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Over the years, York, has become a very attractive location for a number of retailers and in turn has become a cosmopolitan city proud of what it has to offer any discerning shopper. With a great mix of recognisable high street names to designer labels and boutiques, every type of product can be found. Even food products are well represented with a mix of delicious deli’s to mouth-watering chocolatiers.
Antique and vintage shops are a particular favourite, with some fabulous jewellery available, try Barbara Cattle. You can enjoy walking the cobbled stones and side streets searching out the little independents or you could head to one of the main centres, like Coppergate where the popular retailers can be found.
If you are looking for a slightly different shopping experience, every day you can wander round the open market in the centre of York, offering a mix of products, with stalls changing daily.
Be aware that you may find buskers or street traders around the city streets but they must have obtained a licence from the local council to be performing or trading, so you should feel confident that you are not being drawn into any scams or illegal items.
Read more on this destination in the AA Keyguide to Britain.
Top shops in York
Coppergate Shopping Centre - 12 Coppergate Walk, York, YO1 9NT
This centres caters for all shoppers, offering a wide range of outlets from the unique boutique of specialist shops to the well known high street stores.
Browns - Davygate, York, YO1 8QT
A family owned department store with a wide range of lines.
Banks Music - 18 Lendal, York, YO1 8AU
This shop has one of the largest selections of sheet music in the country and is a nationally famous music shop with a wide choice of instruments and classical CDs.
Barbara Cattle - 45 Stonegate YO1 8AW
A treasure house in York’s historic centre, with fine silver and jewellery, expecially 18th and 19th century. English silverware and York silver. A must for collectors.
Braithwaite Gallery - 42 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HZ
Just yards from York Minster, this Gallery is renowned for original paintings, limited editions and fine art prints from international and local artists.
Demijohn Deli - 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
This is a liquid only deli, selling wines, spirits, oils and vinegars. You can choose your own bottle or bring one to be refilled. A great shop to visit and enjoy a sample taste.
Gifttag Chocolate Box - 37 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF
Created by Graham Golisti, they are passionate about their high quality handmade artisan fudge and sundries.
The Yorkshire Terrier - Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS
This is quite unique as both a pub and a shop. To the rear you can enjoy a relaxing drink, while the shop front dispays and sells York Brewery items.
York Open Market - Market Office, 2 Newgate, York, YO1 7LA
This a daily market with over 100 stalls. Every day the traders are different with a range of products fresh food to clothes, plus crafts and gifts.
This area offers a shopping experience wrapped up in the rich history of York. Rich architecture opens its doorways to an eclectic mix of shops and cafes.