Coffee in York: A Guide by Head Barista Niall

Head barista Niall headed out of Harrogate in search of the best places for coffee in York. He’s put together this guide for those of you who were wondering where to get a delicious coffee in York.

The Attic Gallery Coffee Bar (at Harelquins)

Photo outside the attic gallery coffee bar in York for Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in Harrogate North Yorkshire

Lightly sign posted and hidden on the third floor, the attic is a space that I have definitely been missing out on during my visits to York. Just the one member of staff was working during my visit. She catered to at least 8 tables with ease; taking orders and making drinks all the while making everyone feel welcome.

Photo of the attic gallery coffee bar  in York for Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in Harrogate North Yorkshire for their blog on Coffee in York

Four different coffees were on offer, with four different brewing methods available. I opted for my usual order of a flat white which was made using a Nicaraguan from Has Bean. Medium body, dark fruit notes. Good stuff.

Photo of coffee cup at the attic gallery coffee bar in York for Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in Harrogate North Yorkshire for their blog on Coffee in York

It was a bit early in the day for cake, but there were three displayed on the counter that looked delicious. The walls held paintings produced by local artists which gave the place a warm sense of community.

To top all of this off, its 3rd floor situation meant the scene of the square and The Shambles below were a people watchers goldmine. Great spot for a catch up with friends or a light lunch.

Kiosk: Project Space

My personal favourite of all the shops I visited for coffee in York. Kiosk is located on Fossgate just a couple of doors down from Spring Espresso’s original site. They’re open Friday-Monday (closed Wednesday and Thursday). They can be quite easy to miss, with only a small A-board revealing their location, but are definitely worth it when you find them.

Photo of kiosk in York for Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in Harrogate North Yorkshire for their blog on Coffee in York

It’s like stepping into a design students living room – the windowsills and all other available space is lined with hand thrown mugs, cups and plates, and from the ceilings hang lovely pieces of decor, all of which are for sale.

Photo of Kiosk in York for Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in Harrogate North Yorkshire for their blog on Coffee in York

They offer a rotating espresso option and a seasonal brunch menu to die for. This space is small, and they encourage customers to share tables. Commensality is great for cementing relationships and emulates the great ethos of this gallery/coffee shop.

Spring Espresso

Spring have two sites in the centre of York, which is testament to just how much they are loved. The Fossgate site is the one that I frequent and it never lets me down on both the coffee and food front. The staff here are always on form, bringing water to the tables and being genuinely interested in the quality of your experience.

Photo of the outside of spring espresso  in York for Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in Harrogate North Yorkshire for their blog on Coffee in York

I opted for the guest espresso option which they rotate regularly. As always it was brewed to a high standard. The coffee drinkers of you out there that are reading this will know of the satisfaction in finding a shop that serve you a well prepared product without fail – this is one of them.

Photo of a coffee at Spring Espresso  in York for Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in Harrogate North Yorkshire for their blog on Coffee in York

I have twice now had the avocado, feta and sweet chilli on toast which is such a simple set of ingredients that pair seamlessly. Just a great spot that will not let you down for brunch or coffee in York. Highly recommended.

The Perky Peacock

Slap bang on the side of the river, The Perky Peacock and its staff reside in a small circular building/tower just under Lendal Bridge. It is small and cosy with only 4 or 5 tables which makes for a very personal experience. Get seated on the sofa and you won’t want to move for hours. Through the window is a lovely view of the river banks and the occasional passing boat. What more could you ask of a location?

The perky peacock in York for Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in Harrogate North Yorkshire for their blog on Coffee in York

They served Origin’s ‘Pathfinder’ on espresso which came in a cup sporting their staple peacock logo. They also offer a great selection of cake, cookies and homemade toasted sandwiches. I had to try the English pear juice they offered from ‘Lovely’ which surpassed expectation. The name was most appropriate.

Photo of pear juice at the perky peacock in York for Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in Harrogate North Yorkshire for their blog on Coffee in York

They offer, like the rest of the best places for coffee in York, an array of brewing methods, so don’t be put off if espresso is not your preference. This place is minutes from the train station and I would definitely recommend you take the time to visit them next time you take a journey from there.

 

It is fair to say that York’s coffee scene is worth checking out and the diversity in cafes, location and approach is unrivalled in any parts of Yorkshire.

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