Whilst there’s more than enough to occupy the inquisitive traveller in the short distance above, that is not even the most frequented route into York city centre. Walking the other way, towards Lendal Bridge, will first encounter traditional ale house The Maltings, and on the city walls a great quirky coffee shop The Perky Peacock. Across the water, amongst the immediate central sights of Pizza Express and McDonalds, are little gems to discover. Straight away there’s the recent second instalment of York’s favourite bonkers bar, House of Trembling Madness, complete with an underground bottle shop too. A few minutes further on is another inviting pub, this time from the 16th century, as Pivni enhances the building’s olde worked charm with snug seating and a relaxed atmosphere. And on the other side of Museum Gardens is a restaurant to impress, the quite rightly highly acclaimed Roots.
If you’re staying slightly longer or wandering marginally further, as well as York’s famous go-to attractions like the Minster, Jorvik and The Shambles to visit, there are also notorious streets filled with fabulous independents to seek out, notably Fossgate, Walmgate, Shambles Market, Gillygate and Bishopthorpe Road. Upon these you’ll find, respectively, tiny art house coffee shop Kiosk, tempting tapas at Ambiente, street food feasts Nukkad and Los Moros, an inviting outdoors at Bistro Guy, and quality cafes The Pig & Pastry and Robinson’s. Between them and the aforementioned hotspots, they offer some of the best cafes in York, best bars in York, and best restaurants in York city centre, for locals and for tourists, and within a saunter of the station, for passing travellers too.