Aly’s Bakery

York, North Yorkshire

Local Gem

Turkish chef Ali Açikgül opened this tiny bakery, pastry shop and café to specialise in various types of cheesecake – notably coffee, chocolate, pistachio and the beautiful shiny-topped Basque or San Sebastián versions (a top pick). In addition, he also sells cakes and cookies, bread and savoury börek, plus decent coffee, infusions and other soft drinks. There are a couple of tables inside the shop if you want to linger, although it's the cheesecake you're really here for. Note that the owner hosts regular workshops for baking novices.