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Top Choice Museum in Leeds

Royal Armouries

Leeds' most interesting museum was originally built in 1996 to house armour and weapons from the Tower of London, but subsequently expanded to cover 3000 years' worth of combat and self-defence. It all sounds a bit …
Top Choice Deli in Leeds

Friends of Ham

We're not sure how to describe this place, other than that it's a stylish bar that serves the finest charcuterie and cheeses – Spanish, French, British – accompanied by fine wines and craft beers. The food is carefu…
Top Choice Live Music in Leeds

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

The Belgrave has it all – as well as being the city's best live-music venue, its three floors encompass a huge bar bristling with craft beer taps, two kitchens serving the best street food in town, loads of shared t…
Top Choice Modern British in Leeds

Crafthouse

This rooftop restaurant makes a big impression, with cool grey and black decor and huge picture windows overlooking the neighbouring church tower. The food is similarly striking, with bold flavour combinations such …
Music in Leeds

Leeds Festival

The August Bank Holiday (the weekend preceding the last Monday in August) sees 50,000-plus music fans converge on Bramham Park, 10 miles outside the city centre, for the Leeds Festival. Spread across four stages, it…
Brewery in Leeds

Northern Monk

Leeds’ favourite microbrewery takes inspiration from 1000 years of monastic brewing, and its Refectory offers a wide range of its own acclaimed beers plus guest options. It's in a Grade II-listed building just south…
Museum in Leeds

Leeds Industrial Museum

One of the world's largest textile mills has been transformed into a museum telling the story of Leeds' industrial past, both glorious and ignominious. The city grew rich from the textile industry, but at some cost …
Basque in Leeds

Pintura

Set beside the northern entrance to the Trinity shopping mall (from Lands Lane), this tapas bar is huge (spread over three floors) but always packed, so it must be doing something right. Seek out the more authentica…
Modern British in Leeds

Shears Yard

Acres of exposed brick, concrete floors and a soaring roof provide an industrial-chic setting (it's a former rope-making yard) for painterly presentations of imaginative (and intriguingly described) dishes such as o…
Street Food in Leeds

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

The Belgrave is a bar and music venue that also has a great kitchen – make that two kitchens. One serves artisan pizza (watch out for the napalm chilli sauce), the other probably the best burgers in Yorkshire, all a…