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Where to Shop in Cambridge - Fine Art, Chic Crafts, Antiques, and Curios

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Cambridge's bustling, mostly pedestrianized city centre is a shopper's paradise. You'll find British and international brands in the city's big shopping malls. Local artists show off their work in independent studios and galleries, and at the open-air stalls in Market Square and All Saints Garden Art & Craft Market opposite Trinity College. Dealers in fine art, antiques, and first-edition books also have stores tucked down cobbled lanes.

Malls in central Cambridge

 

Cambridge has a couple of large, air-conditioned shopping centres that will keep you busy on rainy days. Right off Market Square in the very centre of the city, the multistory Grand Arcade is packed with fashions for men and women, phones and computer equipment, toys, accessories, and eateries - plus the modern, light-filled public library. The Grafton Centre, across Christ's Pieces, features a movie theatre on the upper floor.

 

  • Grand Arcade, St. Andrew's Street, Cambridge CB2 3BJ; Tel: +44 1223 302601; Website: Grand Arcade
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  • The Grafton Centre, Between East Road and Fitzroy Street, Cambridge CB1 1PS; Tel: +44 1223 316201; Website: The Grafton Centre

Fine art and photography

 

Many of Cambridge's fine art dealerships take pride in fostering new talent by promoting the work of recent graduates from local schools of art. You'll find prints, ceramics, paintings, and sculptures at galleries including Cambridge Contemporary Art and the Lawson Gallery, both a minute's walk from King's College. Look for photography, prints, and drawings at the Cambridge Book and Print Gallery.

 

 

Craft and design stores

 

Stores selling works by Cambridge-based and international artisans and designers abound in the city centre. Outlets such as Primavera opposite King's College are showcases for British talents, selling fine works in bronze, silver, and wood, ceramics, jewelry, enamelware, paintings, and sculptures. At small stores like Podarok you can pick up fun and funky pottery, toys, and jewelry including bangles, earrings, and necklaces.

 

  • Primavera, 10 King's Parade, Cambridge CB1 1SJ; Tel: +44 1223 357708; Website: Primavera
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  • Podarok, 12 Bene't Street, Cambridge CB2 3PT; Tel: +44 1223 314411; Website: Podarok

 

Antiques shopping in Cambridge

 

Looking for a pair of Regency mahogany hall chairs, or one of those hard-to-find rosewood barometers? Look no farther. You'll find them in Cambridge antiques stores like John Beazor Antiques. Those keen on antiques will also discover treasures at out-of-town venues such as Waterside Antiques in Ely, where more than 50 dealers cluster under a single roof.

 

  • John Beazor Antiques, 78-80 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DP; Tel: +44 1223 355 178; Website: John Beazor Antiques
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  • Waterside Antiques, 55 Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU; Tel: +44 1353 667066; Website: Waterside Antiques

 

Collectible and antiquarian books

 

You'd expect a city like Cambridge, with its literary connections, to be a happy hunting ground for book collectors. You'd be right. What literature-lover can resist the lure of shops like The Haunted Bookshop, where shelves are crammed with nostalgic early editions of childhood favorites? G. David is another treasury of antiquarian books, as well as more recent works. Plurabelle Books stocks more than 65,000 pre-loved titles covering every subject under the sun.

 

  • Plurabelle Books, Unit 8, Restwell House, Coldham's Road, Cambridge CB1 3EW; Tel: +44 1223 415671; Website: Plurabelle Books
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  • The Haunted Bookshop, 9 St. Edward's Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ; Tel: +44 1223 312913; Website: The Haunted Bookshop