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York has come on in leaps and bounds over the last 5 years in terms of both the quality and diversity of restaurants that have opened up or upped their game.

People point out that no restuarant in York has a Michelin star. So what? Michelin stars are now a byeword for stuffy, snobbish, image obsessed restaurants and chefs who don't get that people want to have fun when they eat out - not stroke someone's ego.

It is virtually impossible not to get a world cuisine that you desire in York nowdays. There is something for every palate.

The main restaurant "district" is Fossgate and Walmgate - with over 15 restaurants of all different types. There are many others that are great in their own way.

The one problem with Tripadvisor ratings for Restuarants is that non- restuarants are included. For instance a coffee shop Spring Espresso is easily the best coffee shop in York along with Harlequin but not a restaurant at all - it doesn't open in the evening !! There are certain places though that constantly get good feedback over several years (not just a few months) and are worth their ratings not just from TA but from national media reviews as well:

Rustique; Mumbai Lounge; Ambience; Cafe No.8; Jinnah; Little Italy; Melton's; Cabra Verde; Blind Swine (1month waiting list !); Melton's Too; Ambiente Tapas; Goji Vegetarian; La Langhe;

York's climate means a thriving café culture is not a feature of the city, but there are a few options for those in search of a pick-me-up. Aside from the usual profusion of chain coffee bars (Starbucks, Caffe Nero, Costa), there are some great spots like Cafe Concerto close by the Minster (good food but busy at lunchtimes) and the Spurriergate Centre (Fair Trade café in a converted medieval church). For sheer quality of coffee and 2 of the best barista's in the UK according to the national UK championships - Spring Espresso and Harlequin.