Leeds is full of amazing places to eat, but sometimes you might want to go somewhere a bit different than your usual restaurant. Here are 5 of the best places to grab a bite where you wouldn’t expect.
When you think of Distrikt you might think of amazing music and cocktails. But visit during the day and you can try some of their fantastic Mexican tapas dishes, including Halloumi Tacos, house-fried Nachos with three sauces, onion and tomato, and Sweet and Smokey Fried Chicken Thighs. And you can still have a cocktail while you eat!
Visit Distrikt at 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.
East Parade Social at Avenue HQ
The 19th century, Grade II-listed Avenue HQ is home to many businesses, including 35 private offices, 200 co-working spaces and a really great café. Open from early until late every day apart from Sundays, you can visit East Parade Social for any meal of the day. On offer includes hot drinks, pastries, soups, sandwiches or alcoholic drinks and small plates depending on what time of day you visit. It even features a rooftop terrace and hidden central courtyard for when the weather is good.
Visit Avenue HQ at 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.
This cosy wine bar offers a handpicked selection of wines and craft beer, as well as local cheeses and charcuterie. If you’re really hungry you can even choose one of their eight sharing platters, which come with a selection of cheese, meats and even pork pies. The venue itself is an epitome of industrial cool, featuring exposed brickwork, faux leather walls and leather booths. Keep an eye out for their wine tasting events too.
Visit The Decanter at 17 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JQ.
Take a trip into the depths of Kirkgate Market, past the sellers of sewing suppliers, plants and cake decorations, and you’ll be rewarded with their street food hall. The market itself has been an important part of Leeds since its opening in 1857, but the food hall is where you’ll find the real magic. With a huge variety of food including Caribbean bites at Jenny’s Jerk Chicken, Philly Cheese Steak at Fat Annies, and Indian curries at Manjit’s Kitchen, you can take your taste buds on a tour of the world while staying in Leeds.
Visit Leeds Kirkgate Market at 28-34 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
The Little Bookshop
The Little Bookshop is Leeds’ only independent bookshop for children. Families visit from all over the city and beyond – but not just to pick up a new book. Their little café offers food specially made for both kids and adults, with their children’s menu including teddy bear brioche toast with banana and raisins or a sandwich with fruit, vegetables and homemade biscuits. Grown-ups can treat themselves to tasty artisan sandwiches and a choice of hot or cold drinks.
Visit The Little Bookshop at 47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.