Shops

Leeds is one of the UK’s best shopping destinations, with everything from luxury brands to independent markets for you to enjoy. Trinity Leeds is the city’s largest shopping centre, with all of the best loved high street names, but Leeds has 17 shopping centres with something to suit every taste and budget.

If you’re into shopping independent, there is plenty to choose from in Leeds. For books, check out Colours May Vary in Munro House, or visit Chirpy on Harrogate Road for quirky gifts for friends and family. There’s also Aladdin’s Cave, which has been a popular treasure trove of preloved and bespoke jewellery for over 40 years.

Food

Leeds has a huge variety of pubs, restaurants and cafes to feed the 30,000 students that study there every year. Featuring all of the mainstream eateries you will be familiar with, the city also houses a lot of local, independent and unique places to try.

Head over to The Cat’s Pyjamas for the best in Indian food, or try Monsieur Dejeuner for some delicious French pastries. For those craving a hearty wholesome Sunday Lunch, The Brunswick Pub offers a wide roast menu, with gluten free and vegan options.

Music

As a cultural melting pot, Leeds boasts many great music venues. If you’re looking to watch the world’s biggest stars, look no further than First Direct Arena or O2 Academy Leeds.

Belgrave Music Hall features the best in local indie, dance and hip-hop music, supporting artists and DJs on their road to stardom. For those with a heavier pallet, Temple of Boom is a DIY venue that doubles as a rehearsal space for local bands and an exhibition centre.

Nightlife

Many students go to university looking for the ultimate student experience, with the nightlife being almost as important as the standard of education. Those heading to Leeds need not worry, there are plenty of venues and clubs designed to host the perfect student night out.

The HiFi Club is home to one of the best student nights in the city, opening its doors every Tuesday for an eclectic mix of music and excellent drinks offers. Club Mission is a must for lovers of house music, and Beaver Works is a unique multi-room venue with two large outdoor areas and plenty of event evenings.

Culture

Leeds is well known as the base of Yorkshire’s best in television, as well as fantastic architecture, music, art and sport. If you’re looking for a West End hit, visit Leeds Grand Theatre, or step back to Victorian times in the immersive Abbey House Museum.

One of the best-loved galleries in the city, the Henry Moore Institute brings together a range of world-leading sculpture, with over 800 objects and 400 works on paper. If you’re in the mood for a walk, The Leeds Owl Trail allows you to explore the city whilst taking in some of its most famous landmarks.

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