Great places to eat in Leeds

With its legendary fry-ups, a smorgasbord of street food and Michelin-starred munch, there are plenty of reasons for foodies to take trains to Leeds…

 

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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Lucy & Alicia are Leeds locals. Here are their top spots:

Bundobust

Lucy: “Where to start. In Leeds, I'd head straight to Bundobust on Mill Hill (right by the train station) for an Indian street food feast. It's inventive, has a great casual dining vibe and they do great craft beer. The bundo chaat, bhel puri & okra fries are to die for.”

Alicia: “I love their vegetarian curries, they’re so reasonable and authentic, no-frills and not at all pretentious. If you go around Christmas do try their Brussel sprout bhajis with cranberry sauce, they’re delicious.”

  • Where to find it? Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ
  • How much? ££-£££

Tharavadu

Lucy: “Next door is Tharavadu, an equally amazing but more formal Keralan restaurant, with some delicious Indian seafood dishes.”

  • Where to find it? Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ
  • How much? ££-£££

My Thai

Lucy: “My Thai is just down the road which is affordable and super tasty.”

  • Where to find it? Swinegate, Leeds LS1 4AG
  • How much? ££-£££

More recommendations for Leeds:

BEST BREAKFAST

Olive & Rye

Olive & Rye is a wonderful café nestled in Queens Arcade. Tuck into a sophisticated brunch menu of poached eggs, pancakes & porridge. Expect crispy chorizo, black pudding, toasted sourdough and eggs-your-way.

  • Where to find it? 18-20 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF
  • How much?  £

STREET FOOD

Trinity Kitchen

Trinity Kitchen takes shopping centre food halls to a new level. Instead of the usual fast food and sandwich shops, you’ll find a Who’s Who of the Northern street food scene under one roof. Whatever tickles your tastebuds, from big, dirty burgers, to fragrant noodles and flavour-packed burritos. The best bit? The vendors change each month…

  • Where to find it? Top floor, Trinity Leeds shopping centre, LS1 4AG
  • How much? £

LIGHT LUNCH

Friends of Ham

If you like cheese, ham and beer then you’ll fit right in at this bustling city centre basement bar. Tuck into British, French or Spanish-themed sharing boards or pick and choose from the extensive cheese and meat menus. Wash it all down with a bottle of beer – there’s about 50 to choose from – while you challenge your pals to a game of shuffleboard.

Where to find it? New Station Street, LS1 5DL

How much? ££

CHEAP EATS

Cantina

Looking for cheap eats with a difference? Then look no further than Cantina, it's the city's first 100% vegan restaurant and it won’t break the bank. The menu is entirely plant-based as is the drinks list. So why not kick back with a burger and a beer.

  • Where to find it? The Old Red Bus Station, 104 Vicar Lane, LS2 7NL
  • How much? £

POSH NOSH

The Man Behind the Curtain

Food meets art at this ultra-modern, Michelin-starred eatery from Great British Menu alumnus, Michael O’Hare. With just a tasting menu on offer, you put yourselves completely in his hands. Expect weird and wacky, yet delicious dishes. Olives wrapped in edible cellophane and hot and cold pea soup have both featured on the menu. At £70 per head, it’s one of Leeds’ pricier options, but you’re paying for the experience as well as the food.

Alicia from LNER highly recommends this restaurant: “I love The Man behind the Curtain in Leeds. It’s incredibly pretentious but somewhere you must go for the experience, if not just once. Their food is quirky and amazing, they have a Michelin star and their prices reflect this, you have to book months in advance but well worth the wait I’d say.”

  • Where to find it? 68-78 Vicar Lane, LS1 7JH
  • How much? ££££

DINNER A DEUX

Kendells

One minute you're on a pavement in Leeds in the rain, the next you're transported to a bistro on Paris' Left Bank. Welcome to Kendells. With French food, fancy tablecloths and a seriously romantic atmosphere, your Cherie should be smitten. Think escargots, duck confit, cassoulet and, of course, the best crème brûlée in Leeds, all served up by flickering candlelight. Délicieux...

  • Where to find it? 3 St Peter's Square, LS9 8AH
  • How much? ££

AFTERNOON TEA

Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom

Afternoon tea is served with a vintage twist at Just Grand! Step back in time and enjoy scones just like your Gran used to make and a choice of 90 different teas, all served on mismatched vintage crockery while retro hits tinkle away in the background. Visiting on a chilly day? You can snuggle up under a hand-knitted blanket or with a hot water bottle. Just try not to slip into a clotted cream coma.

  • Where to find it? Ground floor, The Grand Arcade, LS1 6PG
  • How much? ££