Best autumnal cafes to visit in York - Hotel Indigo York

Best autumnal cafes to visit in York

There’s nothing better than settling down into a great café during autumn time. York is full of quirky cafes, that are the perfect setting for your comforting hot drink on a chilly autumnal day. Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat, or simply just a refreshing drink after a long walk, there’s plenty of choice throughout the city.

Take a look at the top autumnal cafes in York, so you can get in the mood for cosy season the right way!

Gatehouse Coffee

A firm favourite of ours is Gatehouse Coffee. Located just down the road from our hotel, this fantastic café is based within the York city walls.

It’s said to serve the best coffee in York, amongst a range of other amazing drink options, and tasty sweet treats. So, why not pay a visit and drink up the fascinating history of the building on your next trip to our city?!


Want some culture with your coffee? Partisan is a licensed arts space, as well as a café and restaurant, on Micklegate. They regularly host exhibitions for local and national artists so keep an eye out for any that may be coming up.

Their menu changes seasonally, and they work with local vendors, where possible, to ensure the freshest quality ingredients. They also grow a lot of their own herbs on their farm!

​So grab a treat, sit back, and enjoy the art.

Brew & Brownie

For the sweetest café in York, you have to pay Brew & Brownie a visit. Their delicious pastry counter is refreshed daily, with plenty of selection to choose from, including vegan and gluten free options.

You’ll find classic northern hospitality at this gem, as well as plenty of locally sourced ingredients for the best flavours and quality possible.

The Perky Peacock

Enter a slice of history at The Perky Peacock. The café sits inside Barker Tower, which was built in the 14th Century, originally for the purpose of collecting a toll from visitors entering the city

You can find everything you’re looking for here, whether you’re searching for sweet treats, a tasty breakfast, or even a cheeky cocktail in the evening!

Coffee Culture

Great location AND great coffee, Coffee Culture is the place to be! Nestled just behind the stunning York Minster, Coffee Culture is a quirky neighbourhood cafe offering amazing coffee, homemade cakes, and fresh sandwiches.

You’ll always receive a friendly, warm welcome here, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing cuppa with a good book after you’ve wandered through the autumnal streets of York.


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