On the north and east sides of Market Square you will find shops and college accommodations: to the west, there is Great St Mary's Church, and behind it, King's College Chapel, the Old Schools and the Senate House. The market place has been here for centuries, once taking up all the area between Great St. Mary's Church, St. Edward's Church, St. Andrew the Great and Holy Trinity churches. From Monday to Saturday the stall holders sell their wares: fresh produce, cut flowers, second-hand books, clothing, soap and souvenirs. On Sundays the square features an art and craft market and local farmers' stalls.
The Burwash Manor, located on New Road, is a local farmhouse owned by the Radford family. More than a century old, it comprises of a large organic farm, shops and tea rooms. Today, a part of the farmland has been modeled into small shopping sections. On offer are a variety of unique apparel and accessories, jewelry, antiques and furniture, to toys and gifts, organic produce, wines and deli items. The cozy tea rooms are perfect to unwind and relax with a refreshing cup of exotic tea and freshly baked delicacies. The manor farm is spread across 400 acres (162 hectares) and conducts educational trips as well. The farm can also be rented out for private events.
Opened in 2007, the Grand Arcade is an exciting addition to the Cambridge shopping scene. Home to 60 stores, and located in the heart of the town center, the Grand Arcade specializes mainly in clothing and fashion, with a wide choice of designer and high street brands. As well as clothing, it is also a good place to go to for jewelry, electronics, food or just a coffee. The interior is an elegantly modernized version of a Victorian arcade set on two main floors.
When you step foot in The Grafton shopping center, you leave the dreamy spires of Cambridge behind for some modern consumerism. This is a bright, clean shopping center, with shiny elevators, glass and escalators located just across Parker's Piece, about 10 minutes from the center of town. It houses big brand shops and entertainment venues all under one roof. From clothing and accessories, gadgets and electronics to cosmetics and beauty products, you name your requirement and you are certain to find it at this magnificent mall. There are also a few cafes and restaurants, and a variety of shops, including New Look and Oasis.
Once a brewery, this establishment now hosts a variety of shops and other businesses. There's a whole range of beautiful antiques available here since Dales Brewery incorporates Gwydir Street Antiques, as well as Willroy Antiques Market. The Hive and Honeypot Dress Exchange offers designer clothes for a fraction of the cost of other shops; it is the perfect place to find that perfect outfit. The brewery also has handy car parking available, so you can get your newly acquired antique pride and joy away easily.
Modish is a top destination for shoe shoppers of all budgets and all tastes. Named among The Guardian Newspaper’s Top 100 shoe shops in the UK, this independent boutique is thriving at the moment, thanks to its winning combination of value, quality and quirkiness. Hand bags are also on offer at Modish, as are stylish one-of-a-kind-wide-fitting shoes. Comfort and pleasure is thus ensured for all shapes and sizes of feet as Modish staff know that loving fashionable shoes need not entail embracing pain.
Arjuna has been a workers' co-operative since 1976. It has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. The store provides a self-service counter for herbs and teas and an extensive range of vegetarian and organic food, and carries canned goods, dairy products, staples such as rice and pasta, and all types of fruit juices. Buying in bulk is also possible and at discounted prices.
The Salvation Army Shop on Mill Road is home to a whole range of second-hand items, such as furniture, books, clothes, trinkets and all the usual fare you can find in a charity shop. So not only do you have a very good chance of finding something that you are looking for at a great price, but you are also helping charity at the same time.
This charming second-hand book shop has something for everyone, with the added bonus of supporting the human rights organization, Amnesty. They boast an impressive array of inexpensive fiction as well as specialist books, including sections dedicated to travel, history, criticism and foreign languages. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the layout manages to be both easily navigable and intimate. Their fantastic range of choice, the relaxed atmosphere and the chance to support a great cause make Books for Amnesty the perfect place for book lovers to while away a lazy afternoon.
Burleigh Bake Shop is a cheap and cheerful take-away bakery with traditional varieties of cakes, buns, pastries and breads aplenty. There are some great value lunchtime meal deals to be found here, such as a Coca Cola and a sausage roll or a filled jacket potato and soft drink at a very decent price. Situated near the Grafton Centre shopping area of Cambridge, Burleigh Bake Shop is a great place for seasoned shopaholics to stop and pick up a quick snack without straying too far from the stores.
The British Heart Foundation's charity shop on Burleigh Street is a great place to hunt for a bargain book, record or item of clothing. There is always plenty of choice and it is well worth a good look around the store as the stock, of course, is always changing. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, so if you are looking for something in particular then it is definitely worth asking.
The Forbidden Planet really is the place for fans of all things sci-fi, horror, fantasy fiction and comics. The Cambridge store even has a varied and extensive selection of videos and toys for when you are tired of reading, but not of science fiction, horror or fantasy, with particularly knowledgeable staff! For further details, please check the website.