Oxford's Covered Market
is a charming indoor market accessible from Cornmarket and High Streets in Central Oxford. Its vendors are mostly local and include florists, cobblers, butchers, a barber and many independent retailers. Meat was the first commodity to be sold in the market when it opened in the winter of 1774 and butcher's shops are still a prominent part of the market today. A Market Committee was set up in 1772 to control the running of the market stalls, half of which was made up of men from the town and half from the University to preserve the town/gown relationship. Alpha Bar and Ben's Cookies
are favorite Covered Market treats, while the indoor sandwich bars and cafes offer cozy spaces and excellent menus for sit-down meals. It is the perfect place to head if the weather turns bad on a day out in Oxford.