EAT, STAY, PLAY: OXFORD
Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. We invite you to experience all Oxford has to offer!
Ajax Diner has been serving Oxford award winning Mississippi cuisine for over twenty years. Ajax is known for being the go-to place for great comfort food like chicken and dumplings, turkey and dressing, classic casseroles, and, oh, the gravy, lots of gravy.
Specializing in European Style Breads & Pastries, Deli Sandwiches, and Specialty Coffee the Bottle Tree Bakery is a unique and flavorful setting for breakfast, lunch, or any time in-between. Located just off the Oxford Square, this bistro setting is the perfect spot to stop in for cup of coffee, or to stay and enjoy an impressive selection of classic baked good.
Voted Oxford’s Best BBQ & Best Burger, Handy Andy BBQ is the classic BBQ joint featuring pulled pork sandwiches piled high with tangy slaw and served with a choice of sides. This local favorite is sure to be busy so be sure to show up early.
Rowan Oak became home to Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner in 1930. Faulkner christened the house “Rowan Oak” after the legend of the Rowan tree, believed by Celtic people to harbor magic powers of safety and protection. While residing there with his family, he wrote such masterpieces as As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, and A Fable.
Located on the campus of the University of Mississippi in the J.D. Williams Library, the Blues Archive houses the world’s most extensive collection of blues recordings and related material. Three major collections form the nucleus of the archive. The B.B. King Collection includes more than 7,000 recordings ranging from classic blues to big-band jazz, films, photographs, and other promotional materials.
The square is home to a variety of shops and elegant boutiques including the south’s oldest department store. Around the bend, you will find one of the nation’s most renowned independent bookstores and an art gallery featuring a variety of art forms and monthly showings. Extraordinary cuisine is also abundant around the Historic Downtown Square.