What is a pop culture fan?

Well it’s pretty much everyone – Be it a love of movies, television, video games, board games, books or comics, the vast majority of people these days are pop culture fans, but they just don’t know it yet.

What was once known as niche, geeky and strange is now embraced and loved by millions, and the random encounter is for those people.

What is a pop culture cafe?​

Random Encounter is a café with a difference – We’re more than just sandwiches and sodas. Here, you can settle old scores on Mario Kart, introduce a friend to a board game you’ve always wanted them to try, or kick back with a few friends and a movie. All while being served with our unique selection of geek-friendly snacks, food and drinks.

It’s also the perfect place to try new hobbies and make new friends. Getting into a new card game is ten times easier with some helpful advice and a plate of homemade Brownie.

What people are saying

“Really cute and sweet little venue, staff are so nice and very friendly, and there's loads of comics and card games to play with whilst you have your food or drinks - a really pleasant place to go to both alone and with people. Definitely coming here again, especially with such reasonable prices!!”

Emily Rose HarrisonYork

“Visited here with our kids during half term. The staff are super friendly and helpful. Good choice of board games (we played a few I've been wanting to try for a while which was great). Great choice of retro video games. Amazing milkshakes too! Yay for board game cafes, especially this one!”

Carina Stere-JonesYork

“Such a friendly atmosphere, lovely staff, an awesome collection of games and nice food. I'm going to be back here loads and wish it had been open while I was at uni as I would have lived here.”

Reanne WeavillYork


We never had a clubhouse so we built our own. We’d love for you to become part of it.


Random Encounter
9 Gillygate
YO31 7EA


Monday • Closed
Tuesday • 12:00 – 18:00
Wednesday • 12:00 – 18:00
Thursday • 12:00 – 18:00
Friday • 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday • 12:00 – 18:00
Sunday • 12:00 – 18:00