With so much choice for where to eat and drink in Leeds, it’s a food lover’s dream. It has everything from great street food, food halls, craft beer spots, high end restaurants and quality market food.
 
To help you make the best choice for where to eat and drink on your trip to Leeds. Here is our pick of the best.

 

Breakfast/brunch

Grab coffee and brunch at Layne’s Espresso, one of the most popular places to eat in Leeds city centre, which is a handy two-minute walk from the entrance to the station. Check out The Greedy Pig Kitchen for delicious, seasonal dishes made using local ingredients – make sure to try their incredible home-made black pudding.

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If you’re after something more upmarket for brunch, then the famous Ox Club in Headrow House is known for being one of the best bars in Leeds City Centre and one of the coolest places to eat in the city. Set back from the main drag of The Headrow, the modern restaurant offers something a little different thanks to its exceptional dishes and unique Grillworks grill.

As one of just a handful of restaurants to house an enormous wood and charcoal grills, the Ox Club offers a taste you won’t find anywhere else in the city. With a contemporary brunch menu incorporating the finest local produce you’ll find not only traditional English breakfasts, but a whole host of exciting alternatives from ricotta pancakes and brunch cassoulets to their famous Korean fried chicken.

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Lunch

Trinity Kitchen in Leeds Trinity Shopping Centre is not your average shopping centre food court. It boasts a monthly rotating line-up of food trucks and pop-ups, serving everything from freshly made churros to authentic Vietnamese phở.

For another great foodie destination, Kirkgate Markets is home to some of the best food stalls in the city, including Fat Annie’s hotdogs and Café Moor, a hidden gem tucked away in the main body of the market that dishes up authentic Middle Eastern delicacies and outstanding hummus.

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After your trip to trinity Kitchen for a taste of authentic Middle-Eastern delicacies or Vietnamese phở, try the original North Bar for a huge selection of craft beers; Neighbourhood bar on Greek Street for New York vibes or Bar Soba. For a proper Yorkshire pub, Whitelock’s is a must visit – nestled just off Briggate Street, it’s the oldest pub in Leeds, serving up a great selection of beers and ales in a cosy setting.

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Dinner

Leeds is known for curries and if you want to sample award-winning Indian cuisine, check out one of the best restaurants in Leeds city, Tharavadu for authentic Keralan fare or Bundobust for Indian street food at its finest. For the best pizza this side of Rome, visit Livin’ Italy on Granary Wharf. Try their fresh Italian burrata for a starter and treat yourself to an expertly made Aperol Spritz for a real taste of la dolce vita.

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If the night is still young and you envision a night of dance and expertly mixed drinks, pay a visit to the best rooftop bar Leeds has to offer at Headrow House or Angelica’s for the perfect sundown cocktail setting. Take in skyline views at The Sky Bar Leeds, located on the top floor of the Hilton Doubletree. Expert mixologists will whip you up bespoke cocktails as you drink in the views. Nearby, you’ll find Candle Bar Leeds, a cosy sushi restaurant and cocktail bar known for its impressive selection of premium gins.

 

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