The brunch scene in Oxford is amazing but I feel like it’s totally overlooked, at least by the internet.
I recently Googled ‘best brunch in Oxford’ and all that came up was an old Culture Trip article where at least two of the places have now shut down.
As an Oxford local and brunch superfan, I know my shiz on this subject. So please give this blog a read and a share so we can budge it up on to page 1 of Google and make sure the millions of tourists who visit Oxford know where to go for their avocado fix. You’d be filling empty stomachs and doing a good deed 😉
So here we go – my favourite Oxford brunches in no particular order…
Cafe Tarifa, Cowley Road
Since discovering shakshuka (and Cafe Tarifa) my life has changed for the better. Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern baked eggs dish in this case served with a spicy sausage and generous portions of toast and butter. The exotic interior of Cafe Tarifa on the Cowley Road is another reason to visit.
Turl Street Kitchen
The place to be for a traditional English breakfast. Even if you have the worst hangover, you’ll feel a little better for knowing TS Kitchen source everything locally and ethically and also raise money for student volunteering charity, Oxford Hub.
It’s also possibly the cosiest, quirkiest and most ‘Oxford’ place ever – you’ll know what I mean when you go inside (and you’ll probably overhear a conversation about physics or astrology).
GAIL’S Bakery, Little Clarendon Street
The word lovely can’t help but spring to my mind when I think of this cafe. They serve fancy porridge and pancakes ’til 11am and a bakers breakfast menu of egg, salmon, bacon and sourdough dishes until 3pm. Personally, I like the goat’s curd, pine nuts and honey on toast (£5). They’re also a winner for coffee and cakes but that’s an Oxford cafe blog story.
George Street Social
Two words: boozy. brunch. As far as I remember the food was nice here – I ate something avo and salmon related so it could hardly go wrong… but the most (or least?) memorable element was the bottomless Prosecco which you can enjoy for £25 including any brunch dish at weekends. You have a two-hour slot for all the bubbles you can handle – great for birthdays or just celebrating not being at work 😉
Olives Delicatessen, High Street
The only place in Oxford you can part with £7 and get poached eggs, avocado and salmon on sourdough, a tasty coffee AND change (okay, 5p).
There are a couple of seats in the window but otherwise it’s a takeout joint. Great for a quick breakfast before sightseeing (the £6.95 brunch offer is served until 11am).
Handle Bar Cafe & Kitchen, St. Michael Street
A bit of an Oxford institution, you can tell care and thought went into Handle Bar’s breakfast menu. Upgrade your usual eggs and hollandaise to include confit duck or layer your toast with beetroot hummus (don’t worry, classic English breakfasts are in no shortage). The dishes may sound fancy but the prices aren’t.
Grab a cosy seat and admire the quirky, bike-laden interior of this cycle shop-cum-cafe.
Cafe Coco, Cowley Road
Order the full English at Cafe Coco or the maple syrup French toast if you have a sweet tooth. For £17.50 you’ll get a cocktail, hot drink and orange juice as well as your meal – good for hydrating your way out of a hangover or just hair of the dog.
The restaurant is just out of town on the Cowley Road and is packed full of quirky furnishings… I could easily spend all morning there.
Browns Cafe, Covered Market
Inside the Covered Market, Browns is your one-stop fry up shop and a famous fixture for both students and tourists. Don’t expect any frills but DO get yourself down here for a hearty English breakfast for – get this – £5.50!! (Served between 8am and 4.30pm).
Vaults & Garden, Radcliffe Square
The Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards have voted this refurbished church the most sustainable restaurant AND the best cafe in Oxford and Where Goes Rose has voted it the best view in town 😉
The breakfast menu is tasty and veggie friendly – but will you even notice when you’re out in the garden looking out over this view of the Radcliffe Camera?
Whichever of these options you choose, your day in Oxford is guaranteed to get off to a good start. The only thing left to do is read my other Oxford blogs to plan your later meals and work out what to see and do in town. Enjoy 🙂
- My top eats in Oxford
- 10 amazing eateries in Oxford
- A guide to Oxford’s food markets
- My top coffee fixes in Oxford
- How to spend a weekend in Oxford
- My top 20 Instagrammable spots in Oxford
- A guide to visiting Oxford’s colleges
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