Friday, 10 June 2016

A very vintage day out in York

One of the most picturesque cities you'll find in the North, you really can't beat a day out in the city, taking in a wander along the walls and cobbled streets amongst a rummage around the cities many vintage finds.

It's certainly fitting that a city rich with heritage would be home to an abundance of vintage & antique shops, your only a stones throw away from Medieval cobbed streets, Viking's and ghostly haunts, so why not take in a historical jaunt around the city.

York's vintage shops are spread right across the city, if you fancy starting off in some of the cities prettiest streets then a visit to the The antiques centre on Stonegate will start you off rather well, you'll find several floors of finds with an impressive selection of vintage costume jewellery. From there a wander down to the Shambles, one of York's tiniest streets that takes you to The Flax and twine, a picturesque shop that's full of vintage finds from homewares to kitchenalia, they even have a quaint cafe if you fancy a cuppa.

A wander down towards Walmgate unveils a plethora of vintage shops to visit, dependent on your era of choice you'll find Glory days selling vintage dresses & wedding attire with some 1930's-1980's finds in store. Turning down Fossgate you'll discover Bowler vintage which has a mixture of vintage & inspired wears including a rather wonderful selection of reproduction dresses.

A visit to The imaginarium on Blake street is a must, a delightful shop full of curious finds from macabre animal paintings (kittens drinking tea in Victorian attire anyone?!) to elegant tea wares and costume jewellery, you never know what you'll find in here. Just a few doors down you'll find their sister shop The yorkshire soap company, that's worth a visit for their cake shaped soaps & cheeky tipple scented soaps.

After all that shopping you may want to put your feet up, a visit to Bettys tearoom on St.Helen's Square is a must if you can brave those queues or pop in to their shop to take away a few treats. If you prefer something a little quieter with a vintage flair, pay a visit to Crumbs cupcakery on College street.

If you prefer a spot of tipple to wind up the day, Pivni on Patrick Pool is rather a cosy pub with a a great selection of local ales, or try the Yorkshire Terrier on Stonegate, tucked above the Yorkshire brewery shop with one of the largest collections of taxidermied plaques you'll most likely ever see on a pub wall. Just a few doors down you'll find Evil eye lounge with one of the most impressive cocktail menus you'll ever find, including a few decadently potent concoctions.

York certainly has the nightlife to match it's vintage scene with regular Dr sketchy's classes, comedy nights & burlesque at The city screen including Coquette.

There's certainly plenty to do in the city, with regular fairs popping up year round and plenty of boutiques stores around the city. Simply take an exploratory walk around the city and see what you can find.

Images: Bowler vintage & The imaginarium

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