Ark: Funky gifts
This store has an eclectic mix of quaint, kitshy products. Funky wellies, soaps, garden good, bath smellies. The Cath Kidson range is sold here, which is very propular, and she hs just opened a store in NYC.
What to buy: Cath Kidson wash bags.
What to pay: Average to expensive. You can find something for every price range here.
Market Square: Cheaper Shopping
Market Square is right outside the Guild Hall, the huge building with the clock! It's literally a quare and has lots of individual sellers with good such as fruit and veg., cheeses, vegetarian delights, sweets, flowers, hats, and second-hand clothing, records and books. All outdoors. Good atmosphere. Around the corner from King's College.
What to buy: Cheeses - for the hell of it.
What to pay: Cheap to average. The panama hats probs the most expensive buy here.
King's Street: Original shops
Along King's Street you'll find a lot of quirky shops. Many independent, usually specialised record shops, a couple of designer clothes shops, a Heffer's art supply store. Plus great restaurants, inc. Efe's Turkish restaurant selling familiar Turkish favourites.
Good thing abou tthis street is that I rarely find many tourists here and there's a new coffee place with tables outside just opened up. Good for relaxing!
What to buy: Whatever takes your fancy!
What to pay: Average to expensive, depending on the store.
There are many well-known stores in Cambridge such as Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, and Debenhams. There are two main shopping areas in Cambridge: one on the old, traditional marketplace in the city centre, and the other at the new Grafton Centre. The Grafton Centre is a modern covered shopping centre with dozens of shops, including a department store, an eight-screen cinema, and restaurants. The open-air market is held every day except Sunday selling a variety of goods.
There are many other interesting shops around Trinity St, Rose Crescent, Green Street, Benet Street and Mill Rd. King Street and Burleigh Street have a lot of charity shops.
Bradwell's Court: Drummer Street
A small shopping centre with a through walk, of typical style for its time. This is due to be demolished to be replaced by a more modern shopping mall.
It can’t be called as shopper’s paradise but still could find bit and pieces.
Cambridge is a great place to come to if you like bookshops. There are 3 huge bookshops - Heffers, Waterstones and Borders and numerous smaller ones. Unlike most of the other shops in town, both Borders and Waterstones are open late from Monday to Saturday - Waterstones until 8pm, and Borders until 10pm!
Of the smaller places, Galloway and Porter is particularly worth a mention as it sells cheap leftover stock; it's just short walk north from Waterstones.
Fopp: A great little CD shop
This is rapidly becoming my favourite store for CDs and DVDs - while it has all the usual new releases, what makes it special is the great prices on less recently released stuff - lots of good CDs for 5 pounds, for example. They also have a small selection of bargain books and dance music on vinyl.
Bear in mind that DVDs may not be playable outside of Europe unless you have a multi-region player.
second-hand stores: sweeeeeet shopping2
there are really many second-hand stores in cambridge,u can find lots of amazing stuff at a low price,and some old things as well,my friend bought 2 british hats,really......big,but sweeet as well and really cheap,u can find many second-hand sotres on mill road
What to buy: anything u want
whittard: SWEEEEEEET SHOPPING1
i did have lots of free time after class when i was in cambridge,so i usually went shopping with my friends in the city centre, there are really really lots of shops,and of different kinds,for example i did like a tea shop named "whittard",i think it's a chain store,and it sells fruit tea,flower tea,coffee,chocolate,mugs and whatever u can think of,and everything there was sooo cheap (compared with other stuff in uk),the clerks there did serve good service as well*s*
What to buy: tea,coffee,chocolate,biscuits,tea gifts,mugs,etc.
Talking T's: Great T-Shirts!
There are several places to buy good quality T-shirts in Cambridge, but this is my favourite. The shop has a great range of designs, quite a few funny ones in there, and they usually have several Cambridge-related ones should you need a souvenir. They also do custom t-shirt printing to order, and sell via their website should you need to buy one from afar.
What to pay: 15-20 pounds mostly.
There is a market in Cambridge, behind St. Mary's church, every day. I didn't find too many bargains here, especially when lookign for books. The book shops nearby in the side streets are a much better option.
Grafton Centre: Shopping Centre
This is the place where mainly local people go. It's basically a shopping mall, with the usual UK department stores - Debenhams, Next, Boots, BHS, Virgin Megastore, etc. It's a fairly decent size, and has a food court on the upper level. It also has a cinema (Warner Bros.), where I used to work! (next to food court).
A good place to shop if it's raining. Otherwise, you find all the shops in the town.
What to buy: Anything from clothes, to chocolates (there's Thornton's store here), to CDs.
What to pay: Normal UK prices.
Grafton Shopping Centre: Gifts from the Grafton
Over 70 stores, the usual mix; Debenhams, BHS, Next, Boots etc, about 10 minutes from the centre of town. It has the attraction and practicality of shops and entertainment all under one roof.
The Cheese Company: Cheesy Paradise
The place for cheese lovers! They have a wonderful selection of cheeses (of course), cold meats, olives, balsamic vinegars and quince cheeses, sometimes they even have "goiabadas" from Portugal.
Much of Cambridge's shops are found in the pedestriaised area just to the right of King's Parade. In addition to the usual high street shops, there are some excellent bookshops.
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