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Five of the Best: Cambridge Food Blog rounds up our area’s top new venues

On the basis that variety truly is the spice of life, here are five fab new venues to add to your eating-out repertoire, writes Cambridge Food Blog’s Grace Mills

Okay, we’re in the swing of things now. The first couple of months of the year are done and the ‘new year, new me’ hype has died down, but now we’re missing the novelty of new.
We likely have our favourite foodie hot spots for a myriad of reasons. Maybe a restaurant does your favourite dish just right - one you reorder time and time again - or maybe there’s a particular coffee shop that makes you feel right at home.Howev
er, as William Cowper once said: “Variety is the spice of life.” (And before you say it, yes I googled that.) So here are a few new spots to add to your rotation. . .


Pages, Cambridge
Okay, so technically it’s been open since October ’23, but this place is so darn cute that I just had to include it. Serving Monmouth coffee (yes please!) and bakes including pistachio croissants, this relaxed coffee shop might just be one of the most aesthetically pleasing places to grace the city of Cambridge. I’ve managed to pop down a few times and the staff have always been exceptionally kind and chatty and I have found myself trying to find excuses to end up on Trumpington Street more often.

Cafe Highgate
Cafe Highgate

Cafe Highgate, Willingham
This place popped up out of nowhere on my socials, but I’m glad the algorithm gods sent it my way. This cafe has the classics - like breakfast buns and yoghurt and granola - but what I really like is the addition of açai bowls (with optional protein powder) and a little level-up to eggs on toast with harissa spiced pea and avocado accompaniments. The food looks great quality, especially as the menu looks to be really reasonably priced, too!

Victor Victoria
Victor Victoria

Victor Victoria, Sawston
At time of writing, this exciting addition to Sawston High Street hasn’t opened, but it should be up and running by the time you’re reading this! I obviously can’t speak about my experience at the Sawston site, but I have been to the Newmarket cafe and love visiting whenever I’m in town. They’ve got a great mix of sweet (banging bakes and cakes) and savoury items (loved my roasted veg toastie the last time I visited) and the menu always has something that tickles my fancy. I’m glad South Cambridgeshire has another new spot and I can’t wait to go check it out.


Mowgli, Bury St Edmunds
Mowgli arrived on Abbeygate Street towards the end of last year and what a nice addition to the Bury St Edmunds food scene! With twinkling lights entwined around the interior, this relaxed restaurant is perfect for grabbing some vibrant dishes, spreading them across the table and sharing away. If social eating isn’t your bag, they also have a meat or veggie tiffin box for one with the contents being chosen for you. They artfully note that they are “food roulette, total potluck” on the menu.

Waffle + Coffee
Waffle + Coffee

Waffle + Coffee, Saffron Walden
Do you know the Waffle + Co ladies? They’re lovely. If you’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Ana and Tori in their travelling waffle truck, then you’re in luck: they’ve taken over the mantle from Bicicletta, Saffron Walden and have opened up their own bricks-and-mortar site, Waffle + Coffee. The menu items are either waffle-based or waffle-inspired… I don’t know about you but I could probably be persuaded to opt for a savoury waffle followed by a sweet waffle. In fact, it wouldn’t take that much convincing at all, they’re really very good.

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