Live Like a Local in Leeds
Want to live like a local in Leeds? Consult our handy guide and blend in seamlessly.
Leeds Town Hall – Photo credit
Pickles and Potter
18-20 Queens Arcade
A brigade of excellent, eclectic grub begins in Leeds with perhaps the best sandwich in the city. Pickles and Potter makes a tasty one, with fresh, local ingredients, home-roasted lamb, poultry and beef, and homemade chutneys and relishes.
A Nation of Shopkeepers
27-37 Cookridge St
Impossible to pigeonhole, A Nation of Shopkeepers is a gourmet restaurant and cafÃ©, avant-garde art and live music space, and hipster boÃ®te de nuit. Try “The Hippy Brekky”.
Brasserie Forty 4
44 The Calls
A good address (our fave hotel in Leeds is next door) and former grain warehouse environs make Brasserie Forty 4 a handsome spot. The early bird dinner menu is a ridiculous bargain.
35-37 Church St
Some 27 km from Leeds Town Hall, the Box Tree is one of the more famous tables in the North. Marco Pierre White cut his teeth at the Michelin-star restaurant and made a return as partner in 2010.
Devonshire Arms Hotel, Bolton Abbey, Skipton
Another worthwhile trip outside of Leeds proper, The Burlington Restaurant in the exceptional Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel & Spa features Michelin-caliber cuisine and a very affordable Sunday lunch.
26 Blenheim Terrace
The Opposite Cafe, opposite Leeds University of course, brews the best espresso in the city. A second outlet in Victoria Quarter, Queen Victoria Street, is just as special.
17 Merrion St
For a stellar chippy in a cosy, old-time atmosphere, make a run for Nash’s.
This is one pub crawl visitors may want to avoid, as it involves rowdy university students and no less than 19 pubs in the city. Still, you may want to consult the itinerary and duck in midway at The Original Oak or The Hyde Park for a little entertainment.
The Town Hall Tavern
Next to, where else, Leeds Town Hall, The Town Hall Tavern is set to re-open in May 2011 after a solid refurb job.
Real ale lovers turn to The Palace for sweet refreshment.
The Dry Dock
Woodhouse Lane, Woodhouse
A pub in a boat? We love it. The Dry Dock has a killer burger and beer menu and a convivial atmosphere.
The Victoria Hotel
28 Great George St
Not a hotel but a venerable pub, with all the brass, mahogany and toad-in-the-hole you can handle.
4 Turks Head Yard
The oldest pub in Leeds is a West Yorkshire icon and a necessary pub crawl staple.
The North Bar
24 New Briggate
Without question, the place to be for beer purists. The North Bar’s accolades includes â€˜Best place to drink in the UK’ honours from Observer Food Monthly.
5-6 St Johns Centre
Awesome independent record shop that defiantly resists change.
Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate
Any performance of the wonderful Opera North company at the Leeds Grand Theatre is one to remember.
Project Space Leeds
Whitehall Waterfront, 2 Riverside Way
A funky, independent, artist-led contemporary art space on the Whitehall Waterfront.
Leeds Art Gallery
The best museum in Leeds has a world class collection of 20th century British art.
Brudenell Social Club
33 Queen’s Road, Headingley
Few other gig venues in the UK can match Brudenell Social Club’s character, unpretentious vibe and cheap drinks.
Leeds United FC
Elland Road Football Stadium
The most zealously supported non-Premier League club in England plays at hallowed Elland Road Football Stadium in front of capacity crowds of 40,000 people.
Part of the Eton Collection boutique roster, 42 The Calls preserves old grain mill architecture in a heady, modern space. The coolest hotel in Leeds, bar none.
Another Eton gem, the Quebecs is housed in a Grade II listed landmark and is consistently lauded as one of the best hotels in the UK.
The hip Mint Hotel is part of the Granary Wharf urban facelift project and boasts suites with spectacular views of Leeds.