Cambridge has come a long way in terms of cute cafés. As the popularity of visiting this gorgeous town increases, as does the number of Instagrammable, cosy cafés. I have rounded up my favourites in this post.
This is renowned as housing the best coffee in Cambridge, and I must say it is pretty delicious. They are also famous for their Chelsea buns, which are incredibly indulgent drenched in syrup, but a definite must-try. They also do a fab brunch and have recently opened up a second location. The main one, however, is the best one to visit and is just off Magdalene Bridge.
51-52 Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RG
The Old Bicycle Shop
The name of this café comes from its claim that it is the oldest bicycle shop in the UK – rumour has it that Charles Darwin even bought a bike here in the 1800s! While that does add a certain interest to this eatery, the chilled gastropub vibes and delicious menu is enough of a reason to visit. The menu is vegetarian and vegan friendly, with all dishes containing a Moroccan twist – think date and saffron couscous or a lemon paprika salad.
104 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1DP
I love Novi – it feels really London; trendy, chilled and modern. They have an all-day menu but also offer an incredible brunch. I got their banana pancakes, which were so delicious! I am also told their cocktails in the evening are great too – a perfect first-date option. I recommend setting yourself up in a seat by the window so you can sip on your coffee, tap away on your laptop and watch the studious world go by as you devour your banana pancakes.
12 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1DB
This is more than just a café – they actually hire the space out for events. Described as a “multi-use hangout space”, the Espresso Library encompasses an art gallery, a coffee shop, a bar and a restaurant. It feels very arty and cool, so if you want to feel all in-the-know, head here to hang out.
210 East Rd, Cambridge CB1 1BG
If you’re a Cambridge local, chances are you’ve been to Aromi. They are famous Cambridge-wide for their huge pizza slices you can either take away or eat-in. I also must give a mention to their arancini – they are an underdog, but a delicious one at that. Their Italian desserts are not to miss, while their coffee is fab too. Another bonus – if you’re a fan of that decadent, thick dark hot chocolate, they do it here! Don’t be put off by the incredibly long queues at lunch time – this is to be expected, and the pizza is well worth the wait.
1 Bene’t St, Cambridge CB2 3QN
Hot Numbers Cafe
This is opposite the history of art, engineering and architecture faculties, so expect to see the “indie” lot here. They do great soups, sandwiches and homemade cakes. They also do amazing drip coffee. I recommend frequenting this space in the summer, as their back garden is really chilled and pleasant to hang out in.
4 Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1QA
This is a super funky café – think quirky shabby chic. You sit on old aeroplane seats and take in the eccentric decor. They offer delicious fillings in different types of breads, as well as salads – ingredients include halloumi, roasted pepper and artichoke hummus. This is a great place to head for a catch-up with friends and is vegetarian and vegan friendly.
62-64 King St, Cambridge CB1 1LN
I hope this list has given you some inspiration if you’re planning on visiting this quaint but gorgeous town. Do you know of any other must-visit cute cafés in Cambridge?