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Oxford, famous for being home to one of the world’s best universities, is among the most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom. What visitors don’t know, however, is that it’s also chock-full of exciting restaurants. To kick off a day of sightseeing or studying, here’s our selection of the top brunch and breakfast spots in the City of Spires.
Natural Bread Company opened in October 2013 on Little Clarendon Street, offering their excellent bread and Has Bean coffee. What makes the bread special is that it is made with wild yeasts or sourdoughs, using traditional slow fermentation techniques that yield loaves that not only taste great but also stay fresh for much longer than conventional ones. There’s also homemade cake and pastries, perfect for a continental breakfast.
Address: 29 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, United Kingdom, +44 1865 302996
Queen’s Lane Coffee House is the longest-established coffee house in Europe that can be found in a cosy and beautiful building on the corner of Queen’s Lane. The all-day breakfast selection has something to suit everyone with offerings ranging from toasted ciabatta with scrambled eggs and salmon to a vegetarian full English. Perfect before a day of sightseeing.
Address: 40 High Street, Oxford, United Kingdom, +44 1865 240082
Although it’s tucked away in an often overlooked street, The Nosebag is a must-try for breakfast in Oxford. Word-of-mouth has worked in its favour, making it surprisingly crowded at peak hours, so make sure to grab a table before anything else. Breakfast is only served on Sundays where patrons can get an authentic full English breakfast, complete with bacon and sausage. There’s also a couple of vegetarian options like granola and muesli, as well a mouth-watering selection of homemade cakes.
Address: 6-8 St Michael’s Street, Oxford, United Kingdom, +44 1865 721033
Set within an iconic glass house surrounded by gorgeous plants, Gee’s restaurant provides some of the tastiest brunch dishes in Oxford. Served every Saturday and Sunday from 10 until 11.30am, the menu has options to cater to all. Guests can choose from traditional options like Eggs benedict or try the delicious crushed eggs, chorizo & potatoes. If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in luck, as Gee’s makes a tasty banana bread served with creamy mascarpone.
Address: 61 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE, 01865 553540
The tiny Georgina’s, located in an attic room of the Covered Market, is a favourite among the student population. Our top recommendation goes to the scrambled eggs with salmon and the huge, steaming filter coffees.