The sun is shining, it’s a beautiful summer’s morning, and there’s nothing in your diary. Sounds just about perfect. Now what? Here are just a few suggestions of how to spend the perfect summers day in Leeds…
Breakfast – Fettle Café
A great place to start your day might be having a leisurely breakfast at Fettle Café on Great George Street, Leeds LS1. The breakfast menu includes sumptuous choices like homemade flapjack granola (with peanut-butter yoghurt, raspberry chia jam and banana) and fettle mixed beans on sourdough toast with poached egg, chorizo, avocado or bacon.
Aside from their great menu (which has plenty on offer for vegetarians and vegans), their drinks selection is something else too: Japanese teas from Ippuku Tea, speciality teas by Jeeves & Jericho, house teas and coffees and quirky hot drinks like red velvet or turmeric latte.
Mid-morning – Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf
Situated at The Cube, Great George Street, Jungle Rumble Leeds is only a short walk from the Fettle Café. The building has two amazing 18 holes courses and, to top it off, mini bowling, a pool table, Foosball and basketball machines will keep you – or your little ones – entertained too. Under 5s can play for £4, and adults £8. Alternatively, head back before 11 pm for an adults-only £10 deal: 18 holes, two bottles of Corona, and a free shot at the 19th hole!
Lunch – Park Square or Millennium Square
If the sun is out, you could buy yourself a picnic lunch and head to Park Square (off St Paul’s Street, LS1) or Millennium Square in Leeds city centre and chill out for a while. Park Square is a short walk from the town hall and a little oasis of beautiful Georgian architecture, rose flower beds, and neat lawns. Conversely, Millennium Square is in the heart of the city and surrounded by bustling bars and eateries. Both locations benefit from temporary deckchairs and digital screens during Summer in the City celebration, screening Wimbledon and World Cup matches for locals and visitors alike. There is an extensive programme of other summer events happening on Millennium Square too.
Mid-afternoon – Central Leeds
Fill your afternoon with any number of large and (mostly) free Leeds attractions in the centre of the city. Enjoy the architecture of Leeds Central Library (with a great children’s section) next to the sumptuous Tiled Hall Café, take a look around the newly refurbished Leeds Art Gallery for the latest exhibitions, look in at the Craft Centre & Design Gallery, or see the permanent and temporary shows at the Henry Moore Institute or Leeds City Museum.
Dinner – eDen Bar
If gaming’s your thing, you could head to the North’s first eSports Bar – eDen – for a drink, bite to eat, and a console game or two. The venue has a downstairs bar and café where you can choose from a menu of staple burgers, sides, paninis, wraps and sharing platters alongside an extensive drinks menu of cocktails and craft beers. Upstairs is home to a gaming area of three Playstation 4s, two Xbox Ones, a Gamecube and twelve custom-built, high-spec gaming PCs! Book in advance to avoid disappointment at peak times.
Evening – Veeno
If you’re feeling a bit more refined, head to Veeno, the Italian wine café on Duncan Street, Leeds LS1. Created in 2013, this chain café offers an extensive menu of Italian appetisers, platters, meat, cheese, and bread to nibble on and share.
You could book a fun wine-tasting experience for between £19.99 to £28.90 per person: the classic option (white and red wines paired with authentic spuntini appetisers), the selezione tasting option (premium white, rosé, and red wines with antipasti and a sweet wine with tiramisu), and the blind wine tasting option (for an element of competition between groups of friends!).
Night time – HiFi Club / The Viaduct Showbar
For a few giggles, go to the HiFi Club (Central Road, LS1) on a Saturday for the longest-running independent comedy night in Yorkshire. The Saturday Night Comedy Sessions starting at 7 pm (established 2001) features three well-respected stand-up comedians for £12 tickets in advance / £14 on the door. Carry on the fun with a DJ set straight after the acts.
If you fancy some glitz, you could head to The Viaduct Showbar, an award-winning LGBT venue that hosts weekly cabaret. Live acts perform on Saturday night from 8 pm showing some of the best burlesque, Drag Queens, Drag artists, and tribute acts around. The DJ then takes over every night – the perfect opportunity for you to strut your stuff!
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