The best cheap eats

Eating out in Cambridge

 You’ve hit the right page to find out where to go for a cheap bite to eat in Cambridge!

Curated by Gerla, the founder of the award-winning  Cambridge Food Tour, you can find here a list of excellent places to eat in Cambridge where you don’t have to break the bank!

For orientation purposes, we have added the walking distance from Kings College. ( average walking speed)

Are you visiting Cambridge soon or a local who would like to explore Cambridge? Here is our guide with the top 10 things to do, where to stay, eat, drink and What’s On in Cambridge. 

BEST DEALS FOR PUB FOOD IN CAMBRIDGE

The Free Press Pub

the free press pub

7 Prospect Row, CB1 1DU

15 min from Kings College

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

No deals – Good Pub food

The Green Dragon Pub 

Pretty beer gardens

5 Water St, CB4 1NZ

30 min from Kings College

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

Turkish food & Street Food

The Corner House Pub

231 Newmarket Rd, CB5 8JE

25 min from Kings College

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

Regular deals

The Maypole Pub

20A Portugal Pl, CB5 8AF

10 min from Kings College

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

Burgers, Pizza & Italian Food 

The Punter Pub

Pound Hill – CB3 OAE

10 min from Kings College

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

Weekday lunch £ 5 p.p.

The Petersfield Pub

Sturton Street – CB1 2QA

20 min from Kings college

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

2 courses for £ 18 from 5-7 pm

The Pint Shop

Peas Hill – CB2 3PN

2 min from Kings College

  • Craft Beer Pub
  • Covered beer garden
  • local hangout

No deals – Go for Bar food

The Mill Pub 

best pubs

Mill Lane – CB2 1RX

10 min from Kings College

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

No deals – Go for Bar food

BEST DEALS FOR ASIAN FOOD IN CAMBRIDGE

Zhongua

Norfolk Street – CB1 2LD

15 min from Kings College

  • Tiny restaurant
  • Basic interior
  • Authentic Chinese

All dumplings home made

Noodles Plus

Mill Road – CB1 2AD

15 min from Kings College

  • Tiny restaurant
  • Basic interior
  • Shanghai style food

Tip: Try the Xiao Long Bao! 

Cafe Oriental

cafe oriental

Burleigh Street – CB1 1DG

10 min from Kings College

  • Medium sized cafe
  • English fry-ups 
  • Handmade dumplings

Tip: Fried stuffed dumplings!

Yippee Noodle Bar

King Street – CB1 1LH

8 min from Kings College

  • Large restaurant
  • Seating on long tables
  • Noodles and dumplings

Open in the evenings too.

BEST DEALS FOR ITALIAN FOOD IN CAMBRIDGE

Aromi

3 locations in city centre

5 or 10 min from Kings College

  • very popular with locals
  • pizzas & pastries
  • anti pasta boards

Peas Hill and Grafton Centre

Maurizio 

44 Mill Rd, CB1 2AS

20 min from Kings College

  • very popular with locals
  • pizzas & mains
  • excellent wine list

Tip: Try their Tiramisu

Signorellis Deli

Burleigh Street – CB1 1DG

10 min from Kings College

  • pizzas, pasta & pastries
  • Deli
  • open till late

Aperitivo from 5 – 7 pm!

Charlies Coffee Company

Burleigh Street – CB1 1DJ

10 min from Kings College

  • pizzas and pastries
  • child friendly
  • local & student hangout

Lunchtime hatch next door

The OtherSyde

Riverside, CB5 8HN

30 min from Kings College

  • bar & covered terrace
  • pizzas
  • popular with locals

Excellent pizzas

De Luca Cucina & Bar

Regent Street – CB2 1AW

15 min from Kings College

  • restaurant & cocktail bar
  • two floors
  • piano bar open till late

Rapido lunch £ 10 p.p.

Tradizione 

Mill Road – CB1 3AH

20 min from Kings College

  • tiny restaurant
  • closed between 2-5 pm
  • BYO alcohol

Tip: Try their sharing boards!

Stazione restaurant

Petty Curry – CB2 3NJ

2 min from Kings College

  • restaurant in the cellar
  • heated terrace
  • popular with visitors

 Lunchtime deals

The Maypole

20A Portugal Pl, CB5 8AF

10 min from Kings College

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

Burgers, Pizza & Italian Food 

La Margaritha

15 Magdalene St, CB3 0AF

10 min from Kings College

  • pizzas & mains
  • historic centre
  • large restaurant

Family  owned

Limoncello 

Mill Road – CB1 3AH

20 min from Kings College

  • restaurant & deli
  • covered terrace
  • local hangout

Tip: Try their sharing boards!

Butch Annie’s

23 Market Passage, CB2 3PA

5 min from Kings College

  • Detroit deep pan pizza
  • burgers & pizza
  • Large restaurant

The Detroit pizza is cheesy!

BEST CAFES FOR A BITE TO EAT IN CAMBRIDGE

Urban Larder

Mill Road – CB1 3AH

30 min from Kings College

  • small cafe
  • dogs welcome
  • local & student hangout

Tip: Try their toasties

Scott’s All Day

Mill Rd CB1 2AZ

30 min from Kings College

  • urban cafe
  • dogs welcome
  • local & student hangout

Breakfast, lunch and cakes

The Garden Kitchen 

Mill Road – CB1 2AS

25 min from Kings College

  • tiny cafe
  •  Botanical Gardens also
  • open from 7 am

Breakfast, lunch and cakes

Hot Numbers

Trumpington Rd &  Gwydir Str.

5 or 15 min from Kings College

  • funky (music) cafes
  • local coffee roasters
  • local hangout

Breakfast, lunch and cakes

Bould Brothers

Round Church Str – CB5 8 AD

5 or 15 min from Kings College

  • local hangout
  • two locations
  • dog friendly

Also in Regent Street

Bridges

afternoon tea

Bridge Street – CB2 1UF

5 min from Kings College

  • small cafe
  • delicious fresh juices
  • lunch & hot food

Tip: Tasty Asian food!

The Edge Cafe

Mill Road – CB1 3DF

30 min from Kings College

  • community cafe
  • not open on Sunday
  • local hangout

Breakfast, lunch and cakes

Norfolk Street Bakery 

norfolk street bakery

Norfolk Street & Station Road

15 min from Kings College

  • Portuguese Bakery 
  • not open on Sunday
  • Breakfast, lunch & cakes

Tip: Try their Pastel del Natte

The Locker Cafe

King Street – CB1 1LN

10 min from Kings College

  • Art cafe
  • dogs welcome
  • local hang out

Two floors and outside area

Espresso Library

East Road – CB1 1BG

15 min from Kings College

  • funky cycle Cafe
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

Check out their events

Novi Cambridge 

coffee shops

Regent Street – CB1 1DB

10 min from Kings College

  • Modern cuisine
  • Cocktail bar open till late
  • local hangout

Check out their Brunch menu

Cafe Foy

2 Quayside, CB5 8AB

10 min from Kings College

  • Casual cafe
  • Oyster Lab pop up
  • local hangout

Tip: Try their Rueben!

BEST DEALS FOR BEER GARDEN FOOD IN CAMBRIDGE

Calverley’s Brewery

Hooper Street – CB4 2NZ

30 min from Kings College

  • funky Craft brewery
  • pizzas from Scott’s
  • local hangout

Excellent Craft beer!

The OtherSyde

Riverside, CB5 8HN

30 min from Kings College

  • bar & covered terrace
  • pizzas
  • popular with locals

Excellent pizzas

The Pint Shop

Peas Hill – CB2 3PN

2 min from Kings College

  • Craft Beer Pub
  • Covered beer garden
  • local hangout

No deals – Go for Bar food

Thirsty Cambridge

46 Chesterton Rd – CB4 1EN

20 min from Kings College

  • craft beer & wine
  • rotating street food
  • local hangout

Quirky beer garden

The Green Dragon

Pretty beer gardens

5 Water St, CB4 1NZ

30 min from Kings College

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

Turkish & Street Food

The Waterman

32 Chesterton Road – CB4 3AX

20 min from Kings College

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

Tip: Check out their events

The Petersfield

2 Sturton Street – CB1 2QA

30 min from Kings College

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

Tip: Check out their events

The Maypole

20A Portugal Pl, CB5 8AF

10 min from Kings College

  • Cosy Pub
  • dogs welcome
  • local hangout

Burgers, Pizza & Italian Food 

BEST DEALS FOR FOOD AT WINE BARS

Thirsty Chesterton

46 Chesterton Rd – CB4 1EN

20 min from Kings College

  • craft beer & wine
  • rotating street food
  • local hangout

Quirky beer garden

Maurizio 

44 Mill Rd – CB1 2AS

20 min from Kings College

  • very popular with locals
  • pizzas & mains
  • excellent wine list

Tip: Try their Tiramisu

CWM Cherry Hinton

Cherry Hinton Road – CB1 7|BX

30 min from Kings College

  • Wine Merchant
  • Sharing boards
  • local hangout

Check out their flight of wine

CWM Bridge Street 

Bridge Street – CB2 1UJ

5 min from Kings College

  • Central Cambridge
  • Sharing boards
  • wine merchant

Check out their flight of wine

BEST DEALS FOR STREET FOOD AT THE LOCAL MARKET 

Arepas Station

Local market on Market hill

1 min from Kings College

  • Venezuelan bun
  • gluten-free
  • Sat & Sun

It’s delicious!

Mediterranean Falafel

Local market on Market hill

1 min from Kings College

  • Mediterranean
  • rotating places 
  • made on the spot

Best Falafels ever!

Hallouman

Local market on Market hill

1 min from Kings College

  • Tacos & Halloumi
  • Halloumi burgers
  • opposite the church

Tip: Try the tacos

The Mac Daddy

Local market on Market hill

1 min from Kings College

  • Mac & Cheese
  • also vegan
  • opposite the church

Freshly prepared!

Cambridge Be Waffle

Local market on Market hill

1 min from Kings College

  • Belgium Waffles
  • Not Sunday
  • Delicious toppings

Opposite M&S

Cardoso’s kitchen

Local market on Market hill

1 min from Kings College

  • Goan Indian cuisine
  • his mum is the chef
  • rotating places

Not too spicy!

Neidas

best cheap eats

Local market on Market hill

1 min from Kings College

  • Brazilian food
  • also shop
  • cakes and hot food 

Excellent Pastel del Natte!

Posh Azuma

Local market on Market hill

1 min from Kings College

  • Malaysian cuisine
  • Japanese cuisine
  • cash only

Authentic cuisine

BEST DEALS FOR WORLD CUISINE IN CAMBRIDGE

Al Casbah

Mill Road – CB1 2AS

25 min from Kings College

  • North African cuisine
  • street food 
  • open grill 

Lunch deal available

Carlos BBQ & Take away

Mill Road  – CB1 2AS

20 min from Kings college

  • Turkish food
  • quick service
  • local hangout

No frill restaurant

Bibimbap

Mill Road – CB1 2AS

20 min from Kings College

  • Korean food
  • closed 3 – 5 pm
  • local hangout

Only Bibimbap place in Camb 

Bedouin

Mill Road  – CB1 2DB

20 min from Kings College

  • North African cuisine
  •  meze & Tagines
  • local hangout

Dine in a Bedouin tent!

Little Petra

Mill Road – CB1 2BD

20 min from Kings 

  • Jordan cuisine
  • mezzes & pastry
  • local hangout

Daily offers.

Nanna Mexico

Petty Curry & Regent Street

2 and 10 min from Kings 

  • Mexican food
  • build your own
  • local hangout

Try the breakfast Burrito!

Gardenia ( Gardies)

Rose Cresent – CB2 3LL

1 min from Kings College

  • Greek food 
  • local institution
  • local & student hangout

After clubbing, open till 5 am!

Tzazkiki

best cheap eats

 Mill Rd – CB1 3NL

20 min from Kings 

  • Greek cuisine
  • Great beer garden
  • local hangout

Excellent Greek food

Bread & Meat

Bene’t street– CB2 3QN

1 min from Kings College

  • slow cooked meat
  • also vegetarian & vegan
  • best sarnies in town

Check out their specials!

SmokeWorks

Two locations

1 and 20 min from Kings 

  • American style meat
  • vegetarian options
  • try fried Mac&Cheese

Free School lane & Station Rd

Yim Wah Express

Regent Street – CB2 1EG

10 min from Kings College

  • local institution
  • also Peking duck
  • a local Chinese favourite

Quick and authentic

The Sea Tree

Mill Road – CB1 3AH

20 min from Kings College

  • award-winning
  • also fresh fish
  • local hangout

Best fish and chips in town!

top restaurants in cambridge

Food & Drinks

Where to find the best independent cafes, shops, bars and restaurants in Cambridge? We have mapped it out for you on our handy guide for Cambridge’s Michelin Restaurants, best local Street Food, restaurants and pubs in the Arts Quarter and places to grab a coffee or something stronger.

FOOD EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED IN CAMBRIDGE

A MUST DO FOR A FOODIE

food tour

Food Walking Tours

CAMBRIDGE ON A PLATE

Imagine strolling through Cambridge in the bright sunlight past colleges which sparkle in the sun, wandering through quaint passages set around the historic Market Place, and enjoying the stunning scenery as you enjoy the delicious food in one of the oldest university towns in England.

Sounds this like your kind of thing? Explore Cambridge through the eyes of a foodie on one of the Food Walking Tours of the Cambridge Food Tour. You’ll have lots to eat, washed down with a drink and have fun with fellow foodies. And, of course, it is one of the best ways to explore Cambridge. Not just for tourists and visitors, it is just as much fun and interesting for locals. Delicious Magazine UK even called Cambridge, a city peppered with international cuisine’.

FOOD FESTIVAL

eat cambridge

Eat Cambridge

THE FOOD FESTIVAL OF CAMBRIDGE

Eat Cambridge is an annual food and drink festival showcasing Cambridgeshire’s delicious independent food scene. Taking place for two weeks every May, the festival was founded in 2013 by three local food lovers and is organised and run entirely by volunteers.

Every year, Eat Cambridge’s Main Event, and two-week fringe event programme feature the best, newest, and most exciting independent food and drink in the area. Hopefully Eat Cambridge will be returning soo to the the streets of Cambridge and we’ll be able to celebrate the local food scene again. 

With so many food temptations, it’s almost a no-brainer that Cambridge is the place for a foodie to head off for a short break!

PRE-CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA

mill road

Mill Road Winter Fair

THE EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED

Every year on the first Saturday of December, the most cosmopolitan street of Cambridge, Mill Road, is closed off to traffic. The street is lined with food stalls during the Mill Road Winter Fair. You can watch parades and shop on the Christmas market for fresh produce for Christmas. 

It’s the perfect event to start the celebrations of the festive season. For the last few years, this fantastic event didn’t take place due to the pandemic. Let’s hope it will return to Mill Road in 2022. In the meantime, head over to Mill Road for local and international produce for cocktails and craft beer and a bite to eat at one of the excellent local indies.

 

STREET FOOD

food park

foodPark Night Market 

THE BEST STREET FOOD

foodPark NIGHT MARKET is Cambridge’s original and best street food night market. They create outside street food parties in cool Cambridge venues and their evening extravaganzas feature some of the best street food vans in Cambridge available, with pop-up bars, live music and DJs on the side. All under one roof, with undercover seating, tables, and festoon lights a-plenty. foodPark NIGHT MARKET has a huge local following, and we recommend booking your entry tickets in advance for foodPark NIGHT MARKET. Hopefully, it will be returning to Cambridge again in 2022. 

In the meantime, get your street food fix at the local street food markets dotted around Cambridge using our handy Cambridge Street food map.

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