Cambridge offers a variety of independent shops and boutiques along with all the high street chains that you would find in many other British towns. Cambridge also offers shopping opportunities in two brand new shopping centres which are full of shopping outlets and designer shops. As an alternative you might opt for the traditional outdoor markets and busy stalls.
The Cambridge University Press Bookshop first opened in 1992. 1 Trinity Street is a historic site for bookselling, as it was originally occupied by Bowes & Bowes who sold books fro, 1581, making this address the oldest bookshop site in the UK. The shop was run by Alexander and Daniel Macmillan from 1845, until their own publications started to be issued and they started their own business, known today at Macmillan Publishing, in 1863. Today the bookshop stocks 25,000 different titles over its two floors, all of which are from the Cambridge University Press. Besides educational and academic books, the shop also stocks a wide range of local interest items including guidebooks, maps and publications about the history of Cambridge and its University.
The Haunted Bookshop is so named as it is believed that a Victorian couple can sometimes be seen browsing the shelves. The shop is actually Sarah Keys Books, which specialises in children's and illustrated books. Other books on offer in The Haunted Bookshop include literature, poetry and local interest publications.
Fitzbillies is the oldest craft bakery in Cambridge, famous worldwide for its Chelsea buns. The shop is reputed to bake the best chocolate cake in Cambridge and they make amazing wedding cakes. Delicious items can also be ordered, including fruit cakes, mini cakes and pastries, cup cakes, fresh cream cakes and iced sponge cakes, to name but a few. Their famous Chelsea buns can be ordered from and sent to anywhere in the world! There is a café attached to the shop, whose opening hours differ from those of the shop. All the various opening hours can be found on the website.
The Emmaus Community in Landbeach, near Cambridge was the first Emmaus Community to open in the UK. Terry Waite CBE opened the community in 1992, which is home to 30 people who were formerly homeless. The community earns its income through this second hand shop in Cambridge. In the shop visitors can dig through a whole variety of household goods, furniture, soft furnishings, electrical items, music, DVDs, books, retro clothing, bric-a-brac, collectibles and much more! There is also a coffee shop at the shop, selling light snacks and drinks.
The jewellery studio at HK Jewellery welcomes visitors for commission appointments or to just browse the jewellery collection. Harriet Kelsall Jewellery employs only the most highly qualified designers, and expert craftsmen with traditional handmaking skills. Engagement rings, wedding rings, eternity rings and other jewellery can be commissioned, or visitors can browse the ready-made items on offer.
A E Clothier is a renowned outfitter, specialising in university clothing and menswear. The shop also offers a dress hire service and jewellery displaying College crests. Gown, hoods, ties and scarves are available for all Cambridge Colleges, as are a variety of accessories, including badges, brooches, umbrellas, belts and key fobs. A & E Clothier also provides a range of boating and sporting clothing, such as rugby jersies, rowing zephyrs and vests, to name but a few.
Cambridge Cheese Company is an independent delicatessen in the heart of historic Cambridge. Established in 1994, the shop specialises in farmhouse and artisanal cheeses. The delicatessen also stocks other fine foods, including charcuterie, olives, chutneys and preserves. The knowledgeable staff are always happy to advise visitors and will invite everyone to taste their wares. Cambridge Cheese Company stocks local produce where possible, including spicy sauces from the Cambridge Chilli Farm and City of Cambridge bottled ales.
The Shop at King's stocks a wide range of souvenirs relating to King's College and the Chapel. The profits from the shop are donated to the College, the Chapel and the Choir. Items available for purchase at the Shop include gifts, postcards, books by members of the College, CDs and DVDs of the College Choir and a whole range of King's souvenirs.
The Cambridge Book and Print Gallery specialises in signed copies of books, original prints and drawings, and paintings by modern masters. The shop is an independent, with a reputation for quality and customers including the BBC and the Rare Book Library at UCLA. The Cambridge Book and Print Gallery originally opened in 2001, owned by Charlotte Arnold, who previously worked as a specialist at Sotherby's Auctioneers. Charlotte's passion is signed first editions, rare inscribed, or dedicated copies of books. Dr Peter Maber of the University of Cambridge, a specialist in English and American literature and modern British Art, is a consultant to the Gallery.
Limoncello is known as the best Italian delicatessen in England, also selling its foods online for home delivery. The shop sources the finest Italian cheeses, sausages, meats, biscuits and drinks, including the famous Limoncello Liqueur, after which the shop is named. As well as individual items, Limoncello also offers luxury hampers and a catering service. Established for over 15 years, the delicatessen is proud to offer ingredients that are extremely hard to find elsewhere in the UK, with over 90% of the shop's stock being imported from Italy. The delicatessen also has freshly baked bread delivered daily, from two local Italian bakeries. At weekends the bakery offerings include tempting pastries, croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit tarts and many other treats. The shop was awarded Delicatessen of the Year in 2011.