Whether you’re venturing out to discover new places, or you’re commuting around the area you have lived in for your whole life, often, travelling by bus can introduce you to some of the hidden gems dotted around that may have otherwise gone undiscovered.

Today, we’re shining the spotlight on one of York’s bus routes which connects the suburbs of York to the city centre.. The number 4 First Bus route is ideal for exploring the lesser-known outskirts of York city centre, and here, we’ll be giving you a guided tour of some of our favourite hidden gems on the route, and giving you the full insight into where to get off and what you’ll find there.

Bus stop: Clockhouse

The Greengrocer of Acomb – On York road in Acomb, The Greengrocer is an independent business and deli serving their customers with the highest quality produce including everyone’s favourite cheeses, bread, jams, savoury pastries, cooked meats as well as the traditional fruit and veg you would expect.

63 York Rd, Acomb, York YO24 4LN

Jojo’s Afro-Caribbean – This African goods store also on York Road in Acomb specialises in African food, produce and clothing. Tops and dresses in traditional materials and patterns are available to buy, as well as hair products and food for those wanting to taste the authentic flavours of Africa.

45 York Rd, Acomb, York YO24 4LN

Ruby’s Coffee House – On Front Street in Acomb you can find Ruby’s Coffee House, an independent family run business who are open seven days a week. You can enjoy your most important meal of the day at Ruby’s, with delicious options of a full English breakfast, avocado on toast or pancakes that come with different toppings such as biscoff or bacon and syrup.

43 Front St, Acomb, York YO24 3BR

Bus stop: Cross Keys

Cafe at No.12 – Pop in and grab a table in Cafe at No.12 on Tadcaster Road by York Racecourse. Their seasonal changing menu includes artisan sandwiches, cakes and even a build your own salad box, perfect for those who are picky eaters. All produce is fresh and everything is homemade daily to give nothing but the best quality for their hungry customers.

12 Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York YO24 1LH

York Racecourse – This sports venue, York Racecourse, has become an iconic spot for horse racing and a fun day out for hen/ stag parties, birthdays, family days out or just as an excuse to get dressed up with your friends. It is the third biggest racecourse in Britain in terms of the prize money total, and has a capacity of around 60,000 for spectators.

Racecourse Road, Knavesmire Road, York YO23 1EX

Bus stop: Blossom Street

Ruby Arts Tattooing – Ruby Arts Tattoo Studio has been based in York City Centre for over 30 years, which has seen the completion of over 50,000 designs drawn by various artists here and around the world. Large custom pieces are catered for by Mick Tomo, who has received over 50 awards from various conventions for his artistry and infamous work.

45 Blossom St, York YO24 1AZ

Blossom Street Gallery – In the historic city of York you can find this independent art gallery and gift emporium on Blossom Street. The gallery hosts regular exhibitions with artists and creatives, predominantly from Yorkshire. They offer art in many ways, from original pieces and prints to handcrafted gifts, cards and innovative framing options and art supplies.

2 Blossom St, York YO24 1AE

Bus stop: Clifford Street

Mommy Thai – One of Mommy Thai’s three locations is on King Street in York, who are proud to provide authentic Thai dishes from their original recipes, as well as friendly serving among a thai-street food environment. Bringing the real flavours of Bangkok to Yorkshire, you can enjoy noodle based dishes, small plates and other classic meals.

3 King St, York YO1 9SP

Plonkers – This relaxed basement bar and bistro can be found in the heart of the city near the Jorvik Viking Centre. Plonkers offer a selection of fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails that can be paired with their appetising options for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. And who doesn’t love a pub quiz? Every Tuesday at 9pm you can enter the quiz for free and be in with a chance to win a prize.

5 Cumberland St, York YO1 9SW