For those of you who have just moved here, we’re thrilled that you’ve chosen York and can’t wait to meet you properly! This blog is a quick introduction to the city and some recommendations for places to try out. It’s by no means exhaustive but it’s a good start.
Food and Drink
- Gatehouse Coffee is at the top of Walmgate Bar. It’s nestled into one of the gates of the York Walls, and has low priced coffee and delicious paninis. (Personal recommendation is the homemade Red Velvet cake!) Bonus - it’s run by a local Bible college and the Wifi password is “Jesuslovesyou”. Amen.
- Brew and Brownie on Museum Street do arguably the best brownies in Britain, as well as huge stacks of pancakes if you feel so inclined. Just down the street is Circles Cafe which has stunning views over the River Ouse.
- I’m yet to find a better hot chocolate than the ones served at York Cocoa House on Blake Street. Look out for the savoury chocolate food menu and thank me later.
- The House of Trembling Madness is a medieval tavern on Stonegate, which serves enormous platters of food for around £10. Bonus - one of the Student Teams lives right next door so go and annoy them afterwards.
- Fiesta Latina serves a range of Mexican and Tex-Mex foods. The portions are massive, the prices are student friendly and if you ask nicely, they’ll give you all sombreros to wear which is really all I want in a restaurant.
- El Piano is a totally meat-free restaurant on Grape Lane with a range of meals for all dietary requirements.
- If you’re feeling rich (or your parents are paying), Little Italy on Goodramgate is the best Italian restaurant I have found so far. Pricey but good for special occasions.
- Dusk and The Drawing Board on New Street both do excellent cocktails at low prices. Evil Eye on Stonegate is also great - bit more expensive but locals said that Johnny Depp went there once. Or something.
- The Charles XII in Heslington is great for food and cheap pints, while the Crossed Keys on Goodramgate is where you will find most of the student population after the 6pm service at Michael le Belfrey. Bonus points if you spot any of the clergy there.
- Goodramgate has lots of charity shops with a good selection of clothes. There is also Boyes, a local Yorkshire chain which is worth a look for the novelty alone. Underwear, gardening tools, crockery and so much more.
- Fossgate has the best selection of vintage and book shops, while Parliament Street and Coney Street have most of the chain outlets.
This blog has barely scratched the surface so go and explore what’s out there! We hope you have a fantastic time in York - any questions or problems, please do get in touch with any of the student team.