Okay, it is absolutely no secret that York is home to some of the best cafés and tea rooms EVER. (slightly biased but let’s not worry about that😉) So, I thought I’d compile a list of my 10 absolute favourites.
- The Brew and Brownie: 5 Museum Street, York. I am quite biased because I actually work here part-time, but even before I did when someone asked me ‘where can I go for good coffee and cake?’ this was where I would send them. And I am certain many people will agree with me that The Brew and Brownie is one of the best places in York for coffee and cake. With a range of fresh, home baked cakes and brownies, you really cannot go wrong. (not to mention that they look amazing and taste even better!). If you are passing during the day (which I often do even when I’m not working) the cakes sat in the window make me wish I could stop for a slice – so basically if you can, you definitely should, they’re heavenly. They also have a breakfast menu (served til 11:30am) and lunch menu (served til 4:30pm) both of which offer a seasonal selection of food made with locally sourced ingredients made fresh to order. It is definitely worth a visit. More info at: http://www.brewandbrownie.co.uk/
- Coffee Culture: 41 Goodramgate, York. This café is reminiscent of the beautiful old buildings in York. It is tiny inside with narrow staircases up to the upstairs seating areas. It does amazing coffee and has a selection of cakes, I often have a lemon curd scone with jam and clotted cream (which is to DIE FOR). But it’s brunch/lunch menu is one of my favourite reasons to visit. It has an extensive range of sandwiches/wraps/panini’s which sound lovely and taste even better. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/41Goodramgate/
- The Perky Peacock: Lendal Bridge, York. The Perky Peacock is situated right on the riverside in what I can only describe as a cosy hut-like building (it’s part of the city walls I think…). Either way, it has a really rustic vibe and feels like the perfect place to curl up with a book in the winter. It does a great range of coffee and hot chocolate and the latte art is incredible! It is one of those places that you just want to keep coming back to. Find out more at: http://perkypeacockcoffee.co.uk/#home
- Wheldrakes: 5C Goodramgate, York. I visited this place on an afternoon off from uni, me and my friends were on a mission to visit many different cafes and this was one of them! It has a really lovely cosy feel, I think I actually had a milkshake there, but one of my friends had coffee and said it was lovely. Definitely worth stopping by for a coffee and a cake. More at: https://www.facebook.com/freshdailybakes/
- Me & Mrs Fisher: 18 Lord Mayors Walk, York. Me & Mrs Fisher is a quaint little café that doubles up as a sewing and craft shop that also runs workshops to develop skills such as sewing, knitting and crochet. It is really close to university, so is somewhere close but cosy to get a hot drink between lectures. They serve a selection of home baked cakes and scones and a range of hot and cold drinks. It is the perfect place to go if you want to spend the afternoon crafting with a slice of cake! More info at: http://www.meandmrsfisher.co.uk/
- Croque Monsieur: St. Leonard’s Place, Bootham Bar, York. This café is one of those places that I walk past ALL THE TIME and just never ventured into. But once I did I was like ‘why haven’t I been here sooner?!’ Inside there is a glass panel in the floor, meaning you can look down into what is the old ruins of the Roman city wall. It is definitely an interesting place to have a coffee break! The walls are papered with paper that has a bookshelf print, which obviously I found exciting (I’m so lame). They do have a selection of cakes (not too many though) but have a pretty good selection of hot and cold sandwiches, so is a great place to grab a bite to eat. (and of course, coffee!). Find out more at: http://www.croqmon.com/
- Hadleys: 3 Bootham Bar, York. I visited this café quite recently, and was so glad I did. Like with the above cafe, it is a place I always pass on the way to university, but had yet to venture in. The cakes look delightful but I ended up having a latte and a Brie and Bacon melt on a bagel, both of which were lovely! It is stereotypically ‘York’ inside, with tiny narrow staircases and small, cosy rooms to sit and have coffee in! Totally worth a visit. More at: https://en-gb.facebook.com/hadleyscoffeehouse/
- Rae and Webb: 74 Gillygate, York. Similarly to number 5 on the list, Rae & Webb is less than a minutes walk from university, it the perfect place to grab a coffee on the way to a class or to spend time reading between lectures. (there’s a theme here of sitting in coffee shops between lectures…). They serve an impressive selection of hot drinks and a selection of cakes. They also offer 10% student discount if you are a student at YSJ – what isn’t there to like? More about Rae & Webb here: https://www.facebook.com/74Gillygate/
- Circles Cafe: Lendal Bridge, York. This café, like The Perky Peacock is situated on Lendal Bridge, with a view of the River Ouse. It is lovely inside, super cosy and the perfect place for a quick pit-stop! It has a selection of sandwiches and cakes and does AMAZING Milkshakes (the Oreo one was so good!!). It’s right in the centre of York, so a great place to stop after a walk along the Ouse or around the Museum Gardens. Find out more at: https://en-gb.facebook.com/Circles-Cafe-York-204020679612994/
- Stanley and Ramona: 30A Bishopthorpe Road, York. Stanley and Ramona is situated slightly out of the city centre, on the ‘fashionable’ Bishopthorpe Road, which has so many other lovely café’s (that I haven’t visited yet, sadly). However, I visited this café on a particularly hot summer day desperately seeking refuge from the heat! It is tiny inside, but also one of those places you can just tell is super friendly and personal. Me and my friend sat in the outside seating area, which was just as tiny as the inside, but it was lovely. I cannot vouch for the coffee, (I had a cold drink) but my friend had a cappuccino and had no complaints! I also had a sandwich, which was amazing! (which seems an odd word to use to describe a sandwich, but I’ll insert a picture and you’ll see what I mean!) More info at: http://www.stanleyandramona.co.uk/
I hope that anyone reading this who lives/studies or just wants to visit York is inspired to try any one of these cafes, all of which I think are lovely. (But of course, I am biased, I love everything in York).