This is a working market open 7 days a week that serves, primarily, the people of Cambridge, including the large student population. Thank goodness it has fewer trinkets and none of the tatty junk stalls that travel from town-to-town. It's not a 'potemkin' market designed to draw tourists with kitzch or contrived historical features; it's a market where visitors can see real England, not an artificial constructed attraction. There are two busy bicycle repair stalls and I watched the proprietor of one chat with a customer as he removed a tyre without once taking his eyes off the person he was chatting with. How they make a living with their low, low prices, I just don't know! There's a stall selling about 50 different coffee beans, another specializing in hemp clothing, two (at least) second hand book stalls, a stall selling a very wide range of dried fruit (it had everything for our Christmas cooking), a confectionary stall, a cheese stall and, of course, greengrocers. There are often entertaining buskers on the Guildhall side and the 'big 3' colleges - Trinity, Kings and St Johns - are just a block or two away.
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