A guide to Oxford’s food markets

Oxford is full of great restaurants and sit-down dinners – but there are also some excellent markets.

I love wandering a food market, sussing out all the stalls and trying to work out what to eat… Even if half the time I end up at the first one I saw! Here are my favourite Oxford markets and some of the local businesses you should check out whilst you’re there:

Gloucester Green Market

This outdoor shopping and food market is a great place to try new things. If you don’t believe me, here are some of the unusual cuisines I’ve had there:

  • Tibetan – the curries at Taste Tibet are so tasty, as are the momo dumplings filled with meat or veg
  • Venezuelan – at Pitiguey Arepas I tried the national dish, Pabellon Criollo, made with beef brisket, black beans, fried plantain and rice
  • Hungarian – I tried lángos, a type of deep-fried flatbread smothered in sour cream and cheese, at the Goulash Taste of Hungary stand. It’s probably still clogging my arteries but I’ll forgive it as it was so delicious

When: Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday daytimes.

Tibetan curry and one giant momo
Who knew Venezuelan food was so colourful?

The Covered Market

This indoor market has been around since 1774 and brings a load of character to the city centre. It does sell fresh market goods but its main focus is static shops that rarely change, most of which are local Oxford businesses.

Top picks:

  • Sasi’s Thai – affordable, authentic Thai food served at the counter in giant scoops. It’s a squeeze to find a seat at lunch but it’s well worth it
  • Georgina’s Cafe – this colourful, cosy cafe is one my favourites. I love the smoked salmon and scrambled egg bagel
  • Alpha Bar – sizeable takeaway salads with loads of tasty ingredients like feta-stuffed red peppers
  • Ben’s Cookies – the birthplace of what’s now a chain, these cookies are served warm and gooey (insert heart-eyes emoji here)
  • Pieminister – pies with all different fillings and sides including gravy, mash and peas. Being English never tasted so good

When: 8am-5.30pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays.

North Parade Market

Twice a month this farmers market doles out tasty produce to its guests. North Parade is a gorgeous street so make sure you take a trip with or without the market.

Top picks:

  • Tuyen’s Vietnamese Kitchen – yummy, authentic Vietnamese dishes which aren’t too pricey. The fresh spring rolls are amazing
  • The Souvlaki Brothers – these chatty siblings serve excellent Greek food. I had the halloumi souvlaki wrap with tzatziki, paprika and fries

When: 10am-2pm on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.

Are you drooling yet? Do you know any other local markets I should write about? Let me know in the comments.

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