Shopping & Showrooms in & around Oxford
In the heart of the city, Westgate Shopping Centre is home to over 100 brand new stores featuring the best of the British high street as well as prestigious global brands. If you're looking for somewhere to shop 'til you drop in Oxford, then Westgate has it all . A couple of streets over, the Clarendon Centre are home to shops like Body Shop, Costa and Gap. The Covered Market is to the east of both of those centres, and it is filled with local traders selling produce, breads and cakes, meats and cheeses, seafood, leather goods, flowers, clothing, gifts and more.
Oxford has independent shops dotted throughout the city, though there are some streets with more shops than others. Broad Street is said to be the most high-end street in Oxford. There, Boswells department store has been trading for almost 300 years and now sits near Blackwell’s music and art shops, Oxford Campus Stores and Cath Kidston. Turl Street, also called The Turl, is home to several traditional outfitters, including gentlemen’s tailors, a bespoke shoe shop, Oxford’s oldest jewellery shop and a whisky outlet.
Cowley Road has several accessories and clothes shops. In the suburb of Jericho, Little Clarendon Street has fashion boutiques, a gallery, a gift shop and several cafés and restaurants, and Walton Street has independent food shops, a florist, an interior design store and clothes shops. Oxford’s high street is not lined with the common chain shops. Instead, the Oxford University Press Shop is nestled between antiques shops, a specialist tobacconist, traditional English clothiers and jewelry stores.
One of the most famous little shops in the world can be found in Oxford just across the road from Christ Church College. The Alice’s Shop in Oxford is world famous because the shop itself was written into the Alice adventures over 150 years ago. Alice’s Shop is one of the most tangible links to an entire episode in the Alice in Wonderland adventures and offers lovers of the stories a moment of intimate connection with the World of Alice as well as an insight into Carroll’s creation.
Centered in the middle of the City, accessed either from the High Street, Market Street or through the Golden Cross in Cornmarket Street the Covered Market welcomes its visitors with an array of colours and aroma’s. The building dates back to the 1770’s and has a long, varied and interesting heritage. The Market has always been an attraction for visiting tourists, providing a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, food and drink.
Specialist in rare and second-hand books in all subjects, particularly Literature, History, Theology, Philosophy, Art, Classics and Antiquarian. Particular interests include Roman Catholic books, local Oxford interest, John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien..
Although the Oxford Cheese Company has expanded its' brands and has gone into production, distribution and export at its warehouse just outside Oxford, its retail shop is still its prime concern.