Our Top 10 Places in Leeds

Most international students like to use their weekends to travel around the UK, or even sometimes to discover Europe! But you will also have those days when you don’t want to move, but just want to explore your city, that already feels like a second home.

Here are 10 of the best places to go to in Leeds!

Temple Coffee & Donuts

Fancy a hot chocolate that is pink, blue, or green? We will let you choose the colour that is the best for your Instagram feed (trust us, you will want to post their latte art).

Triangle or heart shaped, rings or filled, the Donuts menu is different everyday: from classic cinnamon rings or Nutella, to PB&J or Chunky Monkey. Oh, and, did we mention that they are all vegan?

Unit 3, Burley Court, Burley Place. LS4 2AR Leeds

Kirkstall abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

Founded around 1152, Kirkstall Abbey was a Cistercian monastery disestablished in 1538. You can visit it for free, learn about its History, and spend some time in the beautiful public park surrounding it.

Situated 2.5 miles (4.5km) from Uni of Leeds campus, it is the perfect place to walk to on a sunny Sunday.Abbey Rd, Leeds LS5 3

North Star Coffee Shop

North Star Coffee Roasters work ethically, making sure the people who produce their specialty coffee across the world are respected. In 2017, they decided to open a coffee shop (to advertise what they sell) and, a year later, Yorkshire Life Magazine gave them the Best Cafe/Tearoom Award.

Situated at Leeds Dock, North Star Coffee Shop is easily reachable by free water taxi, so it is the perfect place to go to if you have friends or family visiting, and you are looking for an original way to show them the city.North Star Coffee Roasters, Unit 33, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds, LS10 1PZ

Good morning coffee
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Leeds University Union

Want to have lunch/coffee with your friends but you all live on/around Campus, and don’t want to walk to the city centre? That is not a problem since LUU has everything you need.

You just need to dig a tiny bit to find amazing things such as Common Ground’s giant cakes, Humpit’s Pitas, Old Bar’s Topped Fries, Pearls’ Bubble Tea (opened this semester) …

Junkyard Golf Club

Think indoor golf, with neon lights, crazy cocktails and junk food: that’s Junkyard Golf Club. Choose from one of the 3 different courses: BOZO (creepy circus), GARY (scrapyard) and PABLO (jungle) and you’re in for an amazing night of competition.

The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL

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Slug and Lettuce

They have 71 dishes on their evening menu (we counted them for you) … They also have a good variety of breakfast and lunch options, and a buffet menu, they do afternoon tea, and their drinks menu is impressive.

What else? That place looks very fancy but you can have 3 desserts for £7 … just saying.

14 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5HU

Escape Hunt

Ever wondered if you would make a good detective? Gather a group of friends, get into one of the themed rooms (they have a Doctor Who room!) and there it starts.

You’ll be locked into this new world, and have one hour to break out of it, thanks to a series of clues. Nice way to challenge your brain and escape uni stress at the same time.The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL

Escape Room tools
English breakfast

LS6 Cafe

LS6 Cafe is very popular for its breakfast menu (it’s a brunch-lover’s dream). They have the fluffiest pancakes and their English breakfast is everything you could wish for. Lots of veggie options there; free- range chicken and eggs; meat, eggs and bread from local businesses; people at LS6 care about everything and everybody.16 Headingley Ln, Leeds LS6 2AS

Leeds Corn Exchange

In this beautiful Victorian building you will find a huge variety of independent stores selling anything food, fashion, music, design, lifestyle, etc. You will want to make sure you have seen all of them before you leave the place.Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7BR

leeds corn exchange


The « Authentic Bavarian » vibe calls for the best night. Grab a pint (or a stein) and get your friends to sing with you at karaoke while the whole bar is cheering you on, dancing on the benches!1-2 S Parade, Leeds LS1 5QL

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