Best Cheap Eats in Oxford
Oxford is certainly not known for inexpensive food, but if you know where to look you can get amazing meals that won’t break the bank. Here’s our guide of the best cheap eats in Oxford to give you the inside scoop!
Kicking off our list of the best cheap eats in Oxford is Brown’s Cafe. Brown’s Cafe is one of the best loved cafes in the whole of Oxford. Located in the gorgeous covered market right in the heart of town, Browns Cafe is an old school greasy spoon – serving full English breakfasts at fairly cheap prices, along with a variety of cafe classics including jacket potatoes, salad, and cups of builders tea. We’ll see you in there!
Mon-Sat: 9.00-17.00, Sun: Closed
Next on our list of the top cheap eats in Oxford is another Covered Market favourite. Alpha bar is beloved of students, residents and fans of food alike. It’s hard to think of anywhere else in Oxford where you can buy a healthy, delicious meal for under a fiver, but this is exactly what Alpha Bar delivers. Buy a salad box topped up with one of their delicious main options, including curries, stews and casseroles washed down with a well-made coffee. Delicious!
Mon-Sat: 10.30-16.00, Sun: Closed
One of the most longstanding best cheap eats in Oxford is Dosa Park. A staple of the Oxford food scene, Dosa park has been serving delicious vegetarian Indian food to residents and students alike for a decade. The Dosa (a long, thin pancake served with a variety of delicious little chutneys and curries) is definitely worth a try, but the truth is pretty much everything on the menu is good. Wash down your curry with a mango lassi – yum!
Mon-Sat: 11.00-23.00, Sun: 12.00-22.00
Next on our list of the best cheap eats in Oxford is Falafel House – a little hut serving incredible falafel to the people of Oxford for years. The quality of the food is matched only by the prices – wraps start at £3 are packed with flavour, and the stall is widely renowned as having “the best falafel in Oxford”. Another good choice for vegetarians, we recommend the halloumi wrap with falafel and a variety of delicious pickles and sauces.
In 2009, a restaurant reviewer for a national broadsheet paper reviewed Sojo as “the best Chinese food I’ve had in ages”. Since then, the popularity of this small unassuming restaurant has been overwhelming, and often it can be hard to get a seat! It’s worth it though, with amazing Szechuan, Shanghai and Canton dishes that won’t break the bank. We recommend ordering a selection of dim sum (small dishes including dumplings and pastries) for a delicious and authentic meal. The perfect way to round off our list of the best cheap eats in Oxford!