Leeds: A Foodie’s Guide

Joseph Priestley statue, Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire

Leeds is a hotbed of creativity and culture. Nestled in the north of England, this bustling city has come a long way since its early industrial days.

With a vibrant student community and young creatives looking for places other than London to make a living these days, Leeds has certainly benefited and is fast becoming a major European destination for Brits and tourists alike.

With this sort of reputation inevitably come the spoils. A fantastic shopping scene will please even the fussiest of fashionistas, while the city’s music and arts movements are some of the best and brightest in the country. But it’s the food that is the real show stopper here. From tiny family-run restaurants to swanky bistros and street food galore, Leeds has something for everyone, whatever your tastes. Why not book one of our hotels in Leeds, make a weekend of it and try out one, or all of these fantastic gastronomic delights!

Salmon bagel

  1. Breakfast at Bagel Nash

A chain that actually started in Leeds, Bagel Nash is a small but perfectly formed eatery that offers, unsurprisingly, the best bagels in town.

Amazingly light and so delicious, you’ll want more than one. The bagels here aren’t like the pre-packaged ones you get in the supermarkets. Keep it simple with cream cheese, add some luxury with some smoked salmon or go for many of the punters’ favourite, the hot salt beef.

At a mere £5 for a bagel and drink (plus there’s some great frozen yoghurt) it’s the perfect place to start your foodie tour of Leeds!

2. Lunch at Art’s Cafe

By lunchtime your bagel will have finally gone down and you’ll be starting to feel a bit peckish. Luckily, if your idea of the perfect lunch is sandwiches as big as doorstops, beefy salads and home made fare, then Art’s Café should be right up your street.

Try the chorizo and potato salad, or the huge ploughmans, but really, whatever you choose, you’ll be satisfied (well until dinner that is!)

3. Dinner at Red Chilli

In the UK, Chinese food can be hit and miss, but that’s usually because we’re used to our local greasy takeaway, go to any proper Chinese restaurant and you’re in for a treat. The story is no different in Leeds; Red Chilli is some of the best Chinese food you’re likely to have ever tried.

A massive restaurant with excellent service, try any one of the set menus (helpfully named things such as ‘first date’) or try the house speciality of stir fry shredded pork with, of course, red chilli.

So now we’ve whet your appetite, what are you waiting for? Get one of our Leeds hotels booked and loosen that belt a few notches, because you’re going to need it after all that eating!