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Shopping in York

Shopping in York is a major attraction. Besides the usual high-street chains, York is filled by little independent shops, particularly art, antique and antiquarian bookshops.

Key areas

York boasts an abundance of designer labels and independent shops within the old historic streets near the Minster, while the real commercial centre next to the river features high street names and big brands.


York's daily Newgate Market, situated in Newgate, adjacent to The Shambles, has over 100 stalls, with particular emphasis on local produce.

Shopping centres

Head to the York Designer Outlet, at St Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, for top fashion brands from the UK and beyond. Expect up to 60% off labels like Escade, Reiss, Ted Baker and more. There's also a Food Quarter with chain restaurants, cafés and even fish and chips.

Opening hours

Shops are usually open Monday to Saturday 0900-1700, or later, with shortened opening times on Sunday.


Be it a Viking comb or a Medieval remedy, you'll find all manner of replicas and ornaments in the well-stocked gift shops of the various museums. Known for its chocolate, York is also well served by chocolate-makers such as Monk Bar Chocolatiers at 7 The Shambles. A trip to Betty's, at 46 Stonegate, is also must as the company's famous teas, breads and cakes make good souvenirs.

Tax information

VAT is added to most goods at 20%.