Today, I am sharing all about one of favorite places – Oxford Exchange in Tampa. This fabulous old world design mecca boasts an amazing restaurant, gift shop, library, bookstore, Warby Parker, Buddy Brew Coffee and TeBella Tea Co. It feels a little like Anthropologie meets Restoration Hardware – On steroids! If I could move in, I would. Literally every single detail is perfect. Have you been?! It is unlike anywhere else in Tampa Bay, and a must do if you are in the area! Here are some helpful tips to help plan your visit.
Oxford Exchange is a more than a coffee shop, restaurant, bookstore, co-working space – it is an engaging community venue. A place to see & be scene, get inspiration, meet people and build relationships. Every time I visit, I make new friends. Just yesterday, I met the sweetesr couple from Plant City who was celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary. I had a lovely conversation with Laura who runs the bookstore, and laughed with Jimmy who does the best shoe shine in Tampa Bay and is a great story teller.
OE is my favorite place to gather friends for a delicious meal, and great place to study, work on the computer (without wifi!), or curl up with a good book. Upstairs is the “Commerce Club” where you can rent desk space and work in the “library”, and it is the only part of OE that is wifi enabled. Although Oxford Exchange is one of the most Instagrammed restaurants in the United States, they do not encourage internet use because they want people to mingle and have meaningful conversations with one another. When brother & sister team, Allison Adams and Blake Casper created Oxford Exchange, they dreamed of a place where people would put down their phones and truly connect with each other, surrounded by the inspirational design touches and worldly influence of this one of a kind space. They achieved all of this and so much more.
If you’re planning to visit the restaurant, reservations are highly encouraged (you can make them through the restaurant directly or via OpenTable). They are ALWAYS busy, so walk ins are very tough to accommodate. The food, service, and people watching can’t be beat. One of my favorite places to sit is in the Conservatory located in the middle of the restaurant. The white brick walls, beautiful plants and relaxing fountain are so elegant and inviting. It also helps that it is completely bathed with Florida sunlight beaming in through the Atrium.
Their old-world marketplace is a finely curated collection of items that were inspired by visiting private membership clubs in London and Highclere Castle. There are so many beautiful things, and I want them all! OE is full of inspiration at every turn – black and white marble floors, rich stained wood, black coffered ceilings, tufted sofas, exposed brick, and gas lamps. I wish I could hire their designers to come to my house!
I have been obsessed with Cire Trudon for years. They used to make Marie Antoinette’s candles! And Napoleon Bonaparte’s! In fact, they have been supplying royalty and other fancy European folks with candles since 1643, making it the oldest candle company in the world. I wish there was a scratch & sniff button, because they smell amazing!
Get a load of this wooden staircase and brass railings covered in framed oil paintings. Helloooo, gallery wall goals!
Isn’t it dreamy? You could easily spend all day here and never get bored…
I could go on and on all day – Can you see why I’m obsessed? If you are in the Tampa area, you absolutely have to make your way to Oxford Exchange! Let me know what you think!
How to Visit Oxford Exchange (A Must See In Tampa)