Spurriergate Centre - shop: Lovely gifts and spiritual cards
Adjacent to the Spurriergate restaurant, which is located in the former church of St Michael Spurriergate, there is also a small shop. It is located close to the entrance.
The shop provides many things Christian, such as small bibles, cards with verses from the bible, other biblical cards and books etc., but there are also many items that are more general, such as some wonderful congratulation cards that have a spiritual theme but are not necessarily Christian. There is also a range of fair-trade products, including gifts, but also things like tea and coffee.
Staff in the shop were very nice and the prices were ok, too. I liked it very much because the atmosphere is so relaxed and friendly, and the range of things on offer is something different to the average shop. Certainly an alternative place to look for a souvenir or a present to take home.
What to buy: Christian and spiritual gifts, cards, fair-trade products
What to pay: About £3 to £8 per product.
National Trust Gift Shop: National Trust books & gifts
In Goodramgate, I discovered a National Trust shop and of course couldn't resist having a look. I like National Trust shops because of the things that are on offer: Interesting history books, guidebooks and coffee table books, quality souvenirs and gifts, and just a different range than your average souvenir shop. I also like that they usually focus on the local region and not on England or the UK in general. On the other hand, you need to pay a little more than in other shops.
What to buy: Souvenirs, books about Yorkshire, gifts
Various: Bookshops all around town
All around town, I saw wonderful bookshops, many of them secondhand bookshops. I must say that I did not visit many of them, mainly because I knew I would be flying home this time, so no chance to take all those extra bags of books with me like on my last trip when I went home by train! But exploring more of those shops is certainly something I will do on a future visit to York.
Secondhand bookshops are not that common in Germany and I am crazy for them whenever I visit Australia or the UK!
There is one bookshop in a pretty blue house in Bootham that I passed by every evening when I walked to my accommodation. The Little Apple Bookshop is located in High Petergate, you can't miss it because of the distinctive shop sign! There are also plenty of charity and other bookshops in the Goodramgate area.
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Newgate Market: Fruit and veggies galore!
Newgate Market is a wonderful market right in the town centre. It is very big and there are many different stalls, and I am sure I did not even see a fraction of it all, but what I saw I liked very much. I first went to the market during our VT meeting, and bought some grapes and peaches. On other days, I also bought tomatoes and bananas. It was all good quality, and much cheaper than in a supermarket, so I absolutely recommend it. Apart from these obvious advantages, it is also just fun to stroll around and see the stalls, do some people watching and enjoy the look and smell of all that wonderful food!
Opening times: 09.00am t 04.00pm daily, to 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday.
What to pay: I did not write down the exact prices, but it was about half of what I paid in a supermarket.
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Tullivers: Healthfood & Vegan
Tullivers is located at the junction of Goodramgate and Colliergate, in a very busy and lively area. Walking into the shop, I was first a little disappointed because all I saw was a huge arrangement of certain health pills, supplements etc. When I walked further into the corners, though, I also found a good choice of foods, including bread, cookies, spreads, tofu and other soy products (mainly Provamel). This is certainly a good place to go if you want vegan food, with some things that you can't find in a normal supermarket.
Staff were very friendly, and I liked the more "traditional" look of the shop!
Specialist Markets: Markets on Parliament Street
Ruth and I stumbled across a number of interesting market stalls on Parliament Street selling a variety of things. I learnt via the City Council's website that those stalls were part of the Specialist Markets which on this occasion was part of the Easter Fayre. Ruth managed to buy a gift for a friend at one of the stalls but it was fun to browse too.
We also popped in the Made in Yorkshire market stalls that were occupying St Sampson's Square nearby (they happen to be on at the same time of our visit and this was part of York Easter Event). Again it was good to see locally made items and produce.
What to buy: Locally made products, crafts, souvenirs and produce.
What to pay: Rather expensive.
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SCENTIMENT'S: UNIQUE GIFT SHOP
I looked in the window of this Shop thinking how lovely and enticing it looked, so much so, that I opened the door and went inside.
There were two lovely ladie's there, and I asked if I could just view and take some photo's, they kindly said yes, and I did! Then time for a chat and a compliment to the maker's of what was for sale in this lovely gift shop.
I don't think I have ever seen such life like "Candle's", yes,
they were Candle's and not edible cup-cake's!
The Shop they are located in, is from the 15th century.
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Borders: Great books, DVDs and CDs
Borders York is not only a great place to shop, we also has lots of events and activities in store. There is a great range of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and toys all under one roof. The shop is open until 8pm every weeknight and there is a Starbucks within the shop for drinks and snacks.
McArthur Glen: Discount shopping without guilt
A large shopping centre/mall with a Viking theme to the south east of town.
What to buy: A small shopping centre/mall with many shops on the ground floor and four shops and eating facilities on the upper floor with a Viking theme.
The food court is particularly good with all tastes catered for and there is internet access on computers in the food court.
Parking is plentiful and free and the grounds are well landscaped. The centre is easy to get around and there are plenty of shops for everyone with designer label shops for Armani, Burberry, Paul Smith and Polo amongst others. Marks and Spencer are represented too.
Bear in mind many lines are taken from main city centre stores because they are discontinued or superceeded by new models in say electrical goods but all goods for sale are new and come with standard guarantees. However apart from only a few shops shopping here is not cheap - discounted yes with vast reductions but still expensive but this is generally very upmarket , quality shopping.
What to pay: All labelled clothes reduced by at least 50%. All other goods reduced on normal shop prices.
The Hairy Fig: Super deli
Everthing you could want, and more, at this well-established Walmgate deli.
From preserves to organic fruit, from specialist vinegars balsamic ones 'on tap') and oils to magnificent Christmas hampers and hessian 'goodie bags'.
It's a super shop and the fact that it has survived for several years in a prime York position is testament to the quality of the foods it purveys.
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many: York Designer Outlet
York Designer Outlet is at Fulford, outside York Trains and buses run regularly.
The outlet is open 7 days a week:
Monday- Wednesday 10am to 6pm
Thursday 10am -8pm
Sunday 10am -5pm
What to buy: almost anything but fashion-conscious men and women have a wide choice at shops such as Armani, Aquascutum, Austin Reed, Autonomy, Ben Sherman, Calvin Klein. Chester Barrie, Coast, Daks. Escada, Fred Perry,. Gap, French Connection,Hobbs, Jaeger, Lacoste., LK Bennett, Marks and Spencer, Moss Bros, Polo Ralph Lauren, Roman Originals, Ted Baker, Thomas Pink, Timberland and others.
Shoes, Accessories, Luggage and things for the home are also available , as are jewellery, sports and outdoor goods, and food and confectionery
What to pay: less than on the High Street, and some good bargains can be found.
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Freaky Friday's: Tv and Movie Memorabilia
York is filled with unique shops, some very gothic in nature. We have seen a shop that carries armour and swords, some that caters to the Metal music scene and definitely the Goth scene. This shop carries movie and tv memorabilia but with a twist. It's horror, sci fi and other off the wall toys and memorabilia. There are models, games, books, and other toys. Themes include Tim Burton movie figures, Doctor Who memorabilia, Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien.
What to buy: Toys and games related to horror and sci fi movies and tv
Newgate Market: A little bit of this, a little bit of that
Knicks and knacks about in York's Newgate Market, which it claims to be the largest in the North of England, with 110 stalls. It's in the midst of the pedestrianized area between the Shambles and Parliament Street, and there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. If you look long enough, you'll find all the basic necessities of life, ranging from knickers and jumpers to legs of lamb and fresh spuds. Good luck negotiating with the local merchants! They speak a strange obscure language called "Yorkese."
Minster Gate Book Shop: A Real Book Shop
This fantastic book shop is at the Minster end of Stonegate and is a veritable paradise for book lovers and Students. it is a higadily pigadily array of small rooms on numerous different levals that has books piled on shelves as well as the floors stairs and anywhere else you can fit a book. we had a look around but had to make a hasty retreat before we bought half the shop.
What to buy: second hand books, Discount new books to full price ones and Antique books
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Gear4music: Huge selection of musical instruments & equipment
A large showroom with everything from electric guitars to drums, strings and even an on site recording booth. Especially interesting if you're looking for pop/rock band instruments.
The one problem is that the warehouse is off site, but during the week anything that's in stock can be picked up and the warehouse is only round the corner.
The main guitar shop has a huge selection of guitars including Fender and Gibson, as well as many amps to play through.
The store is open 6 days a week - although Saturdays are shorter opening hours. I think they shut around 5.30pm in the week.
What to buy: Hard to say really. i went to buy a new guitar and have been back to try out studio monitors but they have so much stuff available it's hard to say!
What to pay: Anything from £0.50 upto £5000!
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