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 University of York to the city centre. The number 66 First Bus route is ideal for exploring the lesser-known outskirts of York, 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: York Sport Village

York Sports Village – At the University of York, East Campus, boasts an array of modern sports facilities to embrace an active lifestyle and regular exercise. With facilities such as an eight lane 25m swimming pool, a 250m velodrome, three outdoor five-a-side pitches, spin studios and dance studios, you can take your pick on how and where you want to exercise. 

Lakeside Way, Heslington, York YO10 5FG


Bus stop: Campus East Coach Stop

Cecil’s Pizza + Grill Bar – Only a short walk away from York Sports Village you’ll find Cecil’s Pizza, ideal for the students on a budget. All their authentic Italian options are made from fresh ingredients and are homemade, and alternatively selling takeaway options like kebabs, burgers and fried chicken. Described as the best takeaway in York, you can hop off the Number 66 bus or order through their website. 

7 Kimberlow Rise, York YO10 5LA

Bus stop: Belle Vue Terrace

Cafe Frida – New hidden gem Cafe Frida on Belle Vue Terrace only opened in March 2021, and ever since have satisfied the hungry stomachs of the people of York. Step off the No. 66 bus and step into a world inspired by Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter who is known for her self-portraits and work inspired by the culture of Mexico. From Wednesday to Sunday between 9:30am to 3pm, fulfil your tastebuds with roast coffee, breakfast and sandwich choices with a Latin touch, or feast upon their appetising cakes and pastries. 

1 Belle Vue Street, Heslington Rd. YO10 5AY


Bison Coffee – Quirky coffee shops are the backbone of independent businesses, and Bison Coffee on Heslington Road is no different. This specialty coffee house opened their doors in 2011 and quickly established themselves as one of the finest coffee shops in the city of York. Rather than following competitors and brewing their own blend, Bison chooses to alternate their coffee so customers can taste the flavours of coffee from around the world. 

17 Heslington Rd, York YO10 5AR

Bus stop: Merchantgate

Melk – Another independent coffee shop, this time in the centre of York, a two minute walk from the Jorvik Viking Centre. Melk is a female-run bakery and cafe, serving artisan coffee, seasonal flavours of ice cream and cakes baked everyday including fudge brownies and cookies. Melk also make an effort towards sustainability, by minimising their carbon footprint, reducing single-use waste and adopting more sustainable methods and packaging. 

10 Clifford St, York YO1 9RD

Dog and Bone – Dog and Bone is a haven filled with vintage and retro fashion, stocking an endless range of vintage garments sourced from Europe and America that are handpicked by owner Nic. Take your time strolling through this store, you may find some classic items from the 50s, 60s, 70s… Shop sustainably and update your wardrobe looking through two completely filled floors of iconic branded and non-branded pieces. 

Shop 1, 28 Castlegate, York YO1 9RP

Bus stop: St. Penny’s Road

Dyls – Family-run business Dyls is a contemporary cafe and bar which overlooks the River Ouse and Clifford’s Tower in the heart of the city. Open seven days a week, they serve a delicious menu of breakfast and lunch dishes, locally roasted coffee, bespoke cocktails and artisan gins. Situated in the Old Motor House, you can find four individual rooms for indoor seating in addition to their heated and fully covered terrace. 

Skeldergate Bridge, York YO1 9WJ


Bus stop: Rail Station

Krunchy’s Sandwich Bar – Now at our last stop on the Number 66 bus, Krunchy’s Sandwich Bar can be found on the corner of Rougier Street. Offering a great variety of food, at good quality for reasonable prices is the ultimate location for a quick bite to eat or your chosen lunch treat during work. 

17 Rougier St, York YO1 6HZ