A-Z of Cambridge Shopping Areas

A-Z of Cambridge Shopping Areas

If it’s shopping you are after Cambridge has it all, from some of the finest independent boutiques around, a seven day a week market and all the high street brands you might expect, you won’t be disappointed.

Cambridge has three shopping centres, The Grafton, Lion Yard and Grand Arcade all offering visitors a mix of retail and leisure options you would expect to see.

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Our historic core and cobbled streets are home to a vast array of independent boutiques covering ladies and men’s wear, home furnishing and exquisite jewellery, to name but a few. Cambridge isn’t a shopping destination that can done with a quick visit, take your time and explore everything we have to offer.

 All Saints Craft Market

All Saints Garden, set in a delightful corner of historic Cambridge, hosts a wide variety of local artists and crafts people who make the goods they sell. Now running for more than 35 years, All Saints Garden Craft Market is friendly and welcoming, selling everything from fine jewellery, pottery and sculpture, to photography, paintings, prints and clothing.

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Bene’t Street Area

With its mix of entertainment venues, this area has become known as the ‘Arts Quarter’. Dine at Giggling Squid and Steak and Honour here, browse homeware at Cambridge Fabric Company, Angela Reed and Ark, plus experience world class culture at Cambridge Arts Theatre and Cambridge Corn Exchange.

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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 outdoor clothing and jewellery to ladies and menswear boutiques and health eating foods.

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Christ’s Lane

Christ’s Lane is situated between Christ’s Pieces and St Andrew’s street and is home to fashion favourites H&M and Zara, Metro Bank, a Tesco Express, Starbucks and Sushimania which has beautiful views over Christ’s Pieces from its upper floor.

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Fitzroy Street & Burleigh Street

Leading to The Grafton shopping centre, Fitzroy & Burleigh Street offer a range of specialist shops, plus national favourites including Primark, Wilkos, Poundland, 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.

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Grand Arcade

Grand Arcade is the region’s leading shopping destination. Located in the heart of Cambridge, Grand Arcade offers a choice of 60 fashion, beauty, home, technology, jewellery and food retailers, top high street names, premium brands and a flagship John Lewis department store.

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The Grafton

A short stroll across Christ’s Pieces will take you to The Grafton – a shopping centre boasting over 60 stores, a multiscreen cinema, a variety of cafes and restaurants and big open spaces for events and exhibitions.

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Green Street

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 visit. Hosting a good selection of restaurants and tea rooms alongside independent retailers specialising in jewellery, outdoor clothing, shoes, hats and homewear plus hair salons and high street brands it’s a must visit.

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King’s Parade

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.

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King Street

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 a specialist sewing shop. Only a short walk from the centre of the city and Midsummer Common.

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Lion Yard Shopping Centre

Lion Yard is a modern shopping centre in the heart of the city. The ground floor and first floor boast an array of high street names plus chic and unique independent stores giving shoppers lots of variety to satisfy their needs.

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Market Square

Cambridge’s colourful and historic open air market in the heart of the City, offers a wide range of produce, goods and services, from superb quality fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, to books, clothing, sweets, a tailoring service, flowers, crafts, refreshments and bike repairs!

The Market is open Monday to Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

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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.

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Newmarket Road

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 PC World, Homebase, Boots and Halfords. With a large Lidl and Dunelm 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.

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Rose Quarter

Rose Quarter has its own unique charm. The striking buildings and traditionally-slabbed paving stones are home to a bakery, gift shops, jewellers, Rituals and Jo Jo Maman Bebe. Also home to Whistles, McDonalds, Franca Manaca, Le Creuset, North Shoes, and Cellini.

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Sidney Street

Lined with a wide range of High Street shops and services, Sidney Street offers everyday destinations – Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencers and Waterstone’s. It is also home to Dr. Martens, Oliver Bonas, Joules, Next, Ecco Shoes, Neon Sheep, Fopp and Lakeland.

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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 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, chocolate shop and delicatessen.

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Sussex Street

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.

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Trinity Street

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 clothing and a specialist book store.

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Did you know?

Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running folk festivals in the world, having launched in 1965. It takes place each summer at Cherry Hinton Hall park, and features an eclectic line-up of traditional and modern folk, as well blues, country and roots acts.