9 extraordinary York shops for a shopping trip to remember

York is packed with all manner of amazing shops – from antique jewellery and pick-and-mix spices to a proper Victorian perfumery. See what else is on the list... 

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Go label-tastic at the Designer Outlet

This isn’t a shop, more a shopping centre. But its vast array of designer clobber at cut prices means it’s more than worthy of a mention. From Hackett to Hobbs, and Paul Smith to Polo Ralph Lauren, it’s a great place to splash some cash. Just hop on a bus from York city centre…

Where is it? York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York, YO19 4TA

Try on some tweed at Bowler Vintage

Bowler is one of the most dapper vintage shops going. More Great Gatsby than rock and roll, its shelves and rails display (incredibly neatly) tweed jackets, mohair waistcoats, polka-dot dresses and swing skirts. The shop is delightful too – like stepping back in time to the days of bright young things and raffish bounders. Great fun.

Where is it? Bowler Vintage, 52 Fossgate, YO1 9TF


Delight cat people at the Cat Gallery

Everyone knows a cat person – and if they’ve sneered at your previous efforts at gifts, then prepare to be redeemed. The Cat Gallery is a smorgasbord of cat-themed paraphernalia. Cat purses, cat pens, cat jigsaws and cat notepads. And that’s just for the cat owners. For the cats? Beds, carriers, scratch-posts, catnip, cat combs and a whole lot more.

Where is it? The Cat Gallery, 45 Low Petergate, YO1 7HT    

Find a rock worthy of ‘I do’ at the Antiques Centre

Asking someone to marry you shouldn’t be about the quality of the ring, but we all know it so is. Find a ring that’s not only sparkly but also has a back story of its own. This is a proper antiques shop – all fusty smells, towering glass cabinets and wondrous artefacts adorning the walls. And the vintage jewellery is truly beautiful. Truly a girl’s best friend.

Where is it? The Antiques Centre,  41 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AW

Food and drink

Cook up lip-smacking curries from Rafi’s Spicebox

Who doesn’t love a good Ruby? Now you can create your own authentic curries with a trip to Rafi’s Spice Box. Choose your curry mix, take it home, put it in a pan with coconut milk, tomatoes or stock, add your chicken or prawns (or whatever), and away you go.

The spice mixes are plentiful – choose from a classic rogan josh or tikka masala, or push the boat out with a saag gosht or a slow-cooker phaal.

Where is it? Rafi’s Spicebox, 17 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LW <link to: 

Browse the beers at Trembling Madness

In the bowels of one of York’s most famous pubs lies a shop selling a basically brilliant range of bottled beers. The House of Trembling Madness is a medieval drinking hall, dating back to the 1100s. It sells craft beer, premium lager and real ale. Its standards are high. Find the same sentiment in the shop downstairs, where the walls are lined with beer-packed shelves from the world over. There are worse places to lose an hour.

Where is it? Trembling Madness Drinks Shop, 48 Stonegate, YO1 8AS 

Culture and crafts

Browse vinyl and books at The Inkwell

Vintage vinyl, hipster books and all kinds of kitsch paraphernalia – the Inkwell is a serious pop-culture paradise. It’s a real treasure-trove of cool – from mixtapes by Peanut Butter Wolf (we told you it was hipster) to the original Vertigo soundtrack. Spend an hour browsing the records and leafing through battered paperbacks. Bohemian bliss.

Where is it? The Inkwell, 10 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ 

Find buttons for clothes fixing and crafting at Duttons

From Etsy shopping to knitting groups that are more hipster than WI – crafting is definitely cool. And Duttons for Buttons is an Aladdin’s Cave for crafters. The walls are a towering kaleidoscope of colourful buttons of every shape, size and shade. It stocks more than 12,000 button designs. It’s well worth a look – even if you can’t sew for toffee.

Where is it? Duttons for Buttons, 32 Coppergate, YO1 1NR 

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