Fantastic Cafes in York – York has a fabulous range of cafes from the everyday to quirky artisanal Instagram worthy spots.  Here is a selection of some of the most notable.


Dyls Cafe and Bar

Dyls Café & Bar, Skeldergate Bridge, York, YO1 9WJ

Dyls is a contemporary café & bar situated in the iconic Motor House on Skeldergate Bridge, overlooking the River Ouse and Clifford’s Tower.   They serve breakfast, brunch and lunch and also have a fabulous array of cakes.   Quirky rooms and indoor and outdoor seating by the river.  Try the three cheese and jalapeno toastie on Haxby sourdough – one you will go back for!

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Rehab Bar

7-9, Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB

You will find Rehab Bar on Piccadilly.  They serve brunch until 4pm, with dishes such as a Full English Breakfast (Sausage, Back Bacon, Egg, Five Beans, Roast Cherry Tomato, Black Pudding Hash, Toasted Sourdough), Pancakes with Nutella and Condensed Milk, Eggs Florentine, Smoked Salmon and Smashed Avocado.  They serve hot drinks as well as cocktails.  They also have an escape room in their basement!

See more details as we have reviewed Brunch at Rehab Bar here.

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Parlormade Cafe and Scone House

1 Little Shambles, York YO1 7LY

I visited Parlormade Cafe and Scone House recently and thought it was marvellous.  It’s small and cute and quirky and serves the most divine looking scones on lovely bright crockery.  The building it’s housed in is 15th century and absolutely perfect for a chat with friends and a relax during your day.

See our full review of Parlormade Cafe and Scone House here.

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Heavenly Desserts

19 Blake St, York YO1 8QJ

Heavenly Desserts is (as its name suggests) a restaurant dedicated to desserts.  “Heavenly Desserts are an established fine dining desserts restaurant, dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible experience to enjoy our award-winning desserts.

Our creative team brings unique creations to life that are characterised by a high level of precision, experience and creativity. The result is a superior delicacy that offers a winning combination of taste, appearance and quality.”

They also offer takeout and vegan and gluten free options.

Have a look at our review of Heavenly Desserts with lots of food pictures.

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Ruby Chocolate and Raspberry Croffle at Heavenly Desserts

200 Degrees Coffee Shop

68 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HT

200 Degrees Coffee Shop is a very recent addition to York.  It’s a comfortable, modern space that goes back a long way and has lots of tables to sit at.  They serve sandwiches and cake as well as coffee and cold drinks.  We visited recently to try it out.

See our full review of 200 Degrees Coffee Shop here.

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200 Degrees Coffee Shop


The Vanilla Café

12 College St, York YO1 7JF

There are few things nicer than a visit to The Vanilla Café on a sunny day.  Sit outside and admire the beautiful Minster while you are sipping your Latte or Hot Chocolate.

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View from one of the tables of The Vanilla Café


Betty’s Cafe, York

6-8 St. Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QP

Betty’s Cafe is famous in York for elegant and traditional cafe dining.  Uniformed servers treat you with friendliness and diffidence and your tea is served from silver tea pots.  A pianist will often accompany your repast!  They also serve probably the best afternoon tea in York.

York High Tea at Betty's


Bennett’s Cafe

Cafes in York don’t get much closer to The Minster than Bennett’s Café.  They serve a good varied number of teas, as well as coffee and soft drinks. They also serve breakfast, sandwiches and cakes.

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Circles Cafe and Gin Bar, York

East Lodge, Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DP

Circles Cafe and Gin Bar is housed in a cute, quirky building (former toll booth!) right on the end of Lendal Bridge, overlooking the River Ouse.  They have “Circles is a family run business, serving delicious platters and light bites, freshly prepared using quality local produce.  Our artisan coffees and wide choice of hot or cold beverages, can be enjoyed in the comfort of the café and gardens or as a take-away when you’re on the move. We have a fully-licensed bar stocked with a selection of speciality and local gins, classic or crafted beers and signature cocktails.”


Plush Cafe

6 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS

Plush Café is an independent business located on Stonegate, right in the beautiful historic centre of York.  We have three themed dining rooms – the Garden Room with its swing seats, the Art Deco-inspired Neon Room, and the luxurious, floor cushion-filled Bohemian Room.” 

Plush Cafe in York



112 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX

Located on Micklegate, Partisan is a vibrant, independent coffee shop, licensed restaurant and arts space on Micklegate in York.  At Partisan we serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea every day of the week.  


Manetti’s Cafe and Deli

Lendal, York YO1 8AQ

Manetti’s serves handmade scotch eggs, meats, cheeses and salami, organic olives, sandwiches and artisan coffees and teas.


The Fossgate Social

25 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA

The Fossgate Social is “A small but perfectly formed licensed coffee bar, snuggled away in York’s foremost foodie quarter. Located on a street full of fellow independents, our relaxed, atmosphere makes us a little bit special.”

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If you have a dog with you, also have a look at our post on dog friendly cafes in York.  We also have a post on where to get the best breakfast in York as well as the best brunch in York.

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