10 of the Best Independent Cafés in York
Lazy mornings and cafés trips are the best
Mannion & Co Kitchen
Never without a queue, this café is certainly popular with tourists and locals alike – but trust us, it’s worth the wait. Having recently opened a second cafe in Helmsley, business is certainly booming for Mannion & Co. Almost everything is homemade, including the bread, and there is a good selection of gluten free options available. Arrive early to avoid missing out on the famous sausage rolls and to tackle the giant pavlova.
1 Blake Street YO1 8QJ
Brew and Brownie
Oreo brownies, crunchie brownies, cookie dough brownies, there really is a brownie for everyone here. But that’s not all - Brew and Brownie are also known for their huge stacks of pancakes and their mean eggs Benedict. Whether you’re after sweet or savoury, you can enjoy some of York’s best local produce here.
5 Museum Street YO1 7DT
Spring Espresso recently opened a second café in Lendal, and both are well worth a visit. If the words ‘breakfast anytime’ speak to you then this is the café for you. They serve everything from toast to eggs to halloumi platters, keeping all of their customers happy.
45 Fossgate YO1 9TF 21 Lendal YO1 8AQ
07779294149 / 01904 656556
On the doorstop of one of York’s biggest attractions, York Minster, Café Concerto is the perfect café for anyone with a sweet tooth (try Annie’s stickty toffee pudding) and music lovers alike. Enjoy your daytime or evening in this quaint, music-inspired café where sheet music covers the walls.
21 High Petergate YO1 7EN
Little Shambles Tearooms
This little tearoom, in a characteristic Medieval building, beautifully epitomises everything people think of when they think of York. The picture-perfect tearoom also serves a much loved cream tea at an even more loved price. It’s tucked away in one of the Shambles’ famous crooked buildings, so make sure not to miss it.
1 Little Stonegate YO1 7LY
Both Lucky Days café are known their their creative salads and signature bacon buttie and the Parliament Street premises is a great spot for people watching. The Church Street café has a whole range of rooms, each with a different feel.
1 Church Street YO1 8BA
46 Parliament Street YO1 8RU
01904 733 992
York is famous for its City Walls, so where better to enjoy a hot chocolate on a cold morning than inside the walls themselves. This unique Medieval café, run by Christian volunteers, is a step back in time, and despite being located slightly further out from the centre, it is definitely worth the trip to see the views from the roof terrace.
Walmgate Bar YO1 9UB
The Perky Peacock
This café, found within York City Walls, is in a Medieval stone tower. The rounded walls are undoubtedly unique and quirky, and they serve some delicious cinnamon toasted bagels. This gem just celebrated its 8th birthday and it’s dog friendly too.
Under Lendal Bridge, York
This cosy coffee shop doesn’t have a lot of seats, but it does have a lot to offer. They serve a selection of house salads daily and are a favourite with commuters picking up their morning coffee on their way from the station. If you’re looking for something stronger, they also have a selection of wines and beers to choose from. Their famous scotch eggs sell out fast but if you can get your hands on one, you’re in for a treat.
5 Lendal YO1 8AQ