The banner as you turn into Fossgate says it all: ‘York’s hidden gem. Welcome to Fossgate for a unique shopping and dining experience’.
And it’s true. Fossgate, which runs into Walmgate, after crossing the River Foss is one of York’s hidden streets, lined with small independent shops and cafés.
There are some great places to discover and it’s where I came across Bicis Y Mas, or ‘Bikes and more’, a vegetarian café and bike workshop halfway along Walmgate. This lovely coffee shop/restaurant completes my mini series of cycling cafés in honour of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016.
Bicis Y Mas is a bustling little café, stylishly decorated using vibrant pops of colour that perfectly match the racks of bold cycling tops for sale.
Check out the table legs here – a great way to recycle old bicycle wheels….
I loved the vintage Tour de France photos that have been used to decorate the walls too.
The food is very good. You can enjoy anything from a cup of tea or coffee or choose something more substantial from their vegetarian and vegan menu including breakfasts, lunches, hotpots and soups.
Lunch is served up to 3.30pm. I enjoyed a delicious meat-free burger on a bagel (the bagel idea really worked adding just enough sweetness) with salad. And as for pudding, there is no shortage of tempting treats to tuck into.
So, it’s a great place to pop in for coffee and cake which you can have until 5pm – with the chance to catch up on the latest cycling news on the TV here – and no doubt some cycling banter.
Then by night, the place changes again with a different menu, featuring tapas-style sharing dishes and nibbles to enjoy with a glass or wine or continental beer which I think sounds fun.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this snapshot of York’s quirky cycling cafés – maybe after all that café hopping, you might just feel like getting on your bike after all…..