Hidden Gems for Oxford

Find great things to do in Oxford


Oxford is a charming city, famous for its prestigious university. Just one hour away from London, Oxford is ideal for a day trip to escape the bustling capital or for a weekend trip to explore the compact historical city. Filled with world-class museums, famous bookshops, lively pubs, charming small streets, cute cafes and small shops, Oxford has a lot to offer.
In our travel guide you will find great things to do in Oxford.

1. Hidden Gem Oxford: Victors

Victors Oxford is a Hamptons-inspired restaurant & bar, which offers a modern American menu consisting of small and larger dishes – perfect to share in a casual but elegant setting. For example: shrimp tempura, burrata, beef tataki. Victors is the perfect location for any occasion. By day, guests can visit from breakfast right through to dinner. By night, guests can enjoy live music and DJ sets. Whatever you’ve been doing – working, shopping, studying –Victors will provide the perfect escape. The restaurant is located on the beautiful garden terrace of the Westgate centre in the heart of the historic city.


Victors / © Instagram: victors_restaurants

2. Hidden Gem Oxford: Gloucester Green Market

It’s not a city trip without visiting a market. Gloucester Green Market is a must! It is a traditional and vibrant open-air market with over 200 stalls, which offer a range of general produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, cheeses, vintage clothes and many other goods. Over the years, it’s offering has extended to include more street food too. Shoppers can easily spend a few hours wandering around here without getting bored. Make sure to try the the curries at Taste Tibet. They are so tasty, as are the momo dumplings filled with meat or veg. The market is located in the centre of the city.

Gloucester Green

Gloucester Green Market / © Instagram: kr1stOjan

3. Hidden Gem Oxford: The Handle Café & Kitchen

The Handle is a cafe located above a bike shop, which boasts beautiful, airy interiors. Whether you need your bike fixed, or just fancy a chai masala tea, the Handle Bar Café and Kitchen is the place to go. What a great mixture! Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford’s city centre, incredible food, coffee and a rare slice of tranquility can be found in this beautiful café. Enjoy breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners that have been made with love and with ingredients, which have been carefully sourced from independent suppliers. How about gluten-free coconut pancakes topped with berries or a vegan avo toast with beetroot hummus?

The Handle Café & Kitchen

The Handle Café & Kitchen/ © Instagram: south__eats

4. Hidden Gem Oxford: Vaults and Garden

If you fancy traditional afternoon tea in a special location, Vaults and Garden is the place to go. Situated in St Mary’s Church, the café’s main dining area is set in Oxford University’s Old Congregation House, the city’s first central university building. Vaults and Garden was established by William Pouget with the vision of creating a socially positive café hub built on the principle of ecological sustainability. With its old brick walls and gorgeous vaulted ceiling, it is the perfect cozy spot on cold days. On sunny days you can also venture out into the gardens and enjoy your delicacies.

Vaults and Garden

Vaults and Garden / © Instagram:  this_itsumi


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