This may be the first shopping tip I have ever written...
I was in the car park to use the park & ride facility, and thought I'd go in for some retail therapy (that's a joke, as anyone who knows me will realise).
Usual suspects were present - Lacoste, Ted Baker, Armani...
Maybe my mid life crisis will be to turn into a spendaholic.
What to buy: Well, designer stuff (obviously).
What to pay: Less than "normal" but more than you should...
A wonderful emporium of hand made chocolates with many types available. Beautifully presented and displayed this shop is a place to stop to spend a pleasant 10 minutes or so choosing chocolates that are to be enjoyed.
The shambles is a narrow street in York. Although it is just one, street the shambles usually refers to a few streets that lead from it. The street is unique because the 15th century buildings lean into each other and look as if the are about to collapse.
The shambles is York’s oldest street and the best-preserved medieval street in Europe.
What to buy: The shops in this area are mostly for tourists and sell postcards, souvenirs and clothes.
Located in a market square between the Shambles and Parliament Street, NEWGATE MARKET has 110 stalls offering a wide variety of dried goods, fruit and vegetables as well as fresh fish and meat.
I really enjoyed browsing around the stalls in this wonderful outdoor market, taking in the fragrant smell of the fresh flowers and fresh fruit.
Newgate Market is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and until 4:30p.m. on Saturday & Sunday.
If you like designer outlet shopping there is a Mcarthurglen mall, there is plenty of parking and a good selection of places to eat. It was quiet when we were there on wednesday but I think it would be very busy on a saturday or sunday.
What to buy: selection of clothing shops, household goods, shoes and sportswear.
I got outdoorwear for our next walking trip.
Monday- Friday 10am-6pm,
Saturday 10am- 6pm, Sunday 10am*-5pm.
*Larger shops will open at 11am.
Bank Holidays - 10am - 6pm
What to pay: depends on what you buy
York's open air market is situated between The Shambles ad Parliament Street. It has 110 stalls and sells mainly fruit, vegetables and household items. The market dates from the middle ages but is not one of the north of England's best but its generally good. If you want a snack or fruit do not buy it from one of the expensive shops on Parliament Street but buy it from the market where it will be fresh and much cheaper. Worth a walk around and it is open everyday apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day from 9.00 to 16.00 (16.30 at the weekends).
What to buy: Fresh fruit and vegetables seem good value.
What to pay: General market prices.
The firm have the largest collection of eccentric teapots in England at their main base in Leyburn but there is now a sales outlet in York. The teapots for sale are certainly not usual teapots and there are some wonderfully designed items for sale from teapots that look like cars or others that have mice on their lids. Usually very colourful too and each tea pot comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Fully disabled accessible.
York is both blessed and cursed with Gift Shops. Many are cheap in quality and expensive in price. If you are looking for thoughtful quality gifts, definitely go and visit the York Minster Shop. You can access it from outside of the Cathedral without having to pay. They sell the best Gargoyles (inside use only) that are based on actual gargoyles found in the Chapter House, inside the Minster. Go here first before you get bogged down in cheap tourist shops.
The gifts they sell include:
• Roundels (small stained glass ornaments to put in a window)
The Minster Gift Shop is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm Monday - Saturday and from 11.30am - 5.00pm on Sundays. During the summer they stay open later.
You can also get into the Mintster for free with my sneaky way of getting to the Gift Shop from INSIDE the Minster.
Borders Books has a handsome modern book store - very well stocked - at 1 Davy Street, but what makes this ubiquitous chain worthy of a tip is this sensitive and tasteful building to the back of the main store. It's on Little Stonegate, a charming narrow street, and has its own entrance. Here the bookstore houses nonfiction and social science texts. In fact, it's an old warehouse/storage building that has been tastefully renovated. Kudos to Borders for doing their best to blend in with the townscape.
Generous opening hours. 9 to 9 M-Sat, 11 to 5 on Sun. So nice (and highly unusual in English center cities) to be able to shop in the evening.
And it's a good place to get inexpensive paperbacks. I stocked up here on reading that lasted me through the end of this trip and well into the next.
You could literally spend all day popping into shops, the entire center of town is filled with gift shops selling any kind of souvenir you could possibly want from York and more sweet shops than I've seen anywhere.
What to buy: I couldn't resist the clotted cream fudge and shortbread, I bought it for my mother in law and let's just say that not all of it made it home ;-) For my young nephews, they had all kinds of figures of knights and warriors in a variety of styles, I bought these really heavy pewter ones and regretted it later as I was lugging them home. But they really liked them!
No special shop but everywhere you go in York you can find replicas of historical artefacts or just a plain print of English battlefields etc. Everything oozes history as long as you don't think it's all for real.
What to buy: Replica jewellery in new silver or pewter, history books in the many antiquariats, souvenirs from the historical museums...
What to pay: Anything from a pound to thousands of them.
Newgate Market is a daily outdoor market on a square between Shambles and Parliament Street. It's a nice antidote to all the regular high street shops on Parliament St. and Coney St. There are over 100 stalls here, selling a wide variety of items, though it's mostly food from what I saw.
Not sure what the name of these markets was but it sure filled an hour looking around. It was very popular and pleasantly set out.
What to buy: There were so many stalls...clothing, books, antiques, china, fruit and veg, bags...
I picked up a good travel bag for 4 pound and some nice fruit. If you leave it till mid afternoon the fruit and veg are discounted drastically.
It is open Saturdays till 4pm.
What to pay: Strawberries...99 pence to 2.20 pound a punnet..
Mandarines...10 for 1 pound.
The Shambles is perhaps one of the prettiest areas for shopping in York.
The name comes from the traditional name for a street containing butcher shops and slaughter houses!. Thankfully, these have been swapped for a selction of small shops offering a variety of goods.
The street was built narrow to keep the light of the meat.
The buildings over hang the street and looking either up or down the Shambles gives you an idea of what life would have been like in York in days gone by.
The Shambles is one of Yorks prettiest streets with its narrow road and overhanging buildings. There is a good variety of shops here with everything from common high street names to local crafts and food. Pop in and out of them at your leisure and you might find yourself a more respectable souvenir.
What to buy: Buy whatever you want but if you're taking something home to remind you of York you'll do better than a plastic York Minster round here.
What to pay: Can be pricey so check the tag first.