The Best Places to Eat Al Fresco in York

The Best Places to Eat Al Fresco in York

Since lockdown restrictions eased, we’ve been able to enjoy eating out at our favourite places once more, and many people feel more comfortable eating outside while the good weather lasts.

In recent weeks new pavement cafes have been springing up, and public areas have been transformed into dining spots. So, whether it’s for a quick coffee, or a romantic dinner, here’s a guide to the best places to enjoy eating al fresco in York.

  1. College Green Pop-Up

Situated on Goodramgate, College Green is a beautiful leafy spot with an outstanding view of York Minster. A pop-up tipi has been erected there by the York BID and City of York Council. The site is fully managed with plentiful seating and toilet facilities. You can purchase food or drink from any local business and take it to the College Green Pop-Up to enjoy. (In place until 20th September).


  1. St Crux Church

A new outdoor seating area has been created at St Crux Church at the end of the historic Shambles. The Shambles Kitchen and The Flax and Twine Café are serving food and drink at this picturesque little spot, including the Shambles Kitchen hot and cold smokehouse sandwiches and burritos.

St crux split

  1. Shambles Market Food Court

At the heart of the city, Shambles Market Food Court has long been on the radar of foodies in-the-know. It is home to the legendary Los Moros wraps, Krep galettes and Taylor Made Kitchen burgers among the outstanding street food offerings.


  1. Spark York

Situated on Piccadilly, Spark is a vibrant mix of bars and street food catering for all tastes, and a good choice for vegans. Housed in upcycled shipping containers covered with street art, Spark has a relaxed vibe and plenty of seating spread over two floors.


  1. Fossgate

Part of the extended footstreet programme until December, Fossgate is well known for it’s range of quality independent hospitality businesses. Many of these have now added pavement seating to extend their capacity, allowing visitors to enjoy a festival feeling on Fossgate for an extended period.


  1. Stonegate Quarter

The Stonegate Quarter is full of lively bars and restaurants, many of which have now expanded their seating onto the pavements, creating a mediterranean buzz on a sunny day.



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