York is a vibrant yet timeless city, and very much a city of independence – both in spirit, and in terms of the variety of independent shops, restaurants, and coffee shops that can be found within the city limits – many in places you might easily miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for!
To help you find the best pit-stops to relax, unwind, and refuel during a visit to Yorkshire’s capital city, here are the five best coffee shops in the city, so you’ll know exactly where to head for a scrumptious snack, or a quick, quality caffeine fix!
Top Five Best Cafes in York
#1: Mannion & Co. (www.mannionandco.co.uk)
With branches across North Yorkshire, Mannion & Co. is a reliable independent landmark for refuelling throughout an extended visit to the northern part of “God’s own county”, with the York cafe, situated on Blake Street, offering a pleasant garden area that’s ideally suited to large groups in the summer.
The on-site deli provides the inspiration for the cafe’s charcuterie boards and cheese slates, as well as allowing you to enjoy the fantastic range of fresh bread long after your holiday has ended.
With great coffee, and a large range of sandwiches to choose from, Mannion & Co is dog friendly, and, if your dog isn’t particularly cafe-friendly, the vast majority of their food is available to take away, so you can enjoy top quality, fresh food without the hustle and bustle of a busy venue, or, if you’re just in York for the day, you can eat on the move, and make the most of the time you have.
Bringing you fast, polite, professional service,and truly amazing food at reasonable prices, Mannion & Co is a must on your North Yorkshire itinery.
- Dog friendly
- Take away options
- Large range of sandwiches
- Great coffee
#2: Spring Espresso (www.springespresso.co.uk)
Providing an oasis of calming coffee shop culture just off York’s main shopping streets, on Fossgate, Spring Espresso is exactly what you need in the middle of a busy day’s bargain hunting, or while you’re searching for the season’s must-have item.
Offering a great variety of gulty pleasures, the BLT croissant is a delight that’s not to be missed. As it should be in all the best establishments, the coffee is good, hot, and strong, and those who don’t do dairy, but are allergic to soya, will be pleased to know that almond milk is the non-dairy alternative coffee additive offered here.
- BLT Croissant!
- Almond milk as non-dairy option
- Located just off main shopping streets
#3: Coffee Culture
If you can handle steep stairs, then Coffee Culture, on Goodramgate, is an excellent choice, with a chai latte that hits every spot, and is very likely to become one of the highlights of your York experience.
Set over three levels, Coffee Culture is a quaint cafe with a great atmosphere, boosted by the friendly professionalism of the staff. With a range of vegetarian options, and the best scones in town, you’ll definitely want to call into this olde worlde charm cafe with its bang up to date service and range.
- Try the chai latte!
- Great atmosphere, friendly staff
- Vegetarian options
- Very steep stairs
#4: Pig & Pastry (www.thepigandpastry.com)
If you’re a single traveller looking to make friends, and not fussed about the taste of your coffee, as long as it’s hot and sweet, then the Pig & Pastry is the place to be! A small, very popular cafe on Bishopthorpe Road, the bijou layout and queues of eager gourmets mean that, if you have spare seats at your table, you’re likely to end up sharing with strangers – great for backpackers who see new friends as being as important as new experiences.
With friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere, the Pig & Pastry offers a varied menu, and the communal feel that many younger travellers enjoy.
- Varied selection of food
- Welcoming atmosphere
- Friendly staff
- Does get very crowded
- Coffee afficionados will be disappointed
#5: The Perky Peacock (www.perkypeacockcafe.co.uk)
Set in a medieval tower under Lendal Bridge, The Perky Peacock is a hidden gem that’s easy to miss on your trip around York.
Offering great coffee and truly fantastic hot chocolate in a unique and welcoming atmosphere, make sure you take time out of a busy day in York to sit and relax under the exposed wooden beams of The Perky Peacock, enjoy a warm drink, and feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.
Vegetarians looking for a varied selection won’t find it here, but for the omnivores, The Perky Peacock is a lively, secluded spot that has everything you want in your new favourite cafe.
- Give the hot chocolate a go – great on a cold, wet day.
- Interesting, unique setting
- Limited vegetarian options
- Although the cafe is on the river, there are no views of the river from inside