Cambridge is one of the UK’s most famous cities. Famous for its university and stunning architecture, the city is both a thriving tourist destination and a regional hub for business. You shouldn’t be surprised to discover that Cambridge is also home to some truly remarkable independent coffee shops — and here are six of the best.
1. The Green Coffee Company
Located on Peas Hill, The Green Coffee Company is known in the city for providing high quality organic coffee bought for prices higher than the current Fairtrade price. While the decor is a little dated — some would say similar in nature to a 70s motorway services cafe — the real star of the show is the amazing coffee. This place is a no-frills coffee shop and eatery with its own unique charm, which is why it’s very difficult to get a seat at peak times of the day. The Green Coffee Company offers an outside seating area, a selection of homemade cakes and pastries, and a range of baguettes and paninis that are all prepared on the premises.
2. Fitzbillies Bridge Street
Fitzbillies Bridge Street looks incredible from the outside, and things just keep getting better when you move inside. All of the espresso based beverages are made with a manual machine, which adds to the ambiance. There is an extensive breakfast menu on offer, which includes bacon rolls and the house speciality smashed avocado on toast. The high tea at 4pm every day is always popular, but people flock to this cosy eatery for the famous Fitzbillies Chelsea buns — which are adored by the locals.
3. Michaelhouse Cafe
Situated in a stunningly regenerated Church on Trinity Street, Michaelhouse Cafe is pure class in every way. All of the food on offer is homemade, and includes a selection of deli-style dishes for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. There is a small outside seating area at Michaelhouse Cafe, which is perfect for people watching in this stunning area of the city. Coffee prices here are actually cheaper than they are at the likes of Starbucks and Costa, which is incredible given the majesty of the building. You probably won’t be able to drink coffee and enjoy a speciality sandwich plate in a more beautiful building.
Located on Regent Street, Novi is a modern coffee shop by day and a hip cocktail lounge by night. Novi is a refurbished pre-war pub that serves an extensive brunch menu throughout the day. The entire first floor is a private function area, and the top floor serves as a popular nightspot in the area. The coffee on offer all comes from local supplier Frank and Earnest, and a modest selection of cakes and pastries come from a local artisan baker. You’ll find all of the main espresso based drinks on the menu, as well as a great nitro cold brew. As well as a selection of freshly made smoothies, Novi serves more than 70 different types of loose leaf tea.
5. Copley Hill Cafe
Located on Cambridge Road, Copley Hill Cafe is renowned in the area for serving only the freshest local produce at affordable prices. The jackets, salads and homemade sausage rolls are particular favourites among locals. Customers can also peruse a selection of handmade pottery items and bespoke greeting cards. The coffee is of the highest quality, and is served in the Coffee Barn. Copley Hill Cafe is far more than just a coffee shop, however. Located in several buildings around a central courtyard, you might think of this place as a coffee complex. With several meetings rooms available, there’s no better place for a work meeting with great coffee than Copley Hill Cafe.
The wonderful independent coffee shops in Cambridge befit what has to be one of the prettiest cities in the UK.