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.