Where to Eat in Cambridge
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Where to Eat in Cambridge

From refined restaurants to fantastic food trucks, the Cambridge food scene is thriving – here are some unmissable eateries to try during your visit.

Casual Dining

For a casual bite, Cambridge city centre is teeming with options. A great place to start is Bene’t Street, a foodie hotspot that’s home to some of the city’s finest. Bread & Meat serves gourmet sandwiches made with sourdough bread and delicious roasted meats: the must-try is the roast porchetta, served with herby salsa verde, but the poutine, smothered in melty cheese and rich gravy, is well worth a look too. Other good laidback eateries include The Grafton’s Amelie, specialising in flam-kuche (a pizza-style dish with a super crispy base).

Street Food Heroes

Cambridge is home to a genuinely exciting street food scene, with top chefs serving up everything from Sri Lankan curries to artisan pizza. The best way to taste your way around the cream of the food truck crop is at foodPark, which hosts regular lunchtime markets around the city. From Guerrilla Kitchen’s steamed bao to Steak & Honour’s Cambridge-famous burgers and Pimp My Fish’s twist on classic fish and chips – you’re sure to be impressed by the diversity of what’s on offer. Remember to save space for dessert at the Churros Bar or Sweet Ally Scoops.

The Best of the Restaurants

It’s tough to narrow down the huge choice of fantastic restaurants in Cambridge to a few top picks, but there are several standouts which deserve a mention. The Garden House at the Graduate hotel is headed up by acclaimed chef Adam Wood, and offers refined, seasonally-inspired small plates packed with local produce.
Mercado Central, meanwhile, transports your tastebuds to Spain with exquisite Galician seafood, Iberico pork, authentic tapas and perfectly prepared paella. Seafood lovers will be in heaven at Mill Road’s Fin Boys: a fish restaurant and butchery which serves sensational tasting menus and a brunch with a fishy twist.

Midsummer house a staple within the City of Cambridge. This is stunning, must visit fine dining restaurant, it is also the only restaurant in the East of England to hold 2 Michelin stars, which was awarded in 2004.
Last but by no means least, Restaurant 22 is the jewel in Cambridge’s culinary crown, offering the holy trinity of exceptional food, wonderful service and a gorgeous setting in a Victorian townhouse – truly not to be missed, but you’ll need to be organised and book well in advance.

Sweet Treats

Got a sweet tooth? Mosey down All Saint’s Passage to Hill St – creators of luxury chocolates made with the finest ingredients – and then try Jack’s Gelato just next door. This renowned local ice cream shop also has a branch on Bene’t Street, but the All Saint’s Passage shop is where locals go to beat the queues. Whichever outpost you visit, you’re guaranteed a selection of innovative iced treats, with flavours including burnt sugar and salt gelato.

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Did you know?

A big hit with visitors to the city, the Corpus Clock depicts a golden, grasshopper-like monster (the ‘Chronophage’) eating time.