As you all know, I have lived in Leeds for almost 2 years now so I know the city like the back of my hand. There are so many people who come to Leeds to shop and spend the day so I thought I’d post a one day itinerary for you guys! This is just a list of things and times so you can structure your day in Leeds! Leeds is an amazing city and if you’re looking for things to do on a day in Leeds – this is the guide for you!
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A Day in Leeds
09:00 – 10:30
For breakfast I recommend heading to Fettle for some good coffee and even better food. A healthy and luxurious breakfast in Fettle is the perfect way to start you day in Leeds. This place is perfect for Instagram photos if you love bright interiors. On the breakfast menu, I would recommend the mixed beans on sourdough toast and a smoothie/coffee. Fettle is just out of the main city centre but is not difficult to find. They also do an amazing lunch and fine dining menu that I really want to try. They also have a huge range of hot drinks – I really want to try the red velvet latte
10:30 – 11:30
If you want to do some lovely shopping then you have to head to Leeds Corn Exchange. The dome-esque building houses a number of boutique shops and cafes. I would recommend browsing The Plant Point and No Brand! The Plant Point is teeming with gorgeous house plants of all shapes and sizes that are perfect for decorating your home. The sisters who own the shop are very knowledgeable and more than happy to help you with your plantish needs! No Brand are an independent screen printed clothing store that use products that are kind to the environment!
11:30 – 13:00
No fettle serve a lovely light breakfast but now it’s time for a killer lunch. I’ve done a full blog post call Eat Like A Pro – Leeds so have a look at that one if you want food suggestions! For this relaxed, steady day in Leeds – I’m going to recommend that you try somewhere super popular amongst students in Leeds. Bakery 164 serves the best sandwiches and focaccias in Leeds. If you visit there may be queue but it’ll be worth it. A sandwich lunch means you can go all out for your dinner/tea. The walk up from The Corn Exchange to Bakery 164 will make you hungry and I recommend Grilled Tofu, Cherry Tomatoes and Avocado!
13:00 – 15:00
If you want a taste of culture, Leeds City Museum and the Art Gallery is your place to go. These two grand buildings are super close to each other so you can do one after the other. Leeds City Museum has an amazing section about the history of Leeds as well as a number of animal based exhibitions. Both the gallery and the museum have regular exhibitions that people come from miles around to see. Another thing, if you want an alternative lunch spots, there is a cafe in the museum and one in the gallery. The Tiled Hall Cafe in the gallery is a particularly instagrammable spot. Soak up the culture and enjoy.
15:00 – 17:00
Now it’s time to visit somewhere a bit different: Leeds Docks. You can jump on the FREE river taxi at Brewery Wharf and travel all the way down to the Royal Armouries. Whilst you’re in this area, you have to grab a coffee from North Star Coffee and take some Instagram photos with the residential river boats. This area is one of my favourite in Leeds and if I stay in Leeds after my graduation, I’d love to live down here. It is far enough away from the shopping centres to not be busy but it is also close enough to walk. You’ll love it!
17:00 – 19:00
Before you head for your evening meal, you have to have a few drinks. I only recently found out that Leeds has a tonne of secret cocktail bars. Through hidden doors and underneath restaurants Leeds has loads of amazing cocktail venues. However, they can be hard to find so in this guide we’re going to go with something a little easier to find. However if you are interested go have a read of my post An Evening In Leeds. If you want a fancy drink looking out over the city then I recommend you visit East 59th in the Victoria Gate shopping centre. You can also get food here but apparently the cocktails are amazing and you can get a rooftop view of Leeds as the sun sets! For a recommendation, try the Lychee and Rose Margarita!
19:00 – 21:00
Dinner / Tea
I’ve talked about this one before but Blackhouse Bar and Grill is truly divine. On an evening the fairy lights are turned on and the restaurant has an amazing atmosphere. Well known for their steaks, Blackhouse serve all kinds of food. If I were to suggest a dish, obviously the fajitas! However, if you’re a vegetarian you should go for the halloumi and vegetable kebab! This place serves great food in a great atmosphere and I’m sure you’ll love it.
21:00 and On
If you have some dollars to spend – stay at the Dakota Deluxe right in the heart of the city. A number of celebrities have stayed in this hotel mainly because of it’s luxury element. Sleek design and amazing facilities, this place is for a luxury night in Leeds. However, compared to London hotels, this place is super affordable. If you time it right you can get the super deluxe suite for just over £100! This is super rare but it shows that you can live like a celeb for a reasonable price!
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I hope you enjoyed it! I can’t wait to do another one of these in another city! If you want a full weekend post then please let me know. Please follow me over on Instagram and join the family.
Kenny 🙂 x