Shopping in Oxford
Shopping à Oxford
Compras en Oxford
Oxford has an extensive collection of shops ranging from small boutiques and second-hand bookshops to department stores and shopping centres – ‘malls’ to our American guests.
Many shops are open seven days a week, even during the winter. The main shopping areas are around Cornmarket Street, Queen Street and along the High Street, right at the heart of the city. Parking is not easy – deliberately so – but there is an excellent Park & Ride bus service that runs into the city centre from the surrounding ring-road car parks.
Just a little further afield, the famous Bicester Village “designer outlet” offers top quality brands at discount prices, and has grown enormously in recent years to become one of Britain’s largest such retail parks.
The Covered Market
Oxford’s Victorian Covered Market dating back to 1774 houses a variety of small boutiques, souvenir shops and speciality food shops including traditional butchers, greengrocers and speciality cheeses. There is also a good selection of cafes and restaurants. The market simply shouldn’t be missed! There are entrances on Market Street and the High Street.
High-Street shops and Department Stores
Many of the more familiar high-street names are found in Cornmarket Street and the nearby Clarendon shopping centre. The High Street has a number of small and stylish boutiques. Oxford has two main department stores – Debenhams (Magdalen Street.) and Boswells (Cornmarket Street). The brand new £440m Westgate Centre, with all-new John Lewis flagship store, 100 other outlets, 25 restaurants and a cinema, is due to open in October 2017.
Little Clarendon Street
A quaint street with a number of small boutiques selling stylish clothing, designer furniture and china. There are also some fine restaurants in Little Clarendon Street.
Bicester Village Retail Park
If you have half a day to spare and have access to a car, a trip to the designer retail park at Bicester Village is worthwhile. Take the A34 to Bicester from Oxford (around 20 minutes). A good variety of designer outlets with bargains to be found at knockdown prices. Famous names such as Ralph Lauren, Escada, Donna Karan, La Perla and The White Company are in abundance! There’s a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere with plenty of parking and a variety of food outlets including the popular Italian eatery Carluccios, where you can peruse your bargains over a dish of delicious pasta or a ciabatta sandwich!