Discover Where I Live – York, England
Discover Where i Live is a series of guest posts and interviews to discover places around the world from another angle. Find out what’s a city or country is really like from the people who know it best.
Catherine is a 23 year old recent graduate who spends most of her days dreaming of being somewhere far away and exotic, and is currently making plans to turn that dream into reality. In the meantime she is lucky enough to live in the city of York in England, a place well known for its architecture and history.
Five Of The Best Things To See & Do In York
York is a beautiful little city, located in the north-east of England. Full of character and history, there’s a lot to see and do, but here are five things not to be missed.
Amongst the traditional English spots, you’ll find a whole array of world food in York; Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Burmese, French, Italian, Polish. There’s so many to choose from, but my favourite restaurant has to be Cafe No 8. This hidden gem on Gillygate has a very impressive menu, with all the food homemade and locally sourced. Better still, they normally have some very good deals, with a two course meal available for just £12.
According to the locals, York has 365 pubs, one for every day of the year. Yet again you are spoilt for choice, but one of my favourites in The Evil Eye. The cocktail menu spans several pages and every one I’ve tried so far has been absolutely delicious. The atmosphere is always so relaxed and laid back, perhaps helped by the Moroccan theme running throughout the bar, topped off with wooden beds filled with cushions.
When The Chocolate Story opened in York a couple of years ago I was very keen to visit, but a little put off by the price tag; £10 per person for a couple of hours in a museum seemed a little steep. Cut forward a year, and when I came across a half price voucher last summer, I was over the moon!
As well as finding out about the history of chocolate around the world and York’s involvement in the development of the industry, there are lots of different chocolates to samples, a chance to see chocolate being made before your very eyes and even the opportunity to make and decorate your own chocolate lollipop. With hindsight, it was definitely worth the full £10 entrance fee!
Best Shopping Area
If you want high street stores, be sure to check out Coney Street and Parliament Street, but for the more unusual finds, the Stonegate Quarter is the place to be. Full of independent shops, these winding streets and alleyways have something for every taste and budget. Whether you’re looking for quirky gifts, unique antiques or cute clothes, you’ll be sure to find it in the Stonegate Quarter.
Best Green Space
York has an abundance of parks and gardens to be enjoyed, but my favourite spot has to be the Museum Gardens. Surrounding the Yorkshire Museum, these gardens are an excellent spot to enjoy a picnic or rest your weary legs after a busy day seeing the sights. Amongst the towering trees and colourful flower beds, if you keep your eyes peeled you are sure to spot some squirrels running by and hunting for food.
Thank you very much Catherine for sharing your lovely city with us.
Catherine is currently working away in her first ‘real’ nine-to-five job as well as writing her fantastic blog. Be sure to check it out here: Ever Changing Scenery to find out more about her day-to-day life, read stories from her past travels and follow her as she prepares to become a full time traveller.
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