cambridge contemporary art

Visiting Cambridge

Our gallery is located right in the centre of the beautiful city of Cambridge. When you visit us, we hope you will want to spend some time discovering the wonderful city we are based in. We have listed some of our personal favourites below and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Food & Drinks

Cafes

  • Caffe Mobile - head to the market square for some excellent coffee and delicious home baked treats, always served with a smile and a friendly chat.
  • Michealhouse Cafe - we also warmly recommend our next door neighbours for coffee and cake and tasty and reasonably priced lunches.
  • Indigo Coffee House - get away from the hustle and bustle on King's Parade and relax with a hot drink and a sandwich in this snug little cafe on St Edward's Passage.
  • Afternoon Tease - this cafe on King Street may be small, but their cakes are some of the best in Cambridge, and Cheese Scone Thursday is a weekly temptation! 

Pubs

  • The Kingston Arms and the Cambridge Blue, both on little roads off Mill Road are a couple of our favourite pubs in Cambridge. They are 'proper pubs' with outside areas, great in the summer and lovely food and beers.
  • Six Bells: traditional local Cambridge pub off Mill Road with a great jukebox!

Food

  • The Clarendon Arms has delicious pub food!
  • Bread and Meat are next door neighbours to our sister gallery Cambridge Contemporary Crafts, and sell tasty roast meat sandwiches that are cooked on the premises .
  • 6 Ice Cream sells great ice cream that they churn themselves with local, seasonal ingredients. In the winter we pop in here for a yummy hot chocolate to keep us going through the day!
  • The Mediterranean Falafel stall on the Market sells great value falafel wraps with delicious salads and hummus. Very friendly staff!

Culture

  • The Fitzwilliam Museum - stroll down King's Parade to Trumpington Street to see an outstanding and incredibly varied art collection, entirely for free
  • Picturehouse Cinema - great cinema with a unique selection of films, comfy seating and a smart, modern cafe-bar.
  • Cambridge Arts Theatre shows a wide selection of exciting theatre productions. 

Nature

  • Botanic Garden - Cambridge University Botanic Garden is 40 acres of beautiful gardens and glasshouses.
  • Jesus Green and Midsummer Common - take a walk along the river and see the famous Cambridge cows!
  • Walk to Grantchester and enjoy the beautiful Grantchester Meadows, as well as a view of the impressive University Colleges along the Backs. 

Shopping

  • Market Square - stalls have been trading in Cambridge's Market Square since the middle ages. Whether you need flowers, fresh vegetables, clothes or books, there's something for everyone. 
  • Cally co - an independent shop selling an array of stylish fabrics and haberdashery materials.
  • David's Bookshop (or G.David) - tucked down St Edward's passage this Cambridge institution has a wide range of books, including a beautiful antiquarian section that's worth visiting just to marvel at, in addition to modern second hand books, maps, prints and engravings.
  • Heffers?
  • Tindalls?
  • The trusty Post Office Shop (Kings Convenience Stores)?