Video and 22 pix: First look inside Spark:York – with bars, cafés, shops and more

There are all sorts of fab food options at Spark:York. Photographs: Richard McDougall

For a city best known for its timber-framed medieval houses and gothic cathedral, Spark:York could not be more different.

And it’s all the better for that.

The box park is opening on Friday at 4pm (May 4) – with a bustling mix of food, drink, shops, a brewery, performance space and more.

Created from old shipping containers on Piccadilly, Spark:York is the vision of co-directors Sam Leach and Tom McKenzie.

Although it is only set to be here until June 2020, the hub is set to change York forever – proving that this city can do something defiantly different.

The units are decked out in every sort of style. It is a celebration of individual entrepreneurship – and brings an energetic injection of youthful colour and creativity directly onto the city centre streets.

There’s the Cuckoo Brewery from Jamie Hawksworth and the team behind Pivovar, who already brought us Pivni and the York Tap. It will be showcasing some new and exciting – all vegan – beers.

Food includes Tikk’s Thai Kitchen and Sloppy’s Burgers, while you can shop for eclectic interior pieces at Helston Street, as well as vintage and vinyl at Heart Of Wax.

Take a look around

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Spark:York gallery

Fashion at Heart of Wax
The courtyard in the centre of Spark
A view from the top floor
The garden
One of your dining options
Vintage and vinyl at Heart Of Wax
Some of the early bargains
Tikk’s Thai Kitchen has a good view
Every unit has its own style and vibe
Helston Street specialise in rustic, decorative interiors
Something unique and new for York
Ready to get the joint jumping
Founders Tom McKenzie and Sam Leach
Take a seat and stay a while
The approach from the city centre
Jamie Hawksworth of Pivovar, which has brought Cuckoo Brewery to Spark:York
Inside the Cuckoo bar
Fire up a Dough Eyed Pizza
Chill out in the sun
A reflection on modern entrepreneurial spirit
Two floors of fun