Christmas shopping in Cambridge

Local shopping is much better than a flirt – Where will you be shopping this Christmas? Will you be seduced by the ease of ‘couch shopping’ or are you looking for more excitement and fun by shopping locally? These days, our society has been taken over by smartphones, tablets and computers. It seems to have made shopping much easier and quicker….. Or not? Dare I say it ’the proof is in the pudding’.

I’m not a saint as I do get seduced from time by time to shop online, mainly because some of my favourite companies like Fab keep popping up in my inbox with interesting goods, which I actually don’t need, but these flirts seem had to resist.

Note to myself: shop local!

Note to me: shop local! ( spotted at Urban Larder)

Who doesn’t like a good flirt? We all do! After chocolate, it gives you that really good feeling. It’s exciting but these internet shopping flirtations don’t last very long. Once you’ve typed in the numbers of your plastic card, the good feeling has gone very quickly as there is nothing to touch or to look at. The good feeling might even turn into a frustrating one if the parcel arrives too late, get’s lost or you keep missing the delivery man. There is nothing better than finding a lovely present in a local shop, where you can look at it, touch it and feel it and where a friendly shop assistant can give you the complete low down on the present you’re looking to buy and then walk out the door with this great find. The question is, will you be able to keep it as a secret until the moment of giving?

Christmas shopping in Cambridge

Christmas decoration at Cambridge Contemporary Arts

London is world famous for their stunning Christmas lights and shopping experience, but with so much choice on our doorstep, you don’t really need to rush down to the big smoke. We can be proud of a great setting to get into the spirit of the festive season and for Christmas shopping. Winter can be fairy tale like in Cambridge, especially when it is covered with a layer of snow. Set against the backdrop of stunning colleges, wandering through quaint passages and the historic marketplace you will come across a fine selection of indie shops.

Primavera in King's Parade

Primavera in King’s Parade

Not just for art freaks

Cambridge Contemporary Art  – visit store

Cambridge Contemporary Crafts  – visit store

Primavera  – visit store

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 Must go for foodies

Handmade bags from Ian Stevens

Spoil the femme fatale

Tailor and Cutter

Just for men

Quirky gifts at the market

Quirky finds

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There is more …

Just 5 minutes walk from the main centre you can find Mill Road, the Brick lane of Cambridge. A street lined with an array of restaurants and eateries, great independent shops and galleries.

Urban Larder – visit store

The Hope Yard – visit yard

Hot Numbers Coffee gallery – visit store 

Sally Ann’s – visit store

Limoncello – visit store

The Old Chemist – visit store

Mushroom croquettes from Que Rico Tapas

Best way to de-stress

Non-stop solution at Elajé Hair & Beauty in Hills Road is open every day from 8 to 8! – visit store

Put up your feet and relax with Que Rico Tapas. The only thing you have to do is to make a choice from the menu, Estefania will cook, serve and tidy up!

Country Kitchen

And beyond…..

Anne and Steve the founders

More indies

Are you looking for more inspiration, check out the handy guide from Independent Cambridge or pick one up in one of the local shops.

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Stuck for ideas?

Looking for a present for a foodie, but don’t know what to get? Even for local foodies, a Food Walking Tour Voucher is one of the best presents you can get. Don’t take it from us. Check out what our guests have to say. 


p.s. of course, these indies are not just for Christmas!

Gerla de Boer

Gerla de Boer is the founder of the award-winning Cambridge Food Tour in Cambridge, UK. She is a globetrotter foodie and always keen to get under the skin of a city or country she visits. She likes to get off the beaten track to get to know the latest food, fine local produce, visit their local markets and check out the hot places to eat in town. These experiences she takes back to Cambridge to create amazing food tours and events. Connect with Gerla on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram