Find Winter Warmth at a Cambridge Café
After the festivities of Christmas and New Year, January and February can feel like long months in Britain. Days stay short and, at times, the skies are grey and gloomy.
Fortunately, the historic streets of Cambridge, have their own beauty and unique charm whatever the weather (see A Cambridge Diary for photographs to prove it). However, if you ever do feel in need of cheering up, here are three of the best cafes you can visit in Cambridge to create that perfect cosy moment and make this time of year something to celebrate.
Treat Yourself to Hot Chocolate at…Indigo Coffee House.
Tucked away from the bustle of Kings Parade on cobblestoned St Edward’s passage, you’ll find Indigo Coffee House. Although ‘Coffee House’ is in its name, this hidden gem is well known for its hot chocolates which are sweet, generous and topped with cream and marshmallows for those seeking to indulge.
Indigo is a snug, little venue and its popularity, particularly amongst Cambridge University students, means space can be limited. However, you can also buy takeaway drinks to warm your hands and heart as you walk past some of the famous nearby sites including Kings College and its chapel, The Corpus Playroom and The Corpus Clock.
Pick up the Perfect Coffee at…Espresso Library.
If you’re a coffee lover, it’s definitely worth checking out Espresso Library. Head to their main venue on East Road where you can enjoy all the classics, from macchiatos to mochas (alongside delicious food), or invigorate a cold, January day by grabbing your favourite coffee on the go from the newly opened takeaway location on St Andrew’s Street.
With its stylish modern-rustic décor—featuring some special touches celebrating the owner’s love of cycling—the Espresso Library on East Road is a favourite amongst those looking for a welcoming, comfortable study environment or a setting for more relaxed work meetings.
Stop for a Bowl of Soup at…Michaelhouse Café.
Those looking for winter comfort, while honouring New Year commitments to making more nourishing food choices, should try the nutritious soup at Michaelhouse Café. Found inside breakfasts and lunches as well as drinks and cakes. Their soup comes with toasted sourdough and is made using exceptional locally-sourced ingredients (meaning the flavour on the menu varies according to the seasonal availability of produce). This wholesome lunch dish is a wonderful, healthy way to brighten spirits even when the weather outside may be a little duller.
Alternatively, if you wish to enjoy the ultimate cosy day, explore Click It Local to find a range of Cambridge businesses who’ll deliver the finest quality treats (and/or ingredients) directly to your Cambridge address while you stay warm inside.
Cambridge is a vibrant, dynamic place at any time of year and, as 2022 begins, we look forward to seeing many more visitors make discoveries, connections and memories here. We hope the year ahead brings you many happy moments and that one of them might involve us welcoming you to this amazing city.