Where can you sit, eat and drink outside in York?

With the weather on the up and a tempting food and drink scene, York’s food outlets offer an abundance of outdoor spots where you can enjoy a quick bite to eat in the sunshine at a café, restaurant or in one of the city’s parks and gardens.

Take a picnic

Museum Gardens

The Museum Gardens provide the ideal location to relax and are home to the delightful St Mary’s Abbey and the medieval Hospitium, both which provide a stunning historic backdrop for your lunch. Deans Park offers magnificent views of the Minster and plenty of spots to lay your picnic blanket on the lawn. A little further out of town is the family-friendly Rowntree Park with its quirky library café. The relaxing riverside also offers a perfect destination for an alfresco eat. 

Pick up a sandwich or snack

Looking for a deli or take out to grab your picnic fodder, there’s plenty to choose from. New on the scene is Casa di Pasta offering tasty Italian dishes, the York Roast Co with the world-famous Yorkie wrap and Appleton’s with their legendary pork pies. The artisan Bluebird Bakery on the historic Shambles produces super sourdough and pastries and Love Cheese as the name suggests is a mecca for dairy lovers.

Succulent street food

Shambles Market

Spark: York, the city’s shipping container hub has had its temporary winter coat removed for the summer months and has a wealth of outlets offering delicious treats. From tempting Thai at Chow Street Food to organic grub at Lotte the Baker, don’t miss this independent outdoor offering in the city centre.

Located in the thriving Shambles Market, the Shambles Food Court is home is to international traders offering delicacies such as galettes from KREP to burritos at Shambles Kitchen, with chunky tables to take a pew it’s an #OnlyinYork experience not to be missed.

Beer gardens

Star Inn the City

York is spoilt for choice when it comes to locations to enjoy a summertime tipple with some of the best pub gardens in the region.

Check out The Habit on Goodramgate with its Minster view or the Lamb and Lion under Bootham Bar with its historic location next to the City Walls. Both the Star Inn the City and City Screen offer a riverside setting to sample a refreshing drink. Experience the hidden spots at some of the city’s hotels with The Judges Lodging and don’t miss Thor’s Sol Ast tipi bar, nestled in the Principal Hotel gardens until early September. Enjoy the summer tunes, giant board games and a cocktail or two.

Cool down with dessert

Yorvale Ice Cream

Still need to cool down? Venture down the river to the Millennium Bridge and enjoy a cooling ice cream from Two Hoots Ice Cream serving delicious delights from a boat! Or head down to Fossgate where ice cream is made right in front of your eyes with the magic of liquid nitrogen at The (N)ice Cream Factory. The Visit York Information Centre also sells tempting tubs of Yorvale ice cream, alongside providing their expert local knowledge.