Leeds: A Foodie’s Guide

Joseph Priestley statue, Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire

Once a major industrial centre, Leeds is now a hotbed of creativity and culture. Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Yorkshire this city is becoming an increasingly desirable tourist destination.

Whilst there is world class shopping, breathtaking theatre, and enough museums to massage your brain, one of the best things about the UK’s third largest city, is it’s addictively delicious food offerings. With a vibrant student community and young creatives flocking to this heritage packed city, there is a truly diverse range of tasty treats to try. We’ve put together 3 of our favorites from around the city for you to have a true foodie’s day out.

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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 are on a whole other level to your store bought breakfast staple. 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 £5.50 for a bagel, drink and snack (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 top notch cooking with quality ingredients in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, then Art’s Café should be right up your street. They have a very reasonable set menu so you can try some true delights without breaking the bank, and marvel at the rolling art exhibitions in one Leeds original Indie hangouts.

3. Dinner at Zaap Thai

Zaap Thai first opened its Leeds restaurant in 2015 and has become a firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. Zaap Thai brings all the vibrance and bustle of a Bangkok street food market along with some of the best Thai food you will ever taste. For a buzzing atmosphere and stunningly authentic food, head over to the Grand Arcade on Vicar Lane and be transported to the heart of Bangkok.

So now we’ve whetted your appetite, what are you waiting for? Get one of our Leeds hotels booked and loosen that belt a few notches.