Cambridge is home to a variety of shopping outlets, whether it be the local high street fashion or high end brands which gnaw at our wallets, waiting to be bought.

However, some of the best kept shopping secrets can be found in these streets, all it requires is a beady eye and keeping a lookout for these ‘tucked away’ treasures, as you make your way along the infamous cobbled streets. These so-called ‘secret’ shops have been inhabitants within Cambridge, hidden away even from the some of the locals living here.

Independent Shops

These independent shops bring customers from near and afar offering unique designs and a variety of items to choose from, which are subtly distinct from the typical ‘store-bought’ merchandise. From clothing to jewellery, the eager shopper can find various items to choose from if they’re on the lookout for uniqueness as their choice. A stellar tourist as well as local attraction, these independent shops provide a ‘new’ shopping experience to the shoppers and adding to the unique layout of the said shops, shopping in Cambridge proves to be the best choice for a day out.

The top independent Cambridge shops include Podarok on Bene’t Street, which is a unique gift shop housing handmade crafted products, making it one of the best places to enquire about custom designs. Lilac Rose on Bridge Street is another such shop which is an independent fashion boutique, specializing in stylish, wearable and affordable items; revamping the stock frequently with newer pieces arriving each week, you never know what you may find on your next visit. Though the former may cater to women in particular, an array of independent designer boutiques for men fulfils the requirement for males. Anthony on Trinity Street is one such designer menswear store which specializes in European suits, jackets and accessories; Sevenwolves on Bridge Street is another such independent shop which is aimed at the mature customer with a refined taste in clothes, aimed at displaying the high quality of menswear which had reared its head in the recent years.

The hunt for these shopping secrets makes the experience of visiting Cambridge even more enjoyable and exciting as you never know which shop you end up discovering and what piece of unique treasure you may find in these ‘secret’ shops.


The assortment of markets which run seven days a week act as one of the major attractions for shopping in Cambridge. The general market is open to public from Monday to Saturday, whilst on Sundays and bank holidays the local produce, arts and crafts market are up and running in the city centre. The All Saints Garden Arts and Craft Market takes place every Saturday in the All Saints Garden on Trinity Street, which without a doubt is an enjoyable outing for the tourists and locals alike.

Do you have any secret favourites when shopping in Cambridge? Tell us in the comments below

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