Shop at the first Victorian shopping arcade in Leeds, Thornton’s Arcade.
Even if you’re just window shopping, take a look at the luxury brands in the Grade Two-listed Victoria Quarter. Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Jo Malone, Paul Smith and Mulberry are some of the high-and-mighty names to be found here.
Said to be the largest indoor market in Europe, Kirkgate Market is a fab place to pick up your weekly groceries as well as try out the popular street-food hall. Check out the section where Marks & Spencer started in 1884 – another first for Leeds!
Enjoy a meal or a drink at the old Tetley Brewery offices.
The Ox Club prides itself on using fine local produce to create modern British dishes and many argue it is Leeds’ finest restaurant.
Lovers of TV food shows will recognise the name Michael O’Hare and he’s also the man behind The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds.
There are three Bengal Brasserie restaurants in Leeds. Our favourite is the flagship Bengal Brasserie in Merrion Way in the city centre.
For classic English pie and mash, head for Pieminister for a great variety of pies including vegan and gluten-free varieties.
Leeds notches up another first. It holds the Guinness World Record as the nation’s longest-running music hall. The City Varieties Music Hall is a hidden gem for stand-up comedy and good old-fashioned variety acts.
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen is the place to head to for live music of all descriptions. If you don’t like one vibe, just move on up to one of the other three floors or check out the roof terrace for fine city views.
If you want to meet new people in Leeds, go to the Hyde Park Book Club which is a cool mix of a book club, live music venue and workshops.
Wonder at the Royal Armouries in Leeds to see the world’s largest animal armour – which belonged to an elephant and weighs about 118kgs.
Wander around one of the biggest parks in Europe, 700-acre Roundhay Park in the northern part of Leeds.
See grand British artworks from Constable, Turner and Stanley Spencer at Leeds Art Gallery.
Step inside one of the largest textile mills in the world which is now Leeds Industrial Museum.
Enjoy an event or monthly weekend food markets at the impressive Kirkstall Abbey.