Having grown up just outside of Cambridge, I’ve often been met with the ‘oh you live in Cambridge, do you go to the university?’ comments when telling people where I live. Cambridge is one of my favourite places and I certainly feel lucky to have grown up near to such an amazing city.
Sadly, it’s safe to say you become a little immune to the charm that the city offers when you grow up so close to such a beautiful city and you end up doing the same journey to work, the shops and your usual haunts rather than exploring the rest of Cambridge.
With the New Year imminently upon us it’s time to break old habits and start making some new resolutions, so when Travelodge invited me to share some of my favourite haunts in Cambridge it got me thinking as to what my favourite things to do in Cambridge are and some places I need to visit more!
Okay, so I know I said that frequenting the same old shops was a habit to break but there are some stores I simply have to visit when I’m in town, Topshop and John Lewis I’m looking at you old friends.
I also love to have a wander around Oliver Bonas, simply for their amazing homeware and book selection, everything about the store is just major ‘can my life be like this?’ goals.
There’s also a Space:NK in Cambridge and having got into beauty a little more over the past year I’m looking to expand the products I use and a trip to the store is definitely on my list for 2016. If menswear is your thing then Seven Wolves and Dogfish are both good for picks for the boys.
When heading to Cambridge (and anywhere else) the first question I usually ask is ‘where can I eat?’ and Cambridge is full of yummy places to eat that don’t involve your usual chain restaurants. Whether you’re after boutique cafes, bars or eateries you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Some of my top places to eat in Cambridge are Smokeworks and Bread and Meat. Both are good for a quick bite to eat with rustic interiors and delicious food, they’re certainly spots you’ll want to snap for Instagram. If you’re after trusted favourites then Cau, Browns and of course a ‘cheeky Nandos’ are some of the places I love to visit.
If you’re looking for drinking spots then The Pint Shop is ideal for a post-shopping or pre-dinner drink, I can highly recommend the gin selection in there. The Varsity is good for those special occasion toasts and All Bar One if you just really want a good cocktail.
After my boyfriends Christmas party we ended up at The Castle Bar and whilst I was too tired to appreciate it fully I definitely want to go back, luckily we’d booked to stay in a Travelodge so I knew my bed wasn’t too far away. We did this the year before too and it meant we could have a much more relaxed evening without having to worry about the cost of a taxi home.
Things To Do
Now I’m certainly no expert in this area and there really is a ton of things you can do when you visit Cambridge away from the Grand Arcade and Grafton – yes really. Back in the summer I visited the Cambridge Botanic Gardens which you can read about here and it’s definitely a place you can visit all year round weather permitting.
This is sort of an eating one but afternoon tea is a British institution and almost an activity in it’s own right. I’ve not yet visited Afternoon Tease but I’ve heard so many great things about it so what’s better than grabbing a cuppa and big slice of cake and sitting down ready to tackle a book or catch up with friends.
If you’re visiting Cambridge then it’s likely you’ll want to have a go at one of the city’s most famous activities, punting. It’s one of those things that you simply have to do if you visit. If you’re not ready to have a go yourself then hop on board with a punt tour as you’ll get the full lowdown on Cambridge’s history and learn more about the colleges too.
If you have any other places you love to visit in Cambridge then I’d love to hear them as I’m always looking for new places to visit.
This post was kindly sponsored by Travelodge but love of Cambridge is my own.