Feeling hungry? You will be after checking out our bucket list of the ultimate foodie experiences in Leeds.
With countless new eateries joining old favourites, Leeds has become a real foodie destination over the last few years. But what are the absolute must-dos, the things that you need to work your way through, one delicious morsel at a time? We’ve rounded up the foodie experiences you’d be mad to miss.
Visit The Grub & Grog Shop’s supper clubs at Sheaf Street Cafeteria
The Grub and Grog Shop have swapped Northern Monk Brew Co. for Sheaf Street Cafeteria in recent months, but that hasn’t stopped them dishing up their organic grub from their new home. They’re committed to putting on a range of supper clubs that foodies will absolutely love – and in the past, this has seen them work with the likes of Dorshi, Golden Balls and Yukumama, showing off the best of cuisine from around the world. Of course, they also put on their own events that break away from their usual menu.
The Grub and Grog Shop, Sheaf Street Cafeteria, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.
Step into an award-winning hummus haven at Humpit
Hummus lovers will adore Humpit, because they do it award-winningly well. You can stick it in pittas or go for The Humpit Classic. It’s a bowl of hummus with chickpeas, parsley, olive oil and paprika – but you can also load on salsa, mushrooms or falafel to go all out. Their straightforward but brilliant approach won them the Best UK Street Food Start Up at the Virgin Foodpreneur Awards in 2015, and they’re a mainstay in the top 3 eateries in Leeds on TripAdvisor.
Humpit, Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
Indulge in a bottomless brunch, lunch or dinner
Bottomless brunches are all the rage right now. Gaucho started it all off every Saturday, with Oracle and Shears Yard following suit, and Manahatta do it every weekend too. So you can get up late and treat yourself to tasty meal with an endless array of booze. But it’s not just brunches anymore. Now you can get bottomless lunches and dinners too – you’re onto a winner here.
Check out our extensive round-up of the best bottomless brunches, lunches and dinners in Leeds.
Experience nose to tail, roots to shoots dining at The Swine That Dines
The alter ego of The Greedy Pig, The Swine That Dines opens on just Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with an inventive 7 course tasting menu. For the first three weekends of the month, it’s all about meat, or nose to tail dining as they call it, making use of unusual cuts and combinations to create incredible dishes. The final weekend is dedicated to a vegetarians, with a roots to shoots dining experience that sees them bring together ingredients like pink grapefruit, mozzarella, coriander and lavender.
The Swine That Dines, 58 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
Take on the monthly Belgrave Feast
Belgrave Feast takes place every second Saturday of the month and has become a staple of Leeds’ food and drink scene. To go with the huge array of craft beer behind the bar, they invite an ever-changing array of street food vendors into the venue, as well as putting on an arts market, selling everything from artworks and crafts to vinyl records. It’s free and family-friendly, so bring the kids and make the most of all the activities they put on.
Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Start your day at The Greedy Pig
The Greedy Pig is a right of passage for any foodie, come breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s the first meal of the day that we’re concerned with today though. They’ve got all the classics sorted, from pancakes topped with maple syrup and bacon to full English breakfasts and simple sarnies – but if you’re looking for something a little different, they’ve got that covered too. Try the pumpkin, feta and savoury granola – it’s a genius combination you’ll want to have again and again.
The Greedy Pig, 58 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
Feast on French excellence at Kendells
French food is often held up as the creme de la creme of world cuisine, and Leeds is home to a fine example. Kendalls Bistro is just out the city centre, on St Peter’s Square, and promises a romantic setting for a wonderful meal. The menu changes daily here, depending on the fresh, local produce they can get their hands on, and you’re given binoculars to see their blackboard on which they write it each day.
Kendells Bistro, St Peters Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AH.
Experience cheese like never before with Homage2Fromage
If you love cheese and missed out on the pop-up Homage2Fromage restaurant in 2016, you can fix it quick sharp. They also arrange cheesy supper clubs, putting on many since starting out 5 years ago, introducing folk to more than 750 cheeses. Keep an eye out for their various events across Leeds and Yorkshire where’ll you get to enjoy everything from Raclette to Baked Turnworth, Gruyere and Vacherin, with all kinds of treats and accompaniments to try with them.
Find out what events Homage2Fromage have coming up here.
Take advantage of the unlimited steak at Fazenda
Possibly Leeds’ finest steak restaurant, Fazenda does things a little differently. They bring freshly cooked cuts of meat to your table and carve it rodizio style before your eyes. If it’s steak you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice – they’ve got rump, sirloin, filet mignon, rib eye, rump and skirt – but you can also indulge in belly pork, gammon, chicken hearts and more. Couple your meat with veggies, pasta and rice from the buffet, as well as a nice bottle of wine from the drinks menu, and you’re all set for a great night out.
Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill, Waterman’s Place, 3 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GL.
Mix cocktails and sharing boards at Cielo Blanco
Cielo Blanco is one of the those restaurant you go to once and fall in love with – so if you haven’t been yet, put it to the top of your list. It’s a bright, colourful eatery with a view an indoors-outdoors feel, and the menu will transport you to the other side of the world. It’s Mexican, so you can have anything from chorizo picante & potato tostadas to chicken tinga enchiladas – but we’d recommend the sharing boards. Think belly pork with cumin crackling, served alongside sweet potato, epazote, chorizo meatballs, baby-back ribs and wraps.
Cielo Blanco, 415 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
Go to town on Bundobust’s Indian small plates
Whether you’re veggie or not, Bundobust’s Indian street food is something every foodie has to try. They have a slew of small plates on the menu, from the Vada Pav (a spicy potato burger) to the Okra Fries, Bundo Chaat and Bhel Puri. Variety is the spice of life, so get a few, or even better, round up your friends and work your way through the whole menu. It’s not just the food that brings people in here though, so their Indian classics will go down even better with a pint of Bombay Dazzler ale.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.
Dine at Michelin Star restaurant, The Man Behind the Curtain
After a decade of waiting, Leeds finally has a Michelin Star again and it’s all down to The Man Behind the Curtain. Michael O’Hare’s renowned restaurant prides itself on an inventive, ever-changing menu, taking culinary risks that will raise a few eyebrows. But as you can imagine, it’s incredibly popular, so you’ll have to book a good few (read 6) months in advance.
The Man Behind the Curtain, Top Floor Flannels, 68-78 Vicar Lane, Leeds LS1 7JH.
Get acquainted with new street food vendors at Trinity Kitchen
Yes, it’s a food court, but they do things a little bit differently at Trinity Kitchen. Every month, they bring in six new street food vendors, so you can try something new. From gourmet burgers to churros, afternoon tea to dumplings, they’ve had all sorts of finger-licking treats in here since they opened, from all over the country – and every time they switch things around, you’ve got another reason to go back.
Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.
Take in the inventive menu at Crafthouse
Crafthouse offers an interesting new take on British cuisine. The sleek modern venue is the perfect setting for their inventive fine dining menu, which is designed by Executive Chef Lee Murhdoch. You could try partridge served with hay smoked, charred romanesco, devils on horseback and filo pie, or North Sea cod with roast langoustine tail, 36 month aged ham, baby chioggia beetroot, sea foam and pomp berny – and if that’s not your cup of tea, their Josper grill offers up succulent steaks, just the way you like them.
Crafthouse, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
Eat through the tasting plates at Mr Nobody
You never know what you’re going to get in the basement of Mr Nobody. Upstairs is all about pizza and cocktails, but downstairs you’ll find a restaurant that serves up 5 and 8 course tasting menus that change regularly. The chefs here love to experiment with the new ingredients and their dishes that take inspiration from cuisines from all over the world, so every visit is a chance to try something new.
Mr Nobody, 163 Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.
Try something new at Leeds Indie Food
The independent food and drink scene in Leeds is absolutely thriving, so much so that for three weeks in May, Leeds Indie Food dedicates itself to showing off the best the city has to offer. There’s a little something for everyone, whether it’s special supper clubs or pop-up restaurants, unique cookery classes or exciting collaborations. It ends with Leeds Feast, which brings together a slew of street food vendors alongside bars and live entertainment to close the festival in impressive fashion – it’s a must for all foodies.
Leeds Indie Food takes place across Leeds every May.
Step out of Leeds and into Greece at Souvlaki
Bringing a vibrant taste of the Mediterranean to Leeds, Souvlaki will transport you to the Greek islands within minutes of taking a seat in their petite Leeds eatery. And it’s not just because of the seaside mural on the wall, though it helps – their menu is full of stunning Greek and Cypriot dishes, like stifado, moussaka or kleftiko. Even better, they have a range of traditional souvlaki skewers, served up with spiced chips, dressed salad and pitta, that always hit the spot.
Souvlaki, 18 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DW.
Cook your own Korean food at Bulgogi Grill
Normally, you’d go to a restaurant safe in the knowledge that the cooking is all done for you, but not at Bulgogi Grill – and that’s what makes it special. It’s the city’s first traditional Korean BBQ, so there’s a grill is at the centre of your table, and they bring you a selection of marinated meat and seafood to cook on it. Wrap it up in as lettuce leaf with veggies, rice, pickled veggies and dips – job’s a good ‘un.
Bulgogi Grill, 9 Merrion Way, Arena Quarter, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT.
See why Friends of Ham’s meat and cheese boards are so popular
One of the most treasured additions to Leeds’ food and drink scene in recent years, Friends of Ham has built up an envious reputation with its handpicked wines and craft beers. To go alongside them, their charcuterie boards are where it’s at – they have an extensive range of meats, from Serrano Gran Reserva to Iberico Bellota, which you can pair up with cheeses from the UK, France, Spain and beyond. Create your own board or take their recommendations – the choice is yours.
Friends of Ham, 4-6 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.
Treat yourself to afternoon tea at Love Rouge
In the centre of Headingley, there’s no better place for a brew and a bite than Love Rouge. The cute throwback of a cafe offers a range of sumptuous cakes and sandwiches, which can be brought together for an afternoon tea experience that’s incredibly charming. Everything is served on vintage, decorative china making the visit that little bit more special, and you can wash it all down with an extensive range of teas and coffees.
Love Rouge, 51 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3AB.