The Japanese Shop: Unique gifts from York
This is an upmarket shop selling all sorts of Japanese gift items from kimonos to origami paper to tableware. Some of it, like the origami paper and kokeshi dolls, can be hard to find in the UK full stop. Others, like the lucky cats, are designed exclusively for this shop and you simply won't find them anywhere else. The service is also excellent and staff will giftwrap any purchases in beautioful Japanese paper at no charge.
What to buy: Kokeshi dolls
kimono (even in children's sizes)
washi (fancy) origami paper
lucky cats (from money-boxes to teapots to bags printed with them)
books (a huge range covering many subjects related to Japanese culture)
What to pay: It's not cheap, but considering that most of the items are either difficult to find in the UK or unique to this shop, it's probably worth it. There are a huge range of items to fit most budgets.
John Bull: Mmm...fudge!
Sigh! One of my favourite snacks/food is fudge - yes, I admit it, I'm a fudge-aholic- so how could I go past this shop!
What to buy: Um, fudge is a good idea!! They have all kinds of flavours. There is also chocolate, peanut brittle, nougat, lollies and sweets. Basically everything you need to rot your teeth!!!
What to pay: Fairly good pricing (some stuff a bit on the expensive side)
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Borders: Book Lovers
Borders is a large book shop, with just about everything you could need - book related. There are 2 floors of books, 1 floor of music and a cafe. Good spacing - you're not bumping into people whilst perusing/skimming a book - and friendly staff.
What to buy: I like to buy something from a local author (county or country).
What to pay: Usual retail prices, although they do have sales.
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
York Beer & Wine Shop.: Excellent food.
Mentioned in Rick Stein's 'Food Heroes', this tiny shop sells a wonderful range of cooked meats and cheeses, as well as providing beer and cider on tap (take your own container)!
Open Sun & Mon 1800 - 2200
Tues - Sat 1100- 2200
What to buy: All sorts of cheese, wine and beer.
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
Great shops in York
The Shambles is a shambles when it comes to shopping great for tourist crap. Nice street go there but far better shops to be found nearby.
What to buy: Stay away from the usual UK high street shops and find those quaint shops in the old part of town NOT Shambles which is fine for tat for the kids.
What to pay: £££
Out-of-Town Shopping Centres: On The Outskirts
York has three out-of-town shopping sites catering for different aspects of shopping.
Clifton Moor has DIY, electrical and household type goods, as well as a food hypermarket, multiplex cinema, 10 pin bowling amd pizza & burger joints.
Monks Cross has 'city centre' stores in an out-of-town location, stores such as Next, BHS, Boots, Woolworths, Burtons, Dorothy Perkins, W.H. Smiths and so on. There are two food hypermarkets and the biggest travel store I have ever seen!
McArthur Glen is a 'Designer Outlet' and has stores by Ted Baker, Rockport, Armani, Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabanna, Cerutti, Reebok, Calvin Kline and so on. The stores sell surplus stock and discontinued lines, but there are definite bargains to be had if you're not too much of a fashion snob. There are also household goods, perfumes, watches and a good food court.
John Bull - Fudge & Toffee Makers: Sweets!!!
One of England's wonderful sweet shops. Whereever you go - make sure you visit one and get yourself some tasty sweets and Fudge!
What to buy: Homemade Fudge. And sweets. Hmmmm lovely!
What to pay: Depends on what you are getting
Buy a box of gift wrapped fudge as gifts. The photo shows the window of a shop selling Yorkshire tradiational fudge.
I find the fudge is too sweet for my taste. Try it first before buying them in boxes...
No visit to the historic city is complete without taking a stroll along one of its famous medieval streets. The Shambles, a name given to a street of butchers' shops, has quite some fascinating shops.
Don't know: Cakes fit for a Princess
This sweet little cake shop had some nice cakes for sale. Don't know it's name but think it was near the Shambles.
What to buy: Cakes
- Historical Travel
Maze of narrow streets.
York has a maze of narrow streets in the old area , with many shops of every kind. Antique shops are in abundance.
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