My Favourite Food Places in Leeds

Ahh Leeds! A city I’ve been lucky enough to call my home for nearly two years now – how time flies when you’re having fun.

Any spare money I have left over from my student loan goes on one of three things: alcohol (shamelessly student nights out are a priority), saving for travelling, or food. Specifically, eating out. There’s nothing nicer than having delicious food cooked for you whilst in good company.

So here’s a list of my favourite foodie places in Leeds guaranteed to get your tummies rumbling, taste-buds tingling and sort you out no matter what the occasion (not that there needs to be one).

Perfect for… BRUNCH: Whites, Headingley

This relatively new little independent cafe on Otley Road in Headingley is dreamy. If the cozy, cutesy vibe and beautiful interior doesn’t knock you over then the food sure will. It does eggs any way you can imagine paired with… smoked salmon? Avocado? Bacon? You name it. And it puts an interesting twists on sandwiches and salads.

It’s also open as a bar in the evenings and, though I’ve never been, if the atmosphere was even half as laid back as it was during the mornings it would be the ideal place for the chilled drink and a natter.

Check out their website here. 

Perfect for… ASIAN: Little Tokyo, Leeds City Centre


Don’t let the outside of this little place deceive you! The blacked out windows and tacky shop front doesn’t give the best impression, but remember the phrase ‘never judge a book by its cover’? This is the perfect example of this.

Once you’ve stepped inside it’s like you’ve been transported to some little Asian sanctuary, complete with an ornate bridge, candle light and oriental decor which seems miles away from the streets of Leeds outside. You’ll be served sitting at comfy cushions on the ground (true Asian style) and the menu is as long as my arm. Choose from sushi to bento boxes to a whole other variety of Japanese food I’ve never even heard of.

The second thing which makes this place great is the portion size. For the price (which is also extremely good) you get mountains of food. The gyozas are by far the yummiest and biggest I’ve had. Oh boy my mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Check out their website here (be warned – their website it about as well presented as their shop front).

Perfect for… SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Santorini, Headingley


A wonderful little family-run business in Headingley is Santorini which serves Greek and Turkish cuisine and boasts authenticity. This is not something which I would usually opt for, but when you’re in the mood for something a bit different it hits the spot.

With excellent service, a scrumptious menu and fabulous prices this is not one to miss! If you’re a veggie or gluten free this is also the one for you; there’s a few delicious meat-free dishes which don’t lack any flavour and a whole separate gluten free menu.

Check out their website here

Perfect for… SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Jamie’s Italian, Greek Street, Leeds

Although not independent like the other restaurants on this list, I couldn’t not put Jamie’s Italian on the here.

Jamie’s really does have something for everyone – who doesn’t love Italian food? Pizza, pasta, steak… even the roasted aubergine I tried was amazing. With a laid back vibe and a five minute walk from the city centre shops, it’s a a perfect little stop for lunch to break up a busy day shopping.

Check out their website here

Perfect for… SUNDAY LUNCH: Bird and Beast, Leeds City Centre


When it comes to a Sunday lunch, Bird and Beast offer the best lunch for the price I’ve found. Tucked away behind a door and up some stairs, if it wasn’t for one of my foodie friends I would have probably walked straight past oblivious to the perfectly roasted meats and biggest Yorkshires ever waiting upstairs.

For £12.95 a head, you can choose from roast chicken, beef, lamb or pork (or they’ll let you have a mix if you ask nicely) served with fluffy roast potatoes, seasonal veg, creamy califlour cheese and lashings of gravy. Yum yum yummmmm.

Check out their website here. 



17 thoughts on “My Favourite Food Places in Leeds

  1. bexoxo says:

    This is so awesome! I will be traveling to Leeds in March to meet my boyfriend’s mom for the first time! Just curious: my boyfriend loves Indian food and wants to get some real authentic Indian cuisine while in Europe (apparently American style Indian isn’t good enough). Any suggestions?

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