Unique places to shop in York this Christmas

Written by: Elmtree Press


York is blessed with a number of unique and fascinating shops.  If you need something that little bit extra special for a friend or loved one this Christmas,  here are some of Go Yorkshire's favourite independent, diverse and unique shops to visit.  


Käthe Wohlfahrt, Stonegate

Käthe Wohlfahrt is the all year round authentic German Christmas shop and is now celebrating its 55th year.  Visit the York shop where you can browse through 10 rooms over 2 floors starting with nutcrackers and through to the glass baubles where you will be amazed at their 16’ tree leading up to the 1st floor.  There you will find schwibbogens, pyramids and cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest.  

The friendly staff are always on hand to help and advise.  Käthe Wohlfahrt – is a truly magical shopping experience.

Monday to Friday: 10:00-18:00,  Saturday: 10:00-18:00,  Sundays: 10:30-17.30.


Fancy Dance, Micklegate

Twelve years ago,  Jayne Mason opened her first shop in York to provide discerning dancers of all genres with an enjoyable and knowledgeable shopping experience. She assembled a trained fitting team who were passionate, committed and enthusiastic about dance. This ethos quickly resulted in the shop becoming the most popular dancewear shop in the area. The York shop has since expanded providing even more stock and great prices.

Fancy Dance are really getting into the festive spirit with Christmas gift ideas for all budding dancers and gymnasts.  And don't forget, if you can't decide on a present for a loved one, they also do Gift Vouchers!  Fancy Dance can provide you with everything you need to practice the art of dance from Ballet Shoes,  Pointe Shoes,  Jazz Shoes, Boots, Sneakers, Tap Shoes,  Sandals,  Gym Shoes,  Leotards, Dance Separates,  Jazz Pants, Catsuits, Character Skirts, Tutus, Tights, Hair accessories, Dance Bags, Batons, Wings, Wands & Tiaras and all Dance related gifts.  All of these are offered at extremely competitive prices. 

Fancy Dance also have an extensive on-line store where they showcase the best value and latest trends through a multitude of top brand partners. 

Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm,  Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm,  Sunday 11am-5pm


Fosters Jewellers, High Petergate

Fosters Jewellers have been providing exceptional Jewellery and Silverware for over 30 years. The business has been successfully trading for 36 years and is now in the hands of Mr Foster’s daughter Caroline, with the continued support of Mrs Foster.  Based within a beautiful period building in the shadow of York Minster, they are situated in High Petergate – one of York’s most picturesque streets. 

Fosters offer a fine collection of new and antique Jewellery, Silverware, Clocks, Crystal and Objects D’art. They also provide a range of services from Commissions, Insurance and Probate valuations, to Clock and Watch services and repairs.   A selection of their unique period and antique pieces is featured on the website, along with a collection of new handmade solid silverware, only available to order.  


Pyramid Gallery, Stonegate

Pyramid Gallery is a privately owned shop and gallery in the heart of York, close to The Minster.  Established in 1982, Pyramid offers one of the country’s finest selections of British made contemporary crafts, jewellery and original prints.  Owned and managed by Terry Brett, the gallery displays works predominantly made by UK based leading designers and makers who work in Glass, Ceramics, Wood and Metal as well as work by designer jewellers. 

With two floors of a National Trust owned fifteenth century building, the work of up to 150 British craft makers and artists may be viewed and purchased.  Displays are constantly changing and the two first floor galleries are used for regular exhibitions of which details may be viewed on the website. The Christmas Collection 2109 - ceramics with Ben Arnup and Anita Klein.  The Exhibition is now open and the work of over 100 artists/craftmakers/jewellers is on display. The show also features the work of 3 award winners from the BCTF awards for excellence.  Their prize at the Harrogate Trade fair in April was an exhibition spot at Pyramid Gallery.  The three winners were Melina Xenaki, Darren Weed and Pawel Lech. 

The Pyramid Gallery is open Mon to Fri 10am until 5 pm, Saturday 10 am until 5.30pm, Sundays mostly open between 12.30 and 4.30 (check website beforehand). 


Watkinsons, Goodramgate

Watkinsons are an independent family owned footwear retailer in the heart of York. They have a vast knowledge of shoes and suppliers, offering an incredible selection of mens, ladies and childrens footwear sourced from all over the world.  A visit to their extensive shop cannot fail to interest the most discerning footwear buyer.  Established for over 100 years, A. Watkinsons Limited continues to provide a traditional service with a modern twist. Our footwear includes: 

Gentlemens: Barkers, Birkenstock, Churchs, Camel Active, Crockett and Jones, Joseph Cheaney and Sons, Ecco, El Natura Lista, Halflinger, Hunters, Le Chameau, Crockett and Jones, Loakes, Mephisto, Morlands, Nordika, Panama Jack, Sebago, Sioux, Tricker, Think, Watkinsons.

Ladies: Andrea Chenier, Barkers, Birkenstock, Le Chameau, Ecco, El Natura Lista, Everybody, Fly, Gabor, HB, Halflinger, Hispanitas, Hogl, Hunters, Peter Kaiser, Mephisto, Morlands, Manas, Nic Dean, Nordika, Panama Jack, Paul Green, Pikolinos, Rieker, Sebago, Sioux, Josef Seibel, think, Van Dal, Watkinsons, Wonders, Waldlaufer Childrens: Ecco, Geox, Hunters, Lelli Kelly, Ricosta, Startrite.

Open  Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm,  Sunday: 10am - 5pm


Bowler Vintage, Fossgate, York

Bowler Vintage pride themselves in stocking only the best, high quality reproduction brands, so that they can ensure you that you leave feeling confident in an authentic vintage look - even if it is a new garment!  They do also stock a limited amount of true vintage pieces in their brick and mortar shop. The online store has a wide selection of both Men and Women's reproduction vintage clothing.  From classic, vintage inspired wardrobe staples to occasion wear. 

Open 7 days a week: Monday – Friday 10.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 10am – 5.30pm and Sunday 11am – 4.30pm, some exceptions for public and bank holidays.