Leeds’ Hidden Gems

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Whether it’s the food & drink, shopping, or the people that bring you to Leeds, there’s no denying that it’s a city in Yorkshire that we all love… As a central hub for pretty much everything, we’ve picked out some of the best hidden gems in this Yorkshire haven – here’s just 10 for you to sink your teeth into…

Temple Coffee Leeds

Well I think this picture just speaks for itself doesn’t it? Glazed marble doughnuts, Oreo sprinkled eclairs and an Instagram-worthy flat white – could you name a better trio? If you fancy a walk out of the busy centre and you’ve got one hell of a sweet tooth, head to Temple Coffee. Each week, they change their menu, so there’s always something new and exciting to try… we promise you won’t be disappointed!

Where: Unit 3, Burley Court, Burley Place, LS4 2AR

Outlaws Yacht Club

Outlaws Yacht Club prides itself on the fact that it’s a creative café-bar for music and art lovers alike. Offering their own blend espresso and pale ale, they often house some cool art exhibitions along with a range of funky DJs on the weekend which makes this the ideal hangout when visiting Leeds.

Where: 38 New York Street, LS2 7DY      

Water Lane Boathouse

Who doesn’t love a delicious handcraft pizza with a beer on the side to wash it all down with? Located near Granary Wharf, Water Lane Boathouse are dedicated to fulfilling all your pizza and craft beer dreams… With their handmade ‘Small Victories’ oven, straight from Naples, they make the perfect pizzas!

Situated right by the canal, Water Lane Boathouse offers the perfect setting as well as some brilliant offers including 50% off all pizzas on a Sunday.

Where: Water Ln, LS11 5PS

Tick Tock Unlock

If you like the sound of someone locking you in a room and leaving you to work way out, then Tick Tock Unlock is the place for you. Just a few minutes from the station, Tick Tock Unlock is one of the leading escape rooms in Leeds. In fact, they have one of the best reviewed rooms in the whole of the UK!

They’ve worked really hard to create a unique experience – from Alice in Wonderland to an Ayslum, you’ll have just 1 hour to find your way out with a range of enticing clues and mind-boggling puzzles.

Where: Third Floor, Kings House, 1 King Street, LS1 2HH      

Belgrave Feast

Leeds is a place that continues to embrace the different nationalities and cultures that surround the city and that can certainly be seen with the fantastic range of street food you can enjoy there.

Belgrave Feast takes place at the Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen (the parents of Water Lane Boathouse) every second Saturday of the month and celebrates all flavours of the world. They welcome different street vendors in each month to cook up some exciting dishes. With 3 floors of music, good food & ale, kids activities and a fantastic roof top terrace, need we say more? Oh yes… it’s free entry!

Where: 1-1A Cross Belgrave St, LS2 8JP

Water Taxi

Feeling spontaneous and don’t fancy jumping in a boring old taxi? After you’ve enjoyed the delights of Granary Wharf (just behind the station) which has recently received a huge facelift, you can hop on The Water Taxi. You can enjoy a scenic canal journey all the way to the Leeds Docks where the Royal Armouries are located, along with much more.

Running every 15 minutes and completely free, what’s not to love? And don’t worry, you can always hop back on to the city centre…

Where: Granary Wharf, LS1 4BR or Leeds Dock, The Boulevard, LS10 1PZ      

The Arch Cafe

This place is a cafe with a difference… Well technically, it’s all about making a difference. You can visit The Arch Cafe which acts as the head office of Age UK Leeds too – any money you spend there goes directly to helping the charity working with older people.

They do a range of food and of course, some brilliant cakes. The Arch Cafe is located right next to St John’s Church, so it’s a pretty spectacular setting too. Cafe with a social conscience? We’re in!

Where: Bradbury Building, Mark Lane, LS2 8JA

Hyper Reality Experience

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Ever wanted to experience a completely new world from our own? Well now you can – Hyper Reality Experience in Leeds is ran by the same people behind Tick Tock Unlock and they’ve created something really special…

Using cutting-edge technology in a multisensory environment, you can now enter an immersive world through a mixture of the virtual and physical. This is a must-visit if you and your group love an adventure!

Where: You’ll be sent the address when you make a booking!      

The Hedonist Project

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When it comes to the nightlife scene in Leeds, it certainly packs a punch and if you’ve ever grown tired of the same old bars that you go to, in Leeds you need not worry.

The Hedonist Project is the first of its kind, not just in the UK, but in the world. Since its launch in 2015, every quarter, The Hedonist Project reinvents itself. Everything from the décor, branding, menu and vibe is redesigned to create a revolutionary drinking experience. The only thing that stays the same is their passion for pouring a good drink. With flavours from all over the world, we will certainly drink to that.

Where: 156 Lower Briggate, LS1 6LY

Rainbow of Hope

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In a world where we’re constantly running around from place to place, sometimes we forget to take in what’s around us… To combat this, Seagulls Paint recently installed the Rainbow of Hope as an art project in the centre of Leeds. Designed to get people talking and inject a bit of colour into everyone’s lives, we certainly think it does just that… A must-see when you’re in Leeds!

Where: Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 George St, LS2 7HY (opposite the entrance of NCP carpark)
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