York may be one of the oldest cities in the country but the old girl is a vibrant hotbed for independent diners and restaurants. The city is home of a number of thriving independent communities including: The Minster Quarter, Micklegate, Acomb, Fulford and the world famous Shambles district. Locals and tourists alike are spoilt to an unrivalled choice when it comes to a variety of cuisines and tastes, here’s some of the best restaurants in York’s illustrious independent showreel.


Italian and Mediterranean


Trinacria is a traditional family run Sicilian cafe in the south of the city serving homemade Sicilian dishes as well as their famous selection of Italian gelato. The menu is reflective of life on the Mediterranean island topped with olives, tomatoes and verdant greens. The cafe is popular with vegans, vegetarians and families – well worth a visit.


Chinese and Thai


The Old Siam is a Thai restaurant found right in the centre of York on Micklegate. The restaurant is bedecked with authentic wooden floor and a variety of oriental artwork giving customers a real sense of Thailand. The restaurant serves a good variety of authentic dishes, from Pad Thai to Thai Green and is reasonably priced. The Old Siam is a great indie retreat for those wanting to go east!



Sat beside York’s famous barbican, Atithi is a new rebrand of the popular Indian restaurant Masala Kraft. Atithi encompasses Indian dining with the surroundings of the restaurant serving up popular curries named after the cities landmarks – such as the chef’s speciality curry the River Ouse. The restaurant has a relaxed ambience, giving diners a chance to kick back, converse and enjoy some good quality food!


Home Favourites


Penny’s can be found in the city centre, south of the Ouse on Walmgate – one of the cities busy commercial precincts. The cafe does the simple things well, serving up a selection of home treats that your mother would make!

Millers is one of the most popular independent fish and chip shops in York. Just a short drive out of the centre in the neighbourhood of Haxby, Millers is famed for its huge portion sizes. For a crispy golden batter fleece and a army chunky chips, Millers is the one, just make sure you come with an appetite!

European Food


Barbakan is an independent Polish cafe that can be found on Walmgate, serving up traditional Polish dishes with an Eastern European twist. The menu is made up of simple, homely ingredients but the results are fantastic. From Hungarian potato cakes to Polish Golabki diners have exclusive access to the tastes of continent. All the food, without exceptions is made on site. Barbakan is certainly one of the hottest food spots in the city.