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Leeds City Centre


Leeds City Centre is forever expanding with tonnes of new bars, shops, eateries and eclectic pop up events making Leeds an even bigger destination.

zaap-thai-leedsLeeds is home to a range of restaurants and cafes serving up delicious cuisines from all around the world. A few notable ones to look out for would b, Zaap Thai, Trinity Kitchen and Bundobust serving up authentic street food, Fazenda for a good old helping of Brazilian meat and Pieminister to get a good old serving of Yorkshire grub

If you’re looking for something a little bit special head to Blackhouse – Grill on the Square which is one of our favourite spots for all things steak and cocktails – Warm and cosy in the winter, open and breezy in the summer! Alternatively, the recently opened Tattu which offers delicious and contemporary Chinese cuisine (video below) or  San Carlo and Livin’ Italy based near the corn exchange and Granary Wharf  which offers beautiful Italian dishes. And last but by no means least; Crafthouse and Angelica for  that sleek, industrial-look modern restaurant serving a British menu, chargrilled dishes and fine wines which can then be enjoyed on their beautiful rooftop terrace looking over Leeds.


So, where do we go for drinks I hear you say?

Going out on a night in Leeds is a must, the range of different venues is immense. Smokestack is an iconic funk and soul bar, serving well-made cocktails (very reasonably priced) an awesome vibe and of course some live music during the week. If funk and soul isn’t your thing there are plenty of clubs; Mission, a house heavy club hosting numerous popular nights, Pryzm with some epic student nights with entry and drinks for just a pound!

If you fancy a bar you could also check out the newly renovated ‘Northern Quarter’ home to Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen plus the added bonus of an awesome roof top terrace, Dough Boys belgrave-leedsPizza and Patty Smiths Burgers to wash your beer down with, Manahatta, Bar Soba and one of our old time faves, MOJO.

Alternatively head to Call Lane; its many bars span the whole street with Jakes Bar, Norman Bar, Oporto, Neon Cactus, Revolution and Backroom taking its fair share of the crowd. For something a little bit different and a taste of what Leeds is really about head to the newly opened Headrow House for music, food, art and an epic rooftop hangout.


Headrow House

Leeds City Centre is also ideal for music lovers, its newly built First Direct arena hosts huge artists for awesome shows with legends such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and Jess Gynne to comedians such as Jack Whitehall and Catherine Tate. If you prefer more intimate venues, places like The Wardrobe and Hifi are right up your alley with smaller live performances with as much energy as the arena and an awesome night to follow.

Theatre is also a big part of life in Leeds with the iconic 125 -year-old Grand Theatre hosting world renowned actors, comedians and plays.

The city centre is for sure the hub of student life in Leeds connected to the rest of the surrounding areas such as Headingley and Hyde Park and Burley making it easy for travelling. It’s main train station also allows easy travelling to the rest of the country taking just over two hours to London.

Head over to our Nest Neighbourhood or Nest Nights out guide on Pinterest for some more inspiration.

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