WIth the help of Independent Cambridge - the definitive guide to ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: summer is the ideal time to make the most of Cambridge's General and Sunday Markets.
Explore Independent Cambridge: General and Sunday Markets
Opposite the Guildhall is Cambridge’s Market Square where around 100 stall holders set up each day to provide both visitors and locals with a colourful choice of goods and services.
Traditional market products such as fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers mix with Artisan bread, olives, health foods, fish, books, crafts, clothes, jewellery, antiques, records and CDs and retro homewares and is ever-changing as new stalls arrive.
There are stalls for services too – it’s possible to get your bicycle fixed while you enjoy one of the many choices of street food – much tastier than a sandwich from one of the nearby chain stores. So whether its ceramics from Morocco, noodles from Thailand or Spanish Paella, it’s worth taking time to wander around and sample the market traders’ colourful and tasty offerings.
On Sundays (and bank holiday Mondays), the market changes when the stall holders for the Arts, Crafts and Local Produce Market lay out their wares. Introduced about 11 years ago, this market offers a quality selection of produce and products from the region's artists, craftspeople, photographers and farmers including unique t-shirts, gifts, jewellery, pottery, sculptures and organic foodstuff. It’s also possible to pick up customised items as some of the stall holders can create these to your own design – so an opportunity to shop both independently as well as creatively.
General Market, Mon – Sat: 10am-4pm
Sunday Market, Sun: 10am-4pm
(and bank holiday Mondays)
General and Sunday Markets
Discover unique boutiques and boutique hotels mingled with communities of artists and craftspeople. Sample an award-winning restaurant or thriving little café tucked away in a back street – all easy to locate with the 200 page full-colour Independent Cambridge guide.
Handily presented with a map and an index at the beginning of each section, this book is the indispensable key to finding out what’s on offer from the independents of Cambridge. Get your copy from Waterstones, Heffers, many of the independent shops or online atwww.independent-cambridge.co.uk
A celebration of the city’s best independent traders, venues and events