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York’s TOP outdoor food and drink events

Summer is round the corner and the weather is getting warmer.  Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat in the sun or a well-deserved cocktail, here are a few of York’s outdoor events and bars: 


SÓL ÁST – pop-up tipi bar:


Photograph: Richard McDougall / YorkMix


Sól (meaning sun) Ást (meaning affection): this pop-up tipi bar aims to celebrate summer in a trendy way. It offers a range of drinks complete with daybeds, music and giant board games for all ages.

It proved to be a popular drinking space last summer, when it was located in Dean’s Park.

This year, it will be found in The Principal hotel gardens, located next to York railway station, from 24th May – 1st September.

There will be alfresco drinking with cocktails, beers, ciders and soft drinks along with food from the grill and something for a sweeter tooth such as strawberries and cream.

The tipi is run by Thor’s Bars, which is renowned for the Christmas tipi bar on Parliament Street.

Sól Ást will be open from 11am–11pm daily.




Spark is a vibrant urban space which is complete with local independent businesses, providing street food, drinks, shops, art and more.

Located in York city centre, it is a perfect place to drink and dine in the sun on the rooftop terrace. Places to eat include:


Shambles food court:


Photograph: Annabel Forster

Renowned for its historic fame, the Shambles market is where you will find the food court. It offers delicious street food along with tempting treats, every day of the week.

Enjoy the diverse food alongside York’s local musicians, with entertainment every Friday from 11:30am-2pm.  

There is something for everyone with many traders offering vegetarian and vegan options.

Feast your eyes on what the food court has to offer…

Krep: Crêpes and Galettes (savoury crêpes) freshly made, along with a wide selection of flavours and sides.

Pizzoli’:  Sicilian street-food including; authentic Italian homemade pizza, lasagne, focaccia, pizzolo and arancini. A range of Italian favourites.

Los Moros:  North African and Levantine street food, which is locally sourced and freshly made, including vegan options. All dishes are globally inspired and full of flavour.

Shambles Wraps: Traditional Turkish sautéed meat wraps with grilled options too. Every delicious wrap is accompanied with a free soft drink.

Shambles Kitchen: This burrito bar offers quality smoked meat (along with vegan options); choose from hot sausage, spicy chicken thighs and sides such as homemade ‘slaw and twice-fried chips, along with many more.

Nukkad: Quality Indian street food which brings a variety of flavours in the form of authentic Indian curries. The menu also includes vegetarian options, something suitable for everyone.

Thai season: Authentic Thai season offers fresh street food such as Pad Thai and Chicken Satay, a popular Thai cuisine.

Café M: Throughout the day Café M offers; teas, coffees and herbal infusions, along with caffeine-free options. Its menu is complete with a range of cakes and homemade pastries.


Taster festival:

The taster festival is in the heart of the city centre with over 70 stands full of produce including everything from local gins, ales and wine to cheese, cakes and artisan bread.

It comes to York on 8th-9th June, located on Parliament Street, the market will be open 10am-5pm.

St Sampsons Square will also be host to a range of demonstrations; the local cuisine experts will be performing form 12pm each day.

The square will also be the festival bars which are open until 9pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.

This is festival is free entry (some ticketed events) with the chance to grab some free grub as well, such as; freshly cooked mussels, Asian street food and much more.


Bishy Road street party: 

York’s fun-packed family-friendly festival, celebrating Bishy Road’s community and neighbourhood. 

Everyone is welcome to join the fun with live music, raffles, street food stalls, a beer tent and gin stall, with lots more on the day.

Located along Bishopthorpe Road, home to an abundance of independent shops, cafes and bakeries.  

The festival will take place on Sunday 17th June, from 9am until 7pm. Traffic-free and suitable for all the family to enjoy.