York City Café Guide

Our Guide to Coffee Shops worth visiting

York is a city steeped in historic significance, situated in between the Rivers Ouse and Foss, and surrounded by its immaculately preserved original Roman walls. York Minster is the main attraction for visitors to the city, which has developed into one of the most fashionable UK cities to explore, but even a simple stroll through the cobbled city centre streets offers up plenty to see and do. York is also a student city, with academics rushing to lectures through the winding narrow streets mixed in amongst locals and tourists. It has been a hub for railway enthusiasts for over a century, and it is well connected to larger cities including Manchester and neighbours Leeds, with easier access from the M1 if travelling from the south of the UK. With a strong reputation for pride in their local produce, York coffee shops do have plenty of recognition of their surrounding countryside, providing a local element within a growing European café scene.

Brew & Brownie

Brew and Brownie café is situated on Museum Street, right in the heart of York's famous city centre, and just a few short steps away from tourist hot spots including the famous Lendal Tower, Museum Gardens and the River Ouse. The café food menu includes most of the usual suspects, but with a few additions of classics with a strong local twist - including Doreen's Black Pudding and Smoked Bacon Stack and a 'Yorkshire Board' of locally sourced Haxby Bakehouse bread, ham, cheese, pork pies and piccalilli. 

Spring Espresso (Fossgate)

Spring Espresso on Fossgate is the sister site of the original café, based a short walk away on Lendal, close to the Yorkshire Museum and the River Ouse. Both cafés are very popular in York, but the Fossgate café is notably smaller and more intimate than Lendal, with a real cosy café vibe on one of York's most famous Roman streets. The coffee offering matches the main site, to deliver a level of product consistency, but they do alter their more menu more regularly to adapt to seasonal produce.

Burr Coffee

Burr Coffee is one of a growing group of coffee shops on Lendal, in York city centre, that offers a caffeine hit right in the middle of historic surroundings. Set just back from the main street, under a stylish outside canopy, Burr Coffee benefits from a huge front window that floods the cafe with natural light as you enjoy our coffee and lunch. It is a little smaller than other coffee shops in the local area, with the counter and indoor seating area close to the entrance, but it opens up to include plenty of light filled corners. Their coffee offering is wide, with scope to increase brewing methods in the near future, and they have an excellent food menu based on both local produce and a European twist.

Spring Espresso (Lendal)

Spring Espresso has firmly established itself as one of York's best coffee spots. Its increase in popularity allowed the birth of a second sister site in the city centre in 2017. The newer Fossgate café is less than a ten minute work from the original Lendal branch, providing quality coffee and food in two distinctive locations, in between the picturesque River Ouse and River Foss. The Lendal café has a stripped back and minimalist interior style, which allows for a relaxed break from the main hustle of the area, but it is still one of the main thoroughfares through the city centre, so you are never far from the buzz of York.

The Attic Gallery Coffee Bar

The Attic Gallery Coffee Bar, has become something of a coffee lovers 'in the know' venue in the heart of of York city centre. Located up a windy staircase on the third floor of a converted town house, in King's Square, it is partnered with specialist tea house, Harlequin, which is on the ground floor. The partnership ensures that all of your caffeine fixes are catered for in one place, whether you are a regular customer or a passing visitor en route to one of the nearby tourist attractions - including York Minster and the Yorkshire Museum.