A-Z of Cambridge Shopping Areas
Benet Street Area
With its mix of entertainment venues, this area has become known as the ‘Arts Quarter’. Stop by the city’s Tourist Information Centre for all the knowledge and information you'll need during your stay in Cambridge and browse the dedicated fashion, ceramics, jewellery and lingerie boutiques. There are also a number of lively cafes, three hair salons and two second-hand bookshops.
Bridge Street & Magdalene Street
Leading down to the banks of the River Cam you’ll discover a diverse mix of independent and national brands, inviting bars and international restaurants - all positioned around the picturesque Quayside area. Magdalene Street is home to some of the city's most indulgent fashion boutiques, florists and jewellery shops. Gadget-lovers will enjoy the Bang & Olufsen store, while Bridge Street offers everything from chocolates and jewellery to clothing and healthy eating foods.
One of Cambridge’s newest developments blends high street shopping with relaxing cafe culture. Enjoy stunning views over Christ’s Pieces from the Giraffe restaurant whilst indulging in an afternoon snack. Shopping enthusiasts will not be disappointed as Christ’s Lane is home to firm favourites H&M, Zara and Bank as well as Divermenti, which offers customers stylish and practical cookware. Underwear giant's Triumph and casual wear favourite Two Seasons are joined by furniture shop Lombok and Starbucks Coffee House.
Fitzroy Street & Burleigh Street
Leading to The Grafton shopping centre, Fitzroy & Burleigh Street offer a range of specialist shops, plus national favourites including Primark, Argos, Starbucks Coffee and Cafe Nero, as well as a number of independent food and clothing outlets and street traders. Both streets are bustling with a great range of shops offering products such as toys, gifts and clothing - as well as a number of bars, restaurants and a snooker and sporting club.
A short walk from the historic city centre is The Grafton, home to more than 70 retailers, including Debenhams, Next and BHS. Offering something for everyone, The Grafton is a family favourite with stores including Mothercare and the Early Learning Centre. Take a break from shopping and head to Vue cinemas to catch the latest blockbuster or grab a bite to eat and relax in The Grafton’s many cafes and restaurants.
The latest edition to the Cambridge shopping scene is Grand Arcade - this stylish and welcoming open plan building offers destination shopping for everyone. Grand Arcade contains 52 shops, with a five storey John Lewis as its centre-piece. With bigger branches of favourite brands including Topshop and River Island, as well as international brands including Apple, Kurt Geiger, Calvin Klein Underwear and Jack & Jones. Grand Arcade also offers one of the city's largest car and bike parks.
This cobbled street connecting Sidney Street with Trinity Street is one of the most picturesque and quaint in the city and is well worth a detour from the main high streets. Visitors will be surprised at the variety of delightful independent shops and eateries. Here, you can find everything from outdoor clothing, to hair salons and digital cameras, through to gifts, clothing, shoes and even a shop dedicated to printed music books.
Classically Cambridge, King’s Parade epitomises the spirit of the city. Set amongst the famous colleges, local history sites side-by-side with today’s shops offering classic men’s and college-wear, boutique womenswear, fine art galleries and crafts a wine merchant, cameras and even relaxation and meditation books and CDs.
Historic King Street offers a mix of 35 quality independent stores and a lively café culture to entice and entertain every visitor. Outlets include cafes, bars, four pubs, a tea shop, as well as fashion boutiques, menswear, hair, nail and beauty outlets, art supplies and an interior store. Only a short walk from the centre of the city and Midsummer Common.
Lion Yard is an established, shopping centre in the heart of the city. This and the surrounding Petty Cury area boast an eclectic mix of brands including Lush, Sony Centre, Hotel Chocolat, New Look, Moss Bros, Pret a Manger, Miss Selfridge, and many more....
Whenever you choose to visit, there’s always a bustling market to greet you. From Monday to Saturday the general market offers everything from fruit and flowers to hats and books and unique to Cambridge is the first outdoor hairdresser. On Sunday you can enjoy the ever popular arts Crafts and local produce market. Leading off Market Square, Market Street has the likes of Office, Fat Face, Karen Millen as well as WH Smiths and Dune Shoes. Near the Market Square you will also find St.Mary’s Passage, home to Hugo Boss, clothing and gift shops as well as Cath Kidston.
Mill Road & Romsey
Located a short walk from both the historic centre and The Grafton area is one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the city. Mill Road is renowned for its diverse and international range of restaurants and food shops, second-hand books and furniture, cycles, hairdressers and electrical stores. The area also boasts five arts venues if you want to catch a local art exhibition or find handmade crafts and gifts.
A walk or short bus ride from the city centre is the Cambridge Retail Park – home to several of the city’s largest stores including Habitat, PC World, Homebase, Boots and Halfords. With a large Burtons and Dorothy Perkins store as well as Starbucks and Pizza Hut this busy retail park has something for everyone. Next door, the Beehive Centre houses a number of other large stores including a T.K.Maxx and Asda.
Rose Crescent has its own unique charm. The striking buildings and traditionally-slabbed paving stones are home to a bakery, a travel agent, tailors, gift shops, jewellers, French Connection and Jack Wills. Those seeking a pampering beauty treatment will also find just the thing at ’Occitane, Molton Brown and Neal’s Yard.
Lined with a wide range of High Street shops and services, Sidney Street offers everyday destinations – Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencers and Waterstone’s – plus a branch of STA Travel, two book shops and Austin Reed for classic menswear. It is also home to Women’s favourites Monsoon, East and Mayhem as well as coffee outlet Costa and Presso Pasty Shop. You’ll also find Hobbs Sport Shop here.
St.John's Street & All Saints Passage
Home to the stunning entrance to St. John’s College, tourists and locals alike are drawn to the outdoor and well established All Saints Art & Craft market held here every Saturday. Tucked away next to the market you’ll find All Saints Passage – well worth a visit for the cheese shop and delicatessen.
Sussex Street colonnade features a wide variety of specialist shops in beautiful surroundings. Here there is everything for the musician with pianos, instruments and sheet music. Ladies are spoilt for choice with a bridal and ball gown store and specialist underwear store. The Cambridge Toy Shop is now located in Sussex Street offering an Aladdin’s Cave for the younger customers.
Boasting ornately decorated shop fronts, this delightful winding street offers quirky independent gems mixed with well-known High Street names such as Reiss, Jaeger, Sweaty Betty and White Stuff. Alongside a charming café located within a converted church, you’ll find fashion trends, plus pretty home wares, clothing and a specialist book store.