01.Hot Numbers Coffee

"Hot Numbers is quite simply the authority on good coffee in Cambridge – to the extent that most of the cafés in town serve coffee roasted over at Hot Numbers. At the original Gwydir Street location (just off Mill Road), their flat whites come with a side of jazz (which plays throughout the day) and a rotation of local art on the walls. A great spot to read the Saturday papers or work on a creative idea."

02.Cambridge Wine Merchants

"This is one of my favourite local gems where I always head when I want to treat the wine-enthusiasts in my life. The staff are all connoisseurs and have an encyclopaedic knowledge of wine. They stock both well-known and hard-to-find wines from all the different wine regions. The beautiful Kings Parade location (right opposite Kings College) serves up Jack’s Gelato and Pimm’s in the summer months, and hot mulled wine in winter."

03.The Cambridge Satchel Co

"This Cambridge label has grown from humble beginnings – founder Julie Deane started the label from her kitchen table when she couldn’t find a proper leather schoolbag for her children – to a bona fide success story. Loved by preppy students and fashion editors alike, their chic leather bags are entirely desirable but at an affordable price-point. If in doubt, go for the classic satchel in tan, navy or oxblood."

04.Boudoir Femme

"Always one of my first stops for wardrobe basics; whether that’s a gorgeous pair of MiH jeans, American Vintage basic tees, fine cashmere scarves or a cosy pair of Yawn pyjamas."

05.Ark Home and Garden

"Whenever I want to find a one-of-a-kind gift, I always head straight to Ark just off Market Square. I love their old-fashioned children’s toys, Christmas decorations and beautiful cards which, in my opinion, are so beautiful they’re good enough to frame."

06.Urban Larder

"Over on Mill Road – where independent grocery stores and eateries are plentiful – you’ll find Urban Larder. It’s exactly what you want a local neighbourhood café to be, and serves up delicious coffee and snacks (made from locally-sourced ingredients) with a smile. Their three-cheese toasties are something else."

07.Pint Shop

"Bene’t Street is my favourite foodie destination in the city (I send all my friends there if they’re new to town), and Pint Shop is the one I keep going back to. Granted, I don’t partake in two out of the three things they’re famous for (beer, bread and meat), but it’s still one of my top cosy spots to while away a lazy afternoon whether you’re a beer-drinking carnivore or not. A firm local favourite beloved for their craft beers and modern twists on British classic dishes."

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