Restaurants

Top Choice Japanese in City Centre

Edamamé

No wonder a constant stream of students squeeze in and out of this tiny diner – it’s Oxford’s top spot for delicious, gracefully simple Japanese cuisine. Changing noodle and curry specials include fragrant chicken m…
Top Choice Caribbean in Cowley Road & Southeast Oxford

Spiced Roots

From black rice with pomegranates to oxtail with mac cheese and plantains – and, of course, spicy jerk chicken – everything is just perfection at this flawless new Caribbean restaurant. There are plenty of vegetaria…
Top Choice British in Cowley Road & Southeast Oxford

Magdalen Arms

A mile beyond Magdalen Bridge, this extra-special neighbourhood gastropub has won plaudits from the national press. A friendly, informal spot, it offers indoor and outdoor space for drinkers, and dining tables furth…
Top Choice Modern British in City Centre

Turl Street Kitchen

Whatever time you drop into this laid-back, not-quite-scruffy, seductively charming all-day bistro, with its fairy lights and faded-wood tables, you can expect to eat well. Fresh local produce is thrown into creativ…
Top Choice Market in City Centre

Covered Market

A haven for impecunious students, this indoor marketplace holds 20 restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Let anyone loose here, and something’s sure to catch their fancy. Brown’s no-frills cafe, famous for its apple pie…
Top Choice Cafe in City Centre

Vaults & Garden

This beautiful lunch venue spreads from the vaulted 14th-century Old Congregation House of the University Church into a garden facing the Radcliffe Camera. Come early, and queue at the counter to choose from wholeso…
Top Choice Thai in Cowley Road & Southeast Oxford

Oli’s Thai

This tiny Thai restaurant is a bit of a trek from town, a mile down Iffley Rd, but it’s absolutely worth the effort. The short menu changes frequently, with standouts including turmeric prawns and pork belly with ri…
Cafe in City Centre

Handle Bar

Upstairs above a bike shop, this chatty, friendly cafe has bikes galore, including penny-farthings, dangling from its ceiling and white-painted brick walls. A tad more hippy than hipster, it’s usually packed with st…
Modern British in Oxford

Oxford Kitchen

Oxford’s not renowned for high-end, cutting-edge cuisine, so if you’re crying out for a few foams, mousses, funny-shaped plates and bumpy slates, make haste to Summertown’s hip, contemporary Oxford Kitchen. We jest;…
Tapas in Cowley Road & Southeast Oxford

Kazbar

As sultry as it is stylish, this energetic Moroccan-inspired bar-restaurant – a spin-off from nearby Café Coco – features hanging lanterns, draped fabrics, low lighting, warm colours and a fun, fresh vibe. A fashion…