Being a local to Cambridge, I like to think I know the city fairly well. I’ve tried a variety of activities and establishments, across a range of budgets – so these are a handful of my favorite places to go in my home city.
Hot Numbers – this is the first place we go to on a trip into Cambridge, it’s cosy, warm and inviting and the staff are really knowledgeable and approachable. The coffee is delectable (I go for an 8oz with steamed milk, and occasionally their Affogato, which is incredible.) The vibe is relaxed and open, and they hold regular music and art events, so there’s always something going on. They have 2 locations now – the Gwydir Street one being our regular haunt, but both are lovely.
(Edit: since moving into the city, my bf now works here!)
There are so many places to eat in Cambridge – with a real mix between independents, chains, high end and cheap eats, it can be difficult choosing where to go. For food on the go, our absolute favourite is Taste of Cambridge – a street food vendor that serves vegetarian dishes, with their specialty being falafel, which are both filling and really flavorsome. Another option is The Cambridge Cheese Company, they do great meat pies! Another great lunch option is grabbing snack type foods and sandwiches and having a picnic by the river.
In Cambridge there are plenty of free art and museum activities to take part in. I would highly recommend the Fitzwilliam museum – it’s the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge, it’s free to visit and stuffed with some wonderful exhibitions, right now they’re showing the Rothschild bronzes, which are reputably made by Michelangelo! Other places of interest are the Museum of Zoology, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences – (a small but lovely museum with some dinosaur bones and some of Darwin’s tools.)
Cambridge is a rather beautiful city, if at times a little crowded for my taste. If you can visit on a quieter day, wandering the city streets and taking in the city and Universities architecture can be a lovely way to pass an afternoon. (picture of duck and kings college) Many of the colleges open themselves to the public (at their own discretion of course, they put the students first!) and simply walking down some of the back streets and by the river can be lovely.