One of the tourist hotspots of the UK, Oxford is the place I grew up and as I get older, I realise how lucky I am. Nicknamed 'the city of dreaming spires', the city is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and the inspiration for many famous writers, academics, entertainers, and for little ol' me at the age of 22.

Most guides to Oxford will tell you the same thing; visit the university buildings, maybe go punting, visit Blenheim Palace, and make sure you see the Botanical Gardens. I won't disagree with any of these, as yes, they should be done if you can, but here are my favourite places as a local!

G&D's Cafe - a individual ice cream cafe unique to Oxford and every local's favourite, G&D's has branches on St Aldate's, Little Clarendon Street, and the Cowley Road. Make sure you try the Daim Bar ice cream as it is heavenly; however some of the flavours change quite regularly!

Jericho - just a short walk from the city centre, Jericho is a little suburb full of one-off restaurants and boutiques. It's famous amongst students and locals to have some of the best bars in Oxford, such as Raoul's and FREUD. Port Meadow is nearby too, if you fancy a bit of green space near the river for a wander.

South Park - one of the largest and most peaceful areas of the city, South Park lies at the foot of Headington Hill, and is the site of big events such as the annual fireworks display, and for the first time this year, Common People Festival. It's about a 30 minute walk down the high street, close to St Clement's and the Cowley Road, which have lots of great restaurants of all cuisines that you must try! Ideal for a summer picnic, and the top of the park gives a great view of the city.

The Covered Market - this may also be on a lot of guides to Oxford, but is deservedly so, as the market is home to various shops and eateries, as well as Moo Moos, who (in my opinion) make one of the best milkshakes ever. It's the perfect place to pick up any gifts or souvenirs that you won't find anywhere else.

Queens Lane Coffee House - the oldest coffee house in Europe, this is probably my favourite cafe in Oxford. The prices aren't bad, the food is delicious (I recommend the brie, bacon and avocado panini, yuuuuum), and it's so cosy and authentic. It's an independent cafe only in Oxford so if you want to avoid the big chains like Costa or Starbucks then I'd come here. It's located halfway down the high street opposite the examination schools, though there is also a mini version at the top of the high street too if you don't fancy the longer walk.

Christchurch Meadow - just off the famous Christchurch College (where the Great Hall in Harry Potter is set), the meadow is another relaxing place to come for a walk or to sunbathe in (infrequent but nonetheless lovely) un-English sunny weather. As you go down the main path, you may spot various animals in the field, before arriving down by the Thames river, where more likely than not you'll spot different college rowing teams practising - I was even lucky even to gatecrash (accidentally, of course) the annual Summer Eights inter-college rowing competition...

Millets Farm - you'll need a car for this one, but about 40 or so minutes south of Oxford, near Frilford, is Millets, which is somewhat of a tradition for most Oxfordshire folk. The garden centre at Christmas is enough of a reason to come here alone, but they hold various events on and off throughout the year, e,g. ice skating, the annual Millets Maize Maze, pumpkin picking etc. There are places to eat on site as well as opportunities to pick your own fruit and veg, and also plenty of animals to go visit. It's a good day out especially for family, but honestly, I've been going here all my life and I still love it!

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