Leeds offers a whole menu of delicious dining experiences, including some of the finest restaurants in the country. You’ll find your favourite big name restaurants and, at its heart, thriving independent food venues you won’t find anywhere else.
Enjoy British classics made using local produce of the highest quality at Ox Club, Stockdales of Yorkshire and Matt Healey x The Foundry. Occupying a prime position on Victoria Gate’s rooftop, Issho offers authentic Japanese cuisine. Friends of Ham remains a locals’ favourite. HOME provides fine dining with a Yorkshire twist, while Fettle and Roots and Fruits serve delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes.
For the best Indian food try Tharavadu or Bundobust and new to Leeds Mowgli. For a taste of Thai, there’s fine dining at Chaophraya or Sukhothai, or tasty street food at My Thai or Zaap Thai in the wonderful Grand Arcade. Trinity Kitchen is a must, with an ever-changing menu and lively atmosphere.
Enjoy waterside drinking and dining at Granary Wharf, with Fazenda, LIVINitaly, Water Lane Boathouse, The Lock and Brasserie Blanc over the road. For great views of the river, try Ambiente or Stew & Oyster. Go al fresco at The Restaurant Bar & Grill, Shears Yard, The Botanist or the new outdoor dining area on Greek Street with Bar Soba, Neighbourhood and Gusto amongst others.
If you want to mix it up with a cocktail or two then Leeds has an eclectic choice. Head to one of our rooftop bars with spectacular views. For sophisticated glamour, try Angelica, Sky Lounge, Alchemist and East 59th. For cool and casual, Belgrave Music Gall and Headrow House. Seek out hidden gems The Maven, Vice & Virtue, Blind Tyger and The Domino Club for a speak-easy style experience.
For traditional pubs, the city’s oldest pub Whitelocks is a must and Turks Head is a hidden gem. Be transported into a welcoming inn at The Midnight Bell or The Cross Keys; serving tasty traditional Yorkshire roast dinners. Raise a glass to the home of the best beer and ale, with award-winning North Brewing Co and Leeds Brewery. Get behind the scenes of the brewing process at Northern Monk Brew Co before sampling their ales in the refectory.
Whilst exploring the city, stop for a coffee and cake, the café culture is blooming in Leeds. Around the corner from the station you’ll find the popular Laynes Espresso or seek cosy Mrs Atha’s. Try your hand at latte art with 200 Degrees Coffee Shop & Barista School, watch the world go by at Italian inspired La Bottega Milanese or visit North Star with their onsite roaster. There’s If, Sociable Folk, Moose Coffee and Kapow Coffee to add to your list too.
To relax and unwind, enjoy a mouth-watering afternoon tea; scrumptious finger food with Yorkshire tea, coffee, or for those celebrating, a glass of fizz! Here’s a few to choose from: Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom, The Lost & Found Leeds Club, Crafthouse, Browns or Le Chalet.
Kirkgate Market’s street food vendors are a firm favourite with locals, offering dishes from across the world. Try Vietnamese and Banh & Mee, delicious baked goods at Istanbul Bakery and delightful Indian dishes at Manjit’s Kitchen, for something a little closer to home try a Yorkshire pudding wrap! The Owl is the market’s first pub, with the very best British food, beer and wine in a unique location. Be sure to visit the traders and pick up some fresh, local produce to take home.
Leeds has some amazing venues to enjoy and incredible meal and unforgettable experiences. Whatever your choice the food and drink scene here is one of the country’s best!
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