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Shopping with a view
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. 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.
The medieval Shambles
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. For fans of witches and wizards it’s worth noting that the street is also famous for being the inspiration for the film adaptation of Diagon Alley and is home to three shops for brooms and potions! 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.
Meet the locals at the Shambles Market
The Shambles Market is a historic and vibrant place – home to York’s largest group of independent traders. With over 70 stalls it’s the one-stop shop for all your daily requirements and special purchases, including quality gifts, fresh flowers, retro vinyl, crafts, handbags, vintage clothing and much more. The Shambles Market has its very own food court – a central hub filled with tasty street food delights and live music. Do stop by and chat with the knowledgeable local traders who will share with you the best places to go on you travels.
Get to the heart of York – shop indie
The city is home to a strong independent scene where you can really get to the heart of the city, with over 200 shops full of local produce and craft from local makers. Explore the Indie York strongholds including Fossgate and Bishopthorpe Road, to name a few. With shops dedicated to teddy bears, retro computer games, local ale & gin and cheese, there’s no way you can struggle for retail inspiration. Just shop till you drop and pick up the perfect gift to remind you of your #OnlyinYork experience.
High Street to High End
The cobbled streets of York are packed full of your favourite high street favourites and high end fashion. Parliament Street, Davygate and Coney Street are packed with popular high street brands such as M&S, Space NK and Leia. Coppergate, the city’s shopping centre within the city walls, which is situated on the site of a Viking village also hosts recognisable names. The centre is home to firm favourite, Fenwick and the bargain hunter’s mecca, Primark. Quirky boutiques and specialist stores are nestled away in some of the city’s cobbled streets, from galleries such as According to McGee to homeware boutiques like Rise and Shine Living.
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.