Leeds holds a very special place in my heart, mainly because I spent almost three years of university trapsing up and down it’s windy and hilly streets. With half of my family hailing from Yorkshire, I find Leeds to be a lovely mix of big city shopping and independent gems, all with plenty of that signature northern friendliness that some other cities can lack.
What To Do
- Belgrave Music Hall Head here for some huge burgers, amazing pizza and a chilled place to relax, with a rooftop terrace for summer chills. There's half price pizza until 7pm most days, so grab a slice and a cider and kick back.
- Layne's Espresso Be sure to make time to stop off for the best coffee in Leeds at this newly expended independent coffee shop. Grab a design magazine, flat white and salted caramel brownie and waste the hours away.
- The Corn Exchange This beautifully rennovated building is jam packed full of independent shops and some great places to eat, including gourmet hot dogs and falafel. Perfect for buying gifts or just treating yourself.
What To Eat
- Burgers Leeds seems to somehow managed to crown itself as the burger capital of England, with offerings such as Patty Smith's at Belgrave Music Hall topping my list of personal favourites.
- Trinity Kitchen Literally anything you buy from this quirky hall full of constantly changing food trucks and permanent favourites will be delicious. It also makes a great place to sit and chill for a catch-up chat.
- Cielo Blanco I really am a sucker for Mexican food, and this place does it by the slab (of wood, quite literally). Settle down, order plenty of street food and some tequila or cocktails to share!