source site This coffee house feels very “York”… it’s small and cosy and it’s shoved into a bridge over the Ouse. It’s a nice place to drink coffee in this great city.
http://shellystearooms.com/shellys-tea-rooms-news-spring-2017/voucher/ Circles Café, sister to an art gallery on the Shambles, is relatively new. It’s a pretty place, very cosy and well decorated.
Despite being quite petite, every inch is used well. There are a few interesting nooks and crannies, including a separate tiny room and a windy staircase down to a very pleasant toilet (only the more mobile of us would be able to climb down to these facilities).
There’s also an outdoor terrace and river views from some angles.
The service (it’s waiter service) is very friendly, and the coffee selection (all Fair trade) is alright. There are also plenty of delicious cakes which tend to come in generous portions. There is a lunch menu, but this place doesn’t seem to get too busy over lunchtime, so it’s probably ok to have just a coffee at any hour.
Pricey and there are better York options.
We visited on 13 October 2007.