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  • “Great place to wander around, grab a gooey stodgy bit of heaven from Ben's Cookies, have a coffee or bite to eat.” in 4 reviews

  • “There is a key cutters, a cobblers, an engravers and endless fresh meat butchers and fish mongers.” in 2 reviews

  • “The Cake Shop - just peek through the window to see the most amazing cakes and decorations being crafted.” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating

    One of the nicest markets I have frequented, along with the Guildhall Market in Bath. A plethora of shopping opportunities that makes it kind of easy to part with your cash. It caters for all aspects of shopping ie fish, fruit, veg, traditional clothing and if your into PIES, then try Pie Minister.
    A late entry..just to say that ONE of the pleasures of returning to Oxford at this time of year is the wonderful feeling and decoration in the market. It just smacks of goodwill and an abundant ambience of bustled peace!! THE only place to be.for me.

    • Qype User Flic…
    • Oxford
    • 60 friends
    • 485 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    I absolutely love browsing the little shops and stalls here. It feels exotic yet quintessentially English, stylish but down-to-earth, just very different from the noise of the high street and the everyday shops of Cornmarket Street.

    The best places:
    Ben's Cookies - warm, soft, melting cookies.
    Moo Moos - milkshakes with any combination of sweet things you could imagine.
    Hot Chocology - specialist chocolates from around the world and hot chocolate to die for.
    The Cake Shop - just peek through the window to see the most amazing cakes and decorations being crafted.

    (Warning: don't do all of these in the same visit unless you're incredibly sweet-toothed!)

    There are some great delicatessen type shops, as well as a leather shop, a retro household goods store, a lovely dress shop and a slogan t-shrit shop. Prices range from about average to almost designer boutique, all adding to the great mix and out-of-this-world feeling.

    • Qype User samell…
    • London
    • 34 friends
    • 100 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Great place to wander around, grab a gooey stodgy bit of heaven from Ben's Cookies, have a coffee or bite to eat. Buy a new pair of shoes, or a quick banana.
    If in Oxford well worth a wander. Also some good shops on the outside of the market  though in the same city block  accessed from the street so don't miss them out.

    • Qype User shopah…
    • London
    • 34 friends
    • 167 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Not exactly a new place to see in Oxford, I believe the covered market has been around since 1773.
    It's a lovely example of a traditional city market, with some great butchers and grocers. If you like meat, the butchers are pretty good (I recommend the sausages, in particular the ones with boar or venison).
    The only shame for me is that the more traditional stalls have been gradually replaced by modern, slightly touristy outlets.
    But still a great place to visit if you are in the area.

    • Qype User flower…
    • Oxford
    • 24 friends
    • 58 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    Interesting place and i love the food outlets.
    always surprised thats its closed on Sundays

    • Qype User kas7…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 10 friends
    • 149 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    One thing i hate about shopping in oxford is that its the same old same old, and you might as well visit Mk Centre to get some real retail therepy. HOWEVER, the covered market is one place i dDO like to go. There are lots of quaint little one of shops and boutiques - and it has a sense of the old fashioned about it. There is a key cutters, a cobblers, an engravers and endless fresh meat butchers and fish mongers.
    It is not for the faint hearted! I have often seen headless cows or even deer hanging from unforgiving hooks oh and live lobsters and crab at the fish market!
    If this doesnt take your fancy though, just walk past and go straight to the pie shop (freshly baked pies and they are to die for) or go and look in the window at the cake shop. Those guys have really learnt their trade well!
    Have fun here :)

    • Qype User mood…
    • Glasgow
    • 20 friends
    • 236 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    The Covered Market in Oxford, though perhaps not on every tourists 'must visit' list, is perhaps as unique as some of the more famous buildings around town. You can spend hours wandering around the variety of shops available. There is a definite preponderance towards food shops, one's I would definitely recommed are:

    Ben's Cookies - Their cookies are far better than the mass produced fare available elsewhere

    Moomoos - Slightly further along from the above, milkshakes available in the flavour of every chocolate you could imagine!

    Chocoholics - Chocolate, of all sorts! Excellent for presents

    Ricardos - One of the nicer small sandwich shops.

    As well as this there are a number of tourist shops, jewelry and bag shops, cobblers, keymakers, vegetable stalls and other traditional stores.

    Make sure you visit it during the day, as it closes at 5pm and is not open on Sundays.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Lovely city centre market in oxford. One of the nicest of these kind of markets that I have been to, but a traditional sweet shop/stand of some sort and a bit more variety to the food options (sandwiches...everywhere!) would improve it to a 5 star.

  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    Oxford's covered market is excellent, with interesting little mini shops selling all sorts of odd stuff along with nice little cafes and food stalls to tempt your wallets and purses from their safe hiding places.

    This is however, the more sophisticated end of the covered market world and seems geared more for tourist interest.

    Everything is neat and sanitised and resembles a quaint shopping mall with individual shop premises, rather than a vibrant and bustling market place.

    (If you want the sights and smells of the real old fashioned covered markets, with the banter of dyed in the wool market people, then probably find good examples around the country, such as those at Cardiff or Swansea or the Bullring in Birmingham.)

    This one definitely recommended though, for its own qualities.

    • Qype User Dungee…
    • Didcot, Oxfordshire
    • 36 friends
    • 33 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    I love the Covered Market.

    It's not necessarily that I buy anything - but just walking around the narrow lanes of the covered market, gazing into the windows of the various shops, takes me back to a much older time, before McDonalds and the chain-stores took over Cornmarket and every other High St in the country.

    The butchers are hugely evocative, there are beatiful jewellers (I dribble at the Breitling watches), t-shirt shops, knick-knacks and the inevitable cobblers.

    Oh, and the cafe in the Covered Market does a really good Full English, and sitting there reading the paper is much more enjoyable than sitting in a generic Starbucks.

    Go there. Whether you live there or not. Don't necessarily expect bargains - most of the stores are pretty expensive - but do enjoy a throwback to past times, drink in the sights and sounds and enjoy a really quirky and irreplaceable part of Oxford.

    • Qype User traymc…
    • Oxford
    • 62 friends
    • 56 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    Ecclectic mix of shops, some expensive but also has a Helen House charity shop and some pretty cool cafes. The fish stall is worth a visit just to see the live lobsters!

    • Qype User mushti…
    • Oxford
    • 2 friends
    • 73 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    The Covered Market is a delightful place to visit - at least so long as you're not a vegetarian, as the dead animals hung outside the butcher's shops are off-putting. It's nice to find lots of little shops which are different from the usual High-Street brands, and there are some nice cafes to stop for a coffee and a panini, to say nothing of Ben's Cookies. I like the jewellry shops the best, with rows of displays arranged by colour, lots of unusual stones and settings. There are also interesting 'ethnic' clothes at Next to Nothing. I enjoy browsing the different shops, and because I usually get lost, it seems different every time!

    • Qype User davemo…
    • Northampton
    • 13 friends
    • 71 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    very nice place to shop cafe in market mortens cafe
    nice spaces to walk babys buggys throu to and nice

    • Qype User pinksn…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 2 friends
    • 150 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Very quaint a traditonal market area of old plenty of veg stalls butchery and fish mongers but unfortunately it's getting taken over by coffee shop and sandwich places there are only so many you need in an area so small. You must visit at christmas it's gorgeous.

    • Qype User damien…
    • Oxford
    • 2 friends
    • 42 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    a amazing location in the centre of oxford offering a wide range of shops mostly modern but there are shops there that have been there for many years and have a very local loyal trade to them there really is something for everyone in this covered market i remember when working nearby sitting on most lunch times in the little cafe on the corner of the market this market has a great , warm friendly atmosphere and is a truely unique location that any visitor should visit as much as the locals do, this location has been shown on tv many times a truely amazing location that you must visit .

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