Welcome to Indie York

Putting York’s independent businesses on the map


York is a hotbed for a huge number and variety of independent businesses. It’s these shops, restaurants, stalls, cafes and other businesses mixed with the city’s historic sights and quirky streets that make York such a unique place to live, work and visit.

York is without doubt a city of Independents, with over two thirds of all businesses being independently owned and run.  

Established in 2016, Indie York is proud to have such a diverse and vibrant group of around 200 members who provide a special business scene in the City. Indie York brings these businesses together to support them and help them grow and thrive.

Our website, social media and paper map provide a useful guide for residents and tourists alike; showcasing York’s wonderful alternatives to the usual high street names. Every business is a star in its own right.

York is also known for its indie ‘quarters’ such as the Fossgate, Swinegate Latin quarter, The Shambles, Micklegate and Bishy Road as well as the ‘Fifth Quarter’ which includes Bootham and Gillygate businesses.

We hope the Indie York map and website will be a great starting point to help you discover and share, the huge range of extraordinary businesses from specialist shops and brilliant cafés, to intriguing galleries and top restaurants in York.