The Ultimate Guide to Leeds and its Surrounding Areas

The Ultimate Guide to Leeds and its Surrounding Areas

Nestled in the great county of Yorkshire, the city of Leeds has in recent years become quite the hub thanks to further investment and is now popular among people looking to relocate out of London that don’t fancy living in Manchester or Liverpool.

From a wide variety of swanky bars and restaurants to amazing things to see and do, all set across the backdrop of the rolling hills of the Yorkshire dales and next door to Leeds Bradford Airport. Top all that off with a multicultural population that is friendly, charming and just a little bit cheeky and you’ve got quite the combination.

Additionally, there is plenty to be excited about in Leeds, from the news that Channel 4 will be moving there to the fact that Leeds United could well be promoted into the Premier League next season (Coronavirus pending, of course) after a long, long, long-awaited absence.

As you can probably tell already, at Harris Real Estate we love Leeds and are proud to be operating here and in other surrounding areas like Pudsey, Holbeck, Headingley and Harehills. We have over 30 years’ experience in the property industry and have helped thousands of people with Rentals, Lettings, Sales and Acquisitions in the local Yorkshire area.

Our varied client list, ranging from professional landlords to individual residential property owners, love our comprehensive package of services (none of which have any hidden extras!). With rates from just £499 + VAT with no hidden fees, Harris Real Estate will:

  • Do a property valuation and assessment
  • Photograph your property in HD
  • Advertise online on sites such as Rightmove, Zoopla, and Prime Location
  • Design and produce a brochure and floor plan
  • Add For Sale board at your property
  • Do accompanied viewings
  • Ensure a personal agent to guides your sale through to completion

Contact us or get in touch via our online form if you fancy learning more about how we can help you with your property. But before you do that, take a look at our blog below where we lay out our case for Leeds being the place to live in the UK.

Where To Eat In Leeds

Everyone loves food and we love it even better if we don’t have to make it or wash the dishes afterwards! Moving to Leeds means you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice thanks to a huge range of tasty places to go for a bite to eat.

There is loads of variety, but we’ve managed to whittle down five of the best places to eat in Leeds. Let us know what you think!

The Man Behind The Curtain
, 68-78 Vicar Lane, Top Floor Flannels, LS1 7JH

We’re going big to start our list with Leeds’ only Michelin Star restaurant. Offering tasting menus only packed with “engagingly bonkers” dishes like Miyagi Oyster Strawberry Kimchi, Squab Pigeon & Rhubarb Hoisin and Black Cod Emancipation. Whether you choose a 6, 10 or 14-course tasting menu, you’re bound to have some pretty exciting combinations served up to you in this intriguing restaurant. It might be on the pricier side but this experience is one you’ll likely never forget!

, 8 Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, LS7 4PE

Named after head chef Ban Kaewkraikhot’s hometown, Sukhothai opened in Leeds in 2002 and has become a staple of the restaurant and dining scene in the city centre. Now a mini-chain with branches in Leeds City Centre, Harrogate, Headingley and Chapel Allerton, Sukhothai combines high-quality South-East Asain cookery with that typical Yorkshire charm, as well as generous places that keep everyone who eats there happy!

Man v Roast
, 144 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LL

Now, you may not have expected to see a carvery appear on this list, but one trip to Man V Roast and it is easy to see why. This restaurant, based in Hyde Park, hits the nail on the head each and every time. The venue itself isn’t the most stunning (small and filled with a giant carvery counter) but you’re not there for that; you’re there for the perfectly cooked roasts, crisp roasties and rich cauliflower cheese. And the best bit? The carvery boxes are just £7! Don’t worry, you can thank us later.

Friends Of Ham
, 4-8 New Station Street, LS1 5DL

From a tiny ground-floor deli to one of Leeds’ staples. Located just right around the corner from Leeds train station, expect delicious meats and cheeses when you step through the door of Friends of Ham, all of which are locally sourced from independent suppliers and small high welfare farms. Choose a few pick-and-mix tapas-style dishes or jump in with both feet and enjoy one of their famous regional sharing boards.

Assembly Underground
, 12 Great George St, Leeds LS1 3AL

Not just one restaurant but a collection of some of Leeds’ best street food. From succulent burgers courtesy of the folks over at Slap & Tickle to sumptuous bowls of ramen over at Holy Ramen. Grab a beer and a plate of whatever takes your fancy, and soak up the atmosphere at this popular joint located in the city centre.

Where To Drink In Leeds

Leeds City Centre and its surrounding areas are proper party towns. It has a fantastic selection of cool and trendy bars that help create an atmosphere that is unrivalled. Below are just some of our favourites. 

Beer Hawk Leeds
, Trinity, Albion St, Leeds LS1 5AT

For fans of craft beer (no hawks are present, despite the name). Located just minutes away from the train station, this is a fantastic watering hole if you’re looking for a place to start your afternoon or evening. With its 140 different beers in can, cake and keg form there is bound to be a beer for you. They also deliver, in case you fancy a quiet night in.

The Belgrave
, Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP

A fantastic hub of entertainment, drinks and good times. Belgrave is one of the most unique places to drink in plenty of ways -- from the quirky interiors and roof terrace to its regular DJ nights and street food traders, there is always a reason to come back and spend some time in The Belgrave.

The Maven
, 1 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7DH

A secret, but no less cool, bar. The Maven is a hidden speakeasy that can be found behind a suspicious unmarked door on Call Lane. Head inside and expect a treasure trove of inventive, exciting and tasty cocktails that are sure to make your night go off with a bang.

, 4 Turk’s Head Yard, off Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB

If you fancy a little trip back in time then a visit to the Whitelock’s is a must. Being one of the oldest pubs in Leeds, you can expect beautiful wooden beams, a polished copper bar and more real ale and craft beer then you can shake a stick at.

Where To Visit In Leeds

There is plenty to see and do in Leeds that doesn’t involve food and drink. Harewood House, an art-filled country house is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Leeds City Centre. Built-in the 18th century, it has one of the best collections of art in the country. Visitors can enjoy a rare bird garden and farm experience with over 100 acres of gardens.

If you fancy visiting some ruins check out Kirkstall Abbey. The 800-year-old Cistercian monastery is an ideal spot to take a stroll, walk your dog or enjoy a morning run -- and it’s free, which is always a nice bonus!

If you want to go shopping in Leeds then you really are spoiled for choice. Thanks to its compact city centre, beautiful arcades and listed buildings, it really is a shoppers paradise, unlike most other UK cities. Visit either Trinity Leeds, Victoria Leeds or Leeds Corn Exchange for an array of high street stores.

Why not check out the famous Kirkgate Market? This giant indoor market is the largest covered market in the whole of Europe! It’s home to 800 stalls, attracts an incredible 100,000 people a week and was opened in 1981. From everyday items like fish, meat, fruit and veg to more specialised items, Kirkgate Market has it all!

Where to live in Leeds

Living in Leeds is not just restricted to the city centre. There are dozens of charming little towns and villages on the outskirts, near historical sites, that would make ideal places to live and work and are in easy reach of the city centre. We’ve come up with just a few brilliant places that we particularly love at Harris Real Estate. If any of these places interest you or you’re looking for somewhere that isn’t mentioned, be sure to give us a call and let us talk to you about how our Full-Service Property Management specialist can help you.


The home of Harris Real Estate! Pudsey is a charming market town nestled nicely between Leeds City centre and Bradford City centre.

Chapel Allerton

A popular place for young professionals packed with independent cafes & shops and recently voted one of the best places to live in the UK, according to the Sunday Times.


Once the centre of student living, Headingly is now a local area that is thriving with something to offer for everyone. The town centre is a thriving hub of cafes, bars and restaurants with great access to two train stations.


A charming affordable area that is up-and-coming. Oakwood is a great place to reside and takes elements of Roundhay and Harehills. This has led to an array of high-end family houses and more affordable one or two-bedroom flats.

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To sum up, there is bound to be a place for you to live in Leeds. Why not take a look at some of the properties that we offer? Or if you’re looking to sell your home in Leeds then we’d be delighted to help you.

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