Quirky shops in Cambridge

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Are you looking for a unique gift or want to spoil yourself? Can’t find what you are looking for in the mainstream shops? Cambridge has beautiful independent, quirky shops, so I am sure you will find here what you are looking for. Here is my handy list of quirky shops in Cambridge. 

Don’t forget to check out the market. Especially on Saturday and Sunday’s. It’s a real treasure trove on these days. 

Cambridge Satchel Company, St. Mary’s Passage, Cambridge

Our most famous local product, The Cambridge Satchel Company. Now available all over the world and used by many famous designers too. Born on the kitchen table of Julie Deane in 2008 when her daughter wanted a satchel for her school books and they couldn’t find one. From 1 bag for Julie’s daughter, it has grown to one of the most popular English export products. website 

Podarok, Bene’t Street, Cambridge

A wonderful gift emporium in Bene’t Street, also known as the art quarter of Cambridge. This tiny gift shop holds so many items that you need to take your time to have a good nose around. website

Ark Cambridge, Peas Hill, Cambridge

From one shop in Norfolk Street in 2001, number two came soon on board at St. Mary’s Passage. They almost had to give up the shop when they couldn’t find new premisses, but Cambridge was lucky to keep this brilliant shop as they settled down in Peas Hill where you can find a fantastic unique and quirky range of products from postcards to clothes, gifts to jewellery. website

Lilac rose, Bridge Street, Cambridge

I wasn’t quite sure where to list it as they stock some beautiful, quirky clothes, gifts and jewellery. Quirky is written all over the shop, so here you go! Have a browse around as the shop is filled till the brim with beautiful products. website


We are very fortunate to have excellent galleries in Cambridge. I often pop in for a browse as they sell unique products from local artists. Needless to say, I often return home with another quirky piece of jewellery or a piece of art. 

Cambridge Contemporary Art – Trinity Street and Bene’t Street – website

Byard Art – Kings Parade – website

Primavera Gallery – Kings Parade – website

The Lawson Gallery – Kings Parade – website

Fen Ditton Gallery – Fen Ditton – website

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