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.

On this specific journey to the University of York, we begin in the place with an amazing community feel and loved by its residents, Clifton Moor. Connecting the neighbouring suburbs to the bustling city is what First Buses are for, and the number 6 is ideal for those of you wanting to explore and discover some hidden gems of your own.

Bus stop: Victoria Farm

Paul Lea Upholstery – This upholstery shop has been established in York for over 30 years. The team will restore and upholster anything their customer desires, from a full three piece suite to a dining chair, or even a whole restaurant. Customers are welcome to supply their own fabrics, but those supplied by the business include tweed, leather, velvet and chenilles.

Unit 8, Victoria Farm House, Water Ln, York YO30 6PQ

Bus stop: York St. John University

Kawa House – Kawa House is an independent, family run business on the outskirts of York. Having operated since opening in 2018, the owners have established their cafe to be known for their delicious, homemade food and high quality coffee. They also offer both standard and premium catering that can be tailored to any occasion or event.

74 Clarence St, York YO31 7EW

Adara Tattoo Collective – Adara Tattoo on Clarence Street was founded in 2017, and has grown to a team of four who have all developed their own specialities. Offering services in both tattoos and piercings, this studio is the perfect place for those wanting to add to their existing tattoo collection or are thinking about getting their first one.

52 Clarence St, York YO31 7EW

York St John University – York St John University was founded in 1841, known as a large public university on a large campus based in York. Their high quality education and friendly environment, and have developed courses including: Religious Studies, Psychology, Education, Sports-related studies and a vast variety of others.

Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

Bus stop: Stonebow

Trio – On the famous Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate street in York you’ll find Trio Patisserie. They’re known for their appetizing menu including open sandwiches, pastries and desserts, all thanks to the incredibly welcoming family running the business. They also run the Trio Mezze Tapas Bar that serve a variety of small plates, cocktails and lunch options.

3 Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, York YO1 8BL

The Cheesecake Guy – Small bakery in the Shambles in York, The Cheesecake Guy, specialising in New York style cheesecakes. From mini bite size cakes to 12” cheesecakes, you can order them in flavours such as Kinder Bueno, Lotus Biscoff, Lemon, Lucky Charms, Maple Bacon and an array of other weird and wonderful flavours.

37 Shambles, York YO1 7LX

Shambles Market – The Shambles Market is held daily in the city centre. This vibrant and historic market is home to over 70 stalls, the largest group of independents trading. Otherwise known as a one-stop-shop for all your needs, the stalls include quality gifts, vinyls, vintage clothing, fresh produce and even has its very own food court filled with street food and live music.

5 Silver St, York YO1 8RY

Krep – Within the Shambles Market food court is Krep, an artisan pancake restaurant made using locally sourced ingredients. Rather than sticking to the traditional route of sweet crepes, Krep are known for their savoury galettes that can be filled with cheddar, egg and bacon alongside many other fillings.

Shambles Market Food Court, York YO1 7LX