Coffee shops

OK, we have to admit we’re probably coffee snobs. We’ve been a bit spoilt having lived in Melbourne’s ‘Little Italy’ area and have spent many a holiday in Italy and France hunting out the best coffee houses.

So here’s our York favourites:

Brew and Brownie

Their coffee is sourced from a fantastic award-winning roastery Extract Coffee in Bristol. They also serve real loose leaf tea from Brew Tea Co. & posh pops from Breckland Orchard. I’ve never been disappointed with my morning latte, and if you’re a fan of aeropress coffee, they do it well here. The food won’t disappoint at any level either. There’s a great selection of cakes and pastries to enjoy with your favourite brew.

Ideally located opposite the Museum Gardens, you can either eat-in, if you’re lucky enough to secure a table, or get take-away and enjoy in the gardens opposite.


114 Fishergate, York YO10 4BB, +44 (0)1904 914819

New for 2018, Busk has a winning formula – fantastic Roost coffee, home-made toasties, cakes and soups and a stylish and welcoming interior. There’s bar stool seating by the window in the front or tables at the rear. A great addition to the Fishergate area of York.

Opening hours: Tues-Friday 8:00 – 17:00, Sat 09:00 – 17:00, Sun 10:00 – 16:00 (closed Monday)


Recently opened, CWTCH, meaning ‘little hug’ in Welsh is located in Spark York, a buzzing street food and small retail outlet on Piccadily. Using beans from Hampshire based coffee roaster Mozzo, you can opt for a batch brewed filter coffee (hot water poured directly onto the beans) or a machine coffee. Coffee machines are top notch so the coffee is to.

Fossgate Social

A very popular haunt for locals, the Fossgate Social never disappoints on the coffee front. It’s a lovely, buzzing cafe set over 2 levels with a courtyard at the rear. It’s open pretty much all the time so you can pop in at anytime of the day or night to enjoy their coffee. There’s often live music at night, special events and art for purchase on the walls. Fossgate Social is located on one of York’s best loved foodie strips.


41 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF,

Kiosk is a tiny coffee house next to The Merchant’s Adventurers’ Hall on Fossgate and boy, do they know how to make a great coffee. The walls are filled with art work (all for sale), and delicious food is prepared in a small kitchen out the back (think all day breakfasts using interesting, local produce). Kiosk seems to have a loyal following of local artists and entrepeneurs. This truly is a hidden delight.

Opening hours: Thurs – Sat 08:30 – 17:00, Sun 11:00 – 16:00, Mon 08:30 – 17:00 (closed Tues & Wed)

Spring Espresso

2 locations: 45 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF, +44 (0)1904 627730 & 21 Lendal, York YO1 8AQ, +44 (0)1904 655556

The first time we went to Spring on Fossgate, we were chatting to the owner and mentioned how we used to love a little coffee place in Potts Point in Sydney of the same name. Turns out, Spring in York was named after that Sydney establishment. Spring never disappoints on the coffee front. It’s always fabulous so the staff here are trained very well indeed. There’s a lovely selection of cooked food (their pancake stacks are pretty fantastic), cakes and snacks on offer and for vegans, rather divine flapjacks. No wonder they opened a 2nd branch on Lendal.

Stanley and Ramona

30A Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1JJ, +44 (0)1904 659166

This is our local and we love it! Locals gather to catch up nearly every day of the week and Saturday is humming. With a stylish, retro design, and seating outside to soak up the Bishy Rd vibe (a local village located just south of the centre), this is the place to head for superb coffee. Now run by the charming Val & Emma, this was the very first cafe we stumbled across when we arrived in York in 2014. There’s always delicious cakes to tempt you as well as some lovely brunch dishes. It’s worth a short detour if you’re walking the walls.

Opening hours: Mon-Wed & Fridays 08:30 – 17:00, Sat 09:00 – 17:00, Sun 09:00 – 17:00