Sitting unassumingly in the shadow of the minster are two adjoining streets, Goodramgate and College Street. Known better by locals, due to tourist’s fear of getting lost down the winding roads, these two streets have become a go-to for York punters who know just what they want and wear to find it. Lined with independent shops and cafes, charity shops, and national trust shops, these street’s community spirit is what draws prospective owners to set up shop here, and what makes customers return time and time again. Here, we take a closer look at the businesses and the owners behind them which make up these streets favourable reputation.
FOOD & DRINK
Established in 1992 by owners Andrea and Mandy Gaias, Little Italy has earned itself a favourable reputation in York after 27 years of endless dedication from the pair. In a city of numerous cheap and cheerful Italian restaurants, this quaint eatery is known in York for its attention to detail, and they pride themselves on making all pasta in-house, along with many of their deserts. With that being said, it would be rude not to give one of those fresh pasta dishes a try. So why not see just how well it scores in a well-loved cannelloni dish, or even push the boat out a little further and try what is arguably their most popular dish, misto di pesce, king prawns, queen scallops, mussels, tiger prawns, calamari, and langoustine cooked in white wine, garlic, and tomato and served on a bed of fresh spaghetti.
12 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LQ
Owner of Goji Café, Imogen Natley opened the doors of Goji Café in 2011 with an ambition to bring a fresh and innovative menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes to the city of York. In the café, Imogen helps to run the kitchen alongside head chef Wendy, as well as variations of their culinary team. Together, they master the art of wholesome and nutritious cooking and have curated a menu filled with delicious vegetarian dishes made with ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Alongside a large selection of home-made salads, coleslaws,
36 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF
One of Goodramgate’s old timers, Caesars Italian opened its doors in 1990, ready and raring to serve the good people of York the authentic taste of Italy. The head chef from Sicily was the original chef when Caesars first opened, and he continues to cook at the restaurant, creating delicious homemade dishes from scratch which have earned Caersars a very favourable reputation. The owner of Caesars, Barbaros Avata has curated a menu of authentic Italian dishes including all the favourites, risottos, pasta, pizzas and fresh fish and meat specialities.
27-29 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
Nice to See You
Established on Goodramgate in 2018, Nice to See You is a family run café and bistro. Their sleek and sophisticated space draws brunch fanatics and coffee buffs in from the streets with their speciality coffee and menu of homemade brunch classics often given a spin. Using their own family experience, owners of Nice to See You have thought of everything when it comes to catering for their customers, and have even installed a child’s play area, equipped with miniature dining table and kitchen! So, sit back and enjoy a cup of speciality coffee with a generous serving of their spectacular cakes or of course one of their much-loved brunch dishes.
30 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LG
Owners Nick and Annalise established Coffee Culture on Goodramgate in 2006. For the more diligent coffee drinkers who like to know the provenance of their beans, Coffee Culture, as the name might suggest, might just be your new favourite. Here you won’t struggle to get a long black from Columbia or a flat white from Burundi, and you certainly won’t struggle to find a delicious dish from their innovative menu. This space has a comfortable urban style; graphic prints are displayed through the café, giving it an unpretentious and laid-back vibe.
41 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
SHOPPING & LIFESTYLE
Monk Bar Model Shop
Established in 1963 and now in its 56th year of trading, Monk Bar Model Shop is a family owned independent model shop, which stocks diecast planes and vehicles, model railways, scalextric, plastic kits and figures alongside a whole host of accessories. In Monk Bar’s earlier days, John Masheder used to work here on a weekend, and became the owner as soon as he was of age. Now, his son Andy is at the helm and believes Monk Bar customers still have the same favourites as they did when he was young.
2 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LQ
Another of Goodramgate’s family run businesses, Cleggs provides this street with all things design. Owners Mark Jones and his wife believe the store is a reflection of their own home in terms of the products they stock and the design of the shop itself, with inspiration from their travels around Europe and the far east as well as their shared love for period design. In Cleggs, you won’t struggle to find an eclectic range of homeware and gifts, vintage pieces, clothing and bags, and also prints and greetings cards. As well as selling some products which have been made by Cleggs themselves, they also buy and reupholster old furniture to give it a fresh new look and to sell in their shop.
6 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LQ
Travelling Man, which formerly began in Leeds, joined Goodramgate in 1997 when owner Nabil began to open more northern branches following the success of the Leeds store. Now, with stores also in Manchester and Newcastele, Travelling Man has been described as one of the leading games/comic shop. Before opening his flagship store in Leeds, Travelling Man had humble beginnings and was properly established in the 80’s by Nabil and his friend Simon, who both shared a passion for board games and comics. And it’s down to the pairs’ passion for their products which has driven the success of all of the stores across the north, as they regularly hold board game tournaments, comic signings and other events to ensure their own passion can be reciprocated amongst all of their customers.
74 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF
Joining Goodramgate’s independent clan is Earworm Records run by friends Paul and Rich. There aren’t many places that will allow you to try before you buy; but here you’re welcomed to spin your record of choice on one of the turntables at the back, so you can make sure the crackle is just right. Earworm is a no-fuss record shop which has become one of this city’s favourites. Here, you can flick through vinyls to your heart’s content, and if you just want to double check if what you’re holding is in fact an original pressing of Sgt. Pepper (we can all dream) then fear not. Help is on hand from owners Paul and Rich who have a concrete knowledge of their stock, and are more than happy to help.
1 Powells Yard, Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
Owner Janine Roberts has always had a fascination with flowers, and even as a child she remembers being completely delighted by them. She continued to work with flowers throughout her life, and after earning an NVQ level 2 in floristry, Janine went on to work for a plant nursery on Goodramgate. After the shop closed, Janine took a leap of faith and opened her own florist ‘Ello Flower’ in a former antiques shop on Goodramgate. With the help of her family and friends, together they helped Janine transform her shop completely in such a short space of time the shop was soon entered into New Business of The Year category in the 2004 Evening Press Business Awards. It didn’t take long for Janine to make her mark as a florist in York with her exotic, tropical and bright displays. Ello Flower stocks a wide variety of fresh flowers, arrangements, and gifts to purchase; they specialise in providing wedding, funeral and other occasion flowers.
24 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LG