Coffee in Cambridge - best brews and coffee shops

Coffee in Cambridge - best brews and coffee shops

Coffee in Cambridge – best brews and coffee shops

If there’s one thing residents of Cambridge like, it’s a great cup of coffee. The city is home to some truly outstanding cafes, most of which are independent and unique. If you’re looking for somewhere to refuel during a day out in Cambridge, or if you want to meet friends, read a book or get some work done these cafes are ideal. Here’s our pick of the very best brews and coffee shops in Cambridge.


Bould Brothers Coffee 

One of the best-loved coffee shops in Cambridge, Bould Brothers Coffee is located on Round Church Street, not far from Jesus Green. The café specialises in high-end coffee and the Bould Brothers, who run the place, only serve the best coffee they can find. If you’re a caffeine connoisseur, brews don’t come much better than this.


The Courtyard Café at the Fitzwilliam Museum  

The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of Cambridge’s most iconic attractions. So if you really want to get a feel for the city, why not stop for a coffee and a snack at the museum’s very own café? The bright and airy space is full of natural light and offers a great choice of light meals and drinks. Plus, as @10Creative says, “The conservators and curators often hold meetings in there, which makes for some really interesting eavesdropping too. It’s a pretty awe-inspiring place to be, and the coffee’s not too bad either.”



1815 is the bar of the Cambridge Union Society. Open to the public, it’s tucked behind the Round Church, one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful buildings. While 1815 doesn’t serve the best coffee in town, it’s an interesting place to stop for a brew. The bar has a great atmosphere and comfortable leather chairs, making it a good choice for a relaxing afternoon pit stop.

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Espresso Library 

Located on the far side of Parker’s Piece, the Espresso Library is one of the most unique cafes in Cambridge. A large industrial space with contemporary Scandinavian-style furniture, the café is a must for all fans of design and architecture. There’s an excellent menu with a good choice of vegan and vegetarian options and a selection of fresh fruit juices.


Hot Numbers Coffee 

There are two Hot Numbers in Cambridge, one in Gwydir Street and the other on Trumpington Street. Both are beautifully designed and both offer delicious coffee and a mouth-watering menu. The Trumpington Street branch has a lovely garden, making it a great option for an alfresco summer coffee.


Café Foy 

Located on the quayside, overlooking the river, Café Foy has one of the most picturesque spots in Cambridge. The small, welcoming café serves hearty toasties as well as great coffee and a selection of teas. Café Foy occasionally opens late for parties, events and tasting evenings.

Find out more about the best cafes, restaurants, bars and attractions Cambridge has to offer and learn about life in the city, by exploring our site or getting in touch with a member of our team.