With the clocks turning back this weekend, we have woken up to a foggy autumnal morning and thoughts are now turning to our winter wardrobes and York is the place to be to find the best of independent and individual designer clothes. There is one little street that is a great find and offers a lot of choice. Tucked away behind Parliament Street is Swinegate, a pretty cobbled street full of interesting shops where you can happily while away a morning, shopping.
Sahara has a beautiful collection this autumn that really celebrates the delicious autumn colours that are fashionable this year. Deep sea greens, blues, purples, oranges and burnt sienna all mix together with traditional black and grey. There is so much to choose from that you will be spoiled for choice.
Next door is Giselle ladieswear which has been in the same family now for over 30 years. Originally owned by Karen it has recently been passed on to her niece Ellie and offers stylish original pieces that will enhance your wardrobe.
On the other side of the street is Mulberry’s only factory shopping outlet in the North East of England, where you can pick up some exclusive bargains to match your new outfits. Of course, you will want to make sure that you are showing your new outfit off to the best of your advantage, so Katherine Rolfe lingerie is the place to be, to ensure that your underwear is the perfect fit.
If the man in your life is feeling neglected, then around the corner in Low Petergate, is Robert Smart Menswear offering an excellent collection of smart and casual clothes to suit all occasions. To make sure that your feet are well clad to complement your new outfit, Watkinson’s Shoes, the largest shoe shop in York, is in nearby Goodramgate and has a wonderful selection of shoes and boots this season.
If your idea of a fabulous weekend is heading off into some of Yorkshire spectacular countryside then a trip to Jack Wolfskin is an absolute must. They specialise in perfect weather protection to beat the elements!
And what better way to finish off your new seasons outfit than a piece of jewellery? High Petergate is home to Fosters Jewellers, which is an Aladdin’s cave of antique and traditional jewellery. If you do not see something to your liking, their master craftsmen can design something that is. For the trendy ones amongst you, the Pyramid Gallery nearby showcases a number of designers and offer something to suit all tastes.
York has a lot to offer for a relaxing day out and afterwards a meal at one of the city’s restaurants makes it a perfect end to the day.
Recommended places to eat
Afternoon Tea at Betty's. Iconic Betty’s is of course famous for its range of delicious cakes
Earl Grey Tea Rooms. This is a truly traditional tea room serving hot & cold food in medieval surroundings!
Russells of Coppergate You can be certain of a warm welcome as you step inside their beautiful restaurant, once a 16th century coaching inn.
Kennedy’s on Little Stonegate is a stylish modern venue serving light lunches, sharing platters, burgers, and global comfort food.
York Aparthotels is a newly opened stylish block of luxury serviced apartments situated in a lively central position of the city, within a few minutes walk from the York's main train and bus stations.
Dean Court Hotel – a great location opposite York Minster. It has a fabulous restaurant too!