York offers a very unique shopping experience, somewhat different to other cities. York is filled with boutiques, gift shops antiques and vintage amongst a large selection of high street and designer brands. The city offers shopper’s independent designers as well as quirky boutiques and stalls.
Coney Street is the hub of all activity in York and most high street stores such as Zara, Next and River Island reside here. Just around the corner is Coppergate and here you will find a very large Topshop, Fewicks and Joy. This is a very active area as it is also where Jorvik Viking Centre and Clifford’s Tower is located.
One street not to be missed in York is the Shambles, York’s oldest street. The Shambles is known for its character as timber framed buildings overhang this narrow medieval cobbled street. This ‘olde worlde’ street is now home to a number of gift shops which attracts tourists from around the world.
If you are looking for designer brands then head to Low Petergate, this area is bursting
with character and style and as you inspect the Tudor style properties you will find Sarah Coggles. Sarah Coggles is the best place for labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Smith and L.A.M.B. This street is also home to a number of independent designers and boutiques. The newly opened Vivienne Westwood is located just around the corner and definitely worth a visit. Across the street you will find one of York’s hidden gems; Van Mildert. Triple winners of the drapers award and independent retailer of the year 2009 you be sure to find a whole host of designer labels from G-Star to Stone Island.
York is also very well known for McArthur Glen, The Designer Outlet. This indoor shopping centre is located on the outskirts of the city just off the A64 and offers an array of designer brands all with up to 60% off all year round. The shopping centre attracts people from all around the UK as the selection of brands and discounts is fantastic. You will find a number of designer collections such as Burberry, Paul Smith, Kurt Geiger, Ralph Lauren, Hackett, Fred Perry, Timberland and plenty more. If you feel as though shopping is a little too much then you have the option to take a break in the food court where you will be greeted with a selection of food from Pizza Express to McDonalds.
York is also home to another shopping centre; Monks Cross. With free parking and late night shopping this is often the best choice for locals wishing to avoid parking charges and the hustle and bustle of the city. There are a number of shops, such as TK Maxx, Outfit, Next, Marks and Spencer and Debenhams, along with Asda, Sainsbury’s and Aldi. There are also some great places to eat so you will be sure to enjoy a feast after a hard days shopping.
York is a great option when it comes to shopping and the City centre is the best place to start. Not only will York give you a fantastic shopping experience but it will open your eyes to some wonderful history.
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