Holiday at Home: Take a tour with CB Travel Guide
Billed as a ‘guide to local gems curated by a local’, CB Travel Guide is the latest venture from Cambridge Food Tour founder Gerla de Boer. To celebrate its launch, Gerla takes us on a virtual tour of her favourite city haunts
Artwork - Dinky Doors
These unique cute pieces of art, dotted around Cambridge City Centre, always manage to put a smile on my face. I love the design and the stories behind it. Can we call these artists 'our Banksy’?
Artefact - David Parr House
It is fair to say that this is one of the most unique projects in Cambridge. This ordinary Victorian terraced house is home to an extraordinary collection of art.
Shop - Cambridge Contemporary Art & Crafts
Not easy to pass by these two shops without popping in to check out their latest additions of UK artists. The collection often changes, so a good reason to pop in when you're in the city centre.
Coffee Spot - The Orator
A place with many happy memories for me, which now is turned into a magnificent bar/restaurant. The Orator is the place where Town and Gown meet and perfect for a cup of coffee away from the hustle and bustle.
Eatery - Maurizio
There are so many excellent eateries in Cambridge that it is difficult to pick one from Michelin to quirky cafes. When life gives me lemons, I go to Maurizio for simple Italian fare, a good glass of wine and a bit of banter with the boss himself.
Indulgence - Eating & Drinking Spree
My ultimate favourite thing to do! Head into town with no goal, apart from let's see where we end up. A lovely walk through the commons and eat and drink my way around Cambridge. No plan, no bookings, let's have fun.
Building - Judge Business School
The Judge Institute is stunning, especially the back of the building in Tennis Crt Road. It’s such a pity that this colourful part of the building can hardly be seen these days. The view is now blocked by a new building.
Walk - The River Cam
Growing up between the lakes and canals in the north of the Netherlands, being close to water is important for me. Any walk along the Cam is fantastic, but the best ones are away from the crowds going towards the East.
View - Fen Ditton
This is a view I never get bored of. Meandering through the commons, heading to Fen Ditton and, if there is time, a drink at the Plough overlooking the River Cam.
Image: Mark Woods-Nunn
Gerla came to Cambridge from Cape Town in 2002, going on to become an esteemed city food blogger and founding Cambridge Food Tour in 2013. Devised during last year’s lockdown, CB Travel Guide is aimed at locals as much as tourists: from a tick list of top Cambridge things to see and do to a comprehensive events calendar, spanning everything from street food pop-ups to festivals, it covers it all.
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