Cambridge is voted 2nd Coolest City in the UK

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Cool Cambridge  

While it might be best known for its world-renowned university, historic buildings and long, rich heritage, there’s an alternative side to Cambridge – as new research from Ocean Finance shows.

The city has taken the number two spot in the company’s round-up of the UK’s coolest cities.  Based on markers like yoga studios, farmers’ markets, breweries, boutique cinemas and independent coffee shops, the new research highlights the enduring appeal of Cambridge as a place to live.

Just a few miles from the heart of Cambridge is Great Kneighton, our award-winning sustainable new neighbourhood which brings together striking architecture, abundant open spaces and exceptional new facilities and amenities. Marking the final opportunity to buy a Countryside home in the neighbourhood, homes at Aura: The Final Chapter provide the perfect place from which to enjoy all the city has to offer.

 Here, we round up some of our favourite spots that make Cambridge a UK culture capital.  

  • Hot Numbers Coffee

With locations on Trumpington Street and Gwydir Street – as well as a new HQ, The Roastery, near Royston – Hot Numbers is a real hotspot, all focused around great speciality coffee, great music and great conversation.

With long communal tables, a fantastic brunch menu and a rolling exhibition of art on its walls, these are some of the coolest coffee spots in Cambridge.


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  • Satyam Yoga Centre

Located in central Cambridge, on Hawthorn Way, Satyam Yoga Centre is a family-run yoga centre. Focused on being accessible and inclusive for all, there are a variety of courses, classes, workshops and events on offer – designed to suite a range of levels and needs.

The centre is also home to Cambridge’s only Floatation Pool, offering relaxation and recovery for the mind and body, with classes including Vinyasa Flow, Flow & Restore, Hatha Yoga – so it’s the ideal place to head whether you’re an experienced yogi or new to the practice.

  • Market Square market

As a market city, it’s no surprise there’s been stalls trading in Cambridge’s historic market square since the Middle Ages. 

A seven-days-a-week market, Sunday brings a different offering, when the market square hosts a flourishing farmer’s market with an exciting selection of local food, arts and crafts. You’ll find organic produce from local farmers and artisan pieces from some of the area’s most talented creatives. Lined with beautiful buildings, the square is a unique setting for a peruse of the stalls, whichever day of the week you visit.