Cafes in York: things to know before you go
From afternoon tea etiquette to the best place for a coffee and a cake, we answer some of your most common questions about cafes in York.
Which are the best cafes in York?
Whether it’s a cosy catch-up with friends, or a search for the best scones, each of York’s city centre cafes has its own special appeal. Check out our guide to a few favourites.
- Café Rouge. This popular French cafe delivers a fine array of sweet and savoury treats including mousse au chocolat and coconut and chocolate raspberry cake.
- Betty’s. This York mainstay is a highlight of any visit to the city and an absolute must for visitors – with delicious pastries, fine teas and fantastic finger foods set amid stunning traditional tearoom décor.
- Filmore & Union. Set on stylish Low Petergate, this Californian culinary tribute has got health food fans in a fluster, with a stunning selection of gluten-free cakes and treats.
- The Grand. In this beautiful old building, tuck into a traditional afternoon tea with tasty sandwiches, fruit scones, cakes and optional gin.
Where can I get a good afternoon tea in York?
There are plenty of places to find a good afternoon tea in a city like York, where traditions are adhered to and lovingly replicated. Check out our recommendations of a range of nice cafes near you.
- RBG @ Park Inn. Enjoy a wonderful view of the river and while away some time with friends in this lovely setting.
- The Principal. Stunning views of the Minster, and a huge menu with plenty of variety makes this one of York’s best venues for afternoon tea.
- Hilton York. Try a vegetarian version with sandwich options, including chargrilled courgettes with goat's cheese, plus a delicious selection of cakes.
- Countess of York. For afternoon tea with a quirky twist, visit the National Railway Museum. Here you can climb aboard the beautifully restored setting of the Countess of York, and tuck into a memorable experience with friends.
What's normally served at afternoon tea?
A standard afternoon tea at the best restaurants and cafes generally consists of sandwiches and sweet treats in a more refined setting. We take a look at what you might expect.
- Delicate sandwiches. Expect slim sandwiches with tasty fillings such as smoked salmon and egg mayonnaise, or beef and horseradish and tuna and red onion.
- Delicious cakes and scones. There's usually traditional scones and an array of cakes, but some places go above and beyond in serving up the sweet treats.
- Refreshments. Traditionally, take tea or perk up with a coffee. Many venues also serve light cocktails or a delicious glass of fizz.
Are there any dog friendly cafes in York?
Yes, there are a few places where your pooch will be welcome while you enjoy a cuppa. It’s useful to know in advance where you can take your dog, as some places may be in demand. The official Visit York website has all the info you need on which cafes, pubs and bars will be happy to take in your canine companions. Enjoy some much-needed shelter from the typical British weather, and find out where to fit a visit into your daily route.