Micklegate, or ‘Great Street’ in Old Norse, is a popular street, situated near York Station in the west end of the city. Filled with a vast range of bars, shops and eateries. Micklegate has grown a reputation in the city for its independent dining – described by locals as the ‘kitchen of York’, a result of the wide selection of cuisines available. The street is popular with locals and students for the Micklegate run, a famous pub crawl on the street involving many of the pubs in the area. Take a look at what Micklegate has to offer:
A visit to York would not be complete without a visit to the city walls. The walls have encompassed the city since the Roman occupation of York – it was then called Eboracum. The walls have since survived the invasion of the Vikings, the Civil War, the War of the Roses and two World Wars. The walls are the longest medieval walls in England stretching around the city for over 3.4km and drawing over 2.5million visitors each year. The Micklegate Bar marks the start of the street and is a famous barbican tower in the structure of the walls. Great for a photoshoot!
Not to be missed are the pubs and bars. Fibbers can be found just off of Micklegate, a beacon in the York underground scene. The venue is the best known of York’s live music spaces, visited by over one million gig-goers since the doors opened way back in 1992. In their 27 year history, the Fibbers have welcomed some of the biggest names have played on it’s the hallowed stage – including Biffy Clyro, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian. The venue is famed for its tight, intimate atmosphere and is recognised as a true artefact of Britain’s burgeoning indie movement. Well worth a visit for all those indie kids out there!
The Micklegate Social Bar can be found on the corner of Micklegate and the aptly named Bar Lane. The independent bar sits in the eyeline of the Micklegate Bar whilst fostering a selection of over 10 lines of craft and cask ales. The bar comes fitted with a large basement space, often the place for a good gig.
How about a spot of shopping? Residing at 70 Micklegate is the Ken Spelman Bookshop and Gallery, an award winning bookshop first established in York in 1948. Described by the Times as a true treasure trove, the shop specialises in buying and selling antique books, manuscripts and documents. Whether you’re an experienced collector, a first time buyer or just a curios passerby, Ken Spelman is well worth a visit. The shop also hosts art exhibitions throughout the year, as well as touring their collections across the country.
At door number 29 on Micklegate is the Forty Five Vinyl Cafe, a record shop serving up just as much brunch as albums. The shop has a friendly, homely ambience stripping back to concept of coffee drinking – no fuss, no thrills, accompanied with good quality music on vinyl. The shop also hosts acoustic sessions throughout the year, giving the customer a chance to unwind, laze and escape from the stress of the hustle and bustle of daily life. FortyFive is perfect for those Sunday catch ups with friends and family. So grab a bite, a coffee, or a record and relax at the Forty Five Vinyl Cafe.
For food, try The Rattle Owl which resides at 104 Micklegate, a popular British contemporary spot serving dishes as tasteful as they are aesthetically pleasing. The diner sits in a 17th century building, housing a menu of contemporary classic featuring bass, venison and sumptuous wild salmon, the perfect spot for a Sunday brunch.
Partisan is a vibrant independent licensed restaurant, cafe and licensed restaurant found at 112 Micklegate. The cafe utilises fresh, organic and ethically sourced ingredients. The cafe has culinary influences from France, Italy and South America, cooking and preparing food whilst practicing the art of Zen Cooking – the concept of cooking at one with ingredients, respectfully approaching the art of making food with the resources available. The cafe offers a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian options on both their evening and daytime menus. Not to mention, serving some of the best coffee in the city – perfect for those lazy brunches.