As summer nears and restrictions ease across England, university cities are starting to liven up once more. Students are gladly taking the opportunity to eat and drink outside of their four walls for the first time in months. With knowledge of ‘the good old days’, locals and older students will be quick to nab tables at the best eateries, but never fear – we are here to help you get to know some of the best outdoor dining spots that are conveniently close to your student accommodation in Cambridge!

Café Blue Sage

A bit outside the city centre, the Café Blue Sage is a quaint little place offering coffee, tea and a variety of different foods and cakes. Its Mediterranean menu offers a large range of vegan and vegetarian options as well as catering to a wide range of different dietary requirements.  Raved about by many customers, a must have is its Turkish coffee: it’s thick enough to stand even a spoon! If that wasn’t enough, this small café was awarded traveller’s choice in 2020 for its fabulous service and dining experience. They also have cute outdoor seating comprising eclectic furniture so you can enjoy your fresh baklava in the sunshine.

Limoncello Delicatessen & Bistro

Tucked away down Mill Road, this place is a real find. An authentic Italian delicatessen, with a fantastic choice of sweet and savoury delights and passionate, friendly and knowledgeable staff, this place is perfect for a post-lockdown get together. With a not-so-secret garden full of socially distanced tables, Limoncello has managed to bring a slice of Italy to the heart of Cambridge. And with heat lamps and blankets on hand for colder evenings, outdoor dining has never been cosier.


Revs is a staple for a student night out (also day out courtesy of its fabulous bottomless brunch). Located just a stone’s throw from the University of Cambridge, this European restaurant and bar is always bustling and it’s not hard to understand why. The retro-industrial décor paired with the accommodating menu make it a hot spot for the under 30s. This rooftop restaurant will be a sure-fire hit at your next get-together – remember to stick to the rule of six!


For dinner with a view, this is the spot. Located on the top floor beneath The Roof Top Garden of The Varsity Hotel this restaurant boasts breath-taking 360° panoramic views across the Cambridge skyline. Open all day, you must visit Six for a delightful afternoon tea or perhaps pop by in the evening for a cocktail or three. Their rooftop terrace is the epitome of classy outdoor dining and the stunning views will not disappoint.

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Student Accommodation in Cambridge

Located just a stone’s throw from historical Cambridge city centre and close to the University of Cambridge’s main buildings and library, Collegiate Castle Street is seen as the best place to live and learn in the city. With self-contained en-suite studio apartments designed with your wellbeing in mind, you are sure to enjoy every moment of your university life.

Residents at Collegiate Castle Street can also enjoy stunning communal spaces within a large conservatory to meet friends around the pool table or the tennis table. A spacious courtyard with garden chairs will welcome you during the sunny days.

Our on-site teams are proud to offer a warm welcome and any help you may need in navigating your new home. You’ll also find plenty of information on our blog pages that offer inspiration and guides to help you make the most of your university experience.