Must-see restaurants in Cambridge

  • Top Choice
    Midsummer House

    At the region’s top table, chef Daniel Clifford’s double-Michelin-starred creations are distinguished by depth of flavour and immense technical skill…

  • Top Choice
    Urban Shed

    Unorthodox, retro Urban Shed has a personal-service ethos so strong that regular customers have a locker for their own mug. Old aeroplane seats perch…

  • Cambridge Chop House

    The window seats here deliver some of the best views in town – onto King’s College’s hallowed walls. The food is pure English establishment too: hearty…

  • Aromi

    Sometimes you should yield to temptation. So be drawn in by a window full of stunning Sicilian pizza, and feast on light, crisp bases piled high with…

  • Steak & Honour

    'Don’t try eating these with one hand', warns a joint that started out as a couple of burger vans. These beef patties come squished between brioche buns…

  • Rainbow

    Quite a treat for non-meat eaters: a cheery basement bistro, tucked away at the end of an alley off King's Parade. In this warren of cosy rooms, rickety…

  • Pint Shop

    Popular Pint Shop's vision is to embrace eating and drinking equally. To this end, it's both a busy bar specialising in draught craft beer and a stylish…

  • Kingston Arms

    Great gastropub grub – from roasts to homemade risotto and gourmet sausages – keeps stomachs satisfied at the award-winning Kingston. More than 10 real…

  • Hot Numbers

    Hipster hang-out with bacon on sourdough toast for breakfast, single-origin bean coffee, cool tunes and a laid-back vibe.

  • Cotto

    Now set inside the swish Gonville Hotel, Cotto delivers an irresistible blend of artistry and precision. Delights might include seafood velouté or the…

  • Smokeworks

    This dark, industrial-themed dining spot draws discerning carnivores with its melt-in-your-mouth ribs, wings and wonderfully smoky pulled pork. The…

  • Fitzbillies

    Cambridge's oldest bakery has a soft, doughy place in the hearts of generations of students, thanks to its ultrasticky Chelsea buns and other sweet treats…

  • Espresso Library

    A chilled soundtrack and customers with laptops at almost every table signal that this industrial-chic cafe is a student favourite. That's partly down to…

  • Hakka

    Chef Daniel's mother taught him the secrets of Hakka cooking and once you've tasted his signature salt-and-chilli chicken, you'll be inclined to give her…

  • Oak Bistro

    Truffle oil, salsa verde and rosemary jus are the kind of flavour intensifiers you'll find at this friendly but classy neighbourhood bistro where locally…

  • Abantu

    Flavours of southern Africa meet those of Europe in this fair trade-focused cafe – expect everything from biltong and boboti (a South African meatloaf) to…

  • Gardenia

    'Gardi's' is responsible for the late-night nutrition of a large chunk of the student population, and its walls are plastered with photos of happy…

  • Locker

    Ethical coffee, homemade soup, and flavoursome bread, cakes and pies from a wealth of Cambridge producers lift this artsy cafe above the crowd.

  • St John's Chop House

    A student favourite serving up classic British dishes and local real ales in a 17th century restaurant with open fires and beams.

  • Byron

    A bustling, better-than-average burger bar where students, families and business types sit on reclaimed banquettes tucking into prime patties and more.