You can find Cambridge’s main market sprawling across the historic market square every day of the week, although it’s the arts and crafts stalls on Sundays that are most especially worth a visit. Here, you can browse organic produce as well as the work of local craftspeople. Be sure to look out for Full Circle, a zero-waste shop, and Mac Daddy (macaroni and cheese connoisseurs) in particular.
If you’re in town on a Saturday, you could also stop by the smaller arts and crafts market in All Saints Garden on Trinity Street.
The Cambridge Cheese Company
This little gem of a shop is, tucked down the quaint All Saints Passage, just off the city’s main shopping thoroughfare, Trinity Street. Specialising in cheeses made using sustainable farming methods, they’re the kind of shop to head to with basket and recycled jars for filling in hand. You might even spot their basket-fronted bicycle making its local deliveries around town. They have an online shop too, which is a good excuse to buy one of their charmingly illustrated gift vouchers for cheese-loving friends.
Topping & Company Booksellers, Ely
Our next shopping pick is another reason to take a trip outside the city. Readers of our When in Bath blog will know that we’re already fans of Topping & Company (known to regulars as just simply Toppings) and their second outpost in Ely is similarly wonderful. Filled with floor-to-ceiling wooden bookcases and vintage tables groaning under the weight of piles of tomes, it’s a welcoming place to stop for a browse and freshly-brewed coffee in a cosy window seat.
Like most cities, Cambridge isn’t short of gift shops. But Ark, filled with, as they put it, ‘gifts for interesting people’, is anything but run of the mill. Visit for their cheery pink-painted walls, vintage cashier’s desk, and fun (and occasionally bizarre) designs, including their own Ark Colour Design pieces.