Discover some of York’s more unusual gift shops, where you’ll find an endless choice of original, imaginative souvenirs.
York unusual shopping itinerary
- Starting from the Tourist Information Centre, turn right and right again through the imposing gateway of Bootham Bar, into High Petergate where Porta Dextra is tucked into the side of the Bar, selling contemporary hand-made glass and jewellery, prints and some amusing animal ornaments.
- Carrying on past the Minster and turning right into Stonegate, the Gem and Rock Shop offers a vast selection of semi precious stones, minerals and fossils as well as ornaments, vases and jewellery. A little further along, Whigmaleeries is an Aladdin’s Cave, selling replica pistols, swords, shields and heaps of Celtic memorabilia. Continuing along Stonegate, Mulberry Hall has one of the finest collections of china, porcelain and glass in the North of England, and Teddy Bear devotees will love the shop next door, Stonegate Teddybears, where irresistible teddies range from tiny, inexpensive gifts to collectors’ items including the famous Steiff bears.
- Take the lane between the two shops – Little Stonegate – past cafes and wine bars, and left into Back Swinegate to discover Cusp, a shop selling contemporary crafts, traditional children’s toys and an adorable range of baby shoes.
- Just over the road in Swinegate is Porcupine, which sells everything for the home – pine furniture, lamps, clocks, candle snuffers and china door knobs. Bearing right towards Grape Lane you’ll discover Ashberry of York, memorable for its stunning contemporary platinum and 18ct gold jewellery.
- Around the corner to the left in Low Petergate is Christmas Angels where the festive spirit lasts all year round and you can buy decorations, cards and lots of unusual stocking fillers. Back along Low Petergate at No 76 is the Cat Gallery, a ‘Mecca for moggie lovers’ where quality gifts depict cats of every shape and form.
- Turning left into Goodramgate and continuing to St William’s College, the National Trust Shop and Tearoom is always worth a visit. A little way along on your left at No 8, Compendium sells chess sets, playing cards, garden, pub and casino games. Tucked under the Bar Walls is York’s Monkbar Model Shop – if you weren’t an enthusiast before you went in, you soon will be! And who could resist the mouthwatering temptations of Monk Bar Chocolatiers?
- Retracing your steps along Goodramgate to Kings’ Square, Daisy Taylors in King’s Court has one of the best collections of greetings cards in York as well as a vast range of bridal and baby gifts.
- Just round the corner in The Shambles (probably York’s most photographed street) look out for Heraldic Art and Design where Sally Pettingell can trace your family name and have it woven into a coat of arms using fine silks and silver and gold thread. At the bottom of the Shambles, cross Pavement, York’s first paved medieval street to our final port of call at Miniature Scene in Fossgate – a world of dolls’ houses and everything to put in them. A dream for little girls (and big people), this ‘Lilliputian world’ is about 100 yards down on the right. Enjoy!
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