Cafe Coco presents itself as the first of a number of quirky independent restaurants and bars on Cowley Road. Have you ever wished you could be in an exotic country, with the sun shining, a cocktail in hand, and a variety of foods with an array of different flavours? Café Coco takes you there, with its unique interior and sultry lighting; you would never believe you are just a mile from Oxford city centre!
A romantic atmosphere was set upon us as soon as we stepped inside. Our waiter was immediately on hand, offering a warm smile and friendly conversation to make us feel welcome. Walking through the restaurant, you cannot resist admiring the unmistakable interior of Café Coco. Once seated, your eyes are immediately drawn to the focal point of the restaurant….the bar! Varieties of glamorous drinks are offered and the staff are more than happy to advise you on your selection.
it’s worth taking a five-minute stroll out of the city centre, and over Magdalen Bridge, to Café Coco, which serves great food – pizzas in particular – in spectacularly opulent surroundings. All the sculptures are weird but interesting, but make sure you don’t miss the naked-man-in-the-bath which doubles as an ice cream machine. Good to combine with a trip to the Kazbar and perhaps catch an art-house flick at the Ultimate Picture Palace in Cowley – and to just feel the cool, unpretentious vibe of the Cowley Road
Owned by the same folk as the nearby Kazbar, Oxford’s Café Coco is a lively, quirky bar with real character. Its elegant, idiosyncratic interior abounds with wooden bench seating and bizarre art (we’re not quite sure what to make of the bare torso behind the bar). Its funky atmosphere is one of its chief selling points – Coco’s is a hip little place that attracts a mix of students and young professionals. They do a good range of cocktails, with their refreshing vodka and elderflower concoction and the amaretto and strawberry-based Coco Cooler standing out on an otherwise by-the-numbers drinks list. The food is not particularly spectacular but their pizzas are popular with good reason. Service is friendly and the place fizzes on weekends
The interior is indulgently designed to look simultaneously smart and rustic. Gold trimmed cafe-style tables and potted palmsshould be familiar to fans of The Grand which is owned by same group. Strange mannequin sculptures add to upmarketly artsy feel.
The unusual design of the bar sees it jutting out defiantly through the centre of the little cafe and it’s a central feature. The rest of the seating is sectioned off with little walls, so you can quietly survey the place from the comfort of a nook, or place yourself at the centre of attention at the bar.
Cafe Coco manages to be airy and pleasant during the day, with the character nudging up a gear in the evening.