York is an ancient walled city in the northeast that dates back to ancient Roman times. It's famed for its vast thirteenth-century Gothic cathedral, the Minster, and equally well known for its fine retail and culture scene. The Monk Bar gatehouse is worth a visit to learn more about King Richard III and the city walls offer superb views of the River Ouse. There's a huge amount to see and do here, as the city has more visitor attractions per square mile than any other in the UK. When you've filled up on culture, history, retail and architecture, it'll be time to treat yourself at one of the many high-quality and award-winning restaurantsacross York city centre.
Cafe culture is huge in the city and many of the cafes, bars and restaurants in York city centre have outdoor terraces and even roof gardens where you can enjoy food and drink al fresco and watch the busy streets in action. The hardy locals are perfectly prepared to wrap up on a chilly day to enjoy a spot of people-watching as they dine, and it's certainly a great way to get a sense of York's diverse population, from the university students heading to lectures to the Japanese tourists enjoying a spot of designer retail. Why not enjoy a morning coffee and a slice of something freshly-baked at a terrace cafe while you breathe in the energy and history of this fascinating city and plan your next move?
The dining scene in the city is well-established, which means that you'll find great restaurants in York city centre to suit all budgets. Gastronomes who love to treat themselves to the finest cuisine at celebrity-run establishments will find lavish tasting menus at award-winning restaurants. Families looking for low-key diners with American classics and a fun atmosphere will love the gastropubs, steakhouses and American-style diners, all of which offer great value for money. Couples looking for quiet and intimate venues will find that they can enjoy well-priced lunch menus and early-bird or pre-theatre menus from chic French and Italian restaurants. Some of the restaurants in York City Centre also offer 'bring your own' wine deals, where you can simply pay a corkage charge for any drinks that you bring with you.
Cut and Chase in the city centre is a York restaurant with a trendy clientele and an exciting British and European menu. Look out for the local craft beers and cocktails on the menu too. Or try Bombay Spice, which has won a number of national awards and is located just a stone's throw away from the Minster. The pangash machli masala is a real must-try. It's a Bengali dish which pairs delicate white fish with a creamy coconut and almond sauce. Be sure to guarantee a relaxed evening of great food by booking ahead however. In this tourist hotspot, the restaurants across York city centre do tend to be highly in demand, and no one wants to have to queue!