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food healthy eatingThere are several small specialist food shops in York that cater for a variety of different dietary requirements and nationalities. There are significantly more based in Leeds, which you can reach by a short train or bus journey. Many specialist food products are available in most supermarkets, but be aware that these may only be supplied in larger branches, so sometimes ordering online might be the best way forward.

Halal Food

Freshways sells Halal food and offers a variety of meat, fruit, vegetables and frozen food. It specialises in Halal, Arabic, Turkish and Asian foods and is located on 27-29 Hull Road, York YO10 3JWT (01904 412521).

Aside from freshways, there are a variety of restaurants and takeaways which cater to those looking for halal meat. These are shown below (and it is advised to always ask the restaurant or takeaway about Halal just to confirm):

Akbar's, 6-8 George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6LP, 01904 679888 - Halal meat and chicken (not alcohol free)

Alishaan, 200 Melrosegate, York, YO10 3SW, 01904 427500 - Halal meat and chicken (alcohol free)

Bay of Bengal, 162 Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1LF, 01904 655559 - Halal meat and chicken (alcohol free)

Kapadokya, (Turkish BBQ Restaurant), 24 George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6LP, 01904 622500 - Halal meat and chicken (not alcohol free)

Lal Quila, 17 Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1NA, 01904 670684 - Halal meat and chicken (not alcohol free)

The Shahi Tandoori, 21-23 Bootham, York, YO30 7BW, 01904 613336 - only Halal chicken, no meat (alcohol free)

Halal on Campus at The University of York - The Galleria Restaurant in the Roger Kirk Centre have developed an 'in house' Halal service standard, enabling customers to select appropriate dishes at the point of service. The kitchen is not exclusively Halal, as it also produces dishes which are Haram, however there are strict codes of practice set in place to ensure the risk of cross-contamination is minimal. All Halal dishes are labelled with the letter 'H' and both chefs have attended approved Halal training. YourShop on campus offer Halal cold sandwiches and the on-site Costcutters provide chilled mince lamb, mince beef, chicken fillets, chicken drumsticks and chicken thighs available in separate shelfs, all Halal (check for the Halal logo or word).

Halal on Campus at York St John University - the main dining area on campus provides Halal options. They suggest to students to ask with the members of staff there for directions on where to find these.

Kosher Food

There are Kosher ranges available from several of the mainstream supermarkets which have branches in York, as well as online. Marks and Spencer and Waitrose also sell challah. The nearest specifically Kosher outlets and restaurants can be found in Leeds.

Asian Grocery Stores

Chi Yip Supermarket (25 George Hudson Street, YO16 JLT, 01904 678867) stocks goods from around Asia including China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

Oriental Express (Matmer House 6B Hull Road, YO10 3JWT, 01904 427578), specialises in Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean food.

The downstairs section of Ever New (3 Bridge Street, York YO1 6DD T, 01904 676700) has stationary and gifts from Korea and upstairs is a Korean Supermarket (where Chinese and Japanese food can be found too).

Hana Foods, an oriental food specialist and cafe, is situated on 162a Bishopthrope Road, YO23 1LF (01904 78899) and offers Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Indian ingredients as well as Halal Meats. The cafe serves hot noodle dishes, dumplings and rice dishes and also serves more Western dishes such as teas, cakes and bakery items.

Ying & Yang is a continental supermarket in Scarborough (45-60 minutes drive from York), located on 16 North Marine Road, Scarborough, YO12 7PD (01723 377477).

Within the centre of York, there are also Asian-style restaurants from chain brands such as Yo Sushi and Wagamamas to smaller independent noodle bars.

Indian Food

Rafi's Spice Box, located on 17 Goodramgate, YO1 7LW, (01904 638119) specialises in Indian spices and Asian cookery books.

Freshways, 27 - 29 Hull Road, York

York also has a large selection of Indian sit-down restaurants and takeaway places. Jaipur Spice based on 103 Haxby Road York, YO31 8JS (01904 673550) also offer Indian cookery classes, with recipes to take home as well as various spices and sauces.

European Food

The Barbarkan on 58 Walmgate, YO1 9TL (01904 672474) specialises in Polish and Eastern European cuisine, from mixed Polish meats and broths to pierogi dumplings and traditional Polish beers. York has a large selection of French restaurants, from chain restuarants such as Cafe Rouge to independent restuarants like Le Cochon Aveugle. For a full list of restaurants in York (as recommended on Tripadvisor) and to search for a particular cuisine, please click here.

Vegetarian and Vegan Food

There are two main vegetarian and vegan restaurants within the City Centre, Goji situated on 36 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF (01904 622614) and El Piano 15/17 Grape Lane, York YO1 7HU, England (01904 610676). El Piano sells specialised vegan cookbooks, with all their food being vegan and gluten free. They also sell specially made kits for recipes such as traditional vegetarian Dhals, Moroccon grain dishes and desserts ranging from brownies to carrot cakes. The kits include the non-perishable ingredients and full recipes and guidance. Another aspect of El Piano are their classes in the Autumn that run for 50 minutes, costing £20, and include ingredients, class notes, food to take away and full instructions. Goji vegetarian restaurant also sells takeaway food as well as offering a sit-down service, with their food ranging from mushroom burgers and butternut squash to a large variety of cakes and desserts.

There are several small specialist food shops in York that cater for a variety of different dietary requirements and nationalities. There are significantly more based in Leeds, which you can reach by a short train or bus journey. Many specialist food products are available in most supermarkets, but be aware that these may only be supplied in larger branches, so sometimes ordering online might be the best way forward.

Halal Food

Freshways sells Halal food and offers a variety of meat, fruit, vegetables and frozen food. It specialises in Halal, Arabic, Turkish and Asian foods and is located on 27-29 Hull Road, York YO10 3JWT (01904 412521).

Aside from freshways, there are a variety of restaurants and takeaways which cater to those looking for halal meat. These are shown below (and it is advised to always ask the restaurant or takeaway about Halal just to confirm):

Akbar's, 6-8 George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6LP, 01904 679888 - Halal meat and chicken (not alcohol free)

Alishaan, 200 Melrosegate, York, YO10 3SW, 01904 427500 - Halal meat and chicken (alcohol free)

Bay of Bengal, 162 Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1LF, 01904 655559 - Halal meat and chicken (alcohol free)

Kapadokya, (Turkish BBQ Restaurant), 24 George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6LP, 01904 622500 - Halal meat and chicken (not alcohol free)

Lal Quila, 17 Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1NA, 01904 670684 - Halal meat and chicken (not alcohol free)

The Shahi Tandoori, 21-23 Bootham, York, YO30 7BW, 01904 613336 - only Halal chicken, no meat (alcohol free)

Halal on Campus at The University of York - The Galleria Restaurant in the Roger Kirk Centre have developed an 'in house' Halal service standard, enabling customers to select appropriate dishes at the point of service. The kitchen is not exclusively Halal, as it also produces dishes which are Haram, however there are strict codes of practice set in place to ensure the risk of cross-contamination is minimal. All Halal dishes are labelled with the letter 'H' and both chefs have attended approved Halal training. YourShop on campus offer Halal cold sandwiches and the on-site Costcutters provide chilled mince lamb, mince beef, chicken fillets, chicken drumsticks and chicken thighs available in separate shelfs, all Halal (check for the Halal logo or word).

Halal on Campus at York St John University - the main dining area on campus provides Halal options. They suggest to students to ask with the members of staff there for directions on where to find these.

Kosher Food

There are Kosher ranges available from several of the mainstream supermarkets which have branches in York, as well as online. Marks and Spencer and Waitrose also sell challah. The nearest specifically Kosher outlets and restaurants can be found in Leeds.

Asian Grocery Stores

Chi Yip Supermarket (25 George Hudson Street, YO16 JLT, 01904 678867) stocks goods from around Asia including China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

Oriental Express (Matmer House 6B Hull Road, YO10 3JWT, 01904 427578), specialises in Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean food.

The downstairs section of Ever New (3 Bridge Street, York YO1 6DD T, 01904 676700) has stationary and gifts from Korea and upstairs is a Korean Supermarket (where Chinese and Japanese food can be found too).

Hana Foods, an oriental food specialist and cafe, is situated on 162a Bishopthrope Road, YO23 1LF (01904 78899) and offers Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Indian ingredients as well as Halal Meats. The cafe serves hot noodle dishes, dumplings and rice dishes and also serves more Western dishes such as teas, cakes and bakery items.

Ying & Yang is a continental supermarket in Scarborough (45-60 minutes drive from York), located on 16 North Marine Road, Scarborough, YO12 7PD (01723 377477).

Within the centre of York, there are also Asian-style restaurants from chain brands such as Yo Sushi and Wagamamas to smaller independent noodle bars.

Indian Food

Rafi's Spice Box, located on 17 Goodramgate, YO1 7LW, (01904 638119) specialises in Indian spices and Asian cookery books.

Freshways, 27 - 29 Hull Road, York

York also has a large selection of Indian sit-down restaurants and takeaway places. Jaipur Spice based on 103 Haxby Road York, YO31 8JS (01904 673550) also offer Indian cookery classes, with recipes to take home as well as various spices and sauces.

European Food

The Barbarkan on 58 Walmgate, YO1 9TL (01904 672474) specialises in Polish and Eastern European cuisine, from mixed Polish meats and broths to pierogi dumplings and traditional Polish beers. York has a large selection of French restaurants, from chain restuarants such as Cafe Rouge to independent restuarants like Le Cochon Aveugle. For a full list of restaurants in York (as recommended on Tripadvisor) and to search for a particular cuisine, please click here.

Vegetarian and Vegan Food

There are two main vegetarian and vegan restaurants within the City Centre, Goji situated on 36 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF (01904 622614) and El Piano 15/17 Grape Lane, York YO1 7HU, England (01904 610676). El Piano sells specialised vegan cookbooks, with all their food being vegan and gluten free. They also sell specially made kits for recipes such as traditional vegetarian Dhals, Moroccon grain dishes and desserts ranging from brownies to carrot cakes. The kits include the non-perishable ingredients and full recipes and guidance. Another aspect of El Piano are their classes in the Autumn that run for 50 minutes, costing £20, and include ingredients, class notes, food to take away and full instructions. Goji vegetarian restaurant also sells takeaway food as well as offering a sit-down service, with their food ranging from mushroom burgers and butternut squash to a large variety of cakes and desserts.