Places to Shop
Shopping fans are in retail heaven in York. At every turn of the city’s maze of medieval streets, there is something to catch your eye, from chic independent boutiques to big high street names.
If browsing is your thing, you’ll love the Shambles Market in the heart of the city centre. With more than 70 stalls offering local arts and crafts, fresh foods, fashion, flowers and more, it’s the perfect place to soak up its vibrant atmosphere.
At Parliament Street, Coney Street and Davygate you’ll find high street favourites such as H&M, Space NK and Topshop. If it’s boutiques you’re coveting, then pop to the Swinegate and Grape Lane area for up-to-the-minute options like ethical fashion store Maude and Tommy, menswear outfitters Year Dot or Old Sole – and… there’s even a Mulberry Factory Shop here.
The city has a number of shopping centres, and within the ancient walls, you’ll find Coppergate, home to firm favourite department store Fenwick. Meanwhile, just a short ride away is the York Designer Outlet – after all, who doesn’t love a bargain?
Founded in 1882 and trading in York since 1984, this historic department store offers an impressive range of luxurious brands including Paul Smith, Michael Kors and Vivienne Westwood.
It offers personal shopping, and the beauty hall hosts brands from favourites like MAC and Dior as well as a Clarins Skin Spa where you can book in for treatments.
And Carluccio’s is on the first floor, if you need a retail pitstop.
Coppergate Shopping Centre, 12 Coppergate Walk, York YO1 9WY
With just seven boutique stores in the north of England, Bath House specialises in stunning natural beauty products that make the perfect gift, and yes, that includes for yourself!
Bath House was founded in 1997 by a creative team of artists and designers who live and work in the Lake District. From humble beginnings – the kitchen cooker was the lab – they experimented with the world of fragrance and skincare. These days, their shops are a tailored showcase for ‘artistic creativity, artisan methods of production and sharing a love of natural beauty.’
64 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HZ
Ken Spelman Books
A must-visit for any bookworm, this quirky 19th century bookshop is a treasure trove of rare second-hand books and manuscripts. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon and in winter you can enjoy flicking through the pages of a book beside the real coal fire.
It’s also a great place to pick up an original print as the shop is also home to a gallery of work by modern printmakers and photographers.
70 Micklegate, York YO1 6LF
The Antiques Centre York
Nestled in the historic and picturesque street of Stonegate, near the Minster, is the city’s largest antiques centre. It has five showrooms spread over three floors and more than 100 dealers from all over the country, stocking a hugely diverse range of antique and vintage items. If you like to browse truly individual pieces, this is definitely somewhere to lose a few hours – and maybe find something special for your new apartment!
41 Stonegate, York YO1 8AW
Browns Department Store
A York institution, the independent family-owned department store first opened in the city in 1890. Now, just a five-minute walk from Hungate and you can indulge in designer brands including Dior, Gucci and Chanel. The store offers men and women’s clothes, beauty, furniture and a café serving afternoon tea and light lunches. There’s a hair and nail salon, and even a brow bar to make sure you’re always on point.
21 Daveygate, York YO1 8QT
Dog & Bone Vintage
A one-stop vintage and retro fashion paradise, Dog & Bone started out as a humble market stall before becoming an online business. The brainchild of owner Nic Barker (hence the doggy reference), it evolved into a bricks and mortar shop in 2013. It’s packed with handpicked vintage clothing and accessories, sourced from the States and Europe, from the 50s through to the early 00s alongside quirky homeware items and gifts.
28 Castlegate, York YO1 9RP