Forget your usual restaurant fare, there’s scrummy grub to be found where you wouldn’t normally look…
From independent eateries to big brand restaurants, Leeds is packed to the gills with places to eat. But you don’t always have to go for the obvious choice, because there’s tasty treats to be found in the most unlikely places. From clubs to bookshops, we’ve rounded up 5 of the finest places in Leeds to find a cracking plate of grub, where you’d least expect it.
Only ever been to Distrikt to boogie? Remedy that with a visit in daylight to sink your teeth into some kick-ass Mexican grub. They’ve got a cracking menu of delicious small plates, with dishes like Sweet and Smokey Fried Chicken Thighs, Halloumi Tacos and even house-fried Nachos, topped with three sauces, cheese, onion and tomato. Don’t worry, you can still sup their cracking cocktails, with Amaretto Sours and even an Almond Old Fashioned on offer.
Distrikt, 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.
Avenue HQ is a 19th-century, Grade II-listed co-working building right in the centre of Leeds. It’s home to 200 co-working spaces, 35 private offices and, believe it or not, a cracking cafe. East Parade Social is open early ’til late, so you can pop by in the morning for coffee and a pastry, stop off at lunch for soup and a sandwich, or visit in the evening for craft beer and small plates. With a hidden central courtyard and a rooftop terrace, it might just become your new local.
Avenue HQ, 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.
The Decanter is a quaint little wine bar, with a handpicked selection of vino and craft beer, alongside reams of exposed brickwork, faux wooden walls and leather booths. But it’s got a tasty secret in the form of a yummy cheese and charcuterie board, with local cheeses like Harrogate Blue and Fountains Gold, as well as Yorkshire Chorizo and Pancetta. If you’re feeling hungry, push the boat out with a sharing platter – will you go for pork pies or a ploughman’s?
The Decanter, 17 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JQ.
Kirkgate Market has been a crucial part of Leeds since it opened in 1857. It’s packed with weird and wonderful stalls, selling everything from sewing supplies to CDs, cake decorations and plants. But if you work your way far enough in, you’ll find a tasty surprise – their street food hall. Here, you can try a slew of delicious eats, including Indian curries from Manjit’s Kitchen, Caribbean treats at Jenny’s Jerk Chicken and even a Philly Cheese Steak at Fat Annie’s. They’ve got almost any scrummy food you can dream of, all in one place.
Leeds Kirkgate Market, 28-34 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
The Little Bookshop
As the city’s only independent bookshop for children, Chapel Allerton’s The Little Bookshop sees families flock from far and wide to pick up a new read or enjoy their daily storytime. But neither parents nor kids leave with an empty tummy, as their little cafe is second to none. Mini appetites can enjoy teddy bear brioche toast with banana and raisins, or a lunch plate of a ham and cheese sarnie with fruit, veggies and homemade biscuits. Meanwhile, adults can tuck into homemade ham or beetroot hummus sandwiches and a piping hot cup of North Star coffee.
The Little Bookshop, 47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.