La Place Verte is a Belgian coffee house. It’s a super place and a little bit different from the other cafés in York.
Update, 2013: La Place Verte has now closed.
It’s ingeniously squeezed into cubby hole in Skeldergate Bridge. Unless the weather is bad, take advantage of the riverside location and pick a seat outside. This is one of the nicest spots in town for a bit of café culture.
The coffee is good, though not for those looking for a cappuccino, latte etc. The “Belgian coffee”, which comes with a choice of three chocolates, is particularly indulgent (so good it impressed my tea-obsessed companion!). The hot chocolate is superb; it arrives as a glass of hot milk with separate chunks of Belgian chocolate to be added at your leisure.
Though this blog is not about food, I have to say I recommend grabbing a bite. The Belgian waffles and pancakes are delicious, and everything comes well presented and is served by friendly staff. It may be a little pricier than the average café, but it’s great value.
La Place Verte often stays open late in the summer and, quite rightly, is becomming increasingly popular.
Not one for your typical coffee purist but I’m not really one of those, and I love it.
It’s just a couple of minutes walk south along the river Ouse from the centre of town.
Amended August 2008
We visited on 22 April 2007.