From the outside, Blackwell's looks quite small, although not as small as when it first opened in 1879 when only three people could fit in the shop! However, don't let its appearance prevent you from entering. Downstairs, the Norrington Room, with its 160,000 books, is the largest room in Europe devoted entirely to book sales. Blackwell's is almost guaranteed to have the book you're looking for, and if by any chance they haven't, they'll order it for you.
Alice's Shop Oxford is an endearing store selling local souvenirs, located in the St Aldate's neighborhood of the city. The shop is believed to be the place where Alice, daughter of Henry Liddell would come to spend time browsing adorable articles. She used to live at the nearby Christ Church, and is known to have inspired the all-time classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This store, today, sells cute accessories like brooches, pendants, mirrors, bracelets, charms, earrings, etc and attracts numerous little girls. During Christmas, the shop sells an array of ornaments and Alice in Wonderland-themed figurines.
Nestled on the Cowley Road, Uhuru is a shop selling wholefood. Established in 1974, the shop was stated by a students group, who were a part of Third World First, as a shop selling crafts from Tanzania. The shop currently sells wholefoods and the food can be enjoyed at the cafe too.
Marks and Sparks, as it is affectionately known in the UK, continue to provide the inhabitants of all major towns with quality food and clothes. This branch is an average-sized, three-floor M&S store. On the ground floor you'll find the food section adjacent to ladies' casuals and the customer service desk. Up on the first floor there's ladies' formal wear, men's wear, lingerie and footwear as well as a bureau de change. Children's clothes, toiletries and home wear are situated in the basement where you can also set up a wedding list.
Templars Square, formerly known as Cowley Centre, is an enclosed shopping complex opened to public in May 1965. Located at the confluence of Between Towns Road, this shopping center is among the premier shopping hubs in the city with major showrooms such as Wilkinsons, WHSmith, Iceland, Boots, Dorothy Perkins, all under one roof. An ideal place to stop, eat, bargain and spend your day with family. Low-cost parking is available for the shoppers. Check the website for more.
Waterstone's is a large bookstore on four floors, second only to Blackwell's. Whilst the latter may cater on a more diverse level for the academics of the city, Waterstone's is definitely a reasonable place to start for more popular titles - which tend to be conveniently located on the ground floor. There is also the added advantage that you can find any book you might need in one building. The general rule seems to be that the further up the building you go, the more specialized the subject, with medical reference books located right at the top.
This shop extends over three floors and offers an unrivaled range of art and craft paraphernalia. Down in the basement, you'll find paper, threads and yarns in all the colors of the rainbow; while on the ground floor, there is general art and craft material from well-known brand names. The top floor stocks frames and framing materials in several different media. The staff is knowledgeable and happy to help with inquiries.