Food & Drink in Cambridge
Cambridge makes the perfect base for those who enjoy eating out – and who doesn’t! You’ll find everything on your doorstep, from fine dining restaurants to student budget-friendly country pubs and plenty in between. But if you’re not sure where to start, why not take a look at these suggestions.
Baroosh is great for grabbing a tasty breakfast or lazy brunch. And if the retro style bar and extensive cocktail list takes your fancy, you’ll be totally forgiven for returning for some evening fun.
Urban Larder is the perfect choice for those preferring gluten-free options or a cheerful quirky atmosphere, or head to Backstreet Bistro for a true ‘Hare of the Dog’ experience. Here, diners can enjoy a Buck’s Fizz or Bloody Mary while they eat, or even some Scotch oats with a splash of whiskey.
A good lunch is important to get the creative juices flowing and the Free Press Pub offers both good ales and tasty traditional meals (with none of the background noise).
If you’re lunching on the run try Yippee, a funky noodle bar that’s great for a quick bite with friends. Or grab a simple sandwich from Norfolk Street Bakery, a place with such confidence in the quality of its ingredients that every bite buzzes with flavour.
CB2 Bistro is budget-friendly and offers good, rustic food. The place is also a thriving hub of art, cinema, live music and poetry, so be sure to stick around for some entertainment after dinner.
You may want to try the light and airy Cambridge Chophouse where you can sit in the window and watch the world go by as you eat, or Don Pasquale, which is recommended by locals as the best Italian restaurant in town. With fresh ingredients and generous portions, you can’t go wrong.
With so many student communities here it’s easy to see why Cambridge is a multi-cultural city, and that’s reflected in the selection of takeaway cuisine available.
For some handmade northern Chinese street-style snacks, try Zhonghua Traditional Snacks – a far cry from your typical all-you-can-eat. Diners can get wonton dumplings, baozi buns and noodle dishes, and the ever-changing specials are the perfect opportunity to try something new.
The traditional Sicilian cafe Aromi also offers food to take away and is a convenient short walk from King’s College. Get two large slices of fresh pizza with any toppings you like, and enjoy Sicilian profiteroles for dessert.
Vegetarian & Vegan
Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for in the city too. Try The Rainbow Café where global dishes, pastas and risottos fill the menu – most of which is also gluten and nut free. The Olive Grove‘s Mediterranean, Greek and bbq-infused menu is also a natural choice for vegetarians, and the Camyoga yoga studio has a cafe where you can enjoy organic smoothies, lunches and snacks after class.
Whether your tipple is a locally brewed pint of beer or a well mixed cocktail, the selection of pubs, clubs and bars here is quite enviable.
Famous for it’s cocktails is The Vaults, where all the classics, as well as some tasty new concoctions, make the extensive drinks menu. They even serve a selection of gourmet hot dogs if you’re feeling peckish.
Also watch out for La Raza, a trendy dive offering decadent favourites like the Hemingway’s Margarita or salted caramel Old Fashioned. There are also tapas dishes available for when you get peckish.
The Cambridge Blue has a vast selection of cask ales and imported bottled beers for the beer connoisseurs among you, or for good food, great ales and an idyllic riverside location try The Anchor.
Tea & Coffee
Never underestimate the power of a good coffee – especially one from Hot Numbers Coffee shop. This café roast their own ethically sourced beans and even offer a barista course if you fancy learning the tricks of the trade. Or if it’s more about the cake than the coffee, grab a table at Sticky Beaks.