Nowadays coffee is a serious business. People will travel far and wide for a good cup. It isn’t just about adding instant powder to water anymore (you savages!)
Thousands flock to the ancient city of York on a daily basis, whether it be for the abundance of shops on offer, or the wealth of history found behind the medieval walls. All that footfall means plenty of folk looking for a good cuppa and a bite of lunch and luckily, York sports some of the finest independent cafes around.
Resident caffeine fiend Joel Draba-Mann checks out some of the best coffee houses city has to offer.
York is well known for its history, and the Perky Peacock certainly embraces that. The cafe presents a cosy atmosphere hidden within one of the city walls’ medieval towers, overlooking the River Ouse. Be on the look out as it is a little difficult to spot.
Perky Peacock is perfect for a quirky coffee (wintry special Peanut Butter Latte anyone?) and homemade cakes and light lunches. It’s a favourite of visiting tourists and the nearby city business quarter, and there’s also a second Perky Peacock branch situated on Gillygate, just across the other side of the city centre.
Lendal Bridge, YO1 7DJ (01904 623658, perkypeacockcoffee.co.uk)
Your Bike Shed
York is well known for its bikes. They’re everywhere. The 2014 Tour de France did go through the city after all. And if you fancy a coffee and a bite to eat while your bicycle gets a tune up, then head to the Your Bike Shed on the city’s popular Micklegate road.
Offering delicious locally sourced grub and a bike restoration and repair service in the Workshop, this is the place to be for the city’s ever growing number of cycle enthusiasts. You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins either, all are welcome to stop by for a cuppa and a chat.
148 Micklegate, YO1 6JX (01904 633777, www.yourbikeshed.co.uk)
The passionate, hip Spring Espresso is situated just off the city’s high street area. Serving great coffee and food, the little joint is renowned for winning national awards including Best Latte and Best Tea, while the proprietor has been a semi-finalist in the UK Barista Championships.
An airy establishment full of quirky restored furniture and a delightful mix of lunchtime snacks.
45 Fossgate, YO1 9TF (07779 294149, www.springespresso.co.uk)
Brew & Brownie
A rustic mix of local produce, Yorkshire heritage and urban modernism, the ever popular Brew and Brownie is a great stopping-point on the edge of the city’s shopping district. The artisan bread board and the delicious American pancake stacks are definite must-haves for any hungry patron.
Its increasing popularity means it may be a little busy during peak hours, but it’s probably worth any wait.
5 Museum Street, YO1 7DT (01904 647420, www.brewandbrownie.co.uk)
Sitting snuggling in among the tall old-buildings of Goodramgate in the older part of the city, Coffee Culture is a cosy place away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Relax on the comfy windowledge chairs overlooking the streets below.
This place allegedly serves the best full English in the nation, according to some of its passionate regulars.
41 Goodramgate, YO1 7LS (01904 630325, Facebook)
A cupcake specialist, as you may have guessed, this fine venue is situated in the shadow of the beautiful York Minster. Crumbs is a quaint little place that oozes chic and charm. The cupcakes themselves are so well crafted, with intricate designs and delicate patterns, that it almost seems a shame to eat them. We do anyway though – because they taste great.
The team at Crumbs can also sort you an amazing wedding or birthday cake too.
10 College Street, YO1 7JF (01904 638282, www.crumbscupcakery.co.uk)
A tourist trip to York wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the historic Betty’s Tearooms. Slap-bang in the middle of the city, the world-renowned cafe has been open for close to a century, with hundreds of tourists flocking daily to score one or two of Betty’s famous scones.
As you’d expect, Betty’s is in a permanent state of hustle and bustle so do plan to queue for a table. Handily, however, both the cafe and shop remain open until 7pm if you can’t get in over lunch.
6-8 Saint Helen’s Square, YO1 8QP (01904 659142, www.bettys.co.uk)
Mannion & Co.
This little Bistro Cafe and Deli aims to blend a variety of European artisan cultures with the best of the county of Yorkshire.
Mannion is a great place for a lunch break with its selection of French and Italian themed sandwiches, Yorkshire bacon rolls, and fabled selection of sweet patisseries and cakes.
1 Blake St, YO1 8QJ (01904 631030, mannionandco.co.uk)
Stanley & Ramona
Out of the city centre, on York’s nationally famous hipster hang-out ‘Bishy Road’, is Stanley & Ramona’s. And this little family-run place is a must for anyone visiting the bustling street.
Along with its much celebrated espresso, S & R’s offers a quirky and very different mix of sandwiches and snacks. All loose-leaf teas come with a timer too, so even the most discerning of drinkers can time their brew to perfection.
30A Bishopthorpe Road, YO23 1JJ (01904 659166, www.stanleyandramona.co.uk)
Blink and you’ll miss it. Molly’s Tearooms is sat above the York Antiques Centre on the ancient Stonegate, sprawled out below the Minster. Once you’ve finished perusing the rooms full of vintage items and collectibles, head upstairs for a well-deserved coffee and a cake.
Serving freshly cooked all-day breakfasts and homemade treats, Molly’s is a vintage haven for any weary shopper caught in the city centre.
41 Stonegate, YO1 8AW (01904 623824)
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