Friday, 13 November 2015

My fave places in York | #ShopInYork

When Rodgers of York got in touch with me recently to ask if I fancied joining in their #ShopInYork campaign and writing about my favourite shopping haunts, I couldn't help but say yes.  You could call me a little biased, but my home city of York, however small, is perfectly formed when it comes to spending your hard earned cash

My fave places in York | #ShopInYork

The city centre is the obvious main attraction for visitors to the area.  The place is practically dripping in history, and down each of the cobbled streets you'll find a treasure trove of historic buildings and attractions sitting comfortably alongside restaurants, big name brands stores and smaller independent shops.

Of course our shopping in York is not limited to the city centre; only 5 or 10 minutes drive, or a short bus journey away, you'll find Monks Cross and the Vangarde Shopping Park.  There's a huge range here, from restaurants and coffee shops to furniture stores, beauty and fashion; literally something for everyone.

With so much variety, it proved a difficult task choosing some of my favourite places to shop and eat in York, but I gave it a good shot.  They're in no particular order, but if I'm out and about shopping on a weekend you can guarantee I'll hit up at least one of these places...

#ShopInYork | Neal's Yard Remedies, Give The Dog A Bone, John Lewis, Shared Earth

Neal's Yard Remedies (Low Petergate) - This little shop has a great apothecary vibe going on.  You can find the expected skincare, bodycare and makeup, but you can also get some health foods and supplements, the ethos being that it'll get you glowing inside and out.

Give The Dog A Bone (Fossgate) - Oh how I love this place.  Have a geeky passion that you need to represent in your home or wardrobe?  Or want to buy a card with an off-colour joke for that special someone with a great sense of humour?  Give The Dog A Bone will have something for you; their signage puts it perfectly: "Two floors of things you don't need but really really want!"

John Lewis (Vangarde Shopping Park) - A fabulous addition to York and so many great things under one roof.  I visit John Lewis for beauty products (like Nars and Hourglass) that I can't get anywhere else in the city.  Outside of that I love John Lewis for furniture, kitchen supplies and stationery.

Shared Earth (Minster Yard) - This is one of those cool little places that feels like a mini bazaar and sells all sorts of fair trade gifts and homewares from all over the world.  You can find me here when I want to stock up on funky candle holders, incense (yep I burn incense now and then) and dreamcatchers.

#ShopInYork | El Piano, Shambles Kitchen, Turtle Bay, Nando's

El Piano (Grape Lane) - For those in the know, I feel like El Piano is a bit of a York institution, although I only discovered it a few years ago, it's been around since 1997, and all the while has been serving up delicious vegan and gluten free food to locals and visitors alike.  With influences from India, Mexico, Spain and the US, there's always something tasty to eat here, I definitely don't visit often enough.

Shambles Kitchen (The Shambles) - I just hear the name of this little eaterie and my mouth waters.  It's fast food, no doubt about it, but healthy too.  They do wickedly tasty wraps, street food bowls and burritos (for meat eaters and vegetarians/vegans alike).  Fancy something lighter?  Their smoothie and juice menu is pretty epic too.

Turtle Bay (Stonegate) - Probably one of the newest bars and resturants in York, Turtle Bay arrived on the scene with a bang - obviously they serve some great Caribbean food, but my favourite thing about Turtle Bay is the drinks menu; on a night out and with happy hour in full swing, I'm all about the rum cocktails!

Nando's (Vangarde Shopping Park) - Sometimes you just need your food quick and dirty, and that's what Nando's is all sbout.  Admittedly, since I started eating a plant-based diet there are limited options on the menu, but give me a mushroom burger, some macho peas and fries with peri peri salt and I'm one happy camper.

Phew, that's a fair few places in York that I love and believe me when I tell you, there's so much more to discover here.

Visiting the city for the first time?  Catch me on Twitter and I'll happily give you more recommendations.  Until next time...

*This post was written in collaboration with Rodgers of York



  1. Ahh I'd forgotten about Give the Dog a Bone - such a brilliant shop! Love the shops you've chosen, I need to try Turtle Bay as I've heard great things

  2. These places look lovely :) Haven't been to York in ages... as a fellow Notherner, there really is no excuse. Went to Harrogate and Knaresborough recently though and I'd defo recommend the latter...Knaresborough really is quite charming for a day out.

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