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Cambridge Shopping Guide

Cambridge has excellent shopping facilities, with several shopping centres, hundreds of high street chains, a large number of independent locally owned shops and vibrant market, all scattered around the city amongst striking university buildings and Cambridge's beautiful parks.

Shopping Centres

Cambridge has three main shopping centres: the Grafton Centre, the Lion Yard Shopping Centre and its newest shopping centre the Grand Arcade, which actually adjoins Lion Yard.

The Grafton Centre is situated to the East of central Cambridge. Burleigh Street and Fitzroy Street are adjacent to it and contain many more shops.

Lion Yard Shopping Centre and the Grand Arcade are in central Cambridge,

There are also two major retail parks, Cambridge Retail Park which is situated off Newmarket Road and the Beehive Centre which is a stone's throw away, just off Coldhams Lane.

Main Shopping Areas and Streets

In Central Cambridge the main shopping areas are clustered around Market Square, bordered by Market Street and Market Hill. Nearby King's Parade has a number of upmarket boutique-type shops facing onto spectacular views of King's College and the east side of its famous Chapel. Also off Market Square, Rose Crescent has a variety of upmarket boutique-style shops.

Regent Street, St Andrews Street, Sidney Street, Bridge Street and Magdalene Street all form one continuous thoroughfare right through the city centre.

Mill Road has a distinctly Bohemian feel and has many interesting locally owned shops selling everything from exotic food to furniture and wide variety of cafes and restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world.

Cambridge Market

Photo of Cambridge Market

Cambridge's market has existed since the middle ages and is open daily from 10am to 4pm. During weekdays and Saturdays, the market stalls sell a wide variety if items including fruit and vegetables, flowers, clothing, music, books and local souvenirs and paintings.

On Sundays, the market is largely arts and crafts oriented but also sells a variety of foods including locally grown produce.

Shopping Categories

You can browse most of Cambridge's hundreds of shops by choosing from the following categories:

Department Stores

Cambridge has three large department stores. Debenhams is in the Grafton Centre. John Lewis is on the corner of St. Andrew's Street and Downing Street and is accessible from the Grand Arcade. Marks & Spencer actually occupies two buildings, both off Sidney Street.

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