This one’s for the art aficionados and coffee enthusiasts! We’re thrilled to have work on display at the Pyramid Gallery, York. The gallery has a gorgeous exhibition running until mid January , so a look at Comfort and Joy should be on your to do list.

Pyramid Gallery is a dream of a shop, full of gorgeous treasures that would make a thoughtful gift or treat for yourself. I always go to look at their glass – right now I’m loving the elegant yet organic casts from Carolyn Basing . there’s something for almost every budget (glass decorations start around £10 and are a world apart form the mass produced work I’ve been seeing far too much of).

If you’re looking for something that isn’t glass, Pyramid Gallery is home to all kinds of other delights. I’m always drawn to their jewellery. Right now I’m loving the print inspired work of Inky Linky -the jewellery is even better than the awesome name.

While I can spend ages in Pyramid, there’s lots more to York. Like any city that’s popular with tourists it can be hard to know where to head. To make things a little easier I’ve asked some of the local business owners I’ve met this year what they’d recommend.

Richard Lanning, Founder, Strive (if you have a new business or are thinking of starting one I can’t recommend the Strive team enough)

“Often find myself going for a good old stomp round the walls through the shambles, and along the river. So, I love cheeky pit-stop at KrepYork in the market, usually coupled with a coffee from Hatch.”

Kitti Johnson , Holistic Wellbeing Warrior

I recently discovered Partisan ( on Micklegate, they do great coffee and vegan cake so it’s win win! 

Ben Taylor, Benjamin Taylor Media

I personally love going to Drift ( in for breakfast, they have two locations down the road from each other. Then I’ll walk through Rowntree’s park and Millennium bridge. Those two things together especially if the weather is nice make for a great day 

Edward Richmond, British Computer Scientist and Full Stack Software Engineer

My personal faves are: 

1. 200 on Low Petergate – Spanish latte, guest beans + wet.
2. Pivni – Ideally Delirum Red on Tap.
3. Kawa on Fulford Road. They have a great selection of cakes, though their Norwegian cake is the best (and sells very fast).

Special thanks to Edward for this – I love having an idea of what the best thing on the menu is before I get there!

After refreshments I can recommend giving Ghost Quest York a go – it’s a chance to explore York with friends, solving clues and finding out more about this amazing city.

So – over to you. What are your favourite places and things to do in York? Tell me in the comments – because there’s no such thing as too much excellent coffee and cake.


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