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Where to Find Late Night Eats in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

You'll never go hungry, no matter the time, at these Leeds eateries.

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It’s late, you’re hungry – where are you going to go? We’ve got the answer on where to grab a late night bite.

Whether you’ve been out for a few beers or just have the midnight munchies, here’s where to go when most other places have stopped serving. Tuck into everything from moreish slices of pizza to vibrant Thai food, Middle Eastern dishes on-the-go or a good old fashioned curry – and never go to sleep hungry.

Friends of Ham

Friends of Ham Meat and Cheese Board

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Friends of Ham is one of the best bars to visit if you’re looking for a late night feed because it’s got everything you need, all in one place. From Thursday through to Saturday, you can make the most of their wonderful charcuterie boards until midnight, with last orders at 11pm. It’s what they’ve made their name on, alongside their carefully curated craft beer and wine lists – and it all goes together like a dream. You’ll find everything from cheeses made in the UK and Europe like Coolea, Gubbeen and Brie de Meaux to meats like Iberica belotta, culaccia du Parma and Bath chaps.

Friends of Ham, 4-8 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.

Caravanserai

Caravanserai

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Looking for fast food on-the-go but don’t fancy the usual chain guff? Leeds has a hidden gem just next to the Corn Exchange serving up Middle Eastern treats. Caravanserai’s keeps its windows open until midnight and it’s well worth seeking out if you’re hungry after a couple of drinks. They dish up a host of Ottoman barbecue favourites like chicken shawarma, Lebanese baba ganoush and lamb shoua’af, all of which are absolutely packed full of flavour.

Caravanserai, 1 Crown Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DA.

Zaap Thai

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Serving food until 11.30pm, it feels like you’ve stepped right into Thailand when you arrive at Zaap in Grand Arcade. It fizzes with atmosphere, thanks to its steamy open kitchens and tuk tuk tables, from which you’ll be able to delve into more than 80 different Thai street food dishes. There’s everything from traditional Thai curries to soups, noodles and salads.

Zaap Thai, 22 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.

Red’s True Barbecue

Red's Ribs

Meat lovers rejoice as Red’s fire up their barbecue on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight. Perfectly settled on the corner of Call Lane, it’s the perfect venue if you’ve a pang for a late night meal. Their barbecue trays are where it’s at, piled up with everything from St. Louis ribs to black Angus brisket, sticky chicken and pulled pork. They also do a mean plate of smoked wings and burgers to die for, if that’s more your bag. Either way, you won’t be hungry for long.

Red’s True Barbecue, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.

Red Chilli

Red Chilli

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Red Chilli might not look like much from the outside, but this underground Chinese restaurant is one of the best in the city. And, even better, it serves until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. This is the kind of restaurant that attracts the city’s Chinese residents, so expect adventurous dishes you can’t get elsewhere. Think 紅椒麻辣燙 (house special spicy hot pot with assorted intestine), 老乾媽醬炒螺片 (stir fried sliced whelk in big grandma’s chilli sauce) and 鍋仔牛雜毛血旺 (ox heart, tongue and tripe in pork’s blood with beansprout stew).

Red Chilli, 6 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DW.

Akbar’s

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A late night curry is something that always goes down well, and Akbar’s is happy to provide it. Open until 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays, and midnight the rest of the week, you can get yourself an Indian feast after your night on the town. Kick off with classics like pakora, kebabs and samosas, before delving into their extensive menu of curries. Their specialities include roshan lal, gosht paneer and a classic tikka masala, but they also have a range of baltis and traditional Desi-Apna style dishes that are well worth trying.

Akbar’s, 15 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7LY.

Cielo Blanco

Cielo Blanco Pork Sharing Board

At the top of Trinity Leeds, overlooking Briggate, is one of the best Mexican restaurants you’ll find in the city, and Cielo Blanco keeps its kitchen open late. They take orders until 11pm, but if you know you’re going, they’ll keep the kitchen open a bit later if you phone ahead. Their Mexican street food is wonderful – there are tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and flautas to devour. But that’s not all, because their sharing boards are worth checking out too, topped with your choice of belly pork, Veracruz-style fish, chargrilled rump steak, barbacoa chicken or vegetable meze.

Cielo Blanco, 415 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.

Dough Boys

Dough Boys at Belgrave Music Hall

By the time you’ve tackled Belgrave Music Hall’s impressive selection of craft beers, you’ll probably start to feel peckish. But don’t worry, because you can delve into Dough Boys’ wonderful Neapolitan-style pizza slices past midnight – we say slices, because one surely won’t be enough. Choose from the likes of the Queen Brie, a tasty combination of French brie, roasted grapes, black pepper, smoked sea salt and onions, or go for the Salami of Darkness with its fiery mix of salsiccia picante and house pickled chillies.

Dough Boys, Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.

Mans Market

Mans Market

You’ll find new Chinese eatery Mans Market beneath West Point and its inventive take on the classics is well worth a late night feast, serving until 11pm and kicking out at 12am. Head down the stairway decked out in waving cats and handbags and take a seat in the cool, modern restaurant where you’ll find an intriguing menu. Think sweet and sour chicken, served on a hanging skewer, and beef in black bean sauce, served in the the shell of a pepper. It looks good and is pretty darn tasty too.

Mans Market, Unit F, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JJ.

Kada’s

Inside Kada's, Leeds

Open until 2am every night bar Sunday when it closes at midnight, Kada’s Coffee Lounge is a little bit different. Treat yourself to their Middle Eastern and North African inspired dishes, with a favourite being pitas stuffed with hummus and falafel. They also do a tasty selection of pizzas, paninis and salads if that’s more your bag, with plenty of options for veggies and vegans. Although it looks like nothing special from the outside, once you’ve stepped in, you’ll find a brilliant Moroccan-inspired hideaway and there’s even a shisha tent out back.

Kada’s, 5 Crown Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DA.