Twenty-Four Hours in York, England

After an amazing time in London and Edinburgh last year, I was so excited to return to the UK on another VisitBritain trip. The first destination on this trip’s itinerary: York, England (a new city for me)! I only had twenty-four hours in this charming, historic town, but I fit in as much as I could. Keep reading to see where I ate, what I did, and where I slept on my quick trip to York:

Restaurants

  • Los Moros - This modern, North African restaurant isn’t exactly serving the most local cuisine, but for me it was the best food I tried in town. They have both a sit-down restaurant as well as a stall at Shambles Market, where I tried some of their street food. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a wrap as delicious as their Persian chicken wrap - the chicken is marinated in saffron, garlic, and rosemary, and wrapped up with wild rocket, pickled slaw, and harissa mayo. SO flavorful (and healthy, too)! I also loved the falafel salad bowl with hummus.

  • Tom’s Dairy - Super cute little ice cream truck in the center of town serving ice cream made with products from a local farm. Unfortunately, they don’t have any website or social media that I could find, but you should be able to spot it based off of these pictures:

  • Roly’s Fudge - It was absolutely mesmerizing to watch the fudge-making process at this cute shop on the Shambles. After they cook the fudge, they dump it onto the marble to let it cool, swirl it around to give it some air bubbles (my favorite part to watch!), and fold it a few times before letting it rest. Click here to watch the full video. I especially loved the peanut butter flavor!

  • Love Cheese Shop - Stopped by this cute shop for a cheese and tea pairing (who knew they went so well together?). Such an adorable spot with a great selection of local & foreign cheeses.

  • Nice to See You - A family-owned, modern coffee shop offering sweets and light food. The carrot cake was to die for!

Activities

  • York Minster - York’s magnificent cathedral is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe, and definitely worth a visit.

  • The Shambles - A must-visit for any Harry Potter fans - this cobbled street was supposedly J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for “Diagon Alley.”

Hotel

  • Principal York - Without a doubt, the grandest hotel in York. It’s so breathtaking and massive that it could be mistaken for a castle, and yet it still manages to feel cozy and welcoming. In addition to wonderful bedrooms, the hotel also has a nice fitness center, a cute restaurant, and a great breakfast buffet.

Following along on Instagram? See more from the trip at #CarnivorrEngland.