The 4 Best Cafes You Have To Visit In York

From the spires of the Minster Cathedral to the cobbled streets of the Shambles, it’s no surprise that York is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK.

It’s also a fantastic destination for foodies, with hundreds of independent cafes and restaurants to pick from across the city.

In fact, the only problem you may have in York is being spoiled for choice, so we’ve rounded up the four best cafes you need to visit in the city.

1. Mannion

There’s a reason there’s always a queue outside this gem of a cafe, just a stone’s throw from the Minster.

Mannion is a rustic cafe serving up some delicious delicacies, with a brunch, lunch and dinner menu.

Expect charcuterie boards, hearty sandwiches and creative twists on your favourite classics. On a sunny day, the cafe has a sun trap courtyard at the back for catching some rays.

2. Bettys Cafe

It couldn’t be a guide to York cafes without including the star of the city: the 100-year-old Bettys Cafe and Tearooms.

This classic, upscale tea room serves up cream teas (as you might expect) along with a locally-sourced breakfast and lunch menu which is sure to leave you satisfied.

The building itself is steeped in history – make sure you head to the loos to see the mirror with names of WWII soldiers scratched into it.

3. The Cat’s Whiskers Cat Cafe

Looking for something a little more quirky? The Cat’s Whiskers Cafe might be what you’re looking for.

This cosy cafe serves up hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks – all while you enjoy the company of the cats who live there. Just make sure to book a slot ahead.

4. Robinson’s Cafe

Though a little out of the city centre, Robinson’s Cafe on York’s trendy Bishopthorpe Road is an independent cafe that punches above its weight, with a classic lunch and brunch menu that keeps customers coming back for more.

Robinson’s also offers top-quality coffee, with milk sourced from a local dairy.

Getting Around

If you’re worried about making your way to these cafes, you don’t need to be.

If you’re booking a train into York, you’ll find every cafe listed easily accessible on foot, with the city centre small enough to stroll through.

Alternatively, you can take taxis, buses, or for-hire electric scooters from outside the station.

Now all you need to do is book your ticket – bon appetit!