Hyde Park is a thriving hub of food, drink and culture, just minutes from the city centre – but have you discovered all its secrets?
You can see a flick in the historic cinema, catch a band at its famous gig venue and enjoy a few drinks in its many bars, heck, you can even do a free afternoon tea in a Grade-II listed church. Hyde Park is just full of surprises and you should absolutely seek them all out – which is why we’ve put together this handy guide. Time to start exploring!
Brudenell Social Club
Brudenell Social Club is one of the most important music venues in Leeds. This pub-cum-gig space is a rite of passage for new bands trying to make their mark, but it also attracts established acts – The Cribs, Johnny Marr and Bloc Party have all graced this famous stage in recent years. And even when there’s no live music on, it’s a must-visit for the local ale, live sport and pool.
Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen’s Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NY.
Pump n Grind
Pump n Grind isn’t your usual coffee shop. In their converted garage cafe, one side is dedicated to roasting their ethically-sourced raw coffee and the other is a little shop where you can try it. You can pair your coffee with homemade sandwiches and Love Rouge cakes. And the whole thing comes with added feel good because 20% of their profits go to St George’s Crypt and all their coffee excess is given to The Real Junk Food Project.
Pump n Grind, 52 Brudenell Road, Leeds, Hyde Park, West Yorkshire, LS6 1BD.
May’s Thai Cafe
Get a taste of South East Asia at May’s Thai Cafe. This cheap and cheerful eatery is one of Hyde Park’s best kept secrets. Start with Deep Fried Tiger Prawns or Thai-Style Pork Spare Ribs, before you move onto mains like Keow Teaw Noodle Soup, Chicken Pad Thai and Matsaman Curry. Nothing on the menu costs more than £8 and you can even bring your own bottle, so eating out is an absolute bargain.
May’s Thai Cafe, 215 Hyde Park Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1AH.
The Hyde Park Pub
The Hyde Park has been around for over 100 years and it’s still one of the most famous pubs in Leeds. There’s no airs or graces here, it’s a down to earth pub with a lively atmosphere all day long. You can pop in to watch the match, tuck into pub classics or get your night started with a few drinks before you head into town. It’s a venue for all occasions and it’s also one of the stops on the famous Otley Run.
The Hyde Park Pub, 2 Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AS.
You can tuck into authentic North African, Middle Eastern and Andalucian cuisine at Oranaise. This charming eatery is decked out with exotic trinkets and has become one of the most popular restaurants in Hyde Park. The menu covers everything from the Lebanese Chicken Shawarma Kebab to the Algerian Merguez Couscous. They also have a wide range of vegan dishes like the Baba Ghanouj. Oranaise is as cheap as it is tasty and most dishes come in under a tenner.
Oranaise, 1 The Crescent, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW.
LS6 Cafe has been serving Hyde Park for 20 years. It’s a cool, laid-back hangout where local art covers the walls. If you’re hungry, you can tuck into pancakes for breakfast or indulge in burgers later in the day. Just want a drink? They’ve got an ever-changing line-up of craft beer behind the bar as well as a menu of classic cocktails. If you head over in the evening, you can catch everything from stand-up comedy to live music and DJs.
LS6 Cafe, 16 Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AS.
You can indulge in a taste of the Mediterranean at La Cafetiere. This bustling family-run eatery opened in 1999 and has become a real favourite with Hyde Park locals. Pop by for omelettes or bagels at breakfast, or head by for their speciality dishes at lunchtime – they do a vast array of authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, like Lamb Kofta Kebabs, Homemade Chickpea Falafel and Meatball Couscous.
La Cafetiere, 6 The Crescent, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW.
Afterz Dessert Parlour
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Afterz Dessert Parlour is a must-visit. They have a tempting menu full of indulgent sweet treats. If ice cream is your guilty pleasure, you can choose from a vast array of flavours, including Oreo, Kinder Bueno and Skittles – and they have all manner of toppings for you to load on after you’ve made the big decision. But that’s just the beginning – you can also get loaded waffles, candy shakes and smoothies too.
Afterz Dessert Parlour, 63 Queens Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1HY.
Hyde Park Picture House
Hyde Park Picture House is a local landmark and a throwback to a different time. The famous cinema opened in 1914 just as World War One started and it still has many of its original features, from the ornate plasterwork to the working gas lights. And while you can always go to a modern cinema to catch the latest flicks, it’s nothing quite like taking a seat in this grand old theatre to enjoy a mix of cool arthouse films and big blockbusters.
Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1JD.
Woodhouse Moor is one of the best parks in Leeds and when the sun shines, this is the place to be. Throngs of people descend on the 27-hectare green space to chill out with friends, play football and have a few drinks. If you want something a little more active, there’s a skate and BMX park as well as a hoard of free tennis courts. If you can only visit once, make it the annual bonfire night extravaganza.
Woodhouse Moor, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6.
If you’re in dire need of a hangover cure, make a beeline for Popina’s. This greasy spoon is a local legend. Why? Because of their heaving Full English. It comes in four sizes, but if you want to test your waistband, try their ridiculous Mega Breakfast, which comes with three slices of bacon, three sausages, three eggs, two hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes, fried bread, beans and toast. If that’s not your thing, they also rustle you omelettes, sandwiches, burgers and pizzas.
Popina’s, 31 Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1HA.
East Village is a New York-inspired dive bar and one of the coolest drinking dens in Hyde Park. It’s laid back and music-loving, so you can listen to rock’n’roll anthems as you settle into one of their comfy leather sofas. Here, you can choose from over 40 unique cocktails or try a pint of the latest craft beer on the pumps. Hungry? Pair your drink with Mexican street food, courtesy of Holy Mountain, their TV dinner is the stuff of legends.
East Village, 47-49 Brudenell Grove, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1HR.
Ice Scoop Gelato
Shakes, sundaes, waffles and cookie dough, Ice Scoop Gelato is the stuff dreams are made of. This wondrous dessert shop has everything you could ever want, but it’s the ice cream that steals the show. They have a diverse array of flavours all of which are made fresh in-house. Play it safe with honeycomb, push the boat out with pistachio or go absolutely wild with banana cream pie – the choice is yours.
Ice Scoop Gelato, 41 Queens Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1HY.
Coffee on the Crescent
Tim Linley has swapped professional cricket for Coffee on the Crescent. This cool, stripped back cafe is a welcoming space to catch up with friends over a top class coffee. They use Maude for their regular brews and North Star for their speciality cups, so if you come regularly, it’s worth experimenting a little. Why not pair your coffee with vegan savouries from The Jungle Kitchen, sweet treats from Le Croissant D’Or and cakes from Tarte and Berry?
Coffee on the Crescent, 2 The Crescent, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW.
If you’re looking for a charity bargain, Poverty Aid is an absolute treasure trove for secondhand finds. Head into their huge warehouse and explore the seemingly endless rooms which are filled with everything from clothes and accessories to records and books. Need to kit out your home? They have one of the biggest selections of pre-loved furniture here. It’s almost impossible to walk away empty handed and don’t be surprised if you lose a few hours rummaging around.
Poverty Aid, 169 Cardigan Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1QL.
Cardigan Fish Bar
Every suburb needs a good chippy, and in Hyde Park, it’s the Cardigan Fish Bar. They keep it simple with haddock and cod for the fish lovers, layered on a bed of soft, fluffy chips and scraps. But you can also get sausages, scampi and classic chip butties, if you want something a little different. Hell, they even have donner kebabs or burgers. There might be a queue, but that just proves how good it is, and it’s certainly worth the wait.
Cardigan Fish Bar, 234 Cardigan Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1QL.
This is not your average takeaway. Grove Cafe has won over locals with an eclectic menu that’s as good for vegetarians as it is for meat eaters. They serve up hefty burgers, generous kebabs and loaded boxes of curry, but honestly, you can get almost anything here. The vegan menu is particularly impressive, with dishes you simply won’t find at other takeaways, like the Vegan Chicken Pasanda and the Vegan Pepperoni Pizza.
Grove Cafe, 133-135 Cardigan Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LJ.
Left Bank Leeds
For 85 years, St. Margaret’s served the local Anglican congregation, but in 1995, the building became too difficult to maintain and it was forced to close. Luckily, Mike Love saw its potential and seven years later, the Grade II listed building reopened as the community space we all know and love today. Their packed calendar of events includes art exhibitions, film screenings and concerts, not to mention their famous beer and cider festival. But the highlight is their monthly afternoon tea which is totally free.
Left Bank Leeds, Cardigan Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LJ.
Chichini is one of the best places in Hyde Park for a cheap bite to eat. They have a straight-forward, fuss-free menu with everything from paninis to jacket potatoes, but as every local knows, there are some standout favourites. The fry-ups are the perfect way to see off those pesky hangovers, and if you’re visiting later in the day, the cheese and meatball sarnie is a must-try. Whatever you go for, you can scoff it in a bright, colourful cafe.
Chichini, 9 Hyde Park Corner, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1AF.
Man v Roast
There’s nothing quite like Man v Roast. It’s a carvery that serves takeaway Sunday dinners. Their roasts are of the highest quality – all the meats are sourced from Sykes House Farm, and you can choose from turkey, beef, lamb gammon, pork and sausage. It comes with all the trimmings too, so you can tuck into roasties, season veg, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. Not that hungry? Try one of their roast carvery meat sandwiches.
Man v Roast, 144 Cardigan Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LU.
If you’re looking for a takeaway pizza in Hyde Park, Pizza Cano is a local legend. They’ve been around for 29 years they’re still going strong. You can choose from a range of signature Italian pizzas, like the Milano, which is topped with salami, pepperoni and garlic sausage. Fancy something different? Try one of their Posh Pizzas, like the Parisienne, which comes with cranberry, brie, mozzarella, rocket, veg and a balsamic glaze.
Pitza Cano, 61 Queens Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1HY.
E Street Barber Co.
Named after Bruce Springsteen’s backing band, the E Street Barber Co. is one of the best mens’ hairdressers in Hyde Park. It’s owned by Mark Jones, a local lad who started in the city centre before going out on his own. The result is a cool shop with a welcoming atmosphere and comfy leather chairs. Mark’s love of music shines through everything from the soundtrack to the artwork on the walls.
E Street Barber Co., 11 Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1BS.
It’s only small, but Bangkok Express packs a big punch. If you’re lucky enough to bag one of their six tables, you can settle in for a mighty fine feed with all your Thai favourites. The menu is huge and it’s full of big South East Asian flavours. They serve all the classics, from Thai Green Curry to Weeping Tiger, or you can try something new. How about the Duck Special? They cook succulent slices duck in their homemade curry sauce with pineapple, lychee, tomatoes, chilli and basil.
Bangkok Express, 12 Hyde Park Corner, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1AF.
The Royal Park
If you like a good old fashioned local, head to The Royal Park. It’s down to earth boozer that serves lager and local ale at a decent price – what more could you ask? You can soak up the booze with a menu of pub classics like pies, burgers and steaks. This is also one of the best places to watch live sport in Hyde Park, or if you prefer, you can test your general knowledge at their two-weekly quiz nights.
The Royal Park, 39 Queens Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NY.
Symposium is a quirky Greek cafe where you can immerse yourself in a world of Mediterranean flavours. Take a seat in this simple, down to earth venue where traditional Greek music will soundtrack your dinner, and tuck into everything from Moussaka to Grilled Chicken Gyros and Lamb Kleftiko. Be sure to you ask to try their homemade tzatziki, and don’t forget, you can bring your own bottle.
Symposium, 8 The Crescent, Hyde Park Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW.
If you’re looking for quality fried chicken, HFC is the place to go in Hyde Park. It’s quick, tasty and ridiculously cheap, so the only problem you’ll have is deciding what to have. The menu is extensive, with loads of different buckets to choose from, as well as their own take on peri peri chicken. But it’s the burgers that stand out – try the Supreme, which comes with regular or spicy chicken, hash browns and cheese.
HFC, 125 Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1JD.
The Greasy Pig
If it’s an all-day breakfast you’re after, head to The Greasy Pig. They do things a bit differently here. You can go for an American-style fry-up complete with pancakes or get your Full English served inside a loaf of bread. Feeling brave? Try The Paralyser, their belly-bursting breakfast, which comes with four pieces of bacon, four sausages, four eggs, four hash browns and four pieces of toast, alongside mushrooms, tomatoes and beans. They’re served every day until 4pm in the week or 6pm at the weekend.
The Greasy Pig, 74 Victoria Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1DL.
Hyde Park Book Club
Hyde Park Book Club is a cafe-bar in a converted petrol station. It’s a little slice of Greenwich Village slap bang in the middle of Hyde Park, so expect a cool hangout that excels at multi-tasking. By day, you can relax with a coffee, but as the afternoon turns to evening, the focus moves to their tempting selection of craft beer. They serve a menu of vegetarian eats, with ‘can’t believe it’s not meat’ dishes made with the ingenious wares of the Veg Butcher. Look out for regular events, including DJs, live music, book readings and exhibitions.
Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1BL.
Slip’s Deli is a family-run cafe that’s been a mainstay of Hyde Park for over 15 years. They were the first place in the city to do a sub sandwich and it’s still one of the best around. Fill yours with bacon, sausage and egg for breakfast or choose from the likes of Peri Peri Chicken, Sweet Chilli Beef or the Meatball Melt at lunch. Not feeling a sandwich? They do jacket spuds too, you can’t beat cheese and beans, can you?
Slip’s Deli, 121a Cardigan Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LU.
Hyde Park is absolutely ice cream obsessed and Gelato Passion has stepped in to fill demand. They have over 20 different flavours for you to choose from, with classics like mint choc chip alongside adventurous creations like bubblegum, Snickers or Kinder Bueno. It’s not just ice cream, though. You can tuck into loaded plates of Belgian waffles, cookie dough and crepes, which you can wash down with one of their thick, indulgent milkshakes.
Gelato Passion, 148A Cardigan Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LU.
Retro Boutique is a vintage treasure trove full of retro pieces you never knew you needed. It’s a big space and they’ve invited a hoard of different traders inside, so you can jump from beautifully restored furniture to up cycled threads and one-off accessories. Block out an hour, because it’s easy to lose yourself in racks of curios, and don’t be surprised if you leave with something you didn’t plan to buy, it’s hard to resist.
Retro Boutique, 8-10 Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AS.
Rainbow Junk-tion is Hyde Park’s branch of The Real Junk Food Project. They intercept food that would otherwise go to waste and turn it into healthy, nutritious meals that’s served on a pay-as-you-feel basis so everyone can enjoy it. They take over All Hallows Church every Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoon for lunch, as well as hosting special themed events on Friday nights, complete with live entertainment.
Rainbow Junk-tion, 24 Regent Terrace, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NP.Cover image credit: John Hope Photography