Nothing beats a classic, British meal like a Sunday dinner or fish and chips, but it’s always nice to switch it up. And rather than opting for your favourite takeaway, it’s time to try something different. York has everything on offer from Asian tapas to Polish, Caribbean and Vietnamese dishes. Anything that is also affordable just makes it a win-win situation!

As we’re slowly reaching the end of lockdown restrictions and normality is in sight, what better way to celebrate freedom than testing and tasting flavours from around the world (whilst remaining in York obviously!) If you’re itching to get back out into the hospitality scene of York, you NEED to trial these amazing eateries. So why travel when you can fill your boots at the international restaurants dotted around the city.


Enjoy the real tastes of Thailand at Phranakhon on Grape Lane, only a short 3 minute walk away from York Minister. Phranakhon Thai tapas transformed the experience of Thai cuisine, using high quality ingredients for their traditional and innovative dishes. Who doesn’t love a bit of tapas? So with their current offer of 3 dishes for £12.95, you’ll regret not trying it sooner. And if you like things spicy, you’re in for a treat.

The Blue Barbakan

Step into this rustic, traditional Polish restaurant on Fossgate, The Blue Barbakan. This independent European eatery serves dishes strongly inspired by several countries in Eastern Europe, as well as predominantly serving Polish courses with a twist. The Blue Barbakan has been the heart and soul of independent restaurants in York, all because of their substantial portions, friendly service and delicious menus.

Frango Eduardo

Hop across into Portugal at Frango Eduardo’s at Spark in York. Born from their love of simple Portuguese food, Frango’s replicates the experience and comfort of food, putting their own spin on classic dishes. Being more like street food than a fine dining restaurant, all you need is their peri-peri chicken and you’ll be good to go.


Oshibi Korean bistro and barbecue also located on Fossgate has become a favourite amongst locals and tourists. The family run restaurant in the centre of the city opened in 2011, selling authentic, homemade Korean food. In addition to their flavoursome menu, they sell homemade Korean specialities such as sauces, Kimchi and a ‘BBQ at Home Set’ if you’re still adjusting returning to social normality.

Coto Kitchen

This small family team has a passion to introduce Vietnamese food to the world, and what better way to start than in York. They cater to everyones needs, whether you’re vegan, non-vegan or have gluten intolerance. You can’t get more authentic Vietnamese food from anywhere other than Coto Kitchen.

29 States – The Indian Kitchen

Classic Indian dishes accompanied by a bustling, social atmosphere is the recipe for success. Originating from India’s diverse regions from North to South and East to West, they bring the authentic blend of Indian flavours onto every dish on their menu. Book your table now and explore the flavours of India.


Venture into Rustique if you’re looking for a vibrant, up-beat bistro to satisfy your tastebuds. This French bistro offers a large and varied selection of locally sourced meat and fish dishes to go along with their French-inspired environment. Located next to one of York’s most iconic landmarks Clifford’s Tower, you can’t miss it.


Images: Frango Eduardo, The Blue Barbakan, Phranakhon, Coto Kitchen