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Oxford has a hugely diverse range of independent shops, cafés and restaurants spread across the city and beyond and they deserve to be shouted about. From hidden cafes to gift shops, tucked away restaurants to beautiful florists, Oxford has it all. The aim of the Compendium is to help you find them.

Broken down into geographical areas the Compendium is an easily accessible guide with facts about the area you’re in, all the details you need for the business you want to visit, and a comment from us on why we love that particular indie.

Are you a local?

Keep the guide on your coffee table to browse while having a cuppa and use the contents at the back as a tick list – see how many you can count off in a year!

Visiting for the weekend or new to the city?

Pick up the handy sized guide and take it with you on a mammoth trail around the city. You’ll be eating and shopping like a local in no time!

*Please note, this guide is from 2017-2018. Apart from a handful of businesses who are sadly no longer in Oxford, the guide is still accurate.