Serves meat, vegan options available. Example dishes include a falafel hummus baguette and a marinated tofu baguette. Free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Sat 07:30-19:00, Sun 08:30-18:00.

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27 Reviews

First Review by JLGoodenough


Points +1134

03 Nov 2023

Good vegan breakfast

Located in the centre of Oxford, this little place offers some vegan options. The vegan/vegetarian options are clearly marked.

They can make the brunch vegan which is basically an English breakfast minus the eggs and they use vegan butter.

Tables are located upstairs where you can also see some art work.

Friendly and fast service.
Good option is you need a place for a quick bite.

Pros: Decent vegan options , Friendly and fast service

Cons: A tad pricey for what you’re getting, More vegan options welcome



Points +42

13 Jun 2023

Love it here

It's got loads of options - I come here fairly often! Great for bringing non-vegan friends too. My favourites are the vegan cheese and vegetable panini and the baked potato loaded with hummus and roasted veg!


Points +286

26 Nov 2022

Hit and miss

We had the vegan brunch (big brekky) and the vegan panini. The former was pretty delicious, nice and hot and generous servings. The sausages were a bit eh. The panini on the other hand was described as "disgusting" by my gf. I was too sacred to try it, the cheese and sausage were both pretty gross looking. Nice choccy milkshake!


Points +247

18 Sep 2022

For ££ you could get smth better

Panini sandwiches were so so... Not really worth the price. The coffee was okay but nothing special. Nice interior with a little exhibition of local artists in the café which I admired.

Would I come again? Perhaps not.

Updated from previous review on 2022-09-18


Points +56

07 Aug 2022

Good but not amazing

I had the kale kick smoothie which was absolutely delicious and so refreshing. However I also had the vegan houmous and falafel salad which was decent but there were far too many olives and seeds that I ended up taking most of them off. The falafels were also quite dry which was a shame although the meal was still enjoyable.

Pros: Vegan options , Wholefoods , Quick service

Cons: Expensive


Points +1862

07 Apr 2022

Nice breakfast

We had a lovely breakfast here. Food tasty, however my avocado toast was rather small.

Pros: Nice seating

Cons: Stairs indoors (not suitable for wheelchair users)


Points +23

12 Feb 2022

Great Brunch

Had the vegan brunch & it tasty. Really appreciated the option of having gluten free toast!


Points +463

05 Feb 2022

Cute place

I had the vegan lemon/chia/ pistachio cake and vegan strawberry milkshake. It's a cute place with good prices. The milkshake was watered down. The cake was really tasty, but it was on the dryer side. #Veganuary

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Cheap


Points +16

14 Jan 2022

Lovely place to meet for brunch

Friendly place with fairly good range of food and great drink selection.

Pros: Fairly good selection of vegan options, Delicious smoothies, Efficient and friendly staff

Cons: Smoothies came in plastic cups even for dine in, Too many big tomatoes with vegan breakfast, Would love to be able to order sides on the app


Points +715

12 Dec 2021

Nice place for a snack

Their coffee is good and they have a good range of sweets. Some are even gluten free! I was pleasantly surprised.


Points +294

05 Dec 2021

Food not nice

Pretty cafe with lovely art to buy. Unfortunately food is not nice. We had three things and didn't like any. Dry gluten free bread. Normal bread better. Tomatoes and avocado not ripe. Falafel very salty, hummus tasted sour and cheap. Very disappointing. Brownie dry and awful.

Pros: Pretty, Art on the wals, Money from buying art goes to local artist

Cons: Food not good


Points +61

13 Nov 2021

Hot chocolate

Just had a hot chocolate and it was seriously one of the best I've ever been served.

There are also books to browse while you're there, and we enjoyed reading poetry with our drinks.

Busy cafe with limited seating and all of it upstairs (across two separate floors) so not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Pros: Brilliant hot chocolate

Cons: Seating is up either one or two flights of stairs, And the toilet was down in the basement!


Points +2702

27 Dec 2019

Handy for lunch

Vegan options are labelled, although when you eat in the baguettes and panni are served with non-vegan coleslaw as a default so make sure you mention that you are vegan when ordering. I opted for the aubergine, artichoke and vegan cheese baguette which was really quite tasty. The vegan brunch was also good and reasonable value.
You order at the counter and then find a seat. We went up to the second floor which was a bit quieter, although there were several tables that hadn’t been cleared and the tables could have been cleaner (this was late morning so not just a lunchtime rush issue).

Pros: Vegan options, Useful central location, Reasonable prices

Cons: Not all vegan


Points +20

30 Aug 2019

Vegan panini

Some good vegan lunch options at the Art Cafe. I went for the vegan panini which was stuffed with mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and aubergine with vegan cheese and mayo. The panini was massive and really tasty. They had about five other vegan luch options plus some vegan cakes ☺️

Pros: Tasty. Good for vegans and non vegans.

Cons: Gets pretty busy at lunchtimes


Points +2684

14 May 2019

Fresh fruit smoothie

We had an early morning drink here and it was so lovely. Gorgeous outdoor seating area with outdoor drink stand. Variety of fresh fruit and juice smoothies available. I had the tropical one with passion fruit - delicious. Lovely staff. Great location by new Westgate shopping centre. Always good to find fruit smoothies without dairy in. Range of plant milks for hot drinks too.


Points +188

28 Mar 2019

English Breakfast

My boyfriend ordered the Vegan Brunch (like English breakfast) and I got the baguette with marinated tofu. The baguette was alright but the brunch was sooo good I had to order it for myself even though I was so full. But I couldn’t resist.
It was just a bit messy to pick the tomatoes from the stems.

Pros: Vegan Brunch, Price


Points +48

27 Mar 2019

Breakfast Fave!

I stop here all the time for breakfast-- lots of yummy vegan options. The VEGAN BRUNCH and APPLE & DATE cake are my favorites.

Pros: convenient location , nice vibe


Points +130

24 Aug 2018


eh not bad. has an OK vegan chocolate coconut flapjack, but the sandwiches are too dry. very cute little place though - aesthetics-wise!

Pros: pretty


Points +870

14 Aug 2018

Don't bother

We needed breakfast and this was the nearest place...which was unfortunate. We had the veganised porridge with blueberries which was OK and the vegan breakfast baguette which was quite awful. Not good.


Points +121

21 Apr 2018

Fair amount of options

Had a really nice tofu wrap over there. Had fair few nice options. Cheap as well


Points +110

06 Aug 2017

Great place for vegan food in Oxford

We returned to the Art Cafe about a year from our first visit and were really pleased that the number of vegan options on the menu has increased and that they are all clearly labelled. There is a lot to choose from and everything we tried was tasty!

There's also a good selection of drinks, too and you can get them with soya or almond milk.

The cafe itself has a really chilled atmosphere, too, with artwork for sale on the walls spread over three floors.

You're pretty limited when it comes to vegan options in Oxford, so we really recommend stopping by the Art Cafe!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Reasonable prices, Friendly staff


Points +311

12 Jun 2017

mixed feelings

It's a nice place, central location and outdoor seating, with vegan options clearly marked. Lots of falafel, tofu, roast veg on baguettes, wraps, jacket potatoes and salad. They also do vegan chilli and pasta. They have almond and soya milk, and at least one cake/bar suitable for vegans (apple and date shortbread this time).
My marinated tofu baguette with peppers and olives was lovely and tasty, on a very fresh granary baguette. My partner's falafel and hummus wrap (although I was certain I ordered it as a baguette they didn't take the "customer is always right" mindset!) was dry and underfilled and a bit disappointing.
Worst: both came with a side of coleslaw, definitely not vegan, which they removed when we complained. This shouldn't happen on a vegan-marked dish!

Pros: marinated tofu, decent range of options, fair pric

Cons: (not) "vegan" coleslaw, poor falafel


05 May 2019

have been twice since and they're still serving non-vegan coleslaw with vegan sandwiches if you eat in - be sure to ask for it without (even if we shouldn't have to on vegan-marked dishes)


Points +124

20 Aug 2016

Good place for a coffee or food to go

Went there a bit desperate for some plant based options. Had a nice cappuccino (they had both almond and soy milk available) with cookies (vegan). The cookies weren't on display or advertised anywhere and were rather chocolate chip cookies, as I had read here - which is what made me ask for them. The place is quite lovely, good for a stop, full of art and light. We bought some baguettes to go but it was upsetting the amount of options full of animal products. The one I had was quite nice - with marinated tofu, olives and roasted peppers.
They were nice but someone actually told me they didn't really know what veganism means.

Pros: Nice people, Plant based milks

Cons: You see meat everywhere while choosing, Check all the ingredients


Points +179

01 Jul 2016

what a lovely place!

we were happy when we found such a vegan-friendly place in Oxford! food was really nice and Staff was very friendly and helpful. I enjoyed a cozy atmosphere, as well. I'd go there again! ;)

Pros: lots of vegan options, good food


Points +79

25 Mar 2016

Good vegan options

Nice place with good options. Helpful staff.

Pros: Nice staff


Points +106

18 Sep 2015

Nice, high-quality café

Been here a couple of times and they've actually started doing vegan chocolate chip/double chocolate cookies! They're marked as such, you can't miss 'em.
They also do things like a marinated tofu & olives seeded bageutte, vegan versions of lots of their drinks (I think I have a soy chai vanilla latte there?) and a few nice flapjack-y type things. It's a good spot for lunch, either to eat in or take-away and it's very central (next to Bond Square, opposite the Westgate Centre).

Pros: central, quality food, showcases local artists

Cons: A touch expensive for regular outings


Points +18

07 Aug 2015

Great variety!

Several vegetarian options available, great variety overall. Friendly staff; quite a good place to work as well as eat.
Updated from previous review on Friday August 07, 2015

Pros: Variety of food, Friendly staff, Electricity sockets and WiFi

Cons: Toilet sink too small to refill bottle

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