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Things to Do in York: Why Food Tours are the Perfect Way to Explore!

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Picture-perfect cobblestone alleys, medieval walls, the towering Minster… there are plenty of reasons why almost 10 million tourists visit York every year. The city has long been a historic and cultural capital with all sorts to see and do. But there’s plenty for foodies too: Beyond the architecture and charming streets is a vibrant food scene waiting to be discovered.


If you're a food lover with an adventurous spirit, there's no better way to immerse yourself in the culinary delights of York than through a food tour. In this blog post, we'll delve into the reasons why food tours are the perfect way to get to know a new city.


Explore York's Many Flavours

York is overflowing with culinary heritage, with bustling food markets, quaint tea rooms and more traditional pubs than you can ever hope to visit. If you want to taste your way around without missing any of the city’s hidden gems, a guided food tour is the way to go.


York has also been hugely influential in the history of British confectionary. Some of the world's most famous sweet treats were born here - including Terry's, Craven's, and Rowntrees. To this day, the Nestle factory on the city’s outskirts sends the scent of chocolate wafting across the city, while inside the walls you’ll find plenty of independent chocolatiers and sweet makers continuing the tradition.


From traditional Yorkshire fare and fine dining to street food from all over the world, York’s growing food scene is starting to cause a stir. If you’re a passionate foodie with just a few days or hours in town, a food tour is the best way to make some memorable stops and taste your way through the highlights.


Uncover York’s Hidden Culinary Gems

Like any place popular with tourists, York has plenty of familiar chains. But what sets the city apart is that they are overwhelmingly outnumbered by hundreds of independent restaurants, cafes, and unexpected food venues.


As a result, it’s easy to find interesting places to eat and drink in York. But if you want to uncover the city’s hidden gems, avoid the tourist traps, and experience places you’ll want to come back to again and again, a food tour is the way to go.



As you stroll through the city with a local guide, York’s best-kept secrets will be at your fingertips. Hidden snickleways, tucked-away bakeries, and mouthwatering street food stalls… These spots are cherished by locals but often missed by visitors.


Learn About York’s History and Culture Through Food

Food is an integral part of any city's culture, and York is no exception. Each stop on our food tours (and the walk between each one!) tells a story that reflects the history, tradition, and heritage of the area. While you tuck into local treats and wander the city streets, you’ll hear captivating tales of York's past and learn about the significance of traditional dishes and the ingredients that make them unique. From the roots of Yorkshire pudding to the influence of the city's medieval history on its culinary traditions, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for York's culture and history with every bite.


Meet the People Behind the City's Food Scene

One of the highlights of a food tour in York is the opportunity to meet the passionate people behind the city's thriving food scene. York’s food and hospitality industry is booming, with new spots, bars and breweries opening up all the time and a smattering of high-class restaurants. With Tours in a Dish, you get to meet the local vendors, talented chefs, and dedicated foodies who pour everything into creating exceptional culinary experiences. You’ll learn about their stories, their inspirations, and the sustainable practices they employ.


Every food tour we run supports local entrepreneurs and gives you a more authentic experience in the process. It’s a recipe for success!


Get Insider Info From Passionate Local Guides

A food tour in York is more than just a walk from plate to plate. You’ll stroll through the city with a passionate guide who’s well-versed in York’s culinary landscape and so much more. Whether you’re visiting the city for the first time or have lived here for years, our food tours take you on a journey that engages all your senses. You’ll see the city’s architectural gems, learn about other things to do in York, and get some tips on eating and drinking in the city post-tour. Our expertise will make your time in York extra special, and our team is on hand for recommendations and tips!


An Immersive and Multisensory Journey

Wandering the streets of York on a food tour is a multisensory experience. Tantalising aromas wafting around SPARK, the sizzle of street food being prepared in the Shambles market, wholesome bakeries, small plates coming out of kitchens in secret courtyards around the city… Sounds good, right?


You'll also feast your eyes on the city's iconic sights. From the awe-inspiring York Minster to back alleys and the city walls, our York walking tours are designed to showcase the essence of York's charm alongside its culinary treasures.


Food Tours: A Social and Interactive Experience

Food has a unique way of bringing people together. Our food tours are great for groups and solo travellers, giving you a chance to connect with fellow foodies, share meals, exchange recommendations, and bond over a shared love for all things gastronomic. The camaraderie that develops during our food tours makes them a guaranteed highlight of your stay in York.

Book Your Culinary Adventure in York!

Ready to book your journey through York's food scene? Choose from one of our food tours and taste your way around the city. You’ll be treated to flavours from around the world, uncover hidden gems, see the sights, and meet the passionate people behind the food ventures making York a culinary hub. Your foodie adventure awaits!


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