FEED YOUR mind and body at the Blake Head Bookshop and Vegetarian Cafe in York. Set among the old buildings and historical streets of the city, the excellent vegetarian cafe is the place to retreat to with a stack of newly purchased books. While away the afternoon in literary heaven or return to the shop to pick up a bargain. All the books are at reduced prices so it's also a good place to find last-minute presents. Or dash across the road to the Blake Head Record Shop to purchase some vinyl.

Blake Head Bookshop and Cafe (01904 623 767) is at 104 Micklegate, York, and opens from Mon-Sun, between 9am and 5.45pm (cafe open from 9.30am- 5.30pm Mon-Sat and 10am-5.30pm on Sundays)

Words: Helena King

Picture: Peter Byrne/Guzelian