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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 inspiring 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!  

New sixth edition of the Indie York map is out soon!
Sixth edition of the Indie York map for 2022

New sixth edition of the Indie York map is out soon for 2022!

We are delighted to announce that the sixth edition of our well loved map is due to be released this January 2022. With ove 230 members from all sectors, there is much to explore; from long established businesses who have traded in York for a hundred years to new start ups. You are sure to find something for everyone on our map. You can also search for members by using our digital directory here on the website. If you would like a copy of our map or want to stock them at your business then please contact us on and we can deliver some to you.   

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Indie York sixth edition of our map is out soon!

Indie York sixth edition of our map is out soon!

We are delighted to announce that the sixth edition of our well loved map is due to be released this January 2022. We look forward to seeing it in our member businesses and at the Visit York Information Centre. We have distributed 100,000 to date and continue to grow each year. We have over forty new members in this edition so there is plenty to explore. If you would like a copy of the map then please get in touch and we will happily send one to you. 

Indie York's Mysterious & Magical Trail 2021

Indie York's Mysterious & Magical Trail 2021

Indie York is excited to announce details of our Mysterious & Magical Treasure Trail. Held from Saturday 23th October to Sunday 31st October, over 90 Indie York member businesses are taking part in the trail to promote the city’s independent businesses and highlight our city.


Download trail map here  


Indie York Video 2021

Our new Indie York Video 2021

We are very excited to introduce our new Indie York video highlighting a range of our member businesses. Produced by Beetrootbox Productions.  


New Indie York Chair Appointed

Indie York is very pleased to announce the appointment of our new Chair, Rebecca Hill. 

Indie York Food & Drink Member Status - Lockdown 3

You can now find a directory of current Indie York Food & Drink member status during Lockdown 3. This directory will tell you if a member is open, closed, offering delivery or click and collect etc. This list was last updated on the 11th January 2021. We recommend that you contact members for current information as their situation can change.  Alternatively please e-mail Sara at 

Indie York Medieval & Magical Treasure Trail & The Little York Ghost Hunt

Indie York's Medieval & Magical Treasure Trail & The Little York Ghost Hunt starts this Saturday 24th October and runs for half-term week ending on Sunday 1st November.  

Indie York Magical & Medieval Treasure Trail Press Release

Join us this coming half-term for a free, fun trail around York discovering our city's independent businesses as well as York's medieval and magical highlights. It's free, it's fun and it celebrates York. 

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!


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