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.


Start off at Big Bad Breakfast, voted by Travel and Leisure Magazine’s Best Breakfasts Around the World. The menu boasts items such as house-cured Tabasco and brown sugar bacon, grits and steel-cut oats.

Ajax Diner offers uniquely southern entrée’s, daily lunch specials and fresh veggies, located on the historic downtown square.

City Grocery, James Beard Award winning chef John Currence’s flagship restaurant, has become an Oxford staple. This fine dining restaurant and bar has it all.

For more options, check out the full dining guide to Oxford, MS.


The Z Bed and Breakfast,  charming B&B close to the historic downtown square offering complimentary breakfast

The Graduate, part of a small chain, is a boutique-style hotel blending school-themed décor into its college-town-only locations.

Review the full lodging guide for Oxford, MS.


Tour Rowan Oak, home of Noble Prize-winning author William Faulkner. While residing there with his family, he wrote such masterpieces as As I Lay DyingAbsalom, Absalom!, Light in August, and A Fable.  Rowan Oak remained home to Faulkner until his death in 1962. The house is now owned by the University and maintained for memorial and educational purposes.

Tour The Blues Archives on the university campus, where blues-related materials in a variety of formats for scholars of the blues, African American studies, and southern culture have been preserved.

Shopping and exploring on the historic Oxford Square, where you’ll find boutiques, bookstores, art galleries and restaurants.

Take a look at the Nightlife Guide for Oxford, and enjoy after dinner drinks on any of the balcony bars or live music in one of the music establishments around the Oxford Square.

Photo: Rowan Oak, home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner. 

This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Oxford visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see visitoxfordms.com.