Words by Louisa Martin
1. High Rise Doughnuts
The owners of the Oxford Creamery made a new venture in High Rise Doughnuts. But these aren’t your typical doughnuts. Rather than classic doughnut batter, they use croissant dough, which makes for massive, fluffy indulgences in a variety of flavors. Take Super Crunch, composed of caramelized Rice Krispies and a balsamic raspberry drizzle. For chocolate lovers, indulge in a decadent chocolate cream filled croissant, topped with dark chocolate icing and rolled in cocoa sugar. More traditional menu items include cake and yeast donuts in classic flavors and also more innovative takes like Key Lime Pie. On game days, the shop makes specialty “powder blue” doughnuts for Rebel fans.
2. The Oxford Creamery
Local flavor and the Oxford’s natural city charm is on full display at the Oxford Creamery. Owners, Hudson and Lo Magee, say that the shop’s goal is to “celebrate Mississippi’s food culture by using the ingredients and flavors of [the] region.” This statement is embodied in the ever-changing menu, which reads like a love letter to Mississippi’s unique food culture. Popular flavors include Banana Puddin, Garden Basil, Sweet Corn and Blueberry Crisp alongside classics like chocolate and vanilla, as well as vegan options like Mango Sorbet. To get the full scoop, opt for a flight. The menu also includes a full coffee menu, and you can marry the two by grabbing an afternoon affogato—a scoop of your favorite flavor with a shot of espresso poured over.
3. Bottletree Bakery
Beloved by locals, Bottletree Bakery has been an Oxford tradition for more than three decades. The menu is stocked with decadent favorites like berry brioches, brownies with white chocolate chip and graham cracker crust, and serious sized cinnamon rolls. There are also savory breakfast items such as homemade baguettes, bagels, and biscuits, making it a great option for groups. Just be sure to arrive early—customers line up around the block for a taste of this place!
4. City Hall Cheesecake
Oxford is one of City Hall Cheesecake’s three Mississippi locations, along with Hernando and Southaven. The bakery offers more than a hundred cheesecake flavor options, all baked fresh daily or to order. Some of the favorite flavors include original, turtle, and the infamous white chocolate raspberry. The bakery also caters to those with limited diets. Options include keto-friendly cheesecake bites or a wide variety of gluten-free treats. Cheesecake for all!
5. The Cakery
Located on University Avenue, the Cakery is an Oxford dessert staple. The bakery has an extensive selection of cookies and cupcakes, including tasty gluten-free options. Not surprisingly, this spot does not disappoint when it comes to cake. While there is a wide array of classic cake flavors, don’t miss the specialty options like Reese’s, Italian Creme, Banana or Lemon. If you want to change it up, consider a cookie cake or cheesecake. There are other treats to devour like brownies, yummy bars, and petit fours.
There are some serious desserts waiting in Oxford, Mississippi. Plan your visit today and get a taste for more visitoxfordms.com!