15 Nov 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.
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?
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.
Not just for art freaks
Cambridge Contemporary Art – visit store
Cambridge Contemporary Crafts – visit store
Primavera – visit store
Must go for foodies
- The Steamer Trading Cookshop – visit store
- Fitzbillies – visit store for their cookery books
- Cambridge Cheese Company – visit the store
- Aromi – visit store
- Norfolk Street Deli – visit store
- Chocolat Chocolat – visit store
Spoil the femme fatale
- Padarok – visit store
- 19:10 – visit store
- Boudoir Femme – visit store
- Prohibido lingerie – visit store
- Le Reve lingerie- visit store
- Ian Stevens bags – visit store
- Elajé Hair & Beauty – visit store
- Della Kaur – visit store
Just for men
- Market in the city centre – visit the market
- Mill Road – visit Mill Road
- G. David Bookseller – visit store
- Ark – visit store
- Cambridge Craft Market – visit market
- Cambridge Satchel Company – visit store
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
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!
- Food, art and more presents – Burwash Manor – visit store
- Food – Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop – visit store
- Food and presents – The Linton Kitchen – visit store
- Food and presents – Country Kitchen – visit store
Are you looking for more inspiration, check out the handy guide from Independent Cambridge or pick one up in one of the local shops.
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!