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


58 Walmgate, YO1 9TL

Barbakan is a small independent family-run café and restaurant within the city walls, specialising mainly in Eastern European cuisine, including Polish and Hungarian dishes. As well as delicious coffee, they serve lunch specialities such as handmade pierogi, borsht and bigos.

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 with her culinary skills. The menu is made in-house and all food is prepared to order, with locally sourced ingredients such as freshly baked bread and cured ham.

Bison Coffee House

Heslington Road, YO10 5AR

Bison Coffee opened in 2011, and since then has been serving up a combination of coffee, cake and quality local music to the students and locals of York’s Heslington Road. The shop has played host to acoustic and spoken word events as well as exhibitions and speakeasies.

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. They are open seven days per week as a cafe, and the bistro is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 6pm to 9pm.

Bluebird Bakery

2 Little Shambles

Using local organic flour, wild and organic yeast and traditional long-fermentation methods, Bluebird Bakery create hand-crafted loaves which need no other additives. Most products are suitable for vegans. The bakery also supplies many local delis, restaurants and bars.

Brew & Brownie

5 Museum St, YO1 7DT

The team at Brew & Brownie is inspired by the seasons, the countryside, urban adulthood, childhood food and their favourite flavours. Customers can relax, eat and drink in the stylish interiors, or if you’re in a hurry, grab a sandwich made with local artisan bread.

Brigantes Bar & Brasserie

114 Micklegate, YO1 6JX

Specialising in craft ales and comfort food, Brigantes offers drinkers and diners a warm welcome. There is a superbly-kept range of 10 hand-pulled ales, showcasing many Yorkshire breweries including York Brewery, together with a carefully-chosen bottled beer selection.

Caffe La Tazzina

12 Blossom St, YO24 1AZ

This family-run Anglo-Italian café is ideally situated to greet hungry new arrivals in the city, just round the corner from the railway station by Micklegate Bar. There are cakes, pasta, salads and a very popular breakfast menu, including Eggs Benedict with Serrano Ham.

Cakes d’Licious

61 Clifton, YO30 6BD

Cakes d’Licious is a vintage tearoom and cakery in Clifton, York. It is a small family-run business which aims to provide a true vintage experience. There are loose teas, barista coffees, hot chocolates and milkshakes and a huge selection of homemade cakes as well as Vintage Afternoon Tea.

Circles Café

Lendal Bridge

Enjoy coffee and cake in the unique setting of an old toll house overlooking the river Ouse from one of the city’s famous bridges, a stone’s throw from the Museum Gardens and the Minster. As well as coffee made by expert baristas, there is a selection of drinks, sandwiches and paninis.

Coffee Culture

41 Goodramgate, YO1 7LS

Coffee Culture is a real locals’ hangout, with a laid-back atmosphere and its own great selection of coffee blends. Proud of their hot beverages, and food, this quirky café is housed in a medieval building and was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

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, the pub also serves locally sourced and freshly prepared food.

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 an appetising range of hot dishes, fritters, salads and much more sourced from local ingredients.

Evil Eye

42 Stonegate, YO1 8AS

Evil Eye is a popular restaurant and bar which serves a delicious Thai menu. There are decorative rooms upstairs and an open-plan bar downstairs. The bar offers a huge range of cocktails as well as a broad selection of wines and champagne. Perfect for a drink or meal after a film.

FortyFive Vinyl Cafe

29 Micklegate, YO1 6JH

Filled to the brim with records, old and new, FortyFive is York’s first vinyl café that will take you on a journey across the ages of music. Relax in the friendly atmosphere and listen to good quality music whilst drinking a cup of locally roasted coffee and sampling the selection of lite bites.

Harlequin / The Attic

2 Kings Square, YO1 8BH

A doorway off Kings Square leads you up into this quirky venue, ideal for watching the crowds below. On the first floor is the Harlequin coffee house, with an extraordinary selection of the world’s finest coffees and food, while higher up, The Attic has craft beer from around the world.

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 fantastic sandwich fillings and salads available all day and great produce on the shelves.

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 to match. The café is open on Fridays and Saturdays, serving boards, sandwiches, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

Luxury Ice Cream Company

20 Back Swinegate, YO1 8AD

Luxury Ice Cream Company was founded in 2010 to provide quality handmade ice cream, sorbets and frozen yogurts alongside a range of old-fashioned sweets and quality unusual gifts. The 24-flavour display freezer is permanently stocked with a varied range of ice creams.

Me and Mrs Fisher

18 Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7HA

Me and Mrs Fisher is an independent craft café on Lord Mayors Walk, offering light lunches and a large selection of homemade cakes. Everything is made fresh on site using locally sourced ingredients. They also offer a wide range of craft workshops and host parties and celebrations.

No. 84

84 Micklegate, YO1 6LF

Based in Micklegate, near York’s famous city walls, Number 84 Sandwich Bar serves a variety of sandwiches, rolls, baguettes and other snacks, hot and cold drinks, as well as providing a food delivery and catering service. Hot food is also available to eat inside or out.

Nought e Food Company

23 Blake Street,YO1 8QJ

Priding themselves on the freshest food possible, the Nought E Food company sources ingredients of the highest quality combined with fresh herbs and spices. The menu includes sandwiches, quesadillas, soups and salads. Pop in for a bite to eat in-between screenings.


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 film showing. There is a wide range of cakes, sandwiches and relishes available.

Plonkers Wine and Beer Bar

5 Cumberland St, YO1 9SW

On one of the streets at York’s riverside, this family-run wine bar serves up homemade food to accompany a wide choice of draft and bottled beers, cocktails made to order and wines from around the world. Alongside favourites like steak pie, the specials board changes regularly.


7 Bishopthorpe Road, YO23 1NA

Robinsons is an independent family run café that serves homemade, locally sourced food. The all-day menu includes a variation of breakfast plates, light snacks and warming winter stews and is accompanied by a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, including tea, coffee, beer & wine.


12 Newgate, YO1 7LA

A new sandwich shop located in York’s busy shopping district, Newgate Market. Sandwitches offers a huge variety of sandwiches and freshly ground coffee made exactly to your liking. You can choose your filling, bread as well a selection of sundries. You’ll always get a warm welcome.

Spring Espresso

45 Fossgate, YO1 9TF

Spring Espresso, founded in 2006, is a destination for any true coffee-lover. They’re serious about serving an outstanding cup each and every time. Inside you’ll also find a selection of cakes and sundries to complement your beverage.

Stanley and Ramona

30A Bishopthorpe Road, YO23 1JJ

A charming cosy café located on Bishopthorpe Road, Stanley and Ramona specialise in high-quality, single-origin coffee from around the world. They also have an extensive range of gluten free delights and serve cocktails on Friday and Saturday.

Stonegate Yard

8-10 Little Stonegate, YO1 8AX

Stonegate Yard is situated in a beautiful Georgian townhouse on Little Stonegate, one of York’s premier destinations for the discerning diner. With a ground floor bar area and dining room, a spacious first floor restaurant and a stunning courtyard.

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. A number of luxury guest rooms are also available.

The Botanist

15-19 Stonegate, York YO1 8ZW

The Botanist York opened in the city’s historic Stonegate in 2016. Explore a secret garden of food and drink, where resident botanists craft unusual concoctions. The pub and restaurant offers an extensive food menu with plenty of options and famous deil boards to suit all appetites.

The Cake Shop

24 Fossgate, YO1 9TA

This family-run 1930s themed cake shop and tea house is located on Fossgate. An idyllic setting, this is the perfect stop for afternoon tea, boasting a wide selection of loose leaf teas, as well as a delicious choice of homemade cakes, sandwiches and salads, all made in-house.

The Fossgate Social 

25 Fossgate, YO1 9TA

The Fossgate Social is a friendly, fully-licensed café located close to the riverside. By day it’s a comfy place to rest and rejuvenate, boasting a range of coffees, teas and an expanding food menu with a range of sweet treats. In the evening it’s perfect for a few cocktails.

The Gillygate Pub

8 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ

The Gillygate Pub with rooms is set in Gillygate next to the famous York Minster, and opens onto a beautiful secluded beer garden. The Gillygate features 8 recently-refurbished letting rooms and has a fantastic range of meals being served throughout the day, which are all homemade on site.

The Habit

40 Goodramgate, YO1 7LF

The Habit is an informal cozy cafe bar where there is always a nice, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You can enjoy live music and have a drink from a selection of wines and world beers, and  they have one of the best views of York Minister in the city from our rooftop garden.

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 aged balsamic vinegars up to 100 years old. Savoury specialities include duck liver pate, truffles and salamis.

The House of the Trembling Madness

48 Stonegate, YO1 8AS

Below, a well-stocked beer shop, above, one of York’s most atmospheric bars, in the roof space of a medieval hall. Part of the building dates from Norman times, some of the beams were part of a ship more than 800 years ago, providing one of the best ranges of craft ales in the UK.

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. From soups to sandwiches, mouthwatering cakes to heartwarming pasta, this venue is an ideal spot for festival-goers to refuel.

The Nook

3a Castlegate, YO1 9RN

Tucked away down the charming Castlegate street, 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 Perky Peacock

17 Museum St, YO1 7D

The Perky Peacock has two stores in York – under Lendal Bridge on the River Ouse and at 74 Gillygate. They specialise in coffee. Fresh cakes are available from their own bakery, along with a range of breakfast and lunch items made in store from local ingredients.

The Pig & Pastry

35 Bishopthorpe Road, YO23 1NA

A family-run café at the heart of York’s “Bishy Road”, the Pig & Pastry offers mouth-watering homemade food throughout the day, from breakfast and brunch favourites such as bacon and eggs or waffles, through to a warming lunch menu and selection of home-baked cakes.

The Raj

21 Bootham, YO30 7BW

The Raj Restaurant was opened by Raj Ahmad in 2012 and has rapidly built up an enviable reputation for quality and customer service. The 70-seater restaurant has been completely refurbished and has a great range of Indian and Bangladeshi dishes available to eat in or take away.

The Shambles Kitchen

28 Shambles, YO1 7LX

The Shambles Kitchen is a fast food snack bar with a difference. Its owners, Simon and Phil, believe in using only raw ingredients from farmers and preparing fresh food. With a philosophy of helping young people to eat healthily, the Kitchen offers both hot and cold dishes.

The Vanilla Café

12 College St, YO1 7JF

The Vanilla Café is an independent restaurant that prides itself on outstanding customer service. They serve Illy Coffee, delicious homemade cakes and cupcakes, and their tea and cakes are served on beautiful vintage tea sets. It’s a little trove of treats and one of York’s hidden gems.

Tower Vue

14 Tower St, YO1 9SA

This thriving café overlooks Clifford’s Tower and the historic Eye of York from its location on the corner of Tower Gardens. A local independent cafe with a friendly atmosphere, it serves many home made products including soup, scones and cakes, hot and cold drinks and sandwiches.

Victor J’s Art Bar

1A Finkle St, YO1 8RW

Victor J’s Art Bar is an independent café bar serving great drinks and comfort food since 1997. They have monthly art exhibitions, free WiFi, an intimate courtyard and they also cater for private parties. Come visit and try the delicious menu, international beers, local ales, cocktails and wines.

Walmgate Ale House and Bistro

25 Walmgate, YO1 9TX

Walmgate Ale House and Bistro boasts a cosy bar on the ground floor serving Real Ale, Cider and Wine along with a selection of homemade Bar Snacks. The Bistro is located on the first floor, and serves fresh food daily using Yorkshire product. The cosy loft space is perfect for large parties.


21 Grape Lane, YO1 7HU

A piece of bohemian Paris tucked away in the atmospheric back streets in the heart of York’s fashionable The Quarter. This perennial favourite independent, family-owned wine bar also offers a bistro menu including burgers, mezze and baguettes to accompany the wine list and selection of bottled beers and spirits.

Ye Olde Pie & Sausage Shoppe

1 Little Shambles, YO1 7LX

Ye Olde Pie & Sausage Shoppe is a small family business based on the Shambles, historically the home of York’s butchers. The shop sells a huge variety of traditional gourmet sausages, meat and pies. The ingredients are all fresh and locally sourced. The recipes have been passed down throughout generations.


York Station, YO24 1AB

ÜGOT founder Joe Carnell has made it his mission to create hangouts that serve an irresistible combination of fresh, flavour-first food full of natural goodness. His first venture is at York station, offering travellers ethically produced, additive-free food with plenty of choice for food intolerances. An antidote to everyday stress.

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, the company has a huge variety of chocolate treats as well as savoury dishes. Just the place to indulge in a treat between films.

Your Bike Shed

148 Micklegate, YO1 6JX

Your Bike Shed is a place where cycling and café culture meet in one relaxed and friendly environment, providing fantastic coffee and locally sourced food. Your Bike Shed welcomes riders of all kinds, and friends with or without two wheels who just enjoy conversation, good food and a great cup of coffee.

Shops and Boutiques

Blossom Street Gallery and Framing

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, gifts, cards and jewellery, as well as materials, classes, workshops 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, original prints, ceramics, jewellery and sculpture. The gallery is situated just round the corner from the main art gallery.

Blueberry at Silver Street

5 Silver Street, YO1 8RY

Blueberry is a Yorkshire-based community organisation whose shops sell a range of beautiful handcrafted goods and gifts created by people with learning disabilities, including upcycled furniture and lights. Blueberry currently supports around 50 individuals in North Yorkshire.

Chris Ceaser Photography

89 Micklegate, YO1 6LE

Inspired by the region’s exhilarating views; from the Dales to the wild beauty of the Yorkshire coast, photographer Chris Ceaser strives to capture the true essence of each location. His gallery offers a vast range of images from Yorkshire and the Lake District and greetings cards.


61 Goodramgate, YO1 7LS

Classix is York’s long-established independent destination for alternative fashion. If your tastes tend towards all things gothic, metal, punk or skater, check out the shop or online store. Shoes and boots from brands like Iron Fist and Dekline, clothing from brands like Emily The Strange.


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, fairly traded from craftspeople around the world or sourced directly from the artist.

Daisy Taylor’s

4 Kings Court, YO1 7LD

Whatever your special occasion, Daisy Taylor’s are experts at providing the perfect card and gift ideas with outstanding, friendly service. Whether a special birthday, a wedding, engagement, new baby or graduation, there is bound to be something in store to suit the occasion.


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 are encouraged to taste, making a trip to Demijohn better than a visit to a bar.

Dog & Bone Vintage

36 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ and 28 Castlegate, 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, an eclectic collection of classic and on-trend vintage clothing, Dog & Bone offers a fresh approach to modern living.

Duttons for Buttons

32 Coppergate, YO1 1NR

Situated in a landmark building from 1422, this York institution boasts Britain’s largest selection of buttons (more than 12,000) and enough haberdashery items to fascinate anyone who has ever picked up a sewing needle. Owner Drusilla White still travels the world for designs.


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. We offer a specialist maternity and nursing bra fitting service instore – no appointment necessary.

Frankie & Johnny’s Cookshop

23 Bishopthorpe Road, YO23 1NA

Frankie & Johnny’s Cookshop is a gorgeous emporium of kitchen delights including ovenware, tableware, bakeware, sugarcraft, aprons, basketware, gifts, cards and much more. It is also the largest stockist of Polish pottery in the York area. Browsers welcome!

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. Ken Spelman Rare Books also hosts contemporary art exhibitions. Browsers can enjoy tea and coffee, with parking close by.

Lily Shambles

11 Shambles, YO1 7LZ

Contemporary jewellery specialist Lily Shambles offers the chance to see, touch and try on a wide range of stunning jewellery from designers and makers around the world, at its premises in a historic medieval building. Ranges include Coeur De Lion from Germany and Sheila Fleet from Orkney.

Maude & Tommy

Grape Lane, YO1 7HU

Maude and Tommy is a York gem. A beautiful independent boutique that stocks a stunning and individual collection of clothing and gifts that are crafted by individuals that are passionate about environment and the people who work in it. A great place to find clothing and gifts that you will treasure forever.

MOR Music

8 Franklins Yard, Fossgate. YO1 9TN

Whether an aspiring musician or a gigging professional, the experts at MOR Music have everything you need for a perfect performance. Guitars, basses, amps, drums and effects from a wide range of famous brands are all on sale, both new and used, as well as a comprehensive repair service.

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. Their remit is to make as much money possible to help the fight against poverty.


60 Low Petergate, YO1 7HZ

Visit this vibrant jewellery shop located in the centre. Selling a mixture of unique and contemporary sterling silver pieces, they feature necklaces and bracelets, to watches. Their collections include Flinder Opal Jewellery, Flores real flower jewellery and Copper & Tumbaga.

Pandora’s Box

21 Colliergate, YO1 8BN

Pandora’s Box is a curiosity shop filled with wonders and oddities like nowhere else in the world. They have antique taxidermy creatures, strange antique medical tools, animal skeletons, interesting scientific preparations and so much more in their carefully curated den of weird.

Priestley’s Vintage Clothing

1 Norman Court, 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 fur coats, Burberry macs to military uniforms to sparkling prom frocks, and a selection of 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 bringing a nostalgic feeling to any music lover who enjoyed searching and sifting for musical gems before the digital age.

Shared Earth

1 Minster Gates, YO1 7HL

Shared Earth on Minster Gate was one of the first Fair Trade shops to open in the UK. They specialise in hand crafted gifts from 16 countries around the world, ensuring that producers are paid reasonable prices, child labour is avoided, and sustainable materials are used wherever possible.

The Flax & Twine

20 Shambles, YO1 7LZ

The Flax & Twine is here to make your life lovely. Whether you’re in town and need a well deserved break from shopping, want somewhere special to catch up with friends, need to find the perfect gift or fancy learning a new craft, you’ll find a friendly welcome and tasty food and drink.

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. With a wide selection of titles, with friendly and knowledgeable staff on hand, the Grimoire also hosts literary events.

The Inkwell

10 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ

Decorated like a 1950s classroom, The Inkwell on Gillygate is a little shop specialising in new and second-hand vinyl records, CDs and books. From big new release LPs to weird old psychedelia and jazz, with shelves of books on music, film and politics, The Inkwell is a haven of popular culture.

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 British-made contemporary crafts, jewellery and original prints. The work of 150 designers is available.

The York Makery

36 Gillygate, YO31 7EL

The York Makery is a craft and haberdashery shop on Gillygate. Boasting a huge range of supplies from ribbons and wools to dress patterns, the shop’s ethos is to help others who share their passion for creating. Weekly workshops are offered with tutors and specialists.

The Yorkshire Soap Company

10 Blake Street, YO1 8QG

An independent business established in 2004, The Yorkshire Soap Company offers a luxurious range of handmade soaps, bath and pampering products and home scents. You can browse their beautifully packaged products firsthand in their York, Leeds and Hebden Bridge stores, or online.

Travelling Man

54 Goodramgate, YO1 7LF

Travelling Man is passionate about comic books, boardgames and RPGs and they want you to feel the same. Their goal is to get everyone to love at least one comic or game. They want to bring comics from subcultures to the mainstream, and let people know that comics aren’t just for kids.