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A day trip to York holds something for everyone. There are great sights, excellent shopping, and tasty food to be found around every corner. One Saturday, we drove 40 minutes down the road to visit this lovely walled city. Here’s what we got up to!

Shopping in the shambles

The shambles are one place you cannot miss. Narrow streets are lined with beautiful overhanging timber framed buildings, each housing a small business. It honestly surprises us every time we’re there that these tiny old houses are still standing. They date back to the 1300’s!

These days, the shambles are home to a wealth of little shops, some chains, some independents, all worth a look in. We wandered through the narrow streets, taking in the sights and sounds and stopping to look at all the goodies on offer.

Eating vegan

We’re taking part in Veganuary, and so this meant we were on the hunt for vegan restaurants. With the help of the Happy Cow website, we marched off to Goji Vegetarian cafe. A quaint little place which looks like it fell out of the 1980’s, we thoroughly enjoyed a slice of cake and a cup of hot chocolate here. Vegan, vegetarian or not, the food they were serving up looked seriously good! Get the carrot cake, you won’t be disappointed.

El Piano

Goji Vegetarian Cafe

The Shambles

York Minster

York Minster

  • El Piano
  • Goji Vegetarian Cafe
  • The Shambles
  • York Minster

For our late lunch/early dinner, we decided to give El Piano a try. It’s been open since around 1997 and it’s a local vegan institution. We chose to build our own plates, picking a selection of dishes from the small but tasty sounding menu.

Everything was incredibly fresh and tasted amazing when it arrived.

The ‘sea cakes’ on my plate were a real highlight – who needs fish cakes anymore?! The burger they were serving up looked really good too. Again – even if you’re not a vegan, you’ll want to add El Piano to your list!

A bit of something for all

We skipped out on the sight seeing this time, as we’ve been to York plenty and have seen all of its spoils. However, don’t miss out on the beautiful York Minster, even from the outside it’s spectacular! There are also plenty of scenic walks around town – down the river, across the city’s walls, all worth adding to your itinerary.

A day trip to York is something you should consider! We were glad we’d made the trip there, now we’re just thinking about when we can go next. Have you been? Catch up with us on twitter and tell us your York highlights.