Leeds is full of nooks and crannies that hide a multitude of treasures, so no matter how many times you visit, you’re never done exploring.
Even if you’ve been to Leeds before, there’s always more to discover, with a host of hidden treasures you might not find on your own. From public art tucked away where you’d least expect it to cafes off the beaten track and intriguing little stalls easily missed in the maze that is Europe’s biggest indoor market – it’s time to start exploring.
Lorne McKean’s bronze sculpture takes pride of place in City Square. The tarnished metal birds spiral around each other, standing in stark contrast to the ultra-modern building they sit in front of. Although it looks like a flock of birds, it actually depicts one bird’s movements as it flies through the air.
1 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES.
2. Tick, Tock, Unlock
You could pass this popular Leeds attraction every day and never know it was there. Tick, Tock, Unlock is an escape game, nestled on the third floor of Kings House, just minutes from the station. Round up your friends and book a slot – you’ll have one hour to escape the room, working together to find and solve the clues that will unlock the door.
Tick, Tock, Unlock, Third Floor, Kings House, 1 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HH.
3. Leeds City Varieties
At first glance, Swan Street looks like just another alleyway, but there’s a hidden treasure here that you absolutely have to seek out. Leeds City Varieties is one of the last remaining Victorian Music Halls in the UK – and it has maintained much of its original charm, creating a unique space to catch a show, gig or stand-up performance.
Leeds City Varieties Music Hall, Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LW.
4. The water taxi
Down on the waterfront at Leeds Dock or Granary Wharf, you’re likely to stumble upon a marvellous find – the Water Taxi. It’s not just a quick and easy way to get from A to B, it also offers a unqiue perspective on the city, giving you the chance to see the waterfront from a new angle.
You can catch the Water Taxi from Leeds Dock or Granary Wharf – look out for the yellow flag.
Not only is Fabrication one of the only remaining shops in The Light, which is now full of tasty restaurants, but it’s also an absolute treasure trove of handmade finds. They’ve brought together a host of independent designers, all under one, so you can pick up everything from notebooks to art.
Fabrication, Unit A20, The Light, Leeds, LS1 8TL
6. The public herb garden
The brain child of Feed Leeds and maintained by students at Leeds Beckett University, you’ll find this public herb garden near Dry Dock. It’s got everything from basil and parsley to wild strawberries and even an apple tree, so you can forage for fresh fruit, herbs and veggies – for free.
Public Herb Garden, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3AX.
7. Roxy Lanes
Few bars are as well hidden as Roxy Lanes. This marvellous little venue has made bowling cool again, introducing four full sized lanes into a modern bar venue that brings together four of our favourite things – pizza, craft beer, cocktails and bowling. They even do kids sessions, so you can have a fantastic day out with the family.
Roxy Lanes, 1st Floor The Podium, Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.
8. The Ivanhoe Clock
The city’s shopping arcades shouldn’t be relegated to retail therapy alone, they’re also home to some hidden gems that are just as worthy of your attention – and the Ivanhoe Clock is one of them. Made by William Potts and Sons, it sees characters from Sir Walter Scott’s novel, strike the quarter hours, with Robin Hood, Richard the Lion-Hearted, Friar Tuck and Garth the Swineherd all doing the rounds.
Thornton’s Arcade, just off Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LQ.
9. The Arch Cafe
This self-confessed ‘cafe with a social conscience’ is a real find. Once a Charity School, it’s now Grade II Listed and lovely to behold. Even better, it’s run by Age UK, and all profits go directly to the charity, so you can have your cake, and make a difference too.
The Arch Cafe, Mark Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JA.
Perhaps one of the more obvious additions to this list, Whitelock’s is famed the city over. It’s thought to be one of the oldest pubs in Leeds and now prides itself on serving up some of the finest real ales in the city alongside a menu of hearty pub grub. With loads of character and a real old-school vibe, you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time – but first you have to find the entrance to the alley it’s tucked away on.
Whitelock’s, 4 Turk’s Head Yard, City Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.
11. The Turk’s Head
Whitelock’s lesser known sister venue is a much less famous destination, but one that is equally worth seeking out. The opposite of Whitelock’s in every way, The Turk’s Head deals in craft beer rather than ale, small plates rather than loaded plates of hearty grub – they even dabble in cocktail making, using a small, handpicked selection of spirits. The decor is old meets new, with a hint to its history, but in a new setting.
The Turk’s Head, 4 Turk’s Head Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.
12. Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery
Hidden within the University of Leeds campus, Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery is the city’s newest museum. Here you can lay your eyes on some real gems, including a Babylonian clay tablet that dates back to c.2500 BC, the first collected edition of the plays of Shakespeare published in 1623 and the compass used by Bertram Ratcliffe to get back to England during the First World War.
Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Building, Woodhouse Lane, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT.
13. Entrance to the Empire Palace Theatre
The Empire Palace Theatre has long since transformed into luxury store Harvey Nichols, but one remnant of its history still stands. Venture into the Victoria Quarter and you’ll find the old entrance to the theatre on Cross Arcade, with the name still emblazoned on the stonework.
Harvey Nichols, Cross Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.
14. The Lifting Tower
Nestled within the West End of the city centre is a historic treasure that has now become the focal point of Tower Square, the city’s newest outdoor space. The Lifting Tower was once used to hoist wagons between the viaduct and the ground-level goods yard, when the old Central Station was still in use.
The Lifting Tower, Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AJ.
The address says Duncan Street, but if you’ve ever been to Distrikt, you’ll know that the entrance is tucked away down an alley leading off the main street, which makes it a little too easy to miss. But if you venture inside, you’ll be rewarded with great tunes, cracking cocktails and even the odd salsa night.
Distrikt, 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.
16. The Grand Arcade Clock
The Grand Arcade clock was once an attraction in itself, with families nipping in to see the knights strike the hour. Over the years, it fell into disrepair, but you’ll be happy to know that the William Potts and Sons clock has now been restored to its former glory, so if you time it right, you can see it in action again.
Grand Arcade, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
17. The Tiled Hall
The Tiled Hall has always been a hidden treasure, but with Leeds Art Gallery, in which it is housed, now closed until spring 2017, it’s even more so. The stunning cafe, with its beautiful tiled walls, will remain open, serving up tea, coffee, sandwiches and soups to the adoring masses, with a delicious array of cakes for those of you with a sweet tooth.
The Tiled Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB.
Another piece of public art worth seeking out, this little fella can be found at Marshall’s Mill. It was inspired by nearby Temple Works, where sheep once grazed on the grassy roof. The reason? It was decked out in grass to help maintain the humidity within and the sheep kept the grass under control, naturally. The piece itself stands at 4 metres high and was made by Leeds-based artist Antonia Stowe.
Marshall’s Mill, Marshall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ.
19. Out of this World
This friendly little fella marks the southern gateway to Quarry Hill. Clambering out of a column of Woodkirk Yorkstone, the painted metal sculpture is the work of London artist Ray Smith, who was commissioned by Leeds City Council in 1995. It’s one of the more intriguing sculptures to adorn Leeds’ streets and one that deserves a double take.
Out of this World, Quarry Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7UP.
20. Blind Tyger
It’s easy to miss Blind Tyger. This little pre-prohibition cocktail bar was once part of its sister venue, Sandinista. Now it’s a bar in its own right, with just a doorway to mark its presence. Wander up the stairs and you’ll find yourself in an old school drinking den where they serve up a small choice of one-off cocktails made with a handpicked selection of spirits.
Blind Tyger, 5A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
21. Poetry on Kirkgate
Next time you’re out shopping on Briggate, fighting your way through the crowds, turn off onto Kirkgate and take in a little art, built into the very ground you’re walking on. You’ll find words carved into Kirkgate’s bricks, making up the poems of local wordsmiths Anthony Dunn and Peter Spafford. How’s that for an injection of culture?
Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BY.
22. Sous le Nez
The name, translated, means ‘under the nose’ – and indeed, Sous le Nez is hidden right in plain sight. It’s in the basement of the ever-impressive Quebec Hotel, but while you’ll have to hunt it out, you won’t be disappointed by what you find. Homemade French food, an exceptional wine list and a quaint restaurant await those who venture within.
Sous le Nez, The Basement, Quebec House, 9 Quebec St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HA.
23. Holbeck Underground Ballroom (HUB)
Home to one of the city’s most-loved theatre companies, Slung Low, HUB (or Holbeck Underground Ballroom if you want to use its full name) is hidden under the city’s famed railway arches. As well as rehearsing their own productions, they offer travelling companies an affordable space to showcase their work, bringing cutting edge shows to Leeds on a pay-as-you-feel basis.
HUB, 67-71 Bath Road, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9UA.
24. Sheaf Tree
You may well have missed this intriguing work of art – it’s hidden behind Ciao Bella on Dock Street. Inspired by the city’s industrial past, the leaves that peel away from the top of Chris Knight’s sculpture represent the barley used in brewing, while the cutting hints back to the pattern making of the leather industry and the materials speak of the city’s engineering past.
Behind Dock Street, Brewery Wharf, Dock St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JF.
25. Live Art Bistro
One of the more interesting additions to Leeds over the last few years, Live Art Bistro is a theatre of sorts, but the breadth of work on show here is truly staggering. They specialise in performance art in all its guises, creating a space where artists can rehearse and showcase their work, which means you could see anything from circus acts to visual arts and immersive cinema experiences – it is, however, off the beaten track, so you’ll have to hunt it out.
Live Art Bistro, Regent Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7QA.
26. The Maven
The city’s original secret cocktail bar, The Maven has nothing more than a doorway to mark its presence – but word of this popular Call Lane nightspot has spread nevertheless. Inside, you’ll find an incredible pre-prohibition drinking den, where suited and booted mixologists whip up cocktails for their thirsty patrons. The music is one of the secret highlights here – like the bar, it’s old school, so expect to find yourself dancing.
The Maven, 1-3 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH.
27. Le Keux Vintage Salon
Now for something a little bit different. Le Keux is a vintage salon that specialises in the styles of days gone by. Ladies can get a host of stylish dos, from victory rolls to waves and curls, while the fellas will be treated to a proper barber experience. They also do make-up, along with a host of party options, including pin up photo shoots, princess parties and more. You will, however, have to seek it out because it sits above Cath Kidston on Lands Lane.
Le Keux Vintage Salon, Second Floor(above Cath Kidston), 24b Lands Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LB.
28. The Man Behind the Curtain
Few hidden treasures are quite so impressive as The Man Behind the Curtain – after all, last year the Leeds restaurant bagged us our first Michelin star in a decade. But famous as it is, you might have a hard time finding it, because it’s tucked away in Flannels. Yes, we mean the department store. If you can bag yourself a table, you’ll be treated to a tasting menu you won’t soon forget.
The Man Behind the Curtain, Top Floor Flannels, 68-78 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7JH.
It’s easy to believe that Kirkgate Market is full of butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers – and it is. But you’ll also find some rather surprising stalls, like Aryan, a tantalising stall jam-packed with everything from baklava and Turkish delight to olives and stuffed vine leaves. Well worth seeking out.
Aryan, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate, Leeds, LS2 7HN.
30. From Freedom to the Future
A unique piece of art commissioned by Leeds City Council for the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show, From Freedom to the Future can now be found in Millennium Square’s Mandela Gardens. The brief was to create a visual interpretation of the book, so the artist worked with students from schools in Leeds and Durban, building their artwork into her final design.
Mandela Gardens, Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AD.
A friendly basement cafe in the business district, Tribeca is the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch. They’re committed to using top quality, locally-sourced ingredients – and you can taste the difference. Try the scrambled eggs, you won’t believe how yellow they are, or nip by for a tasty salad box at lunch.
Tribeca Cafe, 2 Park Square East, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2NE.
32. Guardian Angels
Believe it or not, Leeds General Infirmary is home to some of the most interesting modern sculptures in Leeds. Inspired by ancient myths, Tom Lomax’s Guardian Angels watch over patients and their loved ones – each piece is unique and deserves attention in its own right.
Jubilee Square, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3EX.
A street food vendor turned permanent Leeds resident, Bangwok prides itself on serving up some of the best Pad Thai in Leeds – but if you want to tuck in, you’ll have to head to a rather unusual location. You see, they’ve made their home under the arches of Sovereign Place – hunt them out and you’ll be rewarded with a delicious street food feast.
Bangwok, Arch 1, Sovereign Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4SP.
34. Headrow House
Little sister to Belgrave Music Hall, Headrow House is another multi-floored venue with a diverse offering. It’s got its own little restaurant on the ground floor – Ox Club has a Grillworks Grill and uses it in new and exciting ways to create a menu of tasty fodder. Alongside that, you’ve got a beer hall, a cocktail bar and two terraces, with a music venue somewhere in the midsts of it all.
Headrow House, Bramley’s Yard, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
35. The Bike Tree
Tucked away behind The Midnight Bell is another hidden gem, this time in the form of The Bike Tree. It’s made of 37 recycled bicycle wheels, looks a lot like a tree (hence the name) and was created in response to 2014’s Tour de France, which kicked off in Leeds.
The Bike Tree, 101 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5QN.
36. Lazy Lounge
You’d be forgiven for missing this one – right now it’s hidden behind the ever-growing Central Square development, but Lazy Lounge is well worth seeking out. They specialise in wine, with a vast array of tipples for you to try, although if you prefer gin, you might well be surprised by the selection on offer.
Lazy Lounge, Unit D, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4JY.
37. Spice Corner
You might be more accustomed to buying your herbs and spices from the supermarket, but head into Kirkgate and you’ll find a stall that’s even better suited. At Spice Corner, they import all manner of delicacies from around the world, and you can buy as much, or as little, as you need. Alongside the spice, they also sell fresh produce, like aloe vera.
Kirkgate Market, 28-34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
38. Studio 12
Leeds Central Library is full of surprises, but one of its best kept secrets is Studio 12. It’s an audio visual project that offers production training for people aged 15 to 30. They’ve got everything you need to develop your skills, from SLR cameras to 3D printers, photography software and film studios. If you’ve got an idea, they can help you make it happen.
Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB.
An art shop with a difference, ArtOfficial is the kind of treasure trove you’ll want to spend time exploring. As well as art supplies, including spray paint, markers and the largest selection of Posca pens in Yorkshire, they sell clothes and the art itself – it is, after all, run by famed street artist Bretski.
ArtOfficial, 28 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DR.
You’ll find this intriguing little sign along the Leeds Liverpool Canal, but don’t expect to be able to read it at first glance, because you can only read the words in its reflection. So rather than looking at the sign itself, turn your eyes to the water, where you’ll read, “The remains of a wooden icebreaker lie submerged”.
Leeds Liverpool Canal, by Armley Mills.
Standing tall against the backdrop of Kirkgate Market is Cornucopia, a ginormous mural painted by Graeme Willson. You’d be surprised how many people have never noticed it – it did, however, attract attention in 1990, when it was first unveiled, as it was awarded the Leeds Award for Architecture and the Environment.
Cornucopia, 14 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN
42. The Foundry
Hidden within the maze that is the Round Foundry, this rustic little bistro is quite the find. The Foundry prides itself on serving up quality food, bringing classic British dishes to life with locally-sourced ingredients – expect the likes of baked stuffed aubergine and pan fried calves liver, all washed down with something from their impressive wine menu.
The Foundry, 1 Saw Mill Yard, Round Foundry, Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WH.
You’d be surprised how few people know about &Model, and yet this little gallery on East Parade brings a host of local, national and global talent to Leeds. Housed in a three-storey, nineteenth century building, it’s a unique space that allows them to bring in a mix of traditional and modern art, including groundbreaking immersive installations.
&Model, 19 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.
44. Colours May Vary
Off the beaten track is putting it mildly for this indie store, and yet Colours May Vary inevitably wins over its customers, tempting them back again and again. You’ll find it nestled in Munro House, selling a hoard of intriguing publications, covering everything from art and photography to design and interiors. Add a fabulous array of stationery and gifts, not to mention regular events, and you’ve got a real hidden treasure.
Colours May Vary, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AG.
Some would say that Teppanyaki is in one of the hottest parts of Leeds right now – and they would be right. Yet, it’s concealed out of sight and that means its easily forgotten. Go against the grain, check it out and you’ll be treated to a show with your dinner, as their expert chefs cook up a storm in front of you, turning dinner into a game you won’t want to miss.
Teppanyaki, Belgrave Hall, Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8DD.
46. Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Leeds University probably isn’t the first place you’d look for a gallery, but that’s exactly what you’ll find here. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery showcases items from the University Art Collection and Special Collections, with everything from paintings to ceramics waiting to be seen. They also tempt in an array of contemporary exhibitions, like Michael Lyons: Freeze Frame, which charted the evolution of his sculpture Lenten Cover.
Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT.
It’s in the city centre, but you probably won’t just stumble across Moments. It’s on Swinegate, just opposite Malmaison, but once you’ve tried it, you’ll surely want to go back. Perhaps it’s the perfectly brewed coffee, maybe it’s the expertly cooked full English complete with homemade brown sauce, it might even be those scrumptious burgers (they make the patties themselves with Sykes Farm beef) – either way, you need to try it.
Moments, 8 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
It’s probably one of the most unlikely locations to find a piece of art in the city, and yet Leeds Train Station is home to not one, but two new pieces of public art. SuperLeeds is the work of illustrator Supermundane, otherwise known as Rob Lowe. It’s made up of 12 glass panels that stretch across a massive 14 metres, with colourful vinyl patterns that look different depending on the angle you view them from.
Leeds Train Station, New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4DY.
It’s a monumental addition to the city, because it marks the beginning of the Kirkgate regeneration, but that’s not the only reason to visit Wapentake. The little cafe, bar and bakery that sprung up at the back end of 2015 is an absolute delight. Inside it’s all vintage chic, with eclectic furniture and quirky prints on the wall – the menu, however, is something else entirely. We’re talking traditional eats, like filled Yorkshire puddings and crisp sarnies. Yum.
Wapentake, 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.
50. Cafe Moor
It’s easy to think that Kirkgate Market is just for shopping, but actually, there’s a lot more to be found here – including some incredible eateries, one of which is Cafe Moor. They serve up a menu of North African and Middle Eastern street food, with the likes of shawarma, falafel, baba ganoush and more – not to mention some mighty fine baklava.
Cafe Moor, Kirkgate Market, 34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
51. The White Rabbit
A little basement bar in the business district, The White Rabbit is exactly what the name suggests – an eclectic drinking den that’s full of surprises. The decor is cool and retro, with anatomical prints, taxidermy and gig posters all muddled in together – and the bar makes a statement in itself, with an extensive selection of beer and spirits for you to choose from. They also do food, think pizza, pasta and salad, Italian style.
The White Rabbit, 11 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2DS.
52. Global Tribe
Not only is Global Tribe a marvellous little find on Swan Street, but you’ll also get two for the price of one. Downstairs, their cool, new-age shop, sells crystals, incense and more, while upstairs there’s a lively vegetarian cafe that will be happy to serve you up a tasty lunch, with Indian platters, stew and jerk rice vying for your attention (not to mention all manner of cakes).
Global Tribe, 18 Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LG.
53. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
Never heard of Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun? It’s time to change that, as this little known art space puts on a range of exhibitions from their home on Wharf Street. Nestled above the popular Wharf Chambers, they’ve got a project space and a gallery – the latter promises an annual programme of events that that ranges from exhibitions by emerging artists to film screenings.
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EQ.
54. Sheaf Street Cafeteria
One of the more recent additions to Leeds, Sheaf Street Cafeteria is a laid back cafe that’s well worth a visit. The food comes courtesy of Grub & Grog, an indie set-up, famed for their love of creative dishes and ethically, locally sourced ingredients. At night, Sheaf Street Cafe transforms into a laid back bar, where you can hang out with friends while enjoying their handpicked selection of beer, cider and spirits.
Sheaf Street Cafeteria, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.
55. Park Square
Park Square is such a find. This beautiful city centre park is well kept, with flowers blossoming from spring through to summer. Right now, it’s got stunning rosebeds, while in the spring, you’ll be treated to daffodils and crocuses – either way, it’s a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, especially on sunny days.
Park Square , Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2LH.
56. 51% Bourbon
If you like your whisky, 51% Bourbon is definitely worth a visit. Not only is it tucked away down the unobtrusive alleyway that is Hirst’s Yard, but it’s also on the second floor, so you’d be forgiven for missing it on your nights out on the town. Once inside this old school drinking den, you’ll find yourself absolutely spoilt for choice with a huge array of whiskies for you to work your way through – definitely enough for more than one visit.
51% Bourbon, 11-15 Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NJ.
57. Sociable Folk
If you don’t work at Wellington Place, you may not have stumbled upon Sociable Folk yet. Perched on the edge of Tower Square, it offers up a mix of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks, with tasty nibbles to go alongside them. From superfood salads to bagels and Thai curry, there’s sure to be something you want to tuck into.
Sociable Folk, 10 Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JP.
58. Metal Gear Rising: evengeance
You could pass this towering mural without even realising it was there, but raise your eyes and you’ll be treated to an impressive work of art. It’s the work of EndOfTheLine, and was commissioned by Konami to launch their new game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Fun fact for you – it’s one of three, with similar works in Liverpool and London.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, White Cloth Gallery, 24 Aire St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4HT.
59. North Brewing Co.
A new addition this year, and definitely worthy of a place on this list, North Brewing Co. is a hop, skip and a jump (albeit a very long one) away from Merrion Street. You’ll need to plough past The Reliance and The Brunswick, but if you do, you can taste the wares of the new brewery, which comes from the folk behind North Bar and Belgrave. The bar tap is open Fridays and Saturdays, so add it to your bar crawl.
North Brewing Co. Unit 6, Taverners Walk Industrial Estate, Sheepscar Grove, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 1AH.
It’s on one of Leeds’ most popular streets, and yet Fairuz is easy to miss. The Lebanese restaurant is tucked under Fairfax House and promises a down to earth dining experience with a mix of dishes that will sates the appetites of veggies and carnivores alike. From halloumi salads to shishtawok, samak and makdous, it’s time to embrace your adventurous side.
Fairuz, Lower Ground Floor, Fairfax House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JU.
61. Tiki Hideaway
Nestled above one of Call Lane’s most popular bars is the Tiki Hideaway. It’ll transport you in an instant to warmer climes, with a bamboo bar, mood lighting and a selection of tropical cocktails that will have you believing you’re on holiday. This Maori paradise is a must-visit, especially when you’re looking to break from the norm.
Tiki Hideaway, Call Lane Social, 38 Call Lane, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
62. Northern Monk
It may be out of the way, but Northern Monk is worth seeking out. It’s a brewery where they create a selection of old favourites and new brews, but they also have a tap room that boasts twenty draught lines, including ten or so of their own beers, with the rest dedicated to Yorkshire’s finest. You can also choose from a rather impressive range of bottles – and tuck into delicious food too.
Northern Monk Brewery & The Refectory Tap Room, The Old Flax Store, Holbeck Urban Village, LS11 9YJ.
63. The ‘You Are a Rock’ stone
You’ll really have to hunt this one out, but it’s guaranteed to make you smile. This would be a normal paving stone, but instead, it holds the words – ‘You Are a Rock.’ The engraving was done by Pippa Hale in 2005, in collaboration with David Hawkins and Stuart Tarbuck, as part of a project that saw thirteen texts pop up around the city.
Outside Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AH.
64. Cha Lounge
A new addition to Dock Street, Cha Lounge is the perfect little hideaway. Inside, you’ll find a colourful decor contrasted against the building’s beautiful exposed brickwork, with a menu that will make you want to stay for another. It’s a cafe by day, so expect a delicious array of teas, with Indian-fusion food perfect for lazy lunches, while at night it turns into an intimate bar space, with a selection of drinks that are a little stronger.
Cha Lounge, 24 Dock Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JF.
65. The old cells under Leeds Town Hall
Everyone should visit the prison cells beneath the Town Hall at least once, whether it’s on their monthly tours or during one of the more creative events they hold here. Leeds International Beer Festival, Cocktails in the City and Sneaky Experience have all made the most of them in the past, creating a unique space for their events.
Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AD.
If you like your tea, this little shop, nestled in the heaving aisles of Kirkgate Market is a must-visit. Teapot offers a delectable range of teas, with unusual blends that you might not find elsewhere. They’ve got a fabulous selection of blooming teas, which will come to life in your cup, as well as fruit, herbal and flower-based brews.
Kirkgate Market, 28-34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Leeds has plenty of public art for you to discover, but very often, you’ll have to seek it out – like Crown, Faith Bebbington’s bright white sculpture outside Nuffield Health. It depicts four figures, each reaching back, chests in the air, fists touching, and is based on Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing ‘Human figure in a square in a circle’.
Nuffield Health, Leeds Hospital, 2 Leighton St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3EB.
Whitelock’s, The Maven and Distrikt images copyright Ollievision. The Turk’s Head image copyright Justin Slee. SuperLeeds images copyright Sarah Zagni & Leeds Inspired. The White Rabbit & Wino image copyright Sarae Akhamal. Cover image copyright Tom Joy.