From food to fiction to fashion: take a tour of Fossgate

Getting shirty: Purple Haze vintage clothes

Forgotten Fossgate? The historic street is well worth a look with some thriving independent businesses. As a new app and website are launched to promote its charms we take a walk along Fossgate, illustrated by fabulous pictures by Duncan Lomax of Ravage Productions

Fossgate for clothes

Getting shirty: Purple Haze vintage clothes
Getting shirty: Purple Haze vintage clothes

Purple Haze and Sonia’s Room sell vintage and “pre-loved” clothes, and Bridge Clothing selling more modern urban wear.

If you have something to say, Zik Zak can print your message and picture on T-shirts, sports kits or even aprons. And you can even get your wardrobe nipped and tucked at Alterations Express.

Fossgate for food and drink

Saddle up at the Blue Bicycle
Saddle up at the Blue Bicycle

From the established favourites, like The Blue Bicycle, to the newcomers like beer and pizza pub The Hop, Fossgate can claim to be York’s foodie street. From your fish course at Loch Fyne you can dine on wonderful Indian food at Viva Goa and the Mumbai Lounge, enjoy the bistro atmosphere at Masons and finish with a cracking coffee with nationally acclaimed barista Steve Dyson at Spring Espresso.

Pop in to York’s little gem of a pub, the Blue Bell, before taking a taste of the street home with you courtesy of the Hairy Fig delicatessen, which has its own café attached.

Fossgate for books

Perfect for Lucius women. And men…
Perfect for Lucius women. And men…

Even with the sad news that the Barbican Bookshop will close in the New Year, Fossgate retains a bookish bent. Lucius Books source fine rare books from around the world, while Fossgate Books has two floors jammed with volumes on all subjects.

Fossgate for gifts and home

The bone identity… Give The Dog A Bone
The bone identity… Give The Dog A Bone

Macdonalds has the finest facade on Fossgate, courtesy of occupying premises which once housed a Scala cinema. Inside, you’ll find furniture from beds to dining sets. Just down the street, Give The Dog A Bone has a colourful and offbeat range of cards and gifts, and Signatures is the place for the perfect pen.

And we should make some noise about MOR Music, with its great range of guitars, amps and recording equipment.

Fossgate for grooming

Look out for Fossgate's Femmes Fatales
Look out for Fossgate’s Femmes Fatales

Men can opt for a traditional barbershop, Coopers, or have a trim, pedicure and facial at Cads For Men. Hair and beauty for women is provided with a French flavour – at Femmes Fatales, Mamselle or Niche Hair & Beauty.

And if you want to keep fit as well as look fit, visit Up & Running, to kit yourself out with the finest trainers.

Fossgate for history

Venture in to Merchant Adventurers' Hall
Venture in to Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Once home to a thriving fish market, York has always been a bustling part of the city. The 14th century Merchant Adventurers’ Hall and York’s first purpose-built cinema, dating from 1911 (see Macdonalds above) or just two of the historical gems to look out for.


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