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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.

Indie York celebrates hitting record membership high and announces exciting expansion

We're growing!

We're thrilled to announce that Indie York membership has reached an all-time high of 256 members as of the start of June 2024. This milestone marks a significant achievement for Indie York, underscoring the vibrant and thriving community of independent businesses within the city. In an exciting development, Indie York is proud to announce an expansion of its membership boundaries.

Recent news from the Indie York Community

Become a Sponsor

We're welcoming new sponsors for 2024/25

Ignite Concerts announce event at York Minster

Join them for a magical 'Night at the Movies'

‘Botanic’ Blooms at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Botanic York has been selected to exhibit at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Pairings Wine Bar launch new lunch menu

Assemble your dream platter from a mouthwatering deli selection.

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!