I recently visited the York designer outlet, I had heard very good things from my family and friends. I have to say I left feeling very impressed! There were tons of brands to choose from, the outlet itself was spotless, there were lots of people shopping but the outlet had a calm and relaxing feel to it, I didn’t feel rushed or lost in the hustle and bustle of people, which makes a very nice change! There’s so many incredible brands I had no idea were available to me just 45 minutes from my front door and at a discounted price! If you’re from the North East, you will know high end brands are often hard to come by around here (unless you order them online) which usually means lots of postage to pay and you can’t try anything on until it arrives. There’s brands such as Reiss, The Kooples, Ted Baker, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and the list goes on! I love the fact that there’s free parking available, it just means there’s more to spend on designer goodies…right?!However the York designer outlet isn’t just all about fashion, theres lots of food shops, such as Lindt, this shop smelt absolutely incredible, every Lindt chocolate flavour you could think of! The photo above is of a Lindt pick and mix, I can’t lie to you, it took all of my energy not to jump in head first. There’s also Thornton’s, and a Cadbury’s store too. Upstairs there’s lots of restaurants for every appetite and budget. I loved that you have the option for a quick coffee at Pret, but right opposite there’s a McDonalds. There’s also a Wagamama’s, Pizza express, Subway, and a Ed’s easy diner which I can’t wait to try. My Mum absolutely loved her first Wagamama’s and the staff were so friendly and helpful.My mum and I both shopped till we dropped (thankfully for us, it’s open till 8pm on weekdays) there’s so many great offers that will be perfect for Christmas presents. (So no peeking, you know who you are!) I obviously treated myself to a few things too, would you be interested in seeing a haul of my goodies in a future blog post? Let me know in the comments!Have you ever visited the York designer outlet? I just wish I had visited sooner, it’s always nice to treat yourself to something special every now and again but when it comes with a bargain price tag, it just feels that little bit better. After shopping we slumped into Starbucks for a latte and caramel hot chocolate before heading home. If you want to find out more information about brands / opening hours or to just have a nosey feel free to visit the York designer outlet website.