The little cluster of shops closest to us — around the junction of Magdalen Road with Hurst and Catherine Streets — has just gained two places to eat. OxFork, where the Oxford Cycle Workshop shop used to be, is a fine food place. They're only doing breakfasts and lunches to start with, but they also sell fresh bread from the Natural Bread Company, which will be convenient. Next door to them, replacing a butcher, is the CousCous Cafe, serving Moroccan and Middle-Eastern food.
The established eating place is the Magic Cafe, which serves cheap and hearty vegetarian lunches (and has just announced they will be opening for dinners as well, on Fridays, on a trial basis). This occasionally takes on the appearance of a creche, full of prams and infants, but is always a cheerful place to go.
Right on the junction, there's our local pub, the Rusty Bicycle, which also does lunches and dinners. There's a Punjabi supermarket which stays open quite late (usually to about 9pm) and sells fruit and meat as well as groceries. Sylvester's Stores is an old-fashioned family hardware and homewares store, in an extremely narrow shop that just keeps going. As well as having all kinds of crockery and tools, they also run a nursery from stands out front. And there's a store Chudri Jeweller that seemed empty for ages but now has a tiny supermarket and ads for mobile phone plans.
Continuing eastwards, there's the Inner Bookshop - see my Oxford bookshop guide for information about that. It's nice to have a bookshop so close, even if it is a Mind/Body/Spirit specialist. There's an aquarium shop, The Golden Fishbowl, which has an international reputation, and there's The Electric Transport Shop (which I mentioned in an earlier post).
All told it's rather a nice little "shopping centre".