5 Hidden Gems You Need to Seek Out

· Jessie Randhawa · Culture

Have you unearthed these surprising secret spots?

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Discover lesser-known shops, low-key bars and hidden-away art…

The beauty of Leeds is that you don’t have to travel far to uncover the city’s best kept secrets. They’re hidden on every corner, in the most unlikely places. From a little Spanish haven waiting to be discovered in Holbeck to an artsy bookstore with publications that won’t be found anywhere else in Leeds, where will you seek out? Get in-the-know and try them all for yourself.

Tailors Gin

Tailors

Nestled within a bespoke tailor sits a 1920’s themed speakeasy. By day this hidden gem is an exclusive tailor but come 6pm, Thursday to Sunday, the tape measure drops and the artisan gin pours. Immerse yourself in the roaring twenties by grabbing one of their Gatsby-esque fancy dress outfits and bathing in the sounds of a resident pianist. For non-gin drinkers, Tailors Gin also offers an extensive array of tantalising cocktails.

Tailors Gin, 23-24 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.

Cole’s Gallery

Coles Gallery

Tucked away in the historic Leeds Corn Exchange, Cole’s Gallery showcases art from some of Yorkshire’s most talented artists. Light floods the airy space and brings to life the art that adorns the gallery’s walls, making it impossible to pick which one you should take home. Founder Joss Cole is a firm believer in community and donates the proceeds from a designated ‘Cause Painting’ to a different charity each month. Prices are negotiable so bring out your best bartering skills!

Cole’s Gallery, The Corn Exchange, Call Ln, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Bomba Paella

Bomba Paella

Take your tastebuds on a journey through Spain at one of Leeds’ favourite paella and tapas bars. Bomba Paella caters for all, so whether you’re looking for a lunchtime meatball salad to-go, a spread of rich tapas or an authentic three-course meal – the choice is yours. The specialities here are paella and tapas, but why not try the delicious churros con chocolate? Expect a cosy Mediterranean feel that’s akin to the one you’d find in Spain.

Bomba Paella, 1 Saw Mill Yard, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WH.

George and Joseph

George And Joseph

You might have heard of George and Joseph, award-winning cheesemongers in Chapel Allerton, but you probably haven’t visited the duo’s pop-up shop in the city centre. Nestled in the Railway Arches, George and Joseph sell a range of incredible cheeses, crackers and chutneys, alongside fresh bread and pastries every Saturday. Will it be the best-selling Baron Bigod Brie that fills your stomach or the famous Truffle Gouda?

George and Joseph, 62 Brussels Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AB.

Village Books

Village Bookshop Leeds

Village is an independent bookstore where you can find a selection of unique contemporary art, design and photography publications, with knowledgeable staff that won’t be found at your usual chain bookshop. Wander upstairs to uncover a dedicated gallery space that caters for emerging local artists and photographers. The non-profit gallery is used for exhibitions, book launches and artist talks.

Village Books,10-12 Thornton’s Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LQ.