Coffee Shops

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

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.

Library

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.

Bould 

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.

Espresso 

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!

Aromi

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. 

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Benets

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.

Signorelli

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. 

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Limoncello

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.

Cafe Foy

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.

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Bridges

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.

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Kerb 

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. 

Local Market

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. 

Latina

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.

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Novi 

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.

The Orator

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.

Norfolk 


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.

Temple

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.

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Relevant

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.  

Locker 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.

Urban Larder

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.

Tom’s Cakes

Set at the heart of Mill Road, this cafe serves excellent coffee and small-batch seasonal hand-made biscuits and sandwiches. Tom’s Cakes makes his products from scratch using only natural ingredients  and  locally sourced ingredients.

Black Cat 

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

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.

Stir

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.

Abantu

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. 

Tradizione

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

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.

Cookery

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. 

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5 Blends

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.

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Fitzbillies

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

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.

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Dulcedo

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.

Modigliani

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. 

Clements

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.

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