Hidden Gems

We take you on a little tour of the Cambridge boutiques you may not have discovered yet.

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Now, we all know about the abundance of high street chains that fill Cambridge: the space-age wonder that is Grand Arcade, the stores off Market Square, and the (in)famous Primark and the Grafton Centre. However, ladies, I am also hugely, enormous, embarrassingly fond of independent stores, especially the ones run by people with a good eye and oodles of passion for their stock. So, here’s how to make the most of shopping in Cambridge (and where to save up for and drop hints for Christmas/birthdays):


For Vintage

Ark– their larger store is out by the Grafton (9 Norfolk Street), the top floor of their central store (2 St Mary’s Passage) has plenty to feast your eyes on too. Gorgeous stuff and gift heaven. http://www.arkcambridge.co.uk/site/
Mook Vintage– newly opened at 2 King Street; get down there and make the most of a good thing before everyone goes! http://www.mookvintage.com/
Awesome retro vintage customised clothes and accessories at the Market– worth a perusal when wandering past. Friendly folks and very good accessories. (Market Square, opposite Marks & Spencer, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)





Truly beautiful stores, for special occasions and dreaming

Boudoir Femme– This shop is just so pretty, it makes you glad to be female. Exquisite lingerie, gorgeous clothes, and handpicked vintage- heavenly. (18 King Street) http://www.boudoirfemme.co.uk/
Bowns Bis– A real gem for when you just want to admire some truly beautiful clothes. Impeccable taste and a mixed price range make this place perfect to stop off for a pick me up, or just to dream. They have gorgeous window displays and really lovely serving staff who won’t mind you squealing over Vivienne Westwood heels. The sale was awesome too. Make sure to pop in and just enjoy… (25 Magdalene Street)
The Tailor’s Cat– check out this Aladdin’s cave of a store for May Ball, red carpet, and all black tie inspiration. Extra points for the plush changing rooms! (2 Sussex Street) http://www.thetailorscat.co.uk/
Giulio– Cambridge’s resident designer emporium. Not totally to my taste but gets a mention as the only place in Cambridge you can see/touch/try on Christian Louboutins and admire Prada handbags *sigh* (5 Sussex Street)



In these penny-pinching times it is vital to re-learn the art of the window shop, but also of the good bargain: these stores are still all offering sales, so go dream if it’s too expensive, start a mental wishlist, and if the fates are with you, snaffle up something fabulous in the sale. You’re welcome.