Did you know that the Love Cambridge Gift Card can be spent at more than 200 businesses, from independent and High Street shops to restaurants and galleries? Invest in one today to support the city’s brilliant retailers this Christmas
It’s the Christmas present buying quandary many of us face: just what do you give to the relative who has everything? The answer is a Love Cambridge Gift Card! Taking the guess work out of gift buying, it means that the lucky recipient can head out for a posh dinner, invest in a piece of original art or simply stock up on wardrobe staples.
The Love Cambridge Gift Card is a preloaded Mastercard, (add any amount from £5 to £500), can be ordered online and sent directly to friends or family, with a personal message included. Valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, it’s a great way to support Cambridge businesses at a challenging time.
Welcome to the home of the ‘Flam-kuche’, a yeast free, mega thin, uber tasty flatbread from the East of France. Amelie is the first UK brand specialising in this delectable dish, which they dub the ‘skinny pizza’ as it’s so light. Look out for cheese fondue and hearty salads in the run up to Christmas.
Amelie, The Grafton, Cambridge, amelierestaurants.co.uk
Tuck into afternoon tea with a magnificent view at this cosy, caring independent café which overlooks St. John’s college. Feast on scrumptious homemade cakes and pastries, enjoy cream teas and coffees, or challenge yourself to devour this epic ‘rower’s breakfast’, served with unlimited tea or coffee until the end of the year.
Le Patissier, 11 St John’s Street, Cambridge, lepatissier.co.uk
Enjoy a slice of Sicilian life at one of Aromi’s independent cafes, serving up authentic fare in a cheerful Mediterranean atmosphere. Savour rustic sourdough pizza, fantastic focaccia, delicious arancini, cakes, cannoli and artisan gelato, and watch skilled pizzaioli hand stretching pizza in the window for added street theatre!
Aromi, Bene’t Street, Fitzroy Street and Peas Hill, Cambridge, aromi.co.uk
An award-winning designer women’s boutique in the heart of Cambridge, specialising in stylish clothing, accessories and shoes, to be worn (and cherished) every day. Brands include American Vintage, Maison Scotch, Kate Sheridan and Ruth Mastenbroek. These Markberg shearling mittens, £99, are top of our wish list.
Boudoir Femme, 2 King Street, Cambridge, boudoirfemme.co.uk
SageBrown create beautiful handmade luxury leather goods for men and women in a variety of leathers, colours and textures – all crafted for life. Products include beautifully designed briefcases, portfolios, wallets, purses, handbags, small leather goods and accessories, many luxuriously lined in sumptuous contrast suede.
SageBrown, 31 Trinity Street, Cambridge, sagebrown.co.uk
A haven for hats and caps of distinction (for men and women), crafted from the best British cloths in a vibrant colour palette. A Laird hat evokes a rich English and Scottish heritage, with a modern nuance. The look is slick, stylish and bold. In-store customer service is also delightfully old-school; friendly, personal and informative.
Laird Hatters, 4 Green Street, Cambridge, lairdlondon.co.uk
Cambridge Contemporary Crafts
An independent gallery on Bene’t Street, Cambridge Contemporary Crafts offers a wide range of exquisite gifts including decorations, ceramics and jewellery, all of which are handmade in the UK and also available at their online store.
Cambridge Contemporary Crafts, 5 Bene’t Street, Cambridge, cambridgecrafts.co.uk
Whether you’re searching for a ukulele for your little one, a new bow, a used violin or printed music, Cambridge Strings can help. With over 45 years’ experience in music retail, staff offer an informed, high quality service, along with competitive pricing.
Cambridge Strings, 72 King Street, Cambridge, cambridgestrings.co.uk
Offering an innovative exhibition programme of solo and mixed shows from contemporary artists, Byard is a hub for inspirational art. Think paintings, sculptures, limited edition prints, ceramics, mixed media and handmade jewellery. It’s welcoming too.
Byard Art, 14, King’s Parade, Cambridge, byardart.co.uk
Cambridge – Flying the Purple Flag
The Purple Flag working group work on a number of initiatives across the nighttime economy, including the following which are designed to keep us all safe on a night out: Taxi Marshals – Providing professionally trained licensed Taxi Marshals on key dates throughout the year helps to ensure people get home swiftly and safely after… View Article
Be Our Guest
University Arms University Arms is a landmark hotel located in the historic heart of Cambridge, overlooking Parker’s Piece. Since opening in 1834, the University Arms hotel has played an important role in the history of the city. In 1848, in the shadows of the hotel the defining rules of football were invented by locals playing… View Article
Street Vendors Whether you arrive by bus, train, car, or bicycle there’s a strong chance you will see a street food vendor within the first few minutes of your arrival. There is so much choice from this fun, affordable food option. There are Tacos, falafel, burgers, hotdogs, crepes, ice cream, traditional Indian food and much… View Article
Bags of Style…
Cambridge is spoilt for choice when it comes to unique gifts which can be found in one of the many independent boutiques that you will find spread throughout the city. Head to the historic centre to find those special gifts for your loved ones. Stroll down Rose Crescent and Trinity Street, Magdalene Street, Bridge Street… View Article
48 Hours in Cambridge
Friday Afternoon Upon arrival, why not stop at one of the local cafes and treat yourself to a cuppa (or something stronger!) while you wait for your hotel to be ready. If you arrive by train, you can jump in a cab or hop on a bus if you don’t fancy the 10-minute stroll into… View Article
FIRST STOP, SHOPPING! From independent boutiques to big-name brands, you’ll find something for everyone here in Cambridge. Not only are you spoilt for choice with the Grafton, Lion Yard and Grand Arcade, but this city is also home to hundreds of high street stores. And for those with temporary or permanent mobility issues, Shop Mobility is a free-of-charge service that… View Article
Family friendly activities for £10 or less in Cambridge this summer
The Cambridge Book Bench Trail Explore every nook and cranny of our wonderful city as you follow the trail to discover 12 completely unique book benches across Cambridge from the historic core to shopping centres and parks. This summer Cambridge BID in partnership with Wild in Art has installed 12 individually designed Book Benches across… View Article
Dog Friendly Cambridge
Park and Ride Accessing the city with your pooch has never been easier with the network of Park & Ride buses allowing you to travel with your dog for free (however, they will need to sit on the floor). Buses run from five sites across the city, and tickets cost as little as £3 return… View Article
Top five things to see and do in Cambridge this summer
This summer, the historic city of Cambridge invites holidaymakers to venture along its quaint streets to discover brand new boutique accommodations, exciting attractions and unrivalled al fresco dining throughout the charming city centreand its lush green spaces beyond.