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Central York is almost small enough to be considered a single neighborhood.
The main meeting place in York is the Fountain at Parliament Street. During the daytime there is always something going on here from chess tournaments to dance festivals to continental markets.
North of Parliament Street is the market and the Shambles, bustling in the daytime, quiet at night. East of the shambles is Foss Road, cobbled and lined with restaurants, with access to the Merchant Adventurers' hall.
West of Parliament Street is St. Helen's Square and Stonegate, with many interesting shops for gifts, and leading to the minster area.
Tucked away near to Stonegate is the Latin Quarter around Little Stonegate, Back Swinegate, and Grape Lane. Late opening bars an bistro or tapas dining and quite a rich variety of music is found here.
North of stonegate is the Minster and St. Williams College, worth a wander around.
South of Parliament Street is Coney Street, with shopping and the City Screen cinema which shows the occasional Art film.
Across the river is
Micklegate, with many clubs and bars, the hen-night capital!
Outside the city walls is a vast sprawl of mostly residential neighborhoods. Areas to steer clear of are Tang Hall, Chapelfields, Bellhouse Way, Foxwood. Although these are some of the rougher neighborhoods there is very little danger by the standards of most cities.