Not only is Oxford a city full of beautiful buildings, a vibrant culture and fascinating history, it’s also home to a fantastic selection of cool, independent shops. Here are 10 places to visit to find the perfect memento of your unforgettable trip…
This much-loved cheese shop in the city’s covered market is home to the world-famous Oxford Blue – one of the most popular blue cheeses in the country. No visit to Oxford would be complete without stocking up on this local delicacy, from the very place where it all began.
Market Street, Oxford OX1 3DU 01865 721 420
Probably not the best place to visit if you’re on a diet, but if you’re looking for an excuse to indulge then this is it! You can watch the fudge being made in large copper cauldrons, then worked by hand on a marble slab, before picking which flavour takes your fancy. And with everything from Vintage Vanilla to Lemon Meringue Pie, that’s easier said than done…
5 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AJ 01865 794154
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This stylish, 18th century department store has a whole department dedicated to souvenirs. Whether you’re looking for a keepsake to remind you of your time in the ‘city of dreaming spires’ or your visit to the UK in general, you’re sure to find something here. It’s also a great place to stock up on affordable gifts for your family and friends.
1-4 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AG 01865 255520
Oxford has a thriving independent coffee scene, with Jericho Coffee Traders leading the pack. Visit the micro-roastery for lots of passionate coffee chat and to sample the latest favourite blends, before picking up some coffee to take home.
Packed with quirky, unique and beautiful handmade pieces by British designers, Podarok is a fantastic independent gift shop in the heart of Oxford. Selling everything from individual homeware to one-off jewellery pieces, it showcases the best of home-grown creative talent.
55 High Street, Oxford OX1 4AS 01865 236680
Step inside this charming 1500s building and you’ll be transported to a different world. Sanders, something of an Oxford institution, sells antique maps, prints and books covering a huge range of subjects and styles. Invest in a rare piece of history for yourself.
Salutation House, 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW 01865 242590