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York has a huge number of coffee shops, this post provides a quick guide to York’s off-the-chain coffee venues.
The Attic (above Harlequin’s), King’s Square
The Attic is all about speciality coffee and craft beers, with a small selection of eats. Have your coffee by machine, aeropress, chemex or pourover brew bar and choose from a range of beans and blends on changing special. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-8 or 9. Sells Has Bean coffee beans (ground how you like).
Spring Espresso, Fossgate
Espresso based speciality coffee and a range of loose leaf teas, fantastic cakes (served generously) in a fresh, clean setting. Beans, Teas and brewing kit on offer, also vends KeepCups.
Coffee culture, Goodramgate
Wonky, rickety, multi-storey coffee house with a huge selection of non-coffee sipping, including shakes and smoothies. Great value food also on offer. Make sure you don’t take vertigo sufferers. Teapigs for sale.
Gray’s Court, Chapter House Street
Boutique, classy hotel; lounge in mahogany panelled opulence with your coffee. Extravagant breakfast and cafe menu, as well as cakes and scone.
Bison Coffee, Heslington Road
Newly opened tiny espresso bar, complete with sitting room slash vintage shop. Think vintage coke bottles, antlers and good coffee. Evening acoustic nights.
Xing, The Shambles
This is definitely a one-off place, not strictly a coffee venue, they do serve espresso based drinks. Smoothies, shakes and stews go alongside some special sandwiches. Also offer diet juice programme. Great service.
Gatehouse Coffee, Walmgate Bar
What a place to relax, in the downstairs gate or upstairs in the Calvary Chapel library. Long, milky coffee recommended here – great value paninis and cake bites on offer. Wi-Fi!
Perky Peacock, Lendal Bridge
Any trip to the station, or back, should incorporate a trip to PP, in the bridge tower. Fantastic Has Bean coffees and homemade cakes (Grandma Ward’s ginger biscuits are in fact made by Grandma). Small, but great service and venue – takeaway recommended.
Any excuse for an ice cream is a good excuse.
La Cremeria, High Petergate
Principally a gelateria, serving a range of iced goods – coffee here is pretty well made, and comes from York Coffee Emporium. Coffee possibly better than the ice cream.
Licc (Luxury Ice Cream Company), Back Swinegate
This is definitely the best handmade ice cream in York. Enjoy with a warm brownie or doused in espresso. Setting – pink street tables, pink bunting, chandeliers.
Ok, so not strictly coffee, but beside the Betty’s behemoth, here are a couple of smaller tea rooms on and off the beaten track.
Vanilla, College Street
Bunting, cupcakes, teddies in dresses – that kind of thing.
Earl Grey Tea Rooms, The Shambles
Low ceilings or walled garden seating – a place for a high tea or picking up collectable china.