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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!

How to get your copy

The Indie Oxford Compendium is now available to buy from selected independent businesses in Oxford!


Bitten Oxford

Becca and Jacqui run Bitten Oxford, an online food & drink guide for Oxford, with brutally honest food news and reviews.

They also run Bitten Street, a regular pop-up street food event that showcases new and upcoming local food traders, as well as the hugely popular Oxford Food & Drink Festival.

Check out Bitten Oxford.

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Independent Oxford

Anna and Rosie are the curators of Independent Oxford, an online directory dedicated to unearthing the plethora of Oxford’s great independents. The shops, bars, restaurants and small businesses, that make this city just as rich, as interesting, and as unique as its history. They also organise Instameets, monthly meet ups for independent businesses and a yearly Independent Oxford Christmas Market.

Find out more on Independent Oxford.

Be Involved

Do you run an independent business in Oxford and want to be involved in the next Compendium?

Fill out this quick form here with your details and we’ll keep you on a list to contact when the next edition is due.

I want to be involved now…

If you’re indie and based in Oxford, then you can sign up to be part of the Independent Oxford directory. Find out more about Independent Oxford membership over on their website.

Do you run an Indie eatery?

Get in touch with Bitten Oxford about reviews and being listed on their website. Take a look at their website and then email Becca and Jacqui on


Keep in Touch

Use #OxCompendium to find updates about the project on social media

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