Food & Drink in Leeds

Leeds is a multicultural and historic city, and it’s food and drink offerings are no exception. Leeds restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs have so much to offer. You’ll find cuisines from across the globe in Leeds, as well as bars and pubs serving up a huge selection of drinks from cocktails to real ales. What’s more, with the 4th largest population of students in the UK, Leeds knows how to do eating and drinking on a budget. We’ve selected some of the most popular haunts for students eating and drinking in Leeds, but this list barely lifts the lid on all Leeds has to offer. Use it as a starting point to begin your culinary exploration of this vibrant city.


Whether you’re meeting some friends for a quick lunch between lectures, taking a date out for dinner, or in need of a pick me up after a night out, eating in Leeds has the answer!


If you’re in need of a healthy breakfast on the go, The Smoothie Company  has the answer. It’s ideally located across from Leeds University Parkinson steps, so perfect if you need to grab tasty a pre-lecture breakfast in Leeds.

If you’re in need of a more substantial breakfast, nothing beats a cooked breakfast from The Greedy Pig on North Street. Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a Full English breakfast, and this cafe is sure to satisfy even the hungriest students. To top it all off, The Greedy Pig only a 10 minute walk from Broadcasting Tower.


Another gem just a stone’s throw from Leeds University is Bakery 164. If freshly baked ciabatta and focaccia filled with delicious ingredients sound like your thing, then look no further for lunch in Leeds. There’s a great variety of sandwiches on offer every day, with vegetarian and vegan options as well as a whole range of yummy brownies and pastries too. They also do coffee for anyone in need of a caffeinated boost.

If you’re looking for lunch in Leeds city centre, enter a canteen like no other. Trinity Kitchen serves a huge variety of street food from independently run stalls. There’s something to suit everyone’s taste buds, from Mexican to fish and chips, from crepes to ribs, making it a great destination for lunch with friends.


La Besi Italian restaurant serves delicious pasta and pizza dishes for as little as £6.95 for a main. With a range of healthy salads and authentic starters too, dinner at La Besi is an affordable luxury.

Nation of Shopkeepers is a popular destination for students thanks to a wide variety of beers and a menu full of burgers, ribs, hot dogs and Sunday Roasts – the perfect place for dinner in Leeds. You can’t consider yourself truly initiated into the Yorkshire way of life until you’ve tried Yorkshire puddings swimming in gravy.


Hold off the pot noodles, because you need to try takeaways in Leeds. Whilst there are the usual options like Chinese, curry and  pizza, try something a little more adventurous from the best takeaways in Leeds. Great for a lazy night in when you can’t be bothered cooking, or a perfect treat to accompany a movie night with friends.

Vegetarian & Vegan

Whilst there are many veggie and vegan friendly restaurants in Leeds, try the real deal at Roots and Fruits vegetarian cafe, which serves a huge variety of vegetarian and vegan meals at affordable price. The restaurant is light and airy, and just a 10 minute walk from Broadcasting Tower.

Hansas Indian vegetarian restaurant is a must-visit for any vegetarian or vegan in Leeds. With a menu chock full of delicious eastern dishes, it’s just as popular with omnivores as herbivores. Hansas serves complete meal platters from just £12.95 which includes 2 curries, rice, breads, dips, sides and a lassi.


Leeds has it’s large student population to thank for the vast array of bars and pubs, and they like to keep their clientele happy with drink deals through the week and at the weekend. Yorkshire’s premier party destination, Leeds has a vibrant nightlife. Bars and pubs in Leeds ensure that there’s something happening every night of the week!


Cocktails in Leeds don’t have to break the bank! If you’re a student looking for a place to enjoy yummy cocktails on the cheap, head to Mook , The Living Room or a myriad of bars to enjoy 2 for 1 cocktails! Keep an eye on bars’ social media accounts for their latest drink deals and offers, or look to Leeds List to keep you up to date.


There’s a great selection of pubs in Leeds, serving a wide variety of ales, stouts, lagers and craft beers. You’ll find hidden gems like The Ship Inn, The Angel Inn and Whitelock’s Ale House down back alleys in the city centre. Popular student pubs like The Original Oak, The Box and the Headingley Taps are usually swarming with Otley Runners at weekends, whilst bars like the Belgrave, The Calls Landing and The Black swan attract a more laid back crowd.

Tea & Coffee

If you’re a caffeine junkie you’ve got nothing to worry about in Leeds. Coffee shops like Opposite Cafe, LS6 and Grounds For Appeal serve delicious brews when you’re in need of a quick pick me up or a lad back catch up with friends.