The hottest coffee shops in Cambridge
Wondering where to find the best coffee shops in Cambridge? The local coffee community, artisan roasters and independent shops in Cambridge are growing at a fast pace! Pretty impressive in such a relatively small city. So, where to get your silky-smooth hipster drink? Don’t worry if you don’t like coffee, they serve a good cup of tea too! Here’s our list of coffee hot spots.
Hot Numbers is a successful independent coffee roaster has two cafes in Cambridge, one in Gwydir Street in an old Brewery and Trumpington Street opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum. Hot Numbers’ roastery in Royston is also home to their bakery and open for brunch, pizzas and live music.
Just a stone’s throw away from Mill Road, you can find this vibey cafe, the Espresso Library. It’s all about speciality coffee, nourishing food, cycling and culture. In 2020 they opened their second cafe next to the Grand Arcade. No seating available here, apart from a bar.
Founded in March 2016, Bould Brothers’ first (tiny)cafe in Round Church Street was an instant hit. Almost every time of the day, people are queuing up here to get a cup of their famous brew. Their second Asian inspired cafe is close to Parkers Piece in Regent Street.
A tiny cafe in Bolthop Lane and one of our favourite coffee haunts. Espresso Lane is situated amongst the beautiful academic buildings of Cambridge close to Fitzbillies. Excellent coffee, delicious soups, cakes and snacks and a good bit of banter!
Since 2013, Aromi has been warming the hearts of Cambridge at their three cafes with its slow-fermented pizzas, traditional Sicilian dishes, along with its special blend coffee. You can find their cafes in Benne’t Street, Peas Hill and the Grafton centre.
Benets Cafe is a lovely cafe overlooking one of the most famous colleges in Cambridge, Kings College, serving delicious food and cakes, excellent coffee and gelato. On top of that, they pride themselves on their excellent choice of music.
Good quality Italian food and the passion of Alessandro’s is the recipe of an excellent product. The Italian cured meats, cheeses, wine, coffee and craft beer, are all sourced from his homeland. With homemade pizzas and bread, recipes with a twist, its’ a perfect place to pick up a picnic.
One of the iconic restaurants and delis on Mill Road, stocking a fine selection of Italian delicatessen and wines. Lovely place for Alfresco dining and your early morning coffee and breakfast. Either served at their pretty covered terrace or inside in their cafe.
Café Foy on the Quayside is an independent café bar created by Cambridge born siblings Matt and Sophie. Both have a love for good food, good wine and good conversation by the River Cam. Their Rueben sandwich is one of the best you ever will get.
This family-run business is very popular with the local foodie community. Bridges’ team is passionate about serving the best quality home-cooked food. Highly recommended for their freshly prepared juices, Scotch eggs. The perfect place to create your bespoke picnic.
A quirky riverside venue in East Cambridge only minutes away from the city centre. OtherSyde is set on the grounds of the Cambridge Museum of Technology – Offering a range of experiences, serving coffee by Kerb during the day and in the evening hearty food.
XuéCam coffees are sourced from carefully selected cooperatives and single plantations, winning Colombian and international levels. All our coffees are 100% Arabic, 100% single origin, 100% special edition and 100% Colombian. You can find them at the Cambridge Market.
Serving delicious South American and Latin flavours with locally sourced ingredients at the Grafton Centre in Cambridge. Latina sources their Colombian coffees from XuéCam coffees, which are based on the Cambridge Market.
The local experts in casual, communal and sociable dining and specialise in excellent coffee, botanical cocktails, vibrant brunches and sumptuous smoked BBQ dishes thanks to their in house smoker. You’re in a treat at Novi from Mo-Fri from 5 to 7pm, two cocktails for only £ 10.
Cambridge Union Society has hosted many famous speakers for drinks after spirited speeches or passionate debates. While this history still stands strong, The Orator Brasserie and Bar now provides a perfect destination for city dwellers and visitors, as well as Union members.
Adilia Frazao opened her first artisan bakery on Norfolk Street in September 2012. Her bread and bakes were an immediate success in the neighbourhood and local businesses. Five years later, she opened her cafe on Station road, serving hot soups, coffee and sandwiches.
Colombian coffee is just the tip of the iceberg. Carlos aims to bring flavours from around the globe to local customers in the UK. Coffee Temple’s street food van can be found on Water Lane and some other spots in Cambridge, serving coffees, arepas and crepes.
At this cool and vibrant cafe on Mill Road, you can have a bite to eat upstairs in their cafe and in their basement, you can browse a large eclectic range of pre-owned vinyl. Keep an eye out for the live music events of Relevant Record held in the basement of their cafe.
The Locker Cafe is an arts-based cafe in King Street and is a collaboration of father and son. Adam runs the cafe, and his father John makes the pottery, which they use in the cafe and is also for sale here. Their upstairs terrace features exhibitions by local sculptures.
A lovely cafe and coffee shop on the other side of the bridge in Mill Road. The Urban Larder has a country-modern vibe offering farm-sourced food and coffee plus local artists’ work. The Larder is one of the popular hangouts in this part of Cambridge.
Mill, the Mediterranean cafe and deli, has become one of the most popular cafes on Mill Road in a very short time. Serving excellent coffee, delicious Greek cakes, pastries, and their huge pancakes are a must-have!
This Australian/New Zealand style cafe has been a local icon since the opening in 2005. Black Cat Cafe specialises in a variety of coffee, teas, smoothies, handmade cakes and savoury food served in their cafe or on their terraced on the kerb.
Savino’s is an authentic Italian coffee shop and one of the oldest Italian cafes in Cambridge, located in the bustling city centre close to the Grand Arcade. Savino’s serves Illy coffee, homemade cakes, panini, hearty soups, mains and salads.
An independent coffee shop, cafe and bakery in Chesterton, just a stone’s throw away from Midsummer Common. Stir is the social hub of the community – a place for people to meet, connect, re-charge, and a place where you can escape and unwind. They recently opened a cafe in Histon.
A family-run cafe located in the heart of Cambridge specialising in South African delicacies. Abantu’s ethical ethos is only to use fair-trade tea and coffee and locally produced cold drinks and ingredients. Set in Hobson Street, it is only a stone’s throw away from the Cambridge Market.
An informal Italian restaurant preparing their food as their grandmothers taught them. Tradizioni is all about authentic, simple and tasty cuisine. Their restaurant in Mill Road and at the Sorento is open in the evening. Their cafe at the station during the day.
Scott’s All Day is a popular local all-day hang out, using bread from their own bakery, sourdough pizza toppings from local shops and Calverley’s beer. A perfect place to start your day with a hearty breakfast or brunch and a good cup of coffee.
Located in the southern suburbs of Cambridge, just off Hills Road, Cambridge Cookery is an independent neighbourhood meeting place, a relaxing hub of excellent food, coffee, and local and organic produce. They also host pop up events by local chefs.
The eclectic corner house coffee house serves an excellent cup of freshly ground coffee. You can choose out of 5 daily blends at 5 Blends Coffee, a good selection of Paninis and cakes. Seating outside and limited inside, take away available.
One of the oldest bakeries in Cambridge offers a range of picnics from a full Traditional English afternoon tea to a simple packed lunch. They all feature the bread and cakes that Fitzbillies make by hand, every day in our artisan bakery in Cambridge.
Eclipse Artisan Bakery by Dulcedo on Mill Road is famous for its sourdough bread and fine Haute Patisserie. Takeaway coffee and sandwiches are also available. Their bread, pastries, desserts are made at their bakery in Eddington.
Dulcedo in Eddington is famous for its sourdough bread and fine Haute Patisserie. Takeaway coffee and sandwiches are also available. Their bread, pastries, desserts are made at their bakery in Eddington. To be launched soonn: wine and pizza nights.
A lovely tiny Artisan coffee shop in Mill Road run by two brothers, Anthony and Kevin. Modigliani is popular for its freshly baked delicious pastries, cakes and Italian specialities, baked every day at their bakery on site. Limited seating in and outside.
This French bakery has a shop in Hills Road and Newham. Maison Clements specialises in bread, French patisserie and delicacies. Their cafes are a perfect place for coffee, breakfast or lunch. The Croque Monsieur is one of our favourites.
De Luna Cafe
Tucked away in Burleigh Street at the Grafton Centre, you can find De Luna Cafe serving delicious cakes, breakfast, brunch, sandwiches and coffee. Perfect for meeting up with friends, a quick lunch or just to spoil yourself.
Barbarella is a Coffee & Cake Bar situated in an old Barber’s shop a little over 1 mile from Cambridge City Centre, just North of the river in East Chesterton, serving artisan coffee, delicious cakes, sandwiches and hearty lunches.
Press & Juice
Press Coffee & Juice is located at the square at the Leisure centre, just a stone’s throw away from the station. This sustainable coffee and juice bar offers the finest artisan coffee, sandwiches, loaded toasties, healthy fresh-pressed organic juices, wellness shots, and protein-packed shakes.
Market House offers an all-day cafe in the cosy basement, a vibrant front terrace for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and an evening wine bar. As evening sets, the cafe is transformed into a wine bar.
our tip – join a local pop up
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