Cambridge Street Traders
Cambridge may be synonymous for its colleges, cycles and punt tours, but at the heart of our vibrant city is a thriving market scene, which has been running in various forms since the Saxon times.
Originally an L-shaped market stretching from Peas Hill to Market Square, the daily market was rebuilt in 1849 after a fire destroyed much of the area and buildings. But the flames didn’t ruin the traders’ spirit and the market rose from the ashes. Today, the market scene in Cambridge is stronger than ever with a 94 per cent occupancy.
You will also find independent sellers dotted around the rest of the city, with 31 designated spots for street traders. Meet one of the many people who call the streets of Cambridge home for their business.
John Fenton, Cambridge Crepes, Street Trader (on the corner of Market Street)
It’s impossible to walk past the light blue van that is Cambridge Crepes and not be tempted by a delicious savoury or sweet treat. John describes it as a “dream come true” for him and wife Jenny when they left their respective careers in recruitment and retail to open their family-run business on the streets of Cambridge. Serving regular, vegan and gluten-free sweet and savoury crepes, cooked to order on a traditional French griddle, from as little as £3.30, the company has been a hit with both tourists and visitors since they opened in 2009. www.cambridgecrepes.co.uk