The Ultimate Guide To Eating And Drinking Your Way Around Leeds

This week we collaborated with our sister chapter, Her Campus Leeds, to bring you this ultimate guide to where you should eat and drink in the city they call home...




Leeds is a pretty great place to eat and drink, and it has been recognised as being home to the most independent restaurants and bars in the UK along with Newcastle! We’ve compiled our favourite spots to grab some great food and drink on a budget…



Mays provides you with authentic Thai food on a budget. With most Leeds students living in Hyde Park area, you’re never really more than a 10-minute walk away from some top notch pad thai. Not only can you get a starter and a main for under £10, but it's BYOB! Mays is tiny but super popular, so if you’re planning to head down on a Friday of Saturday, make sure you reserve a table or you’ll be fighting for a seat.


Bakery 164

Bakery 164 is famous amongst students in Leeds. It brightens up a long day of lectures with its gourmet selection of sandwiches sold on home baked bread, and it’s home to some of the best sandwiches we’ve ever eaten.

It's a tiny sandwich shop just opposite the Parkinson Building, and is rammed from 12-2pm everyday so you have to be prepared to wait 10 minutes for your toasted sandwich. However trust us when we say it will be worth every bite!



There are 2 branches of Manahatta in Leeds. It’s a funky, stylish split-level bar ‘Bringing a taste of New York to Downtown Leeds'; think blue leather plush booth seats and cocktails. They do a fantastic ‘Boozy Bottomless Brunch’ which features unlimited drinks: a choice of prosecco, bloody mary, coors or aperol spritz. There's also a delicious brunch meal included for £22 a head. You have the table for 1.5 hours, and it’s something you HAVE to do at least once - perfect for parties!



Terrace is (the better) one of two resident student bars located in the heart of the Union on campus – the perfect location for summer evenings, drinking 241 cocktails on the huge roof terrace, having a pint after a long day of uni or just to have a catch up with some friends over a few drinks and some great food. Go to University of Leeds and expect to hear ‘Terrace?’ thrown around at least 10 times a day.


North Bar

North Bar is a small bar in the centre of Leeds located just across the road from Belgrave (another one of our favourite spots) and it’s a great place to head to any night of the week. It’s a really relaxed vibe and they have reasonably priced drinks.

North Bar is great place to drink before heading ‘out out’ or even to sit and chat until the early hours. TOP TIP: they sell tequila shots with a verede chaser. It’s lethal, and we don’t know what is in the chaser but it makes tequila drinkable…


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