Shopping in York

Polly Checkland Harding

Skipton, York and Hull span most of the way across the north of England, these neighbouring destinations making a complimentary set when it comes to culture, food and drink and places to stay. The same is true of shopping in this part of the country: an excellent record shop and independent coffee, groceries and refill store can be found in the charming market town of Skipton, while York’s ancient walls are home to The Little Apple Bookshop and a fantastic antiques centre. In Hull, there are two beautiful Victorian arcades, one of which houses some of the longest-running and best-loved shops in the city, the other of which has been transformed into a hub for emerging independents, restaurants and cafes. To discover more about all of these recommendations, and more, read on.

  • 1. Sound Bar

    Sound Bar

    Sound Bar, 15 Swadford St, Skipton, BD23 1RD - Visit now

    Sound Bar is a meeting place of music fans. Their record shop is perfectly complimented by their live acts and well curated bar.

  • 2. The Little Apple Bookshop

    The Little Apple Bookshop
    The Little Apple Bookshop

    The Little Apple Bookshop, 13 High Petergate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7EN - Visit now

    The Little Apple Bookshop is a highly-regarded independent bookshop based just a stone’s throw from York Minster in the city centre.

  • 3. Cycle Heaven

    Cycle Heaven
    Courtesy of Cycle Heaven.

    Cycle Heaven, 31 Hosptial Fields Road, Fulford, York, Yorkshire, YO10 4FS - Visit now

    Cycle Heaven is a cycle store and cafe, offering a high class bicycles, bike fitting, repair and services to the people of York since 1993.

  • 4. Paragon Arcade

    Paragon Arcade

    Paragon Arcade, Paragon St, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 3PQ - Visit now

    This beautiful Victorian shopping arcade dating back to 1896 is home to a raft of innovative local retailers, each with their own specialism.

  • 5. Magpie – Two for Joy


    Magpie – Two for Joy, Albion Square, Otley St, Skipton, BD23 1ED - Visit now

    A gift shop, printmakers and gallery shop in one, Magpie sells a locally sourced collection of wonderful and beautiful things.

  • 6. York Gin

    York Gin
    Courtesy of York Gin

    York Gin, York Gin shop, 12 Pavement, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9UP - Visit now

    Based in the centre of the city, York Gin creates its own hugely-popular range of six world-class gins in the city’s only distillery.

  • 7. Hepworth Arcade

    Hepworths Arcade

    Hepworth Arcade, Silver Street, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1JU - Visit now

    Located in the Old Town, this beautiful Grade II-listed Victorian arcade is home to some of Hull’s best-loved and best-known retailers.

  • 8. Steep and Filter

    Steep and Filter

    Steep and Filter, 14 & 16 Otley Street, Skipton, BD23 1DZ - Visit now

    Award wining coffee, fresh local produce and a sense of goodwill towards the environment are what Steep and Filter bring to Skipton.

  • 9. The Antiques Centre in York

    The Antiques Centre in York
    Courtesy of The Antiques Centre York

    The Antiques Centre in York, 41 Stonegate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 8AW - Visit now

    The Antiques Centre York is a listed Georgian townhouse which serves as a treasure trove of antiques sourced from all over the UK.

  • 10. Form Shop & Studio


    Form Shop & Studio, 62 Humber St, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1TU - Visit now

    In the vibrant Fruit Market cultural quarter, Form Shop and Studio is an independent shop selling affordable art prints, cards and stationery.

  • 11. Botanic

    Courtesy of York Gin

    Botanic, 27 Walmgate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9TX - Visit now

    Botanic is an independent plant shop in York, near York Castle Museum, offering all kinds of beautiful and unusual indoor plants and foliage.

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