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.
The Covered Market is a delightful place to wander around. It offers protection from the elements, but looks nothing like your average shopping center. The avenues here are crammed with small shops and cafes, and the products on offer are all of good quality. The shops sell everything from clothes and fresh pasta to books and boots: you'll find butcher's shops alongside souvenir shops and greengrocers. After all that shopping there are plenty of small cafes where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere.
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.
Cornmarket Street, located in Oxford, is the city's prime shopping street and stretches between Carfax Tower and Magdalen Street. The Clarendon Shopping Centre is located here. There are also a number of retail independent stores found here. Cornmarket Street still is a top shopping destination among locals and tourists alike.
Running from east to west in Central Oxford, Little Clarendon Street offers a wide variety of shops and cafes. The area is trendy and bohemian, with such stores as Posh Frocks clothing, Uncle Sam's Vintage American Clothing, and Cafe Rouge. The stately Wellington Square is located at the western end, housing the Oxford University offices and a small park.
Queen Street, with its restricted accessibility for cars, is a shopping street located in the heart of the city. Adjoining Cornmarket Street, High Street and St Aldate's, the street reflects its historic past in every corner. It used to be known as "the Bailey" due to its close proximity with the Bailey Castle and as "Butcher Row" due to cattle slaughtering and trade of meat on the streets.
Right in the center of busy Cornmarket Street, you'll find the large newsagent and stationers in town. Conveniently located by the entrance is a huge selection of newspapers and magazines, both national and local. WHSmith is also where you'll find copies of foreign-language magazines. Walk through WHSmith to find a good supply of reasonably priced stationery goods. There are also books, greetings cards and a good range of videos and CDs.
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.