wharf by the River Ouse in Ely, is an Aladdin’s cave of goodies. Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough is the place to go. With more than 90 brands, the mall is open seven days a week and features shops such as John Lewis, Waitrose and Monsoon.

Our picks

Grand Arcade
Grand Arcade

St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3BJ

Step into the stylish centre to find an unrivalled selection of over 60 premium and high street retailers under one sky-lit roof, including the nation’s favourite department store, John Lewis. Grand Arcade’s retail shops and boutiques are hand-picked to ensure its visitors enjoy the very best retail has to offer. Visit website


5 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ

In the Kings Parade for over 30 years, Nomads has long been one of the best kept secrets for shoppers in Cambridge. Nomads present a superb selection of scarves, stoles and shawls – silk, cotton, hand-woven, pashmina, jacquard, paisley – you will be amazed at the variety, and at a price to suit every pocket. All of this and a very warm atmospheric welcome awaits in this colourful and exotic treasure trove in the heart of Cambridge. Visit website

Clothes rail

3 St Mary’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PQ

Inspire your wardrobe with unique pieces from Sahara, Cambridge’s destination fashion store exclusively conceptualised for the discerning, style-conscious woman who appreciates creative fashion. Sahara stocks collections for women who are seeking something that little bit different. Their beautifully-crafted collections come in sizes UK 10 to 20, and their unusual jewellery, scarves and bags sourced from around the world are artfully edited by their designers to complete your look. Visit website

Cambs Antiques Centre
Antiques shop

Dales Brewery, 1-2 Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ

Cambridge Antiques Centre is one of two antique shops on Gwydir Street, Cambridge, and have been based in Dales Brewery for over 20 years. Open 10 until 5 every day, with limited Sunday hours, Cambs Antiques Centre has something to offer for everyone, from furniture and crockery to jewellery and trinkets and so much more. Visit website

Charles Clinkard

14 St Andrew’s Street Unit 41, Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB2 3BJ

Charles Clinkard has been providing high quality footwear for over 90 years. With footwear collections catering for men, women and children, Charles Clinkard maintain their reputation for high quality shoes and outstanding customer service thanks to a team who are passionate about working meticulously to provide the best footwear for all the family. Visit website

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Image credits: ©Debby Besford/Nomads; Gina SmithM88/Naletova/; Grand Arcade

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