Aside from our own Essential Eating café, there are plenty of pubs and bars, quirky and classic restaurants, and, there is an abundance of coffee shops and cafes which constantly cater for the city’s inhabitants, and tourists alike.
In a Telegraph 2017 list of Britain’s 30 best coffee shops, York was featured twice. With this in mind we take a look at our pick of the top five coffee hotspots in York, you’ll be full of beans after sampling this lot.
Mannion & Co.
This Artisan Eatery & bakery in York is sister venue, to its namesake in the North Yorkshire market town of Helmsley. Visitors to Mannion & Co. café and delicatessen are welcomed by a relaxed European vibe which amalgamates French and Italian cuisine with the tradition of Yorkshire. There is a communal area and more private dining area, a tea room and sheltered patio garden, ideal for sunny days. The black and white Tudor façade makes Mannion & Co. a real destination for those wishes to rest their weary foot after a bit of exploring in this historic city.
Wheldrakes is an independent licensed coffee shop & tearoom which prides itself on homebakes and the finest roast coffee. As with Mannion & Co., a relaxed table service and homely atmosphere is accompanied by attentive staff, and a professional environment with attention to detail. There's a fab selection of gluten free food with consideration to food intolerances and allergies – try the gluten free bacon sandwich. Famed for its breakfasts and the cream cheese bagels with crispy bacon and delicious Ploughman’s Platters.
Gatehouse Coffee is unique in that it is run by a church. The café provides high quality carefully sourced coffee, paninis, pastries, breakfast sandwiches. Guests return on a regular basis to quench their coffee cravings, in this picturesque medieval Barbican! The moment you walk through the little wooden door you’re transported into a coffee lovers haven. With comfortable homely sofas and an panoramic roof terrace, a tranquil place to scoff some coffee and cakes whilst escaping the hustle and bustle of the streets beyond.
Hope Street, York YO1 9UB
10:00 - 18:00
Robinsons Café is an independent family run café, famed for its tasty in-house cuisine. Serving the public since 2016, the emphasis is on sourcing the very best in local produce that benefits from short field-to-fork journey which means the taste is as fresh as you could wish for. Diners can choose from an all-day menu with options such as delicious chorizo hash with poached eggs, fried cubed potatoes and sun dried tomatoes; French toast and bananas; and Eggs Benedict cooked to perfection. There are broths and heart warming stews with high grade coffee from a knowledgeable local supplier, not to mention the best hot chocolates and teas. Robinsons Café is a licensed venue so if you fancy a Bloody Mary, glass of wine, beer or a liqueur coffee, the world is your oyster.
Circles Coffee Shop, Café and Gin Bar
We all go round in circles, so why not do it in style in Circles Coffee Shop, Café and Gin Bar. Circles is a family run affair, which offers delicious homemade platters and light bites, all prepared using the freshest local produce. The choice of artisan coffees and wide choice of hot or cold beverages, are served up in this cosy café and gardens, either as a takeaway or to enjoy the ambience within the establishment. There's a full-licenced bar serving speciality and local gins, craft beers and classic cocktails. All this takes place inside a quirky, listed building with stunning panoramic views of the river. Ideal for private functions and special occasions too!