The hustle and bustle of the city centre can be a cruel, life-sapping mistress. Sometimes you have to take a step out and grab a few moments to chill the hell out.
Luckily, our fine city has a number of cool places to kick back and relax in, designed to take the sting out of our busy lives.
The next time you’re feeling the strain, get involved.
When the sun is shining (stop laughing at the back), the rooftop terrace at Belgrave is, quite simply, one of the best places to hang out in Leeds. Fantastic views looking across the city, a great selection of beers and food – what more could you want? Whether you are settling in for the day or just enjoying a quiet pint, you’ll be hard pressed to beat the rooftop at Belgrave.
1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP, 0113 234 6160, belgravemusichall.com
From one rooftop to another. Located at the heart of the Trinity Centre, Angelica offers arguably the best views in Leeds. Ok, it’s a little pricey, but if you want to knock back a few glasses (bottles?) of Prosecco in your blazer and matching pocket square – this is the place for you.
Level 6, Trinity Leeds, LS1 6HW, 0113 897 0099, angelica-restaurant.com
Roundhay Park is one of the biggest city parks in Europe and one great way to relax is to take a wander around Tropical World to look at a variety of fish, animals and plants (honestly, it is way better than it sounds). With lakes, tennis courts, a golf course and beautiful scenery in abundance, there are almost too many options to choose from.
Located on the top deck in the Trinity Centre, Everyman has all you need for a chillaxed evening, namely; sofas, alcohol, food and a fantastic array of films. From new releases to an abundance of classics – take your better half to a showing of Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo Di Caprio and enjoy a few hours basking in their good graces – there is something for everyone.
Cow and Calf Rocks
You must have heard of them? The iconic Cow and Calf rocks on Ilkley Moor are to Yorkshire what rain is to Lancashire. If you can stand the sometimes (OK, incessant) hurling winds, there are few better places to sit and enjoy an ice cream (or thermos) in Yorkshire as you look down the Wharfe valley at idyllic Ilkley and out towards Bolton Abbey. There’s even the aptly named Cow and Calf Pub just over the road if you want to warm up and enjoy a delicious pub lunch.
Tired of the incessant and almost never-ending chain of soulless coffee shops? Mrs Atha’s, located on Central Rd in Leeds – a short walk from Trinity Centre – is an independent, family run Coffee Shop with delicious espresso drinks, brewed coffees, postcard teas and an array of locally produced cakes and sandwiches. Think about it the next time you casually walk into C**ta for a quick coffee.
Roxy Ball Room
One of the best places to drink in Leeds. Table tennis, pool, bowling and last, but certainly not least, Beer Pong. Roxy’s is just a whole lot of fun, that is, until you decide to play a one-on-one game of Beer Pong against a seasoned Ponger… bad idea. What you may not know is that in addition to the extremely popular Roxy Ballroom, there is also the less heralded, but equally as brilliant, Roxy Lanes – home to the only ten-pin bowling set up in Leeds City Centre.
Where to begin? Once you finally settle on your choice of cuisine, and it may take a while, Trinity Kitchen is a great place to take a break from shopping, put your Primark bags down (really, just me?), and enjoy some excellent food. Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese, Champagne Bar and a whole host of succulent street food options – all of your taste buds are taken care of.
Friends of Ham
Good ale, meat and cheese boards – sold? Boasting a relaxed atmosphere it’s a veritable hipster paradise with a good soundtrack rumbling away in the background. If ale isn’t your thing, it’s also a great place for coffee during the day. Located handily next to the train station – it’s undoubtedly one of the best places to hang out in Leeds.
Whenever there is an event of significant magnitude, Millennium Square is the place to be. A personal favourite is nipping out at lunch to enjoy Wimbledon on the deckchairs which are sprawled about. But whether it’s a concert, a World Cup game, or anything else that draws a crowd, it’s a brilliant place to soak up the atmosphere at the heart of Leeds City Centre.
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Featured image courtesy of Guzelian.