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Come to Cambridge when you're looking for a special gift or something for the home, chances are you'll discover it among the array of specialist shops.

Cambridge's main thoroughfare, Victoria Street, is home to a wide range of boutique shops and cafes, and you'll find more in side streets like Duke St, Alpha St, Queen St, Empire St and Commerce St.

There's ample parking - and not a parking meter in sight - with two free car parks just an easy stroll away.

It all makes for a relaxed and pleasurable shopping experience, giving you the chance to browse without feeling rushed. Cambridge has a host of locally-owned independent stores eager to offer alternatives to the major outlets. The variety on offer surprises many visitors - you'll find shops that cater for the fashion conscious, for those interested in art or antiques, or those looking for the latest book or beauty product. 
And every Saturday morning from 8am you will find a selection of local produce on our Cambridge Farmers Market at Victoria Square.

Those in need of retail therapy will find amble relief, from quality pre-loved clothes stores, to top designer clothes shops such as Ooby Ryn on Victoria St or Fashion Lounge in Empire St. Outdoor fashion retailer Hikoi Cambridge won the 2012 Top Shop Waikato award for the fashion, footwear and accessories section.

Once you've found what you need to wear, you can go in search of that special gift you've been wanting to buy someone close. Cambridge's gift shops have something for everyone - whether you're visiting New Zealand and want a keepsake, or whether you're local and want something to mark a special occasion.

If you're looking for something to decorate your home, Cambridge has specialty homeware shops as well as some of the biggest names in New Zealand retail - The Warehouse, Briscoes, Mitre10 Mega, Bunnings Warehouse, Noel Leeming and other chains.

Head to Carters Flat - the industrial area at the lower end of town, beside State Highway One as it passes through Cambridge - and you'll find showrooms and offices for all manner of trades, building supplies and other businesses.

In 2009, the Future Proof project (a joint venture of Waikato councils and other organisations) considered what was likely to change over the next 50 years. It concluded that 85% of Cambridge residents would continue to consider local businesses as their first option - ample evidence that locals feel well-served by their retailers.

There's something for everyone in Cambridge . . . And if a gap in the market exists, you can be sure someone will quickly look to fill it!

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