SHOPPING IN OXFORDSHIRE
Shopping hotspots in Oxfordshire From luxury brands at Bicester Village to the independent retailers in Oxford’s Covered Market, the shopping options in Oxfordshire cater for most tastes and budgets. Here we pick out some of the shopping hotspots from around the county.
Looking for books? Try: Blackwell’s Bookshop
Looking for independent shops?
Looking for Wonderland?
Try: The Oxford Covered Market
Try: Alice’s Shop
Blackwell’s on Broad Street has been serving the needs of academics, students and book lovers since 1879. The flagship store sprawls over four floors, and sells both new releases as well as used, rare and antiquarian books. For any bibliophile you must visit the vast Norrington Room, with 160,000 books stretching over 3 miles of shelving, it is in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest single room selling books.
Opened in 1774, Oxford’s Covered Market has been home to traders ever since. It has a great range of independent shops and cafes including the ever popular Ben’s Cookies; The Hat Box, Oxford’s only custom hat shop; and the Alpha Bar, a very popular place for locals in search of a wholesome and healthy lunch.
Alice’s Shop in Oxford is a must visit for any fans of the Alice in Wonderland books. Situated across the road from Alice’s childhood home, Oxford University college of Christ Church, it was a sweet shop 150 years ago, and Lewis Carroll wrote the shop into Alice’s Adventures Through the Looking-Glass. The shop is now a treasure trove of Alice in Wonderland gifts and memorabilia.
Looking for antiques? Try: Burford If you’re looking for unusual antiquities or unique gifts, the quaint Cotswold village of Burford has a brilliant range of antique retailers. Try Gateway Antiques for English and Continental Furniture and Manfred Schotten for sporting antiques.
Oxford Visitor Information Centre
Looking for designer brands? Try: Bicester Village Discover a world of luxury at Bicester Village, the region’s ultimate shopping destination. Home to more than 130 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, each offers savings of up to 60%, all year round. Visit The Farmshop and enjoy some delicious rustic British Food; open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Looking for souvenirs and gifts? Try: The Oxford Visitor Information Centre Located on Broad Street, the Oxford Visitor Information Centre has a great range of gifts and souvenirs ranging from an Alice in Wonderland tea set and Harry Potter mug to award-winning Oxfordshire mustard! experienceoxfordshire.org/eshop
LOOKING FORWARD TO: Opening in October 2017, Westgate Oxford will be the new shopping and leisure experience located in the heart of the historic city of Oxford. With over 100 world-class retailers and restaurants, and new roof top views to take in the dreaming spires of Oxford, Westgate Oxford will be open ready for your Christmas shop. W westgateoxford.co.uk
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Published on Dec 16, 2016
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