The Best Independent Shops In Oxford
We are so excited about our growing community here at Independent Oxford, we thought we’d share some of our favourite indie shops on the blog today. There are some brand new additions, such as Eagle Vintage, as well as businesses that have been part of the fabric of Oxford for many years, like Payne & Son and Sanders of Oxford.
If you’re visiting Oxford, or are a local, this is a great go to list to discover some of Oxford’s best independent stores.
Opened in September 2013 2 North Parade is a neighbourhood produce store run by Peter Slade and Jojo Goodfellow.
The team work closely with local farmers, producers and suppliers who focus on the quality, integrity and provenance of their produce.
The lifestyle store where everything’s Rosie! A colourful and fun collection of gifts curated by me, Rosie Jacobs, including jewellery, accessories, home wares and stationery.
A lovely friendly store tucked at the top of Cowley Road selling a fantastic array of jewellery making supplies. Amy also holds regular workshops from silver smithing to beaded jewellery for beginners as well as skilled jewellers.
A gorgeous shop selling a wonderful range of up-cycled furniture and Annie Sloan fabrics as well as Annie’s French finds. Workshops are also run here and the shop also runs a interior design service.
Aspire Style is a small chain of independent lifestyle boutiques selling everything a woman could want. Including stunning day wear and evening dresses, jewellery, handbags, shoes and gifts.
Babylon Trading are an independent retailer specialising in eclectic and exceptional home interiors and giftware, with over 24 years of experience in buying and sourcing home and gift products from around the world and the UK.
Bicycle Blooms is an artisan flower shop in East Oxford creating bespoke bouquets for all occasions. Their emphasis is on seasonal flowers, seed heads, berries and foliage that reflect the year, surrounded by potted plants and containers to go.
Bounce take pride in being a family business. It’s a great place to visit if you require a professional graphic design service or want to browse their unique range of gifts, art prints and t-shirts/hoodies – all printed at Bounce, using the fantastic art produced by local artists!
Boswells is Oxford’s independent department store specialising in toys, luggage, cookware, gifts, linen and cosmetics. Boswells was established in 1738 and has been in its current location since 1929.
New to Walton Street, Eagle Vintage sells a wide range of vintage clothes and accessories. Check out their Instagram page for the latest additions to the store.
Exclusive Roots is the trading arm of the UK registered charity Tabeisa (Charity Number 1122090). For the past sixteen years Tabeisa has been working with people based in disadvantaged communities in Africa to support the development of small businesses and social enterprises.
Fairtrade at St Michaels was the first shop in Oxford to offer a high quality range of fairly traded goods from across the globe. The shop, organised as a co-operative, was started in October 2003, and at present has five people working as unpaid directors, four part-time members of staff and numerous fantastic volunteers.
First opened in 2000 by Australian (and Oxford local) Angela Carroll, Fresh has always delighted customers with it’s feminine, vintage inspired clothing, jewellery and accessories. Find Fresh in the heart of Oxford, in the Covered Market.
Independently owned, and situated in Summertown, Gatineau offers the finest artisan produce in the French/European patisserie and boulangerie tradition: premium cakes, chocolates, pastries, savouries and breads – all made in house with the highest quality ingredients, creative flair, taste combinations and attention to detail.
Gilt & Grain, on Hollow Way, are well known in Oxfordshire for supplying good quality vintage, modern and antique furniture and furnishings at affordable prices. Gilt & Grain list all their furniture with multiple photos, dimensions and prices on their “current stock” page of their website.
Gillian McDonald, owner of The Hat Box, is passionate about hats. They stock a huge range of ladies hats and fascinators in over 100 colours, as well as stocking men’s hats and caps including top hats and bowlers.
Gillian has just opened a pop up wedding shop in The Covered Market called Due Amici. Check out this beautiful shop for wedding outfits from mother of the bride to bridesmaids dresses.
Headington Fairtrade is a local, ethical gift shop selling a wide range of beautiful homeware, jewellery, gifts and accessories from around the world.
This lovely shop on Cowley Road, sells wonders from all over the world, including the UK, with high quality and a fair trade policy weaving it all together. With fairness, beauty, good quality and design at the corner stone of their business, and the gorgeous products they sell.
Next to Nothing are a bright inviting shop selling beautiful clothing and accessories in The Covered Market. The ranges they have from Seasalt, Adini, Masai, Cut Loose, Nomads and Thought, always come in wonderful colourful fabrics which are often organic and some are fair trade.
Olivia May showcases niche designers and provide unconventional fashion for the independent woman who knows her own mind and doesn’t follow the high street fashion.
Oxford Aromatics, based in the Covered Market, sells a range of natural and organic products including (but certainly not limited to!) essential oils, body butters, reed diffusers and bath products.
Payne & Son is an eighth generation family business, established in 1790. Payne & Son specialises in 20th century and contemporary silver, as well as modern and traditional jewellery in gold, platinum and silver.
Uniquely located in a pretty flower filled courtyard, Rainbow and Spoon Boutique was established in 1982 and is one of Oxford’s most loved boutiques. Visit them for stylish and individual clothing, gifts, jewellery, scarves and other fabulous accessories and lifestyle items.
Sanders of Oxford, situated in the 17th century Salutation Inn on the High Street, is one of the largest printsellers in Britain. One of the few antiquarian print and map galleries left outside London, Sanders’ selection is extensive and varied, dating from the early 16th century to contemporary works, and encompassing a vast range of subjects, engravers, and prices.
A cheerful, cheeky and colourful lifestyle shop. The Shop at the Old Fire Station sell quirky, feelgood gifts including jewellery, homewares, textiles, prints and stationery. All their goods are designed or made by UK indie designer-makers or small businesses.
There are some really fantastic independent shops in Oxford, and passionate people behind them too. If you want to check out stores by area, head over to our Independent Oxford Map, which shows you shops, food & drink and leisure indies all over the city.
Have fun exploring and tag us with #indieOxford if you take any pictures!
Love, Rosie xxx