There have been street markets of various kinds in York since the middle ages, including Newgate Market next to the Shambles. There are now markets seven days a week, with varying stalls on different days. Some sell food, such as fruit and vegetables or sweets, others household goods or clothes.
The last Friday of every month is given over to a local Farmers’ Market with local produce, bread, foods and crafts.
As well as Shambles market, York sometimes features speciality markets in nearby Parliament Street. These include from craft, fairtrade and Yorkshire food markets. Continental markets, lasting several days, with visiting stallholders from the European continent, are also now a regular and popular feature of the York market scene.
The St Nicholas Fayre is a pre-Christmas market in late November and early December and attracts visitors to York from a wide area around the north of England.