As you may or may not know, the 5th is a Yorkshire based company so Leeds City centre is right on our doorstep. The city is a great place to hang out, with something to offer everyone whatever your age or interests. So with this in mind, we thought we’d share some of our favourite go-to places across the city.
The Corn Exchange has been a defining feature of the city centre’s landscape for over 150 years and its popularity among both locals and visitors to the city shows no sign of wavering. It is currently home to an abundance of independent shops and cafes, so whether you’re into vintage wares, in the market for a new house plant or simply want to enjoy a coffee in one of Leeds’ most historic buildings, the Corn Exchange is the place to be.
Laynes Espresso - located just a stone's throw away from Leeds train station - has been serving up consistently good coffee since opening in 2011. Coffee still remains at the core of the business (it’s a great spot for commuters) but they have also expanded over the years to include a kitchen that serves an innovative array of breakfast and lunch dishes. The glass fronted exterior makes it the perfect spot for grabbing a coffee and watching the world go by.
Although House of Fu and Hello Music Lounge may be relatively new on the Leeds indie scene, the House of Fu concept began as a pop-up at Belgrave Music Hall back in 2014. Now with its own space on the Headrow and fitted with a unique, asian-inspired interior crafted by local designers, House of Fu is taking the foodie scene by storm with a menu full of fan favourites (ramen, gyoza) and surprises like the miso caramel ice cream sandwich. Afterwards head upstairs for happy hour or, if you dare, karaoke at Hello Music Lounge.
For those looking to explore the city on foot while also taking in some culture, there is no better way to do so than Leeds Welcome Art Trail. The trail consists of 32 pieces of art dotted across the city and the surrounding area, highlights include the various murals depicting Leeds sporting stars like Rob Burrows, Josh Warrington and Kalvin Phillips.
Located a few miles outside of the city centre is the idyllic Temple Newsam park, the ideal place for a family day out. The sprawling park often hosts events such as the Live at Leeds festival and an annual food festival, but even on quieter days there is still plenty to explore from the historic Temple Newsam house to the beautifully tended walled garden that features over 800 yards of herbaceous borders and rose beds.