Oxford Shopping & Cafe Guide

October 29, 2013

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Welcome to Oxford! I’m currently touring the show ‘A Strange Wild Song’ with Rhum & Clay. Touring is an odd one; whilst on the surface it means lots of exploring and impromptu nights out in new locations I feel I should tell you that touring ALSO involves lots of travel, unfamiliar beds, constant packing and maniacally refreshing Google Maps on the motorway. I was lucky enough to have a day off in Oxford last weekend to explore!

Following a late brunch at Georgina’s Cafe (recommended by Bel) in the covered market (worth visiting just for the ornate signage) we then wandered around the picturesque cobbled streets watching drunk students in caps and gowns (some sort of term beginning event?!) and enjoying the 1960s publishing house aesthetic that seems to affect the whole town. Even the front of Oxfam is in mahogany and sepia! I spent a few hours over at the Museum of the History of Science as well, which you can read about in a separate post here.

We spent a lot of time in a stationary shop called Scriptum. It was filled with beautiful quality stationary, traditional writing implements and random “gift” items: inkwells and quills, parchment notebooks, beautifully illustrated copies of classic books, ornate decorative hot air balloons and a glass case of venetian masks. Rob and I both managed to justify buying stickers (stickers!!) and notebooks before heading on to a museum which I shall blog about next.

I’m next touring to Leicester, Derby, Exeter and Devon; any suggestions gratefully received ! You can read about the show here and listen to some of my score here (I’ve blogged about it here and here). oxford covered market interior arches roof georginas cafe sign decorative visual merchandising VM shop interior furniture homewares oxford turl street visual merchandising VM shop interior furniture homewares oxford turl street shop front outside aesthetic oxford window oxfam oxford exterior interior road pretty architecture laila tapeparade college oxford universityFacebook/Twitter/Bloglovin

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9 responses to “Oxford Shopping & Cafe Guide”

  1. I was in picturesque Oxford last weekend too, visiting a friend who goes to Uni there, and now I’m sad I didn’t see Scriptum!

    Lovely photos by the way as well!

  2. Eva says:

    Sweet photos, it’s such a pretty place! X

  3. Kati says:

    Beautiful, beautiful photos – they make me miss England so much!

    Have a fantastic day,
    -Kati

  4. Priya Pappu says:

    you seriously always find the coolest things to photograph! i love the kitchen (??) with the shelf of jars!

    perfectly priya

  5. Bel says:

    Sorry this is such a late comment, I read this when you posted it and wanted to dedicate a long response to it. I think this post is so beautiful, I love the photographs, and I’m so honoured you followed my recommendations! Love the ‘1960s publishing house’ comment! Oxford University press is only 10 mins walk from the city centre and even that building is bloody amazing! Glad you had a good time and thanks for a wonderful post (makes me miss home though haha) xx

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