If you are looking for a more unique souvenir, check out these guys. Some great contemporary designed gifts with some real interesting stories about some of the history of Cambridge.
Although they are mainly an online shop, you get your shopping delivered to you in town by bicycle. But I saw them first in the King's College shop on Kings parade and in Ben Hayward.
What to buy: I love the ladies t-shirts and great colours. You will certainly not able to get these in London or anywhere else. So if you need a souvenir about the DNA,the home of Football rules and some of the Pink Floyd members...this is the place.
What to pay: £8-20
The market lies in the centre of the city where locals have traded for at least 700 years. Eery Sunday you can find an interesting mix of Arts, Crafts, Antiques, Speciality Stalls and Food Producers, the Market opens from 10am- 4pm
Ryder and Amies bills itself as "Tie, scraf & Robe makers. University , Clerical & legal outfitters"
Many shops sell 'general' university merchandise with Cambridge university symbols adorning t-shirts, caps, sweatshirts and the like. These items are very popular with visitors.
If you are looking for something a bit more exclusive, then this store sells the individual ties of each of the colleges.
I was rather surprised to learn that these are available to everyone. So if you need to pass yourself off as a 'Cambridge Old boy' then this is your place. I don't think, however, that it cuts the ice it once did in the Boardroom and you always run the risk of running into the real thing.
Walk east across the park from the central bus station, and you'll come across more shops, and at the eastern end of these, there's a useful indoor shopping centre.
I often drop by to browse though the CDs and DVDs in the Virgin Records store, or go to the Warner Village cinema in the complex. But there's also a Debenhams department store, a good branch of Heffer's bookshop, a Mothercare shop, a BHS and many more. While the redevelopment of the city centre is going on (until 2008), the local John Lewis department store also has it's temporary new home just next door to the Grafton Centre (it's moving back across town when the redevelopment is done).
Unusually for Cambridge, there's also plenty of parking and there's a bus stop outside, but it's an easy walk from the centre, too.
Opposite of the Haunted Bookshop, in another small passage, there is the second shop with used books close to the market square. It is larger than the Haunted Bookshop. It looks like you could find any book about any subject there. I like looking for old children's books, which are kept downstairs.
I could easily spent hours in this shop, looking at books and so far I've always managed to find one I liked.
What to pay: From £ 1 to several hundred.
I love browsing in bookshops. Close to the market square in Cambridge there are two shop with used books. One of them is said to be haunted by a white lady. The fitting name is "The Haunted Bookshop".
It was a very interesting, small bookshop, even though I didn't see or feel any ghost. But I have never been in a bookshop where the owner and a customer had been so engaged in a heated discussion about Nietzsche, his philosophy and his views about God. I was looking at the books, but didn't find anything I was willing to pay their prices for. All the time the discussion was going on. This is only possible in these small bookshops, I cannot imagine such a discussion in Waterstones or Borders.
What to pay: These are used books, so the price depends entirely on how old they are. Some are first editions and quite expensive.
Grafton Center is one of the oldest shopping center in Cambridge.
Many highstreet retailers have their shops in the Center. wich also house few restaurants and food court, together with VUE Cinema.
What to buy: Shops like Next, Gebenhams, Marks & Spencers, Booths,Clarks and more are situared in the Center. You can find nearly everything, from Books to mobile phones, from Shoes to lugagge...
For a good book, you have to visit Cambridge University Press book shop.
Cambridge University has its own publishings and many of the sientists who work in the University publish their works trough the Press.
Worth browsing for few hours.
Truly original gem of a shop - stood out from all the chains that seem to fill the rest of the city centre - great mix of quirky labels like Desigual, Miss Sixty, Bench etc for women, bags and some lovely jewellery, seemed like great value.
What to pay: Shirts 40, tshirts 25, dresses 35 - 65
Main market held Monday to Saturday, with a huge range of stalls incl Fruit & Veg, Whole Foods, Flowers, Hats, Music, Watches & Repairs, Fish, Meat, Cakes & Clothing. Sunday is an Arts & Crafts, Antiques & Farmers Market
Stalls have been trading on the Market Square since Saxon times. During the week you will find books, clothes and bric-a-brac as well as fruit and vegetables. On Sundays there is a flourishing Farmers Market selling local organic produce. Arts and Crafts are available all the year round at the All Saints Market, where local craftspeople sell their own handiwork.
New shopping mall in the heart of Cambridge with a full range of shops including Topshop, Hobbs, Lk Bennett, Gerry Weber, Links of London, Hugo Boss, Wallis, Warehouse, Carluccio's Deli and Restaurant etc
I chose to walk everywhere in Cambridge and when I told my friend about my shopping urge, she suggested that I visit the Grafton Shopping Centre, a relatively newer and bigger (by Cambridge's standard) shopping centre. It was not difficult to find the shopping centre by following the signs which even indicated the walking distance. Perhaps my expectations were a little too high but the shopping centre was too small and unexciting for me and I regretted walking all the way there. I think that the shops in the central of the town do not offer anything less than the shops in the Grafton Shopping Center and anyway, shopping is definitely not something that Cambridge is known and visited for. Still, if you have an urge to catch a movie, you can go to Grafton Shopping Centre.
The second-hand bookshops are definitely worth checking out. Oxfam has a few branches but the best one with the widest range and lowest prices is actually in the central of the town. I cannot remember the exact name but it is just right next to an Oxfam branch. Just try looking out for it while window-shopping in the town. You should be able to find it. It has many books with brightly-colored price tags in its window display. There are also shelves right outside the shop with books going at only 1 pound each and usually, a few people will gather outside the shop to browse through the books on offer.
What to buy: Don't just browse through the shelves at the front of the shop. Go inside and you can easily spend one hour there, if you are willing to search meticulously for the content that you are interested in. The categorization of the book content is quite clear. There can be quite a few copies of the same title and some are in better condition than others so search properly for the least damaged one. In fact, I found it hard to believe that the books were going at such low prices. Some of them seem brand new to me. There are some which are quite outdated in their content, thus the low prices.
What to pay: Anything from 1 pound onwards for a novel to much higher prices for proper academic texts (still very reasonably priced and in good condition)
There are a few shops scattered around the central of the town offering tourist information and souvenirs of Cambridge. If you are going to London while visiting Cambridge too, then DON'T buy souvenirs such as T-shirts and jumpers in Cambridge's souvenir shops! You can find the same ones and even more choices in the numerous souvenir shops (the cheaper ones are those run by the Indians) in Oxford Circus, London. It might be a good idea to get postcards in the Cambridge souvenir shops though as those in London might not offer as many choices for specifically Cambridge postcards.