The Best Cafes In Oxford

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We are so lucky to have such a fantastic independent cafe scene in Oxford. Whichever area of the city you’re in, you’ll only be a stones throw from some delicious locally roasted coffee and luscious handmade cakes. So, if like us, you prefer personal, indie service with your coffee, and love to support independent businesses, you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve put together a list of our favourite Oxford independent cafes so you’ll never have to settle for a underwhelming coffee from a chain ever again!

Barefoot Oxford

This gorgeous cafe serves locally roasted coffee & the most beautiful homemade cakes, including Emily’s famous salted caramel brownies. Check out their new cafe opening on King Edward Street TOMORROW 28/06/18!

Barefoot Oxford

Boswells Cafe

Grab a coffee to go from Boswell’s new Broad Street Cafe. You can also pick up cakes, pastries, milkshakes and ice cream in their new look cafe.

boswells Oxford

BRICK at Modern Art Oxford

Locally sourced ingredients & sensational coffee inside Modern Art Oxford. A great new cafe from the team at The Handle Bar.

brick Oxford

Colombia Coffee Roasters

Colombia Coffee Roasters are speciality, single-origin coffee roasters born and based in Oxford (UK). They are part of a generation of coffee growers in Colombia with a strong focus on delivering high-quality coffee and education, whilst supporting Fair Trade conditions to ensure their coffee is sustainable and ethical.

Colombia Coffee Roasters Oxford


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. Grab a pastry and a coffee, and watch the world go by in Summertown.

Gatineau Oxford

Jericho Coffee Traders

Conceived in 2012, Jericho Coffee Traders has evolved from the back of a Vespa tricycle into a roastery and a speciality espresso bar in the heart of Oxford.

Jericho Coffee Traders Oxford

Modern Baker

Modern Baker is the UK’s first healthy baking brand, born from co-founder Melissa Sharp’s own journey to health when diagnosed with cancer in 2010. With a range of organic, sourdough breads, cakes and biscuits recently launched through food retailers – as well as its own proof of concept café in Oxford. Science is at the heart of the ‘healthy’ … as is ‘delicious’.

Modern Baker Oxford


Silvie is a bakery café in East Oxford.  Baking & a simple menu that strives to combine & celebrate flavour, season, tradition & creativity with a sense of community. It offers a simple and fresh approach; a friendly, no-frills, laid back escape that is a home from home.

Silvie Oxford

Society Cafe

Society Café are an independent speciality coffee shop in the heart of Oxford city centre. Their focus is on making great coffee sourced directly from the best coffee producing farms in the world and roasted by the best roasters in the world. They always have two espressos from different farms and roasters, as well as 3 choices of filter on any given day.

Society Cafe Oxford

Tap Social

Tap Social is a craft brewery, coffee house and community space that provides training and employment to people serving and recently released from prison sentences.

Tap Social Oxford

The Handle Bar Cafe

A quirky Cafe with bikes hanging from the ceiling, wooden floors and beams, large bright windows and a buzzy, cozy atmosphere. Topnotch coffee, teas and brunch menu. They also have a great dinner menu and will be opening a new ground floor bar this summer – watch this space!

The Handle Bar Cafe Oxford

The Jericho Cafe

The Jericho Cafe are an independently owned, family run, friendly and unpretentious neighbourhood licensed bistro, minutes from the city centre yet tucked away in fashionable, bustling Jericho, with delicious home-made food served by warm, welcoming people from early ’til late.

The Jericho Cafe Oxford

The Missing Bean

The Missing Bean is an independently owned and run espresso bar, set up to bring artisan Antipodean style coffee and a laid back cafe atmosphere to the heart of Oxford. Also check out their Roastery and Cafe in East Oxford to see how they roast their coffee beans.

The Missing Bean Oxford

From Summertown to Cowley, and Jericho to Botley, there are some awesome indies creating welcoming cafes for locals, students and tourists right across the city. If you want to find more Oxford independent businesses, check out our directory.

Where’s your go to coffee stop in Oxford? You can comment below, or say hi on our social media pages!

Love, Rosie xxx

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