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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NEWGATE MARKET: 110 STALLS - A VARIETY OF GOODS
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.
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.
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YORK MINSTER SHOP: THE BEST SOUVENIRS
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.
Markets: City Markets
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.
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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
The Teapottery Retail Outlet: Tea pots galore
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.
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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.
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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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: Gift shops
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!
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.
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!
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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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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