Ciara Loker loves the York food scene so much she has set up a popular Instagram account - @Yorkshirefoodgirl - documenting all the mouth-watering cafes she likes to visit.

Ciara, 31, lives in Heworth and works as a chocolate developer. She set up her Instagram account in 2019 and has 1,260 followers.

She is just one of many local people who love to celebrate our city - and share their stories and photos on the popular social media platform.

Today we launch a new regular feature in The Press, Insta Stories, where people like Ciara tell us about their lives in York and what makes our city special.

Here is Ciara's Insta Story...

Tell us about your Instagram account

When I moved to York in 2019, I immediately fell in love with the independent cafes, restaurants, delis and shops. I decided to set up my page to document the places I visited and promote local businesses. I hope to help those who visit York or the Yorkshire area choose the best places to eat and drink showing what York has to offer. On my page you'll find mainly food snaps with a bit of detail around the dish, menu or place.

What has been your favourite post - and why?

My favourite post has to be the one with the Shambles Kitchen burrito at the forefront of the Shambles. I like how the photo captures the delicious vegan burrito as well as one of the oldest and most visited streets in York. I still remember this red hot day in summer strolling through the beautiful city munching on my burrito.

York Press: Burrito from Shambles KitchenBurrito from Shambles Kitchen

Why is York special to you? Name three great things if you can!

There's something about York that makes it so magical; the beautiful old buildings, the Minster, all the history it has to offer and of course it's the chocolate capital of the UK! And who doesn't love chocolate?!

What is the best thing about Instagram?

Finding out about new places to visit from people who have experienced them and recommend them. It's a great platform to connect with like-minded people.

What other Instagrammers do you like to follow?

Some of my favourite food Instagram's to follow are: @yorkonafork @eatdrinkloveleeds @annalawsoneats @hollysfoodbible @boutiquediningbyal @theyorkgirlx @jennifer.earle @beckys_bites_ @vegansofyork I also love following local Instagrammers: @lovingmyhosttown @pampasandplumes @coveandmay @dogobees_hair

What is the most surprising thing that has happened to you because of Instagram?

People messaging me to ask for recommendations in York or thanking me for a recommendation for somewhere they have visited. Surprisingly, people have also started to recognise me out and about in York!

Tips for getting the most out of Instagram?

Follow people or pages who truly inspire you, don't be afraid to comment, message or interact with other Instagrammers, use polls or questions for recommendations or help and keep your page up to date to get the most out of Instagram.

And finally - share with us your best foodie buys in York!

Best coffee and cake: La Bottega

Best bakery: Flori

Best brunch: Robinson's, Bishopthorpe Road, or Partisan in Micklegate

Best pizza: Enoteca by L'uva and Cresci

Best date night: Delrio's

Best pancakes: Double Dutch Pancake House

Best for a special occasion: The Rattle Owl

Best Sunday lunch: The Victoria at Cattal

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