Shopping heaven is often applied to York and it's an accurate description. York is easily one of the UK's best shopping cities offering the full range of designer, high street stores and fashion, antique shops and specialist gift shops. There's something for everyone, including fine chocolatiers selling indulgent luxury chocolates on The Shambles.
Don't miss Stonegate too, which ranks in beauty to the Shambles and dates from the Roman period when it served as Roman thoroughfare. You can't visit York without buying speciality cakes from the world-famous Betty's Tea Room on Helen's Square, and the city even boasts a charming Christmas shop open all year for those festive purchases.
York has numerous specialist arts and craft shops and antique shops. Many of the city's streets are pedestrianised, making browsing a real pleasure. Tasteful modern shopping centres include The Coppergate Centre, home to all your high street favourites plus a great selection of quirky independent shops.
The famous Newgate Market, open 7 days a week, with over 85 varied stalls selling everything from crafts to artisan breads, fresh meats and fish is located between Parliament Street and The Shambles.
The Stonegate area with its charming narrow streets is brimming with unique boutiques, specialist/ designer shops, chic bars and eateries. For fine jewellery, more designer clothes and gift shops browse round High and Low Petergate, and don't miss a visit to York's long-standing department store, Browns, on Davygate.
A quaint cobbled street, one of the most photographed in England, The Shambles houses some stunning medieval buildings and unusual shops. Find favourite high street stores at The Monks Cross Shopping Centre also with an adventure playground and ample parking. Fossgate is a top spot for foodie fans, featuring some of the city's best food shops, restaurants and eateries.