Top 10 Independent Stores in Cambridge
There’s so many reasons to love Cambridge, but it’s the fantastic selection of independent businesses lining the historic streets that make it one of our favourite places to eat, drink and shop. Next month is a celebration of Cambridge’s finest, as Independent Cambridge Week returns with a line-up of special offers and promotions.
To help you plan ahead, Anne Beamish, editor of Independent Cambridge, takes us on a tour of her indie picks…
King Street is one of Cambridge’s real indie destinations and one of the most popular hangouts is Afternoon Tease. Homemade cakes adorn the counter and include a luxurious chocolate Guinness cake with cream cheese icing through to a zingy lemon drizzle cake with lemon curd buttercream. For something a bit special on the savoury side, you can’t do any better than an Afternoon Tease brunch. Poached eggs on Dovecote Bakery sourdough toast with bacon or English muffins topped with local smoked salmon and free range scrambled eggs – everything on the board tastes just as good as it sounds. Find out more at afternoontease.co.uk
Yippee Noodle Bar, 7-9 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LH
Since opening in 2000, Yippee has focused on combining fresh ingredients into simple yet nutritious and flavoursome dishes. Everything is cooked to order and served straight from the bustling open kitchen at the rear of the restaurant, with all stocks and sauces prepared in-house daily. The staff there are always ready to accommodate any dietary requirements or even just help choose, so time to relax enjoy a well-deserved treat! Visit http://www.yippeenoodlebar.co.uk for more info.
Boudoir Femme, 2 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LN
Independent fashion boutique, Boudoir Femme, described by the Telegraph as ‘The boutique for every Cambridge woman’s little black book’, present their edit of key pieces for women from American Vintage, MiH Jeans, Ganni, Selected Femme and Maison Scotch to name a few with shoes and accessories from Markberg, Sam Edelman and Lily & Lionel. Beautiful jewellery from Danish designers Pernille Corydon and Hultquist complete the look. Discover more at https://www.boudoirfemme.co.uk/
Lilac Rose, 71 Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UR
If you like interesting fabric designs or quirky accessories, then Lilac Rose is for you. Mark and Amanda Sinclair’s vision is to bring a bit of theatre and fun to the high street, with a central cast of beautiful British clothing from designers including Louche, Fever, Emily & Fin, Closet and Miss Patina. Brands are chosen for their use of colour and fabrics, but most of all for their great fit and slightly edgier take on the retro theme. Read more about the boutique at https://www.lilacrose.co.uk
Petrus 67, Bridge Street Cambridge CB2 1UR
A five year stay in Amsterdam for Petra and Steve Slack before setting up Petrus, has definitely added a European flavour to their venture. Brands stocked include quirky Dutch brand Sandwich, whose clothes and accessories for women use unusual, high-quality fabrics to create a distinct look; Danish favourite InWear is also very popular. Not forgetting the guys, Original Penguin is great for casual comfort and for the smart set, Gibson London is always a winner.
Bridges, 20 Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UF
Take one look at the Bridges’ team and you can see their passion for serving fresh and nutritious food is not a passing fad – it’s a way of life. Knowledgeable about nutrition, owner Chan Yip is always happy to discuss dietary matters, offering help and advice about the vitamin and mineral properties of the cafe’s menu. Something you must try is the range of juices and smoothies – carefully developed to keep you feeling on top of your game, such as ‘The Detox’, a juice drink containing a mix of Swiss chard, kale and apple. Visit www.bridgescambridge.co.uk
Green Street has become a real indie shopping destination – a pretty cobbled street with lots of independent shops and cafes, of which one of the finest, Catesby’s, is at No.10 – a beautifully restored 17th Century townhouse that provides the perfect backdrop to this very special home lifestyle store and cafe. Tucked away from the bustle of the street on the first floor, the cafe serves up a range of delicious homemade sandwiches, salads, cakes and drinks – using as much locally-sourced produce as possible. Try the Catesby’s Rarebit – it’s become their signature dish! Further details at catesbys.co.uk
Owner Sarah Decent is somewhat passionate (some may say borderline obsessive) about hunting down shoes from around the world that are unusual, beautiful and most importantly – comfortable. Sarah used to live in Rome and work in Madrid, so you’ll find plenty of beautiful Italian and Spanish shoes, often from designers new to the UK. So whilst popular brands such as Fly London and Geox are firm favourites, there’s also plenty that are different from the usual high-street offering. Discover the latest stock at http://www.modishonline.co.uk
Bowns and Bis, 24 & 25 Magdalene Street, Cambridge CB3 0AF
Walking along Magdalene Street, as the pavements begin to narrow and the buildings go back in time, there, nestled beneath the eaves of one such building is Bowns and Bis. The large timber-framed space was once a 16th Century inn, but is now filled with rails of gorgeous dresses, elegant work clothes and wedding outfits. The back of the shop leads you through next door to ‘Bis’ – with weekend, casual clothing and accessories. Brands stocked include Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Carven, Paul and Joe, Margaret Howell and Nicole Farhi. Learn more at www.bownscambridge.com
Della Kaur, 31 Magdalene Street, Cambridge CB3 0AF
The place to find a stunning range of beautifully designed and handmade, classic and contemporary jewellery and accessories with a unique feel. The fine jewellery is from British and European designers alongside master jeweller Christopher Powell, one of the UK’s leading jewellery designers and makers. For her pure pashminas, silk scarves and silk and leather bags, owner Della Gould sources designs and material from India and Asia. She is passionate about taking ideas from different cultures and blending them with day-to-day fashions to work for contemporary women’s lifestyle. Find out more at https://www.dellakaur.co.uk/
All these places and more can be found in the colourful and informative third edition of the book Independent Cambridge, available from Waterstones, Heffers, many of the independent shops and online at www.independent-cambridge.co.uk
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