There has been no better time to experience the culinary delights that Cambridge has to offer. Over the last few years there has been an explosion of new eateries and street traders to tempt your taste buds. Whatever your appetite, there is something to suit all tastes, from intimate brasseries, fine dining and cosmopolitan cuisine, to family-friendly restaurants and charming tea rooms. Let’s go on a little wander to look at what Cambridge has to offer…
Starting at the North of the city, Magdalene Street and Bridge Street offer a good mix of high street restaurants including Wildwood, Byron Burgers, Cote, Café Rouge and Bella Italia and also a range of independents that include an Italian pizzeria La Margherita, Vietnamese restaurant Thanh Binh and La Galleria where you can sit and enjoy a view of the River Cam. Also along Bridge Street you will find a numbers of cafes including Patisserie Valerie, Fitzbillies, Crepe Affaire and Bridges. Pubs; The Mitre, The Baron of Beef and The Pickerel all serve food which you can enjoy whilst having a drink.
On a hot summer evening head to Quayside where you will find Las Iguanas, The Punt Yard, ThaiKhun and also the Varsity River Bar. All have an element of outdoor seating so you can sit back and enjoy the summer weather. A bit further along the River you will find La Mimosa. For spectacular views of Cambridge don’t forget the roof top terrace at The Varsity Hotel.
Moving through the city you will find an array of restaurant’s to cater for whatever mood takes you. The Cambridge Brew House on King Street not only serves a vast amount of beers but also has a menu that is music to any foodies ears. King Street is also home to a number of pubs including The St. Radegund, the King Street Run and The Champion of the Thames plus some great cafes including The Urban Shed and Afternoon Tease. D’Arry’s Restaurant and Loft also found on King Street. Just round the corner on Hobson Street you will find Stickybeaks Café with its open plan kitchen so you can have a ‘stickybeak’ at the owners preparing luscious lunches and tempting treats.
The Pint Shop is situated on Pea’s Hill and is renowned for its no nonsense menu and fantastic homemade bar snacks including Scotch Eggs the size of tennis balls. Situated near firm favourites Jamie’s Italian, Zizzi and Carluccios, this area is also home to great little café Armoi and steak restaurant CAU. Further along Bene’t Street you will find Smokeworks (tucked down Free School Lane), Bread and Meat and The Eagle; where DNA was discovered.
If you like sitting outside near Market Square watching the hustle and bustle of Cambridge’s seven day a week market then Stazione or Don Pasquale are for you. Along Market Street you will find coffee shop favourites like Café Nero and Pret A Manger. Venture up Rose Crescent for more alfresco dining at La Raza or head round into Trinity Street and you can combine eating with art appreciation at the Michaelhouse Café, housed in a C14th church, showing regular art exhibitions and serving freshly made seasonal food at its best. Also along Trinity Street you will find Strada, 2648 and fish and chip restaurant Coast along with café Le Patissier and Hong Kong Fusion further along on St John’s Street.
If you’re feeling hungry in town, stopping at Green Street is a great idea. Harriets Tea Rooms is worth a mid-shop stop and Bills Restaurant is the perfect start, middle or finish to a day serving great food from breakfast to bedtime.
Vegetarians will not be disappointed at The Rainbow Café, on the splendid King’s Parade, which offers a warming range of freshly-made soups and delicious vegan dishes. If you wish to dine with views of Kings College then look no further than The Cambridge Chophouse or Agora at the Copper Kettle.
Don’t forget the original Fitzbillies on Trumpington Street for that legendary sticky Chelsea Bun. Continue walking along Trumpington Street and you will find seafood restaurant Loch Fyne and Browns bar and brasserie along with the bistro at Hotel Du Vin.
Over near The Grafton there are a number of Independent restaurants and cafes situated along Burleigh Street including Arena Café serving great European and British food. Charlie’s Coffee Company offers delicious pizzas and gelato. The Catch offers you fish and chips at their best and you will also find sushi and Chinese restaurants. Signorelli’s Deli is a recent addition along Burleigh Street offering pizzas and delicious cakes and treats. If you are after a takeaway then the Burleigh Bake Shop or Subway, are perfect options. Just a little further down on Norfolk Street is CB2 café which not only provides you food and drink, they offer a great schedule of evening entertainment including music and regular comedy slots.
One of the largest concentration of restaurants in Cambridge can be found along St Andrew’s and Regent Street. St Andrew’s Street is home to the Picturehouse Cinema which has its own bar offering lovely pre-movie treats. National chains Wagamamas, All Bar One, JD Weatherspoons and Nandos can also be found here. Further up on Regent Street you will find a huge choice from independent restaurants like The Olive Grove, De Lucas, The Oak Bistro, Nanna Mexico and Charlie Chan. You will also find family favourites Pizza Hut, Pizza Express, Zizzi and Gourmet Burger Kitchen. With bubble tea cafes Ooshi and Chatime along Regent Street too, you really will find it home to a very diverse offer providing something for everyone.
Fine dining in Cambridge comes in the exquisite shape of Midsummer House, a Victorian villa on Midsummer Common, where Daniel Clifford’s Michelin-starred culinary brilliance can be sampled beside the waters of the Cam. Alimentum, on Hills Road, is also Michelin starred and is where award-winning chef-patron Mark Poynton has earned a reputation for excellent cuisine and fine dining.
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