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Shop local with unique shopping, foodie treats, crafts

Abingdon-on-Thames is a town that thrives on its independence. With good, small independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, it’s a town full of hidden gems  - shops with whole product ranges hidden in back rooms, places where you can still get repairs done, little cafes in quiet back streets,amazing roast lunches served in unassuming pubs, The town's Market Place hosts weekly Monday markets, monthly Farmers markets and quarterly local food and craft markets.

Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce and town businesses of all sizes support the Shop Local initiative.

Fair Trade Town

Our town was one of the first in southern England to formalise a Fair Trade initiative. Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce has a listing of businesses involved in Fair trade and fairly-traded merchandise and food. Volunteers are needed to assist with Fair Trade particularly in the March Fair Trade Fortnight.

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With a wide range of independent shops, Abingdon-on-Thames is emphatically not a clone town. It’s a great place to spend a relaxing day browsing and discovering something new. The streets cluster around the medieval market place, making it easy to wander around without walking too far, and everything is just a stone’s throw from the picturesque riverbank. Family-run businesses mean that friendly...
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Market stalls packed with colourful local crafts and food
Abingdon-on-Thames is a market town that still enjoys the unique atmosphere of a lively market and our town centre boasts one of the most fit-for-purpose Market Places in the country, run by the Town Council. As well as the many community events and stalls that pop up here on a regular basis, there are markets, farmers' markets and craft fairs on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual cycle.
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gastro dining in abingdon
Abingdon-on-Thames has a growing list of great places to eat, for the adventurous foodie and traditional family diner alike. Wander up from the riverbank to choose from one of the fine dining experiences on Bridge Street, or continue your stroll around into the back streets for real Italian, Spanish, Indian, Chinese or Lebanese cooking...and don’t forget the local hand-made sausages, British pies...
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Inside a traditional tea room with farmhouse tables and a dresser full of pretty china
Whenever you fancy a break there are plenty of tea and coffee shops and small cafes to sit in, with cakes, sandwiches, soups and toasties as well as the reviving hot drink you need after a few hours of shopping! If you would like to search for a business by name, you can use the Business Directory.
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With a proud brewing tradition, Abingdon-on-Thames has pubs of all types for you to enjoy. For music nights and weeekend-long beer festivals check out our town events calendar, there is live music almost every weekend. Or have a look at the menus in our gastro-dining section. From riverside tables to quiet sunny courtyards there are lots of pubs with great outdoor spaces to enjoy at any season....
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Abingdon Town Map
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