Shopping in York is an experience in itself, with a web of winding streets flaunting a wide variety of wares. You'll find gorgeous little independent shops selling everything from clothes to crystals, fabulous vintage stores, and High Street names to boot. York's unique Shop and City initiative will help you on your way with four themed trails leading to some of the best shops and eateries. Found down the famous Stonegate is Kathe Wohlfahrt, famed for its love for a traditional Christmas, together with an enthusiasm for preserving customs and the associated craftsmanship.
Winner of the most picturesque street in Britain, the cobbled Shambles is an ideal place to start the day. It was originally a street of butchers shops and houses, but now York's bustling centrepiece is thriving with art, books, knitwear and pastries. And it's perfectly placed to lead you on to the many fancy boutiques, gift shops and antique havens that lie in the streets beyond.
If you're hungry for a bargain, York Designer Outlet is just a 10 minute drive by car from the city. Here you'll be dazzled by over 120 famous name stores, with up to 60% off designer fashions and accessories. Armani, Lacoste and Timberland are just a few of the labels that will make your eyes light up.
York’s extraordinary history has furnished it with a uniquely fascinating and beautiful city centre.
The city centres ancient buildings, roads and thoroughfares mesh together to create a wonderfully vibrant and interesting scene with entertainment, site seeing, culture and shopping all weaved together in a city that's history covers thousands of years. York city centre is large enough to have everything you could possibly want yet compact enough for everything to be within easy walking distance.
Of course, the large retailers are in attendance as you would expect in any modern city. More excitingly however, is the vibrant and dynamic independent scene with shops, restaurants, markets and boutiques aplenty.
A particular highlight is York’s antiques and collectables centres, all of which are located in the city centre. From these you can find almost anything you can imagine - from diamond rings to vintage clothes to ancient roman artefacts. The largest and most centrally located antiques centre is The Antiques Centre York, located on Stonegate, just near York Minster - www.theantiquescentreyork.co.uk.