Cambridge is famed for many things - academic excellence, beautiful architecture and the picturesque punts on the river Cam. But, the food scene has developed hugely in recent years and the iconic city is now the centre of a street food trend in East Anglia. Here are just some of the options available when you’re exploring Cambridge and fancy a deliciously reasonably-priced bite.
1. Jack’s Gelato
No Cambridge experience is complete without a side of ice cream. Located just off King’s Parade, next to the iconic Eagle Pub, Jack’s Gelato is famous across East Anglia for its intense creaminess and inventive flavours. For a very English treat, try the Plum & Earl Grey.
2. Doppleganger Burger
This stylish vegan eatery is millennial pink head to toe, but offers a vegan burger which will be embraced by the whole family. With huge portions, loaded fries and crazy milkshakes, this is the ultimate guilty pleasure and meat-free haven, just off Parker’s Piece.
Often the final destination on a night out, there is a rich unknown history behind this popular Greek diner and takeaway. Gardenia’s has been in the same premises on Rose Crescent since 1924, taking its floral name in 1949. It has, therefore, served kebabs through some of Cambridge’s greatest periods of history. Here, you can grab whatever you fancy from traditional greek kebabs to falafel, burgers, vegan, veggie, halal and even fish and chips!
4. Steak & Honour
Steak & Honour is the ultimate no-nonsense burger joint. With locally made milk buns from Ely-based artisan bakery Grain Culture, pasture-fed Norfolk beef and their own sauce blends, this place puts quality first. Located on Market Square, look out for their brightly coloured vintage food vans - they pop up all over the city. A must-try for anyone coming to Cambridge, these burgers are known to change lives.
5. Nanna Mexico
Founded in 2005, Nanna Mexico’s motto hails from its inspiration, Nanna Margarita: ‘Buy fresh, cook simple, waste nothing.’ With multiple locations across the city, this is hearty mexican food at its best. With customisable menu options and a ‘big-ass burrito’, you’re guaranteed a wholesome feast, all washed down with a bottle of Jarritos or if you’re feeling fancy - a frozen margarita.
Aromi has become a modern Cambridge staple for good, thoughtful food. With three locations, it’s become easy for many to add an Aromi gelato stop into their routine. Many tourists exploring King’s Parade and The Backs wander past The Eagle to be blown away by the colourful offering in Aromi’s window, from Sicilian sourdough pizza, focaccia, arancini, cannoli and cakes, all created behind the counter.
7. Yippee Noodle Bar
Nestled on King St, Yippee Noodle Bar has been part of the Cambridge food scene for 20 years. With an open kitchen, extremely friendly staff and a shared bench set up, they host a hugely varied menu of cheap bites and family favourites. Must-tries are the giant prawn crackers, homemade juice blends and banana fritters.
A Cambridge institution, Fitzbillies is the city’s most famous eatery. Begun in 1920 and now boasting multiple locations across town, Fitzbillies’ sandwiches, afternoon tea and British classics are all favourites. Now owned by Alison Wright and acclaimed food writer Tim Hayward, the famous Chelsea Bun has become a staple food for anyone visiting Cambridge.