The Ultimate Guide to Brunching in York

we’ve compiled a list of York’s top brunch spots because we know just how hard a decision where to go is and what your Insta stories deserve


When deadlines, exams, or just post-salvos hangovers are getting you down, there’s nothing better than grabbing your friends and treating yourself to brunch. Luckily, with a huge range of independent and chain cafes and restaurants, York city centre has got you covered with one of the best brunch scenes out there!

To help you make that important decision of where to go, here’s a list of some top brunch spots and the key info you’ll need before you visit.

1) BREW & BROWNIE

For an instagrammable brunch… there is no place better than Brew & Brownie.

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Perfect for beautifully presented coffees and avocado on toast. The all day brunch menu ranges from a full English, to gorgeous fluffy pancakes, to milky porridge. Also very good for hot chocolates, cakes and coffee later on in the day, they even have a Terry’s Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate.

OPENING HOURS: Mon-Sat 9am – 5pm & Sun – 9:30am – 4:pm

PRICE RANGE: Under £15, depending on how much you want to get!

NB: It can get busy. It’s cosy inside with limited tables, so I’d plan in advance- especially on weekends.

Left: Pancake stack, latte, banana porridge and cappuccino. Middle: Cappuccino. Right: Avocado on sourdough with a poached egg

2) THE IPPUKU TEA HOUSE

A hidden gem in York. Head here for the most beautiful, fluffy pancakes in York, and potentially the world. I’d recommend the Matcha pancakes with whipped cream and berries. Get single stack though, they’re huge!

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OPENING HOURS: Mon-Fri: 11:30am-8pm, Sat: 10am-8pm & Sun: 10am-5pm

PRICE RANGE: Under £15

NB: Vegan and gluten free friendly. Also really good if you like Japanese food, or big quirky ice cream sundaes.

3) FILMORE & UNION

For the fancy turmeric/matcha latte fanatics among you, you’ll love this one. Their avocado on toast is amazing, along with their scrambled eggs on toast with smoked salmon. With their menu options ranging from a full English, eggs, bagels, porridge and pancakes, you won’t leave hungry.

OPENING HOURS: Brunch is from 8-11:30am

PRICE RANGE: Under £15

4) GOJI

For a full vegetarian menu: head to Goji.

Their breakfast/brunch menu is completely unique, with fresh fruit chia puddings, banana, blueberry and almond loaves, rissoles, frittatas and crumpets. Not ideal if you’re after a bit of bacon, but having tried their Tofu Nourish Bowl on their lunch menu, I can vouch for the food here.

OPENING HOURS: Breakfast/brunch is served until 12pm

PRICE RANGE: Under £15

5) THE DOUBLE DUTCH PANCAKE HOUSE

It’s pretty clear from the name what this place specializes in making. With a range of sweet and savory pancakes, there’s a flavor for everyone. You can even design your own!

OPENING HOURS: Mon to Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 4pm

PRICE RANGE: A pancake is around £7-10

NB: These pancakes are crepe style, not fluffy ones. Gluten free and vegan options available. They also do good milkshakes and desserts.

6) COSY TIME CAFÉ

This is a really cute café serving all day breakfast, some seriously good cake, wraps, salads, paninis and hot drinks. I’d recommend their Crunchie hot chocolates any time of the day. What makes it unique is their homemade bubble tea options too.

OPENING HOURS: 9am-5pm

PRICE RANGE: Normally under £10

OTHER OPTIONS…

The Fossgate Social, The Gatehouse and Spring Espresso are all also brilliant for coffees, snacks and brunch.

In terms of chains: a classic Bill’s brunch never fails. Alternatively, if you’re really struggling this morning, a Wetherspoons brunch might be what you need. Wherever you choose to go, happy brunching!