Once a rundown mill town, Leeds is now a gleaming gem of the north with plenty to offer. Perfectly situated between the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales, it is both a great jumping off point and a destination in itself, with the best restaurants in Leeds proving to be one of the star attractions. You’ll find plenty of ways to work up your appetite throughout the city, whether it be walking along the canal, soaking up the culture at the Grand Theatre or shopping til you drop at the arcades in the Victoria Quarter, Grand, Queens or Thorntons.
Intense redevelopment in the city centre has given birth to a thriving food and drink scene, which covers everything from bars to fine dining, to casual dining and quirky spots, so there’s somewhere to suit every mood. There are even a handful of Michelin star restaurants in Leeds, meaning those looking for somewhere extra special to dine, perhaps for an occasion, won’t need to travel far to find top-drawer fare. You’ll even find a number of restaurants in Leeds on our UK’s Top 100 Restaurants list, so you know you’re in for something special.
If you’re after something more suitable to a day out with friends, like the best bottomless brunch in Leeds, or somewhere known for its craft beers and street food, there’s plenty of options to ensure you don’t go hungry. Dining in a large group? Leeds has plenty of pubs and restaurants suited to group dining, as well as a couple of fantastic Indian restaurants that cater to parties.
We’ve tried to include a range of options to suit all types of diner, so whether you’re heading out with friends, planning a hot date or going solo, you should find an eatery that suits. Moreover, whether you’re just passing through, visiting for the weekend or relocating, we highly recommend that you check out our round-up of the best places to eat in Leeds below before reserving a table.