Considering a holiday to York? While the city is known for its great history and culture, it also has fantastic shopping. From the high street shops to the infamous Shambles, here are the best places to go shopping in York.
Open every day from 9am to 5pm, you absolutely must visit Shambles Market. The Shambles is a street that makes for a perfect photo opportunity in York; with overhanging buildings, some dating back to the 14th century, it is worth a stop for the sightseeing aspect alone. Add the market – a place to find over 70 stalls offering local crafts, food, flowers, and more – to the mix, and you won’t regret adding Shambles Market to your York itinerary.
high street shops
As York is quite a compact city, perfect for walking, great shopping is probably within walking distance from your York hotel. Right in the city centre you’ll find a plethora of high street shops, especially around Coney Street, Parliament Street, and Davygate. If you’re looking to find the latest trends and best deals, head here.
If you’re looking for something distinctly York to bring home with you, head to a local souvenir shop. The best souvenir shops are found along the Shambles or along the streets of Micklegate or Petergate, and you can get your sightseeing in as you shop, too. Another place to head is the Visit York Information Centre, where you can pick up local crafts and food.
One of the best things about shopping in York is the abundance of independently owned shops to browse. Whatever you’re after, it’s always great to support a local business! The website Indie York is a wonderful resource of all of York’s independent shops. Some of our favourites? Monkbar Model Shop (York’s oldest model shop), Blossom Street Gallery (an art space and design shop), Dog and Bone Vintage (for all your retro vintage finds), Sore Thumb Retro Games (a hodgepodge of retro toys and games), and Cuffs and Co (for, you guessed it, your favourite pair of cufflinks).
If nabbing deals on designer clothing is more your style, head to McArthurGlen’s York Designer Outlet. Found outside of York’s city centre, head here if you’re looking for bargain prices on all your favourite brands. With over 120 stores, you’ll surely find something you like.