The City of York has a dynamic range of independent local businesses offering unique places to eat, drink and shop within the ancient city walls. Pick up bespoke gifts and local produce and experience the vibrant café culture of York. Look out for the following places displaying the Badge of ASFF in their windows.

Food and Drink

2 Oxford Place

14 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ

The 2 Oxford Place offers a quaint garden seating area, serving drinks and cakes. With gluten free and vegan choices, it is suitable for those with dietary need looking for a scenic place to rest for the afternoon.


31 Fossgate,  YO1 9TA

The Ambiente is a stylish tapas house with an industrial feel to its interior. Ambiente, a Spanish word translating to “atmosphere,” lets this restaurant live to its name as groups may share Pan, cheese boards and Morcilla.


Angel on The Green

2-4 Bishopthorpe Rd, YO23 1JJ

With a large range of food, Angel on The Green can appeal to any foodie. Coffees and a full bar are opened for guests to settle in as or quickly pop in for something to drink in-between films from this year’s festival.

Bakes & Co

78-80 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ

Bake & Co is a family owned coffee bar, located close to the minster, serving sandwiches, pastries, coffee and teas. Great for those on the run between screenings or for those who want a quiet tea break.

Belle’s Bouffe

25 Bootham, Y030 7BW

Belle’s Bouffe is an independent licensed café run by a trained cordon-bleu chef who has travelled the world. The menu is made in-house and all food is prepared to order, with locally sourced ingredients.

Bistro Guy

40 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ

Bistro Guy is an independent cafe bistro using the best of local seasonal produce. They have monthly theme nights from live music and wine tasting to Japanese cookery and are open seven days per week.

Brew & Brownie

5 Museum St, YO1 7DT

The team at Brew & Brownie is inspired by the seasons, the countryside and their favourite flavours. Customers can relax, eat and drink in the stylish interiors, or grab a sandwich made with artisan bread.

Brew York

Unit 6, Enterprise Complex, YO1 9TT

With an easily accessible tap room, allowing customers the freshest brew, Brew York is located within the city walls. Along with a wide range of drinks they also offer guided tours through their warehouse.


130-134 Micklegate, YO1 6JX

BrewDog runs on the ethos of making others as passionate about great craft beers as the founders are. 14 brews make up their collection, but one that they state started the revolution was Punk IPA. Visit their York branch.

Brigantes Bar & Brasserie

114 Micklegate, YO1 6JX

Specialising in craft ales and comfort food, Brigantes offers a warm welcome to all. There is a superbly kept range of 10 hand-pulled ales, showcasing many Yorkshire breweries. Perfect for a taste of the north.

Burr Coffee

5 Lendal, YO1 8AQ

Burr Coffee – with it’s a hip and eloquently styled coffee shop – has it all. Perfect for a stop-in or a light bite. Cakes and pastries also line the counter for those looking for something sweet to liven up their day.

Cakes d’Licious

61 Clifton, YO30 6BD

Cakes d’Licious is a vintage tearoom and cakery in Clifton. A small family-run business, it provides a true vintage experience with loose teas, barista coffees, hot chocolates and a huge selection of homemade cakes.

Coffee Culture

 41 Goodramgate, YO1 7LS

A quirky little coffee shop nestled away only two minutes away from the Minster, Coffee Culture offers cosy seating as guests experience full English breakfasts or cakes. Perfect for those coming from further afield.

Cosy Time

23 Fossgate, YO1 9TA

The purple walls and Chinese décor in Cosy Time create a memorable atmosphere for those looking for not just their normal English brews. Bubble teas and fine Chinese teas complement barista style coffees.

Cycle Heaven

31 Hospital Fields Rd, YO10 4FS

Located in a striking Victorian military warehouse, Cycle Haven is a hub of activity, hosting everything from workshops to live theatre. Their café boasts a varied menu with lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Drift-In York

28-29 Nessgate, YO1 8RZ

Step away from the hustle and bustle of the high street and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Drift-In York. Serving fresh food, delicious smoothies and an array of cakes, it’s the perfect meeting place for friends and colleagues alike.

Duke of York

Kings Square, YO1 8BH

Located within the idyllic and infamous Shambles, The Duke of York is part of the Leeds Brewery Family who focus on the quality and selection of beer on offer. Packed with history and reflecting the charm of the city.

El Piano

15-17 Grape Lane, YO1 7HU

Founded in 1997, El Piano offers a delicious and award-winning plant-based, gluten, nut, refined sugar and palm oil free menu. The concept involves building your own plate from a range hot and cold dishes.

FortyFive Vinyl Cafe

29 Micklegate, YO1 6JH

Filled to the brim with records, old and new, FortyFive is York’s first vinyl café that takes attendees on a journey across the ages of music. Listen to iconic songs with locally roasted coffee in a friendly atmosphere.

Gulp and Graze

110 Micklegate, YO1 6JX

With plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, Gulp and Graze has an eclectic menu packed with flavour. Their minimalist décor gives them a bright and modern feel, with a relaxed atmosphere.

Henshelwoods Delicatessen

10 Newgate, YO1 7LA

From Henshelwoods’ vantage point overlooking the daily market, they source the finest and freshest local and seasonal produce to go into their daily specialities. 50 sandwich fillings and salads available.

Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant

1 Little Stonegate, YO1 8AX

Kennedy’s Bar offers two floors of stylish and modern seating with a beautiful roof top terrace overlooking the city. A traditional bar with a contemporary feel, it has a wide selection of cocktails.


2 Patrick Pool,  YO1 8BB

Located in the centre of York, Krusties is perfect for a quick snack on the go. Offering hearty home cooked foods at an affordable price, it’s the ideal place to stop into between screenings.

Little Shambles Tearooms

1 Little Shambles, YO1 7LY

Located on the beautiful cobblestoned streets of its namesake, Little Shambles Tearooms is a cosy hideaway in the heart of the city, with a traditional menu and homey atmosphere.

Love Cheese

16 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ

Love Cheese is a specialist shop offering the finest range of over 100 Yorkshire, British and world cheeses, as well as local breads, chutneys, wines and crackers. The café is open on Fridays and Saturdays.

Micklegate Social

148 Micklegate, YO1 6JX

Trendy and modern, with a luxurious feel, the Micklegate Social has an impressive array of craft beers and ales, as well as a menu stocked with fresh food, with vegan and gluten free options available.


72 Walmgate, YO1 9TL

Piccalilli’s is a deli and takeaway café serving homemade food. Only a couple of minutes walk from one of ASFF venue the National Centre for Early Music, Piccalilli’s is perfect for a quick lunch before a screening.

The Black Swan

23 Peasholme Green, YO1 7PR

The Black Swan is a half-timbered pub dating back to the 16th century, located just a block away from the charming River Foss. Serving a range of ales and classic hot food, it promises to cater to everyone.

The Fossgate Social 

25 Fossgate, YO1 9TA

The Fossgate Social is a fully-licensed café located close to the riverside. By day it’s a comfy place to rejuvenate, boasting a range of coffees, teas and an expanding food menu. Cocktails are available on evenings.

The Hairy Fig

39 Fossgate, YO1 9TF

The Hairy Fig Deli sells locally sourced quality foods as well as the very best Spanish, Italian, French and Mexican produce. The tiny shop is crammed with artisan foods, including those dating back 100 years.

The Lunchbox @ Number 37

37 Shambles, YO1 7LX

Grab refreshment on the move from this café in the city’s historic heart or linger a little longer in their seating area to catch your breath between screenings. This venue is an ideal spot for festival-goers to refuel.

The Nook

3A Castlegate, YO1 9RN

The Nook is a relaxed hideaway perfect for settling in to a freshly roasted cup of coffee or a sample of the homemade menu. By night they are a quirky cocktail bar playing host to a lively open mic night every Friday.

The Shambles Kitchen

28 Shambles, YO1 7LX

The Shambles Kitchen is a fast food snack bar with a difference. Its owners believe in using only raw ingredients from farmers and preparing fresh food, holding a philosophy of helping young people to eat healthily.

York Cocoa House

3 Blake Street, YO1 8QJ

Established in 2011, York Cocoa House is a destination for any true chocolate enthusiast – its goal being to convert everyone into a chocolate lover. Located just across the road from the ASFF Festival Hub.

Shops and Boutiques

Angela Bare

6 Clifford St, YO1 9RD

Angela Bare is an eclectic fashion shop with products that look like they’ve popped out of Wonderland. This small shop is perfect for those interested in vintage fashion, stop in and soak up York’s hive of culture.

Blossom Street Gallery

2 Blossom Street, YO24 1AE

An approachable, affordable art gallery on Blossom Street, promoting the work of local and regional artists and makers. They showcase a wide range of locally created ceramics, prints and a bespoke framing service.

Blue Tree Gallery

23 Bootham York, YO30 7BW

The gallery’s artist-in-residence is Tuscany-born Giuliana Lazzerini, who moved to Yorkshire in 1987. It offers a selection of contemporary fine Art, including paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery and sculpture.

Chris Ceaser Photography

89 Micklegate, YO1 6LE

Inspired by the region’s landscapes – from the Dales to the Yorkshire coast – photographer Chris Ceaser strives to capture the true essence of each location, taking a piece of York with you.


6 Goodramgate, YO1 7LQ

Cleggs is committed to supplying high quality furnishings and homeware that is both beautiful and functional. Alongside crafting and upcycling their own products, they stock a range of carefully selected goods.


11 Museum St, YO1 7DT

European-style liquid deli Demijohn has tickled tastebuds all over the world with its stunning array of unusual spirits, liqueurs, whiskies, oils and vinegars. Each is sourced from artisan producers and customers.

Dog & Bone Vintage

28 Castlegate, YO31 7EQ, YO1 9RP

Dog & Bone is the shop for all things retro. With an eye for design-led products from mid-century-inspired gifts to classic prints, they offer an eclectic collection of classic and on-trend vintage clothing.


12A Gillygate, YO31 7EQ

Expecting on Gillygate sells stylish, comfortable maternity clothes to wear throughout your pregnancy along with discreet nursing tops and dresses for breastfeeding your baby. Attending Cinema Bambino? Pop in.

Give The Dog A Bone

17 Fossgate, YO1 9TA

Not your usual gift shop, Give the Dog a Bone is a treasure trove of unique items and special interest products. You’ll find something for everyone amongst their expansive selection of pop culture collectables and memorabilia.


34 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ

A modern take on the traditional homeware store, Heima has a design-led and eco-friendly ethos. From kitchenware to outdoor items, transform your home with a selection of bespoke and artisan items.

Janette Ray

8 Bootham, YO30 7BL

Located just five minutes from the iconic Minster, Janette Ray’s Bookshop specialises in the sale and purchase of rare and out of print books. With a stock that includes original drawings and photographs, texts vary in a range of topics such as architecture, landscape and design.

Ken Spelman Rare Books

70 Micklegate, YO1 6LF

York’s renowned treasure trove of literature and one of the UK’s best rare bookshops, the shelves of this proudly independent retailer are home to 40,000 books, manuscripts and documents.

Little Apple Bookshop

13 High Petergate, YO1 7EN

A short walk from the York Minster, The Little Apple Bookshop is a warm and welcoming independent book seller with an impressive selection of signed collectibles and new releases.

MOR Music

8 Franklins Yard, Fossgate. YO1 9TN

Whether an aspiring or professional musician, the experts at MOR Music have everything needed for your next performance. Guitars, basses, amps, drums and effects from wide-ranging brands available.

Oxfam Books

69 Low Petergate, YO1 7HY and 46 Micklegate, YO1 6LF

Oxfam is a global movement of people who share the belief that poverty isn’t inevitable. Oxfam Books offers a large selection of books, music and gifts. Help the fight against poverty with a book from York.


60 Low Petergate, YO1 7HZ

Visit this vibrant jewellery shop located in the centre. Selling a mixture of unique and contemporary sterling silver pieces. Their collections include Flinder Opal Jewellery and Copper & Tumbaga.

Priestley’s Vintage Clothing

11 Grape Lane, YO1 7HU

This high-end vintage boutique offers a curated but eclectic range of clothing and accessories dating from the 1920s onwards. The rails are filled with everything from cocktail dresses to costume jewellery.

Rebound Records

5 Gillygate, YO31 7EA

One of the few remaining independent record shops in York, Rebound Records offers visitors the chance to browse some of the latest releases, as well as sifting for musical gems, like before the digital age.

The Flax & Twine

20 Shambles, YO1 7LZ

The Flax & Twine is one of York’s most imaginative boutiques, located down the historic shambles. This is the perfect location to find a souvenir for home, or the perfect gift for new friends.

The Grimoire Bookshop

7 High Petergate, YO1 7EN

Every bit as atmospheric, quaint and enchanting as you’d expect an Aladdin’s cave of antiquarian and second-hand books within sight of York Minster to be. The Grimoire also hosts literary events.

The Pyramid Gallery

43 Stonegate, YO1 8AW

A shop and gallery over two floors of a 15th century building owned by the National Trust in York’s medieval centre, Pyramid Gallery offers one of the country’s finest selections of 150 British designers.

The York Makery

36 Gillygate, YO31 7EL

The York Makery is a haberdashery shop on Gillygate. Boasting a huge range of supplies for contemporary craftsmanship and dressmaking, the shop’s ethos is to help others who share their passion for creating.

Travelling Man

74 Goodramgate, YO1 7LF

Travelling Man is passionate about comic books, boardgames and RPGs. Their goal is to bring contemporary comics from subcultures to the mainstream, and let people know that comics aren’t just for kids.