Best Cafes to Study at in Oxford | Holly Goes Abroad

Staying in Oxford over spring break made me discover a new favorite pastime: studying in cafes. During term time I tend to do work in Mansfield College’s cafe or in the library, simply because that is where the majority of my friends do their work as well. However, being here over spring break when most students were away gave me plenty of time to explore beyond the reaches of my usual studying sphere. Here are a few of the great study spots I stumbled upon this spring:

Waterstones Cafe

My favorite part about this cafe is the location. Not only is it in the heart of city center, but it is also on a top floor of a bookstore. It has amazing floor-to-ceiling windows that look out at the bustling intersection below, letting in plenty of natural sunlight (or grayness, depending on the day!). Bookshops, windows, and a great view… what more could you ask for?

Cafe Nero in Blackwell’s

How could I not mention the cafe in my favorite Oxford bookshop? Not only does this cafe have a friendly, welcoming vibe, but it also looks out at the Bodleian Library and has the most comfyΒ chairs. I particularly enjoy spending afternoons reading here with a nice cup of tea. It’s also in a pretty convenient location, which makes it enticing to pop into whenever the weather is a bit damp.

George Street Social

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this may be my favorite cafe for studying in Oxford. I adore the relaxed, fun, quirky vibe it exudes as well as its bookishness. Used books line shelves all along its walls and nooks and crannies as part of a book swap, meaning that anyone can take or leave a book. The staircase is even painted to look like book spines with names of bookish cocktails! George Street Social also always has an awesome playlist playing, which is a bonus.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into my cafe adventures! Stay tuned for even more cafe fun…

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Do you like studying or doing work in cafes? Do you have a favorite cafe you always go to? What is it like? Let me know in the comments section below!



16 responses to “Best Cafes to Study at in Oxford | Holly Goes Abroad”

  1. Ohhh these are all so cute! I can definitely see why George Street Social is your favourite – it would probably be mine as well, simply because of that staircase!

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    1. Right!! I want that staircase in my house haha πŸ™‚

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  2. I love Oxford. George Street Social Looks amazing! I could see myself relaxing there happily with some good coffee.
    I tend not work in cafes as I get distracted easily by wanting to watch people. πŸ™ˆ

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    1. Haha true! It’s so easy to procrastinate work by people-watching in cafes πŸ™‚

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  3. These sound like really cool places to hang out and work!

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    1. They’re so much fun! πŸ™‚


  4. I adore cafes to work and read in. I normally choose a Starbucks but these are super cute, especially the bookish one! I can totally see spending lots of time there… AND All the Tea!! ❀ Thanks for giving us a view into your world right now πŸ˜‰

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    1. Cafes are the best! There’s a great Starbucks in Oxford to study in as well, but while I’m here I figured I might as well take advantage of all of the cute cafes around ❀


  5. These all look great! My town’s main street is called George st, but I can’t say I’ve really explored the cafe’s around here when I get all my food and have a hot drinks machine and also am pretty broke lol πŸ™‚

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    1. What a coincidence!! πŸ™‚ That’s the only bad thing about cafes– I always end up spending money on tea! πŸ™‚

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  6. I am going to remember these places for when I go abroad. It’s funny, you think some places in England can’t be so possibly sterotypical…I mean, who would have thought chic Oxford cafΓ©s existed outside of books? (Certainly not me!). You’re so lucky!!

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    1. I completely get what you mean– it’s so surreal!! It took me ages not to feel like I was walking in some sort of Harry Potter movie set all the time πŸ™‚

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  7. […] cafes in Oxford, the one that really stole my heart was George Street Social. (Which I wrote about in a post here.) Not only is it a lovely place to read and write during the day, but it also doubles as a fun […]


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