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Leeds Eating & Drinking Guide | 5 Places You Need to Go

Leeds Eating & Drinking Guide | 5 Places You Need to Go

Contributed by: @ImAdeAkins

My first ever trip to Leeds was great, made even better knowing I had snapped up a £10 return ticket promotion from London to Leeds. Compelled to make good use of my cost savings with the travel, I set out to create this Leeds Eating & Drinking Guide. Whether you're there for a day or you're a resident, these are 5 places you need to go.

1. ZAAP THAI STREET FOOD

You'd be forgiven for thinking you had just got off a Tuk-tuk direct from Bangkok International. The decor is amazing and gives you the feeling you were actually 6,000 miles away in South East Asia. Infact, I was s0 fond of Zaap that I went back the next day before my 12pm train departed back to London #commitment.

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Not only is it the most flavoursome Thai I've had (and I've been to Thailand) but it was such value for money. YOU NEED TO BE ZAAPED if you go to Leeds.

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2. MAVEN BAR

Just finding this speakeasy is a job-well-done as its Leeds' most secretive cocktail bar and with no signage outside. Once you do you're in for a real treat as this little gem has the perfect mix of what I think makes a good cocktail bar.

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Firstly, tasty drinks at reasonable prices and Maven ticks this requirement.

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Secondly, you need a good atmosphere so people feel welcomed, chilled and inclined to order as many drinks as they can handle.

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Finally you need friendly and knowledgeable staff like Dean pictured below.

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3. EVERYMAN CINEMA

Big comfy sofas, tasty food from its in-built pizzeria, cocktails, amazing milkshakes all brought to you before the film starts. Do you need any more reasons to go here? I was in heaven!

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4. ALMOST FAMOUS

It's all about burgers, boozy shakes, vibrant colours and a whole lot of funk at Almost Famous. Selfie booths, tables full of candy and spray-painted art are some of the quirks to keep you entertained as you wait for your food. There's a great  and welcoming atmosphere with staff who are friendly but not overly in your face.

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My one must-have for when your there is the phoenix fries. Pictured above, this heavenly mix of regular french fries, sweet potato fries, bacon, syrup and chilli was TO DIE FOR!!!

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5. THE BOTANIST

This was by far the busiest of all the cocktail bars I went to. Live music, a buzzing, crowded bar and the fastest bar staff I've ever come across. The theme here is botanical cocktails so expect to these delightful additions pop up in every part of the cocktail menu. If singing along to the live band isn't your thing then head round to the back where things are a little more chill.

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So this wraps up my top 5 recommendations of places to eat and drink in Leeds. Let me know what you think of this list in the comments.

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Ade Akins (@ImAdeAkins)

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