Whenever I visit a new city, I want to try and live like a local. As a local of Cambridge, I feel like I don’t offer my recommendations for this tourist destination on this blog enough but it’s packed full of things to do for an amazing weekend away, just a short distance from London. I could recommend some Cambridge classics; visiting the university colleges or punting on the River Cam, but if you really want to act “like a local” in a new city, you need to know where to eat. Luckily I’ve got some top recommendations of where to eat in Cambridge:
If you want something totally Insta-worthy, Espresso Library is the perfect spot. Serving brunch, amazing coffees including matcha lattes and now even healthy dinners, this café is the perfect spot for any Cambridge Instagrammer. The pre-interview of the Cambridge boat race team was filmed here and bicycles line the walls so if you want the true Cambridge experience, this is a great spot to grab a coffee and feel like a local.
Bull and Bass, Hilton City Centre
For an upmarket meal, the Bull and Bass at the Hilton City Centre is a perfect spot. The small plates are excellent; the mac and cheese with chorizo and crayfish tails and crisp pork belly with tempura prawns are a stand out. For main, the battered cod and steak tacos are gigantic and great fun to assemble yourself, which amazing quality ingredients. It’s also the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a central hotel, just round the corner from the main shops in the city.
If you want a quick bite to eat in your hotel room, head to Chosen Bun for a burger fix either picked up from the store or through Deliveroo. Chosen Bun are so dedicated to creating the perfect packaging, they sent one of their burgers into space in their unique packaging to check that nothing was disturbed in transit – and the burger came back perfectly stacked! It’s taking dedication to packaging to a whole new level and the burgers are also delicious. Make sure you order the mac and cheese balls – incredible!
Steak and Honour
Another burger must-visit, Steak & Honour is a street-food truck at the Cambridge Food Park which has made it to the hearts of every Cambridge local. Now, it also has its very own restaurant for your burger fix. It runs a small yet perfectly formed menu and if you want to eat somewhere born in Cambridge, this is your spot.
Bottomless brunch is a relatively new concept for Cambridge but the Station Tavern offers an amazing Sunday Lunch with Bottomless Bloody Marys. You can create your own Bloody Marys, using a huge variety of ingredients from the DIY bar, including mustard, capers and American bacon. It’s also just next to the train station which is the perfect location before one final meal before jumping on the train back home after a weekend away, after eating like a local!
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