One of Cambridge’s proud indies, this little neighbourhood café has made a virtue out of a slightly shabby interior, with mismatched chairs and homemade wares plugging into the retro trend. The gregarious owner dishes out advice on the best places for cocktails nearby, whilst brewing up surprisingly decent coffee. Hungry types can tuck into a range of cakes and biscuits, locally sourced ice creams and plenty of sandwiches, quiches and salads, plus exotica such as Thai green curry or Moroccan lamb tagine tailored to all tastes including vegans, vegetarians and gluten-phobes. Occasional evening events pull in punters from a wider audience than the usual students and locals – look out for summertime BBQs and the return of Pavitt’s pie and mash nights. Don’t expect global café-chain slickness; do expect to feel part of the ‘Mill Road village’ scene.