We’ve selected 5 Leeds eateries where you can sample some of the best dishes and delicacies our city has on offer, and this list also makes a nice walk too. So make sure you’re hungry, and buckle up for some full bellies and scrumptious, lip-smacking grub. Our culinary tour starts off in Headingley, taking you (mostly) down the Otley Road until you end up in the centre of town. Bon appetit!
We kick start the day here for breakfast, with a cute and calming cafe that offers some wonderful treats. Whether you’re an early bird or late riser, you can choose from breakfast dishes such as the ravishing homemade granola flapjack or hipster favourite, avocado on toast. Arriving post-11.30am means you’ll get to pick from brunch options like the full english with a bit of a modern twist, or 3 grain porridge for the healthier folk amongst us. Wash it all down with one of Fettle’s artisan coffees, that not only taste beautiful but look the part too.
73 Great George St, Leeds, LS1 3BR
Hyde Park – Ice Scoop Gelato
Now we wouldn’t normally suggest an ice cream for your elevenses pick me up, but this is a food focused walking tour after all, so it’s allowed. Taking over the former Zidan’s restaurant on Queens Road, this ice-creamery has become a welcome addition to the neighbourhood and will satisfy the most stubborn of sweet toothed foodies. If you’re not in the mood for ice cream, don’t panic, as there are sugary delights galore including waffles and pancakes that you can muse over whilst reminiscing about your student days.
41 Queens Road, Leeds, LS6 1HY
Merrion Centre – Fuji Hiro
It’s lunchtime! And this little spot is a great place to sample some of the best Japanese food in town, plus it has been tried and tested for years. You can opt for aromatic Japanese curries served with jasmine rice, large bowls of ramen or moreish gyoza dumplings. There are great drinks on the menu too – whether a typical Japanese Asahi beer, sake or plum wine. Sit back and tuck in.
45 Wade Ln, Leeds, LS2 8NJ
City Centre – Belgrave Music Hall
Just a stone’s throw from Fuji Hiro and on your way to your final destination, you should stop off at this gorgeous venue for a fine drink and a little snack. Dough Boys serve terrific pizzas and they’re half price before 5pm, so we’ve timed things well for ya! With craft beer, cocktails and an excellent wine selection to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice drinks-wise. There’s a super roof terrace upstairs, and each of the three levels has a different vibe so you can take your pick of where you want to hang out and what kind of music you most want to listen to.
1-1A Cross Belgrave St, Leeds, LS2 8JP
Train Station – Bundobust
Bundobust follows in Leeds’ tradition of excellent South Asian restaurants and makes a welcome newcomer. But this isn’t your traditional curry house equipped with neon lighting and inspiring napkin origami. The eatery has instead gone for more of a street food vibe accompanied by craft beer, good music and friendly staff. The dishes are affordable and range between £3.00 – £6.50 in price meaning you can pick and mix depending on how hungry you are (particularly useful if you’ve followed our day plan!). The food is sumptuous with a great mix of spices, flavours and textures and is veggie food at its finest.
So there you have it, 5 of Leeds’ finest places to eat curated for you to walk between. We thought that the more you walk, the more you can eat, and we hope that in practice our predictions ring true!
6 Mill Hill, Leeds, LS1 5DQ
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