It's always nice to pick up a local tasty treat or special gift and luckily York is blessed with its fair share of delightful shops perfect for foodie fans or for that special present. Here are some of the best food, drink and gift outlets for any discerning shopper.
Shambles Market, found between York’s famous Shambles and Parliament Street, sells a daily selection of fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish (not to mention clothes, music, pet accessories and more). You can also shop at the monthly farmers’ market which also held here. Also in the market place you’ll find both Henshelwoods Deli and Source the Deli – two places selling a wonderful array of cheese, ham and more. Close by is Bluebird Bakery on Little Shambles, a must for its breads and tray bakes.
The Hairy Fig off Fossgate offers truffle oil, pastrami, mussels and wonderful gifts for the foodie in your life. On the other side of town, Mannion & Co is a deli and cafe with a distinctive continental feel which opened in a former greengrocer’s shop in Blake Street.
Earworm Records, found via an alleyway off Goodramgate, stocks vinyl and CDs, T-shirts and more for the music connoisseur. Head to Fossgate to choose from Give The Dog A Bone’s colourful and offbeat range of cards.
Shambles Market, found between Shambles and Parliament Street, sells a daily selection of fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish –not to mention clothes, music, pet accessories and more
On Gillygate Love Cheese sells cheese from Yorkshire and across the UK, with a few continental varieties, as well as artisan bread. You can create a curry as good as the one in your favourite restaurant with a pack of flavourings from Rafi’s Spicebox on Goodramgate. The first traditional butcher’s shop to open in York in many years, Appleton’s sells delicious pork pies, cured hams and patés from its home on Lendal.
Demijohn on Museum Street – the “liquid deli” – serves up an amazing range of olives oils, balsamic vinegars and fruit vinegars. Similarly, il Gusto on Low Petergate sells oils and vinegars, liqueurs, whiskies, rums and brandies. York Gin is based in one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the 16th century Tudor-era Sir Thomas Herbert House on Pavement opposite M&S and the Shambles. It stocks The York Gin Company’s many award-winning gins, other top Yorkshire gins, plus lots of gifts and souvenirs.