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Welcome to central Oxford’s coolest neighbourhood! I love Jericho in Oxford: there’s excellent food, boutique shops and an enormous meadow just minutes away.
Whether you’re visiting Oxford as a day trip or spending a full weekend in Oxford (or even longer), Jericho is a lovely location to escape the crowds of Cornmarket and see a different side to Oxford.
The mix of red brick houses, colourful terraced homes and University buildings (from grand Oxford Uni Press to the shiny Blavatnik School) add character to the neighbourhood. Then, there are pretty cafes, vintage stores and stylish cocktail bars.
It’s little wonder Jericho has been described as one of the coolest places to live in Britain by The Times!
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- Where to eat and drink in Oxford
- The best markets in Oxford
- Guide to visiting the Covered Market Oxford
- Guide to Gloucester Green Oxford Market
- Outdoor Oxford restaurants and bars for summer 2021
- The best pub gardens in Oxford
- Brunch and breakfast in Oxford
- The best coffee shops in Oxford
- Where to eat Asian food in Oxford
- Cafes and restaurants on Oxford’s Cowley Road
- Can you tell I love Oxford food and drink yet? 😉
Where is Jericho in Oxford?
Jericho is in North Oxford, spanning the area from Walton Street to Little Clarendon Street.
Walton Street is the heart of the area but Little Clarendon Street also has lovely local cafes and shops. If you’re walking from central Oxford, you’ll pass through Little Clarendon Street before reaching Walton Street.
Jericho is a 15-minute walk from Oxford Train Station. Follow Hythe Bridge Street over the river and turn left onto Walton Street.
Where to eat in Jericho, Oxford
For this topic, I recommend you check out my Jericho food blog where I detail all the best restaurants, cafes, cocktail bars and pubs in Jericho. There are too many to squeeze in here!
However, here are a few highlights:
- Strong espresso at 101 Coffee, a takeaway bar (with renovation plans to become a drink-in cafe soon) serving some of the best coffee in Oxford
- Satisfying waffles (with bacon, egg and maple syrup or fruit and syrup) at Jericho Cafe. Easily one of my favourite places for brunch in Oxford.
- Zheng, an intimate Chinese-Malay restaurant serving some of the best Asian food in Oxford
- Mama Mia Pizzeria – a longstanding Oxford business serving a long list of Italian delicacies
- So many more! Read my complete guide.
Where to shop in Jericho
In Oxford’s Jericho neighbourhood there are no chain stores (and certainly no Harry Potter souvenir shops – looking at you, Cornmarket!).
Here are a few shops to browse in Jericho:
Daisies Flower Shop
Daisies Flower Shop has a pretty mural on the side of Adelaide Street and even prettier displays of plants and flowers inside. Browse rustic bouquets or pick pot plants for your window sill. Prices start from £5.
Address: 106 Walton St, OX2 6AJ.
Opening times: 9am-5.30pm, Mon-Sat.
Jericho Cheese Company
This upmarket cheesemonger on St Clements serves a wide selection of British Cheeses and chutneys. The runny brie is simply divine, and the Lincolnshire Poacher is excellent, too.
They also stock bread from Sourdough Revolut and European treats like Turin hazelnuts. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, the staff are happy to help and ridiculously knowledgeable.
As one review on TripAdvisor says ‘these guys really know their cheeses!’. Is it bad my new life goal is for someone to say that about me? 😉
Prices aren’t cheap but they’re worth it. Ditch the supermarkets and support an Oxford business by getting your cheese and deli goods here.
Address: 25 Little Clarendon St, OX1 2HU.
Opening times: 9am-5pm, Mon-Thurs; 9am-6pm, Fri-Sat.
Olivia May is a boutique clothing store on Little Clarendon Street. Browse items by designers from around the world including clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories, or join a ‘Styling Sunday’ session to learn about upcoming trends from the Head Stylist.
Address: 31 Little Clarendon Street, OX1 2HU.
Opening times: 10am-5.30pm, Mon & Thurs-Sat (closed Tues & Weds).
Nightlife in Jericho Oxford
This friendly neighbourhood drinking hole is part traditional English pub and part music venue with a few stylish vintage details to boot. Come to eat pub grub, nurse a pint, watch a band… Whatever you fancy!
Past acts have included Radiohead, Supergrass, Mumford & Sons and Bastille.
Food-wise, Jericho Tavern serves burgers, fish ‘n’ chips and fried chicken with plenty of vegan options, too. Drinks include classic ales, craft beers, cocktails and wines from around the world.
Address: 56 Walton Street, OX2 6AE.
Opening times: 12pm-11pm, Sun-Thurs; 12pm-12am, Fri-Sat.
Raoul’s Bar has been serving inventive cocktails since my parents’ student days – so at least 40 years – and has since been voted one of the top 50 bars in the world by the Sunday Times.
They have one of the largest liquor collections in the country and make everything they can on-site (no supermarket fruit juice here!).
Cocktails include pineapple and caramel collins, fig and spiced mango daiquiri, bourbon brûlée, peach and raspberry rum derby, white chocolate martini… the list goes on!
Address: 32 Walton Street, OX2 6AA.
With the same management as Raoul’s, you know The Victoria take drinking seriously. From beers to fine ales, whiskies, port, vermouth, gins and rum, anything worth having can be found here!
But wait – their pies! Seriously, don’t miss these. Fillings include steak & pale ale; steak & blue cheese; chicken & wild mushroom; butternut squash & cheddar; and spinach & white truffle oil. Pay £11.50 for a pie, chips and salad from 5-10pm Mon-Fri and 12-10pm on weekends.
Address: 90 Walton St, OX2 6EB.
What else to do in Jericho, Oxford
Jericho isn’t full of must-dos or historical sites like Oxford city centre but that’s part of its charm. It’s relaxed and doesn’t feel too busy.
However, if you’re done with eating and shopping, here are a few other things to do in Jericho Oxford:
Catch an indie film at the Phoenix
Oxford’s favourite arthouse cinema (aside from the Ultimate Picture Palace on Cowley Road) has been a beloved feature of Jericho neighbourhood since 1913. They show mainsteam and indie films as well as documentaries and special features.
They have two screens and a stylish upstairs bar. Grab a drink before or after your film. Check the what’s on page.
Address: 57 Walton St, OX2 6AE.
Walk in Port Meadow
What’s this, a gorgeous meadow just a few minutes walk from Jericho? If you’ve had enough of city life, head from Jericho to Port Meadow, the biggest green space in Oxford. You could easily spend the whole day walking in the meadow, meeting wild ponies and relaxing beside the river (or taking a dip in the summer).
Getting to Port Meadow: Port Meadow is a 10-minute walk from Jericho. Just follow Walton Street to the top (away from Little Clarendon) and turn left onto Walton Well Road. You’ll see the canal bridge ahead of you: cross over and into the meadow.
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