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Welcome to Indie York

York has a thriving independent scene with 65% of its businesses being independently run. Indie York supports and celebrates those local businesses in our online directory and printed map. There is a unique assortment of specialist shops, award winning restaurants, cosy cafes, characterful places to stay and bespoke services catering to all local resident and visitor interests and needs; many of which can only be found in York. If different, unique and special interests you then explore our map and directory to plan your next trip to York and enjoy shopping, staying, exploring, eating and drinking locally.

Places to Eat & Drink

If you’re looking for an established foodie haven then York has it all; the city has a thriving restaurant and café scene with many of our restaurants gracing internationally renowned guides. Our Food & Drink category caters for all needs whether you are searching for fine dining or a cosy café for afternoon tea. You can find something to suit your visit in our directory and map. 

Places to Shop

York has a wealth of unique, varied and niche retail businesses. The Indie York directory and map guides you to all our independent retail members.

Places for Culture

There is much more to York than historical culture, there is also a lively independent gallery, bookshop and music scene offering live music, comedy, rare books, artwork, jewellery, gifts and much more. Our galleries often highlight work by local artists’ and have a knowledgeable insight into artists’ work that can make a real difference when choosing something special.

Places for Health & Wellbeing

Beauty, yoga, pilates, gyms, opticians, complementary therapies, personal training and a veterinary practice are all covered in this sector. 

Places to Stay

Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts are represented in this category. York has some really special, unique and world-class accommodation providers who offer much more than a bland, generic proposition. The independent business owners know their city inside out and when staying with them they are happy to guide you to fellow independents.


This category highlights the independent service sector which is varied including: architects, pottery cafes, alterations services, IT Support, locksmiths, printers, design agencies and many more!  

Featured Stories

Indie York Treasure Hunt & iTravel York's Walking Festival

This is a jointly organised event that will encourage people to hunt out the clues in York's High Street Independent's windows and to encourage people to walk, cycle, to follow paths and tracks on our printed and online map around the City on foot. Download treasure map here!


Restaurants and other food outlets have signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme which will offer 50% off the bill (excluding alcohol), up to a maximum of £10 per person, throughout August. It’s available from 3rd August 2020 - Monday to Wednesday only. 

Indie Business Live Festival - Thursday 30th July

Indie York are delighted to be an @indie_biz_live Ambassador, a one day event to support small local businesses. Find out how you can be involved here #IndieBusinessLive 

Summer Meeting and York Independent Business Association AGM 2020

Indie York will be holding their Summer Meet and AGM via Zoom at 6.30pm on Monday 22nd June, 2020.  

Captain App Video featuring Johnny Hayes, Chairman of Indie York

Johnny Hayes invites you to our York Independent Business Association Summer Meet and AGM 2020 


Coaching York Teams Up with Indie York

Coaching York is working in partnership with Indie York to offer gifted (free, no obligation) support to Indie York members.

Indie York Covid-19

Statement regarding the Corona Virus from Indie York 23/03/2020

Recent announcements from the government regarding business support during this time have been well received by Indie York members.

Indie York Corona Virus Statement

Indie York issues statement about the current Corona Virus situation  

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