For a small city, Cambridge has a wide range of eating and shopping opportunities - from one-off independents to the big UK names.
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Cambridge is a sociable city, and its cafés, brasseries, pubs and restaurants have been meeting places for travellers, scholars and thinkers for centuries. And while students may opt for the local pubs - with several dating back to the 1660s - the past decade has seen a rise in excellent dining opportunities.
Alimentum, located directly opposite The Marque, has recently been awarded a Michelin star. They serve delicious food sourced from sustainable farms and pair this with weekly jazz. Midsummer House is not only the city's best restaurant, but the whole of East Anglia's, with two Michelin stars proclaiming their insistence on perfection.
And when it comes to shopping, this compact city has great choice. The Market Square is a mass of stalls selling food and clothes every day, while small boutiques are the preserve of Magdalene Street, Bridge Street and King Street. You can browse the open-air All Saints Garden Art and Craft Market on Saturdays, or head for the new Grand Arcade shopping centre for all the big UK names.