Best Places to Eat in York

It’s safe to say that when it comes to food- York knows its stuff. The vibrant foodie scene here is dominated by quirky, thriving independent cafes, mouth-watering street food vendors, and individualist restaurants.

If you’re staying in York for a city break, you will be spoilt for choices of places to grab a tasty bite, chat over a top-quality coffee, and indulge in a delicious meal. From Japanese-inspired cuisine to pizza, and fine dining to market stalls, it’s rest assured that you won’t go hungry here.

Discover the different types of nosh you can find in York, and see our picks of the best restaurants, cafes, pubs and street food vendors to try.  



Historic Eateries and Pubs

Guy Fawkes Inn

This cosy, historic pub has a unique claim to fame- the infamous Guy Fawkes, of the gunpowder plot, was born right here in 1570! Fantastically preserved, stepping into this inn is like stepping back in time.

The Whippet Inn

If you fancy heading to one of the less-well-trodden streets in York for some peace and quiet, then the cosy interior of The Whippet Inn will float your boat. Specialising in steak, their food is rich and indulgent, definitely a notch above standard pub fare.

The Royal Oak

A true local, this pub isn’t flashy, but the quality of the food, drink and service wins every time! Nestled in the heart of York on Goodramgate, you’ll always find a warm welcome in this family-friendly pub. It’s the perfect place for a pub lunch in York.


Hidden Gems and Locals’ Picks

No.8 Café Bistro

You’d be kicking yourself if you missed this hidden gem restaurant whilst visiting York. The food here is to die for, and the atmosphere is charming- ideal for if you’re on a romantic getaway to York.


Something of a York institution, Melton’s has been going since 1990 and is still run by the same owners. You can tell, because the quality of the food, wine and service at this unassuming York fine-dining restaurant is exceptional.


Think classic French cuisine, friendly service, and a buzzing atmosphere-what more could you want? Rustique is a quaint bistro-style restaurant that is always busy, which speaks for itself.


Trendy Top Spots

The Star Inn the City

 This chic brasserie in a top spot by the river has a stunning terrace which is perfect to enjoy refreshing cocktails in summer. The food is delicious, championing British cuisine and local ingredients to create an eclectic menu.

Forage Bar and Kitchen

This quirky restaurant has an enchanting atmosphere, where you’ll find twinkling lights, specially crafted cocktails, and delicious fusion food. It also turns into a lively bar later in the evening, so you can spend the whole night here!

Sora Sky Bar

With a view you won’t find anywhere else in York, this Japanese restaurant sits at the top of the Malmaison Hotel. The food is even better than the view, with excellent sushi, mouth-watering grilled meats, crispy veg and tempura prawns to dig into.


Foodie Favourites

Fish and Forest

If you’re after a relaxed dining atmosphere, combined with the freshest local, seasonal produce, served up in delicious ways- then head to Fish and Forest on Micklegate.


Bold and innovative, Skosh is a must for food fanatics. The menu of exciting small plates combines daring flavours to create something truly unique.


Among the most prestigious York restaurants, Roots provides farm-to-table fine dining, in a laid-back style. Eat mouth-watering Michelin star food, and relax in the cool, contemporary dining room.


Cafes and Tearooms

Bettys Café Tearoom

It’s practically illegal to visit Yorkshire without popping into Betty’s for a cuppa and a fat rascal. Enjoy a taste of luxury in this renowned tearoom, from the famous cake trolley to the delicious selection of breakfast and lunch dishes.


This rustic café is a must for brunch lovers, as the menu is diverse and every dish as scrummy as the next. The cakes and freshly baked Haxby sourdough are all top-notch. You can even stay in the apartment above to enjoy fresh, artisan coffee every morning!

The Vintage Rose

This charming vintage tea room is located in the heart of the Minster Precinct. You can enjoy a delicious cake, scone or even treat yourself to afternoon tea, sitting overlooking the Minster itself with a cuppa. In fact, if you book a stay in our Chapter House property, you can even sample Vintage Rose sweet treats from the comfort of your yoliday home, as we supply cakes from the tearoom to guests staying in the property.


Street Food and Quick Bites


Need to grab a bite but can’t decide what you fancy? Head to SPARK, a trendy complex of shipping containers, housing amazing food vendors, serving up tasty street food from Mexican delicacies, to ace chicken burgers.

Shambles Food Court

Located just off the Shambles, this outdoor food market is the one of the best places to eat in York city centre when you’re out and about sightseeing. There’s a wide range of vendors selling scrummy street food and covered tables to sit at.

Yorkshire Roast Co.

The perfect grab-and-go meal, make sure you’re hungry before stopping by, as their legendary Yorkshire pudding wraps, dripping in gravy, are sure to hit the spot. They also do a no-bread option for gluten-free customers.


Fast Food and Comfort Classics


Craving pizza? Run, don’t walk to Dough-Eyed, to grab a contemporary Neapolitan pizza with an awe-inspiring crust, dripping in delicious toppings.

Doner Summer

If you’re sceptical about the idea of vegan junk food, Doner Summer is sure to change your mind. Tuck into giant teller platters filled with skin-on-fries, awesome kebabs straight out of Berlin and vegan fried chicken.

Pavement Vaults

The ultimate spot for BBQ lovers, you can fill your boots with everything smoked, sauced, and succulent here. From baby back ribs to pulled pork burgers, you won’t be disappointed.



Have we got your taste buds tingling? If your knife and fork are at the ready to try some of these incredible restaurants in York, why not book a stay with us to tuck in to your heart’s content? Our centrally located holiday properties are perfectly placed to wander the city- having your fill of yummy food along the way!

If you want to chat all things York or ask a question about our holiday properties, just give us on a ring on 01904228007.