How to spend 48 hours in Leeds

Reader's Digest Editors

Leeds is one of Britain's most up and coming cities. Here's how to spend 48 hours in this Yorkshire gem. 

Where to stay: Mercure Leeds Centre

The exterior of the Mercure Hotel, Leeds

Comfort and elegance without the fuss is the name of the game at the Mercure Leeds Centre. Superbly located in the city centre, but away from its nosiest streets, the hotel is the perfect base for a low-key weekend exploring Leeds. 

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With interiors inspired by the city's tailoring heritage and Yorkshire's historical textile industry, it's also the perfect starting point to learning about the history of this industrious town. 

Mornings can start lazily, or at the crack of dawn, with attentive staff rustling up breakfasts throughout the morning and more than happy to recommend their favourite local bars or eateries. 

 

Where to eat: Bundobust

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Indian street food with a contemporary twist is the speciality of one of Leeds' best-loved restaurants.

Ask almost any local about their favourite foodie spot, and their eyes will light up at the thought of Bundobust's okra fries, vada pav burger or hearty Tarka dhal. 

The atmosphere is relaxed, and the tables are for sharing, so grab a beer or expertly crafted cocktail, scoot up and prepare for a feast. 

 

What to do: Catch a show

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The music scene in Leeds is one of the best in the country, and you're spoiled for choice when it comes to venues. Almost every big tour stops off in this city, with the First Direct Arena, O2 Academy, University Union, The Brudenell Social Club and Headrow House among a host of venues hosting music every day of the week. 

Our favourite venue is Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen. There's always something exciting happening on one of its many floors, with an excellent drink and food selection to boot. 

 

Brewtown Tours

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Yorkshire is known for its quality booze, and the Brewtown Tour is a great opportunity to try the best offerings from local brewers

Guests are offered tours of three of Leeds' finest independent brewers—Quirky Ales, Northern Monk and North Brewing Co. You may just find a new favourite pint awaits you.  

 

Shop till you drop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Leeds is gifted with an array of independent stores, so there's always something new and unique to discover during a trip to the city. 

You'll find vintage shops galore with Pop Boutique, Ryan Vintage and Blue Rinse. Meanwhile, vinyl fans will be spoiled for choice with shops including Released Records, Vinyl Whistle and Jumbo Records providing a smorgasbord of hidden treasures. 

If books are your thing, then no visit to the city is complete without a rifle through the shelves of Colours May Vary, The Little Bookshop or Ok Comics. 

Do your research ahead of time, and you're sure to find a niche store that perfectly caters to your interests. 

 

And finally…

It's always worth checking the seasonal happenings before a trip to Leeds.

The city is fantastic for small fairs, food festivals and events, and a quick google is sure to find you a gem. 

 

 

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