The 5 best breakfasts in Oxford

Mabel Whitchurch explores the best places to begin your day

1. The Organic Deli Café: In the unassuming passage next to Tesco, the Organic Deli Café offers a delicious (all day!) breakfast menu, catering especially well for vegans. The cafe focuses on healthy, fresh and raw ingredients. And these guilt-free options are endless; stacks of pancakes with fruit and yoghurt, big bowls of homemade granola, eggs every way you could imagine and a huge list of smoothies with almond milk or fruit bases. They’ve even just introduced a side menu dedicated to avocado…

2. Browns:A classic institution of Oxford, Browns is situated at the top of St Giles and presents a perfectly simple breakfast. Eggs Florentine, eggs Benedict, pancakes and pastries are all on the menu, alongside fruit juices and teas. The restaurant is usually fairly quiet and relaxed in the morning, so if you’re looking for a reliable and civilised start to your day, this is the place to go.

3. Combibos: A very popular family-owned café in Gloucester Green, Combibos is famous for its coffee but also serves a fantastic breakfast. This seems to be the only place in Oxford offering a chocolatey pancake for breakfast (definitely worth the visit for that alone), but also some more typical options like porridge, bacon sandwiches and smoked salmon with eggs. Every breakfast comes with a free tea or coffee too…

4. St Giles Café: This tiny little café is somewhere you just have to go during your time at Oxford – the pretty blue exterior and intimate stripped down interior are unlike anywhere else. The food’s pretty great too, with the breakfast menu including “THE Oxford breakfast” (a massive fry up), kedgeree in various forms and pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup as well.

5. Modern Baker: An organic bakery up in Summertown, a trip to Modern Baker is a particularly healthy way to begin the day. Their selection of bircher bowls is second to none, as is the relaxed, happy atmosphere. The walls are covered with shelves full of healthy cupboard foods, and you can even pick up a cake or raw energy bite to take away for those mid-morning hunger pangs. Seriously worth the walk.

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