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York is such a beautiful city and I’m very lucky to live in such a place. With a local or chain restaurant and bar on every corner, we really are spoiled for choice. Even though we end up going to the same places time and time again, the Darbys do love a new discovery. We were very disheartened to hear our favourite Gusto was closing in town as we have so many memories there. With restrictions easing in the UK, the ‘need’ to go out out will be higher than ever so here’s some of my favourite indie places you can support this summer or winter, whatever you fancy!
Remember to wear a mask wherever possible and be kind, thank you.
You’ll have to be quick with this one, run by two gals Charlotte and Jen, Crumbs Cupcakery usually sells out within the first few hours of opening. Even on weekdays! It’s a hidden treasure in my city as it isn’t in the centre. It’s next to the Minster, so while you’re buying your bakes you can gaze over at our beautiful cathedral…like I am doing in this photo! The staff are always cheery so it just makes the experience so much better! My favourite has to be their chocolate cupcakes – you just don’t know what barr they are going to be paired with. It’s such a treat to visit here.
Check their availability on Instagram or just drool over the delish products you can devour!
I am a sucker for a good doughnut – especially if I’m on a long shift as it gives me enough of a sugar rush to get through the rest of my shift. York has many places which offer tons of yummy treats but DOE is the one to visit. They actually have two sites as of April 2021 in York and Harrogate – their Clitheroe site is opening soon which is very exciting. It hasn’t been in York that long but it’s certainly made a lasting impression – I’d expect a long queue when you do visit. DOE offers not just doughnuts but traybakes and my favourite – strawberry lemonade. Yep, even in spring you can pretend it’s summer!
DOE Bakehouse is situated on Church Street, just down from YO! Sushi, and very close to my work so I think my team and I will be visiting on our breaks too! Have a browse of their selection including opening hours and postal bakes on their Instagram.
Plush Café takes me back to lunch dates with Marty during our time at university. This, what seems like a Tardis from the outside, café has multiple rooms which are very Instagram worthy. The one Marty and I picked was very botanical, it featured swings. Just don’t nearly fall off one like I did, however it created a forever memory! The pancake stack selection looks lush, when we visited it was only for a quick drink before heading back to lecturers – but I believe I could be tempted back. Especially when Marty can visit me again!
You can find Plush Café on Stonegate, the second most famous shopping street in York. Perfect for a slice of cake and a coffee before heading off.
If you know me, you know I absolutely adore Thor’s Tipi. Winter or summer, I’ll be there. Fun fact: this was where the first ever night out I went on with Alice and Chris was and the rest was history. See, it builds friendship over frozen cocktails or gins kids. Actually, this is the first place I’ve ever been fully drunk too – I don’t remember how I got home, I just remember Mam giving me slices of toast and a packet of Wotsits, ha! Thor’s Tipi isn’t all about the alcohol, it teams up with local food outlets who offer the most amazing food. Last year, Shambles Kitchen was their partner and I could’ve eaten my toastie three times over, probably more! What a match made in heaven.
Thor’s Tipi moves location sometimes due to the nature of the business, as far as I am aware, they have set up multiple tents just opposite M&S on Parliament Street. That’s where it usually is during the Christmas market, in summer it uses The Principle Hotel gardens. Follow them on Instagram for updates and I’ll most likely see you there so come over and say hi!
Now I’m not really a fan of bubble tea, it doesn’t really appeal to me. However, we have tons of customers coming into my work with cups of all sizes and looking like they really enjoy it. It’s an added bonus it’s next door to the beautiful The Ivy restaurant where my most festive photo was taken last year. So why not grab yourself a bubble tea and strike a pose outside The Ivy? Be a proper tourist. Take the ultimate instagram selfie. Like DOE and Plush, Chatime hasn’t been in York too long. It was previously a perfume shop I believe, but the queue is always out of the door so I suggest heading there at non-peak times.
Find out what Chatime has to offer on their social medias.