The city of dreamy spiers is best known for its university and museums, but it also has a lot to offer in terms of unique shopping experiences. There is a thriving market scene in Oxford, which really celebrates independent businesses, so whether you’re looking for the best locally grown vegetables or a unique vintage jacket, you’ll find it here.
1. The Covered Market
In the heart of the city you will find the historic Oxford indoor market. Home to over 40 stalls and permanent stores, selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to jewelry, the market is the perfect place to discover small independent businesses. The indoor market is also famous for its many cafes and food stores, so head here on an empty stomach so you can really make the most of what’s on offer. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, but keep in mind that each business has its own opening hours.
2. Wolvercote Farmers’ Market
For the best locally produced food, don’t miss the Wolvercote Farmers ’Market. Created in 2002, it is the city’s long-standing agricultural market and is gaining in popularity and size each year. Bring lots of shopping bags to stock up on organic fruits and vegetables, locally raised meat, homemade bread and cheese, cakes, chutneys and more. There is even a cafe where you can have breakfast, or a cup of tea and a slice of cake. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3. Gloucester Green Market
Gloucester Green is the largest and cheapest outdoor market in Oxford – in fact, it is the largest market of its kind outside of London. Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there is a vibrant open-air market that sells general products, including (among many other pieces), fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, household items, cheeses and pet food. Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Gloucester Green is home to a bustling antique, vintage and arts and crafts market and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there’s a little bit of everything, including amazing pickups and food stalls street.
4. South Oxford Farmers’ and Community Market
Celebrating local food as a way to fight climate change, the South Oxford Farmers ’and Community Market has a strong focus on selling ethically produced local, seasonal and organic products, as well as non-food products. The majority of products come from a 50 km radius of the city, including artisanal bread, award-winning jams, marmalades, chutneys and delicious goat cheese. There is a great feeling of community here and you will feel welcome.