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Shambles Market – a guide for visiting this market in 2023

Shambles Market sign

There are thousands of markets held across the UK every week, but we'd say that there are very few like Shambles Market. Held every day in York (yes, 7 days per week), this market is very popular with locals and tourists alike. And unlike so many of the markets in the UK, Shambles Market actually has an excellent variety of things to buy. We wanted to publish a guide about Shambles Market for anyone planning to visit in 2023, let's get into it:

Where is Shambles Market?

If you're in the centre of York, it's really easy to reach Shambles Market, with the main entrance to the Market on Parliament St.

The nearest train station is York Station, which is about a 15-minute walk away. There are also several nearby bus stops, including those at Stonebow and Rougier Street. If driving, the nearest car park is the Shambles Q-Park, which is just a few minutes' walk from the market.

What is there to see and do at Shambles Market?

There is plenty to see and do at Shambles Market, here are some of the highlights:

Grab a bite to eat and a coffee

York is a great city for food, but if you're in the Shambles Market area and you fancy a bite to eat or a coffee then you've got loads of great options. Los Moros, the popular North African restaurant in the city centre, has a food stall at the market, where you can pick up a delicious kebab as well as a variety of other tasty options. The Brunch van is a great spot for no-nonsense breakfast foods like hearty bacon rolls and a full fry-up. Bluebird Bakery does some of the best pastries that you'll find anywhere in York.

As for coffee, a number of stalls are dotted around the market and can serve you barista-standard coffee which you can enjoy while you stroll around the stalls.

If you prefer to take a seat, you'll find a nice sheltered Food Court seating area (pictured).

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Take some local produce home with you

Yorkshire is known for producing a variety of delicious foods, and you can pick up a lot of really excellent produce at the Shambles Market. Every day you'll find a fish and meat stall there, as well as a very well-stocked cheese stall with some really interesting options. But it's the fruit and veg stalls which cover the most space at the market, and if you're going to take something fresh home with you then we'd recommend going for the greens - we spotted everything from locally grown tomatoes to summer fruits that were grown just up the road. Everyone on the stalls is really friendly and happy to help you with any questions you have about their food.

Shambles Market fruit and veg

Browse the clothes

You've got shops like Zara and H&M in York city centre, but the stalls at Shambles Market are a great place to find something more interesting and probably for less money too. We found a large stall entirely full of hats with everything from a fes to a cowboy hat, and we also found lots of jeans, shirts, and other accessories like belts. We also found some really quirky clothes like these North African inspired hoodies. If you're looking for somewhere to buy clothes in York, we'd definitely recommend heading to Shambles Market before heading to the high-street shops.

Shambles Market clothes

Buy some handmade goods

If you're looking for a memento to take home with you from a trip to York, then browsing Shambles Market for some handmade goods is a great idea. Here you'll find everything from inexpensive but thoughtfully made cards which you can buy for a few pounds, to handmade jewellery which you could really wow someone with. We also spotted other handmade items like candles and soap, so there really is something to fit every budget and taste. Again, don't be scared to ask the people behind the stalls about their products, and if you're buying a few things then don't be afraid to haggle either!

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How to get to Shambles Market?

Shambles Market is right in the centre of York, and is simple to get to from almost any part of the city.

Shambles Market sign

You'll see some signs for the market once you're in the Shambles area of the city, and you can't really miss it.

Shambles Market sign

A number of streets connect to the Market, including this cool little passageway from the Shambles to the market (you might have to duck).

passageway connecting to Shambles Market

Anything else to mention?

You'll find some pretty good facilities at the Market, including public toilets which are really well maintained and free to use along Silver Street.

The market is open 7am to 5pm all days, but closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Shambles market toilets

Hopefully, we've inspired you to visit this area of York. If you want to learn about other areas of English cities, then we have a guide about the trendy Brick Lane area of London, the Salford Quays area of Manchester, and the North Laine area of Brighton.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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