Blake Casper and Allison Adams had no idea if Tampa residents would support their ambitious business and social experiment when they opened Oxford Exchange last year, but after painstaking restoration work and designing it with elements that seamlessly mix old with new, Oxford Exchange has proved itself as a hit among residents of Tampa Bay.
European-inspired space offers restaurant, bookstore, coffeehouse and gift store all under one roof.
Oxford Exchange (OE), located on Kennedy Boulevard near the University of Tampa, is truly unique. As a restaurant, shared workspace, bookstore and shop all in one, as well as featuring coffee and tea bars and an eclectic store!
Blake Casper and Allison Adams created OE as their latest endeavor in their hospitality group that also includes High Cotton in Tampa and Predalina in St. Petersburg as well as Library in St. Petersburg.
Experience an unforgettable visit as you enjoy caramel lattes or taste chorizo breakfast tacos; your unique encounter will keep you coming back!
Oxford Exchange bookstore is often their entryway into this magical place. Rejoicing in physical books’ splendor, this special space provides a rare and engaging browsing experience – with new releases, bestsellers, classics and signed first editions on offer from their curated selection.
These stores carry coffee table style books, decorative home goods, good smelling bath trinkets and children’s books in addition to offering monthly book clubs as well as Tea for Tots events – perfect for families with young children!
Buddy Brew offers coffee and specialty beverages. Sip champagne or cocktails at the Champagne Bar before working in their Commerce Club shared workspace – which features stunning UK-inspired decor in every corner. Perfect for Instagrammable moments!
The Restaurant at Oxford Exchange serves breakfast and lunch during weekdays as well as weekend brunch and afternoon tea on weekends. Guests can choose to be seated either in an art filled dining room or the sunlit Conservatory complete with vine-wrapped walls and retractable glass roof. Showcasing incredible attention to detail, their menu combines fresh seasonal and signature dishes paired with premium coffees, teas and cocktails in order to offer guests a refreshing take on classic bistro fare.
Tampa’s Oxford Exchange was honored with one of Tripadvisor’s 2021 Best Brunch Spots this year, following in the footsteps of Blake Casper and Allison Adams who own Oxford Commons hospitality group.
The Coffee Bar
Oxford Exchange is just a quick walk or drive across the Kennedy Blvd bridge from University of Tampa and makes for an amazing one-stop-shop for brunch, coffee, tea and shopping – with its greenhouse conservatory, bookstore, curated Warby Parker glasses store, Buddy Brew Coffee & TeBella Tea Company outlets as well as rental office spaces & an amazing restaurant all under one roof!
Every inch of this stunning space is Instagram-worthy with classic decor and natural lighting. Enjoy an espresso from local favorite OE or sip on a mimosa while snacking on popular items like the OE Scramble, Avocado Toast or Chocolate Chip Pancakes – there’s sure to be something delicious here for every Instagrammer.
The Tea Bar
This iconic building serves as home for this local hot spot – a restaurant, coffee shop and bookstore all-in-one! Their unique shop offers one-of-a-kind home goods and gifts while they also host private events such as weddings.
This cafe is absolutely delightful! They offer an excellent selection of teas (see #14) and beverages to complement. Weekends tend to be busy here so finding seating may prove challenging; but trust me; its food will more than make up for any difficulties encountered!
There is also a greenhouse atrium, bookstore and gift shop, Buddy Brew Coffee Stand & TeBella Tea Bar (Buddy Brew is open until 2 a.m. daily and TeBella offers tea services until 5 pm) as well as Commerce Club offices which rent office spaces out. And of course there’s the beautiful Conservatory where afternoon tea can be found served daily!
The Commerce Club
Oxford Exchange is Tampa’s finest venue. Boasting burning oil lamps and an inviting courtyard, Oxford Exchange boasts the home of Buddy Brew Coffee and TeBella Tea Company alongside retail products that range from coffee beans to tea leaves.