Sometimes city life can get the better of you, and you just need to stop, put your feet up and watch the world go by.
We’ve chosen some of our favourite Leeds locations to take a seat and people watch – observing the public going about their every day lives as you sup a refreshing beverage.
This quirky little bar on Call Lane really comes into its own as a people watching spot in the evening, when the window booths offer a view out towards some of Leeds’s most popular nightspots. Grab yourself a drink from the great selection of craft beers and spirits, and watch those who may have had a few more than you wobbling their way through the night.
39 Call Lane, LS1 7BT – facebook.com/Rolands
Nation of Shopkeepers
Not just a great live music venue, by day Nation of Shopkeepers is one of the best bars in the city, and serves up some fine food too. Plonk yourself down and soak in the atmosphere of the nearby Cookridge Street.
29 Cookridge Street, LS2 3AG – anationofshopkeepers.com
Restaurant Bar and Grill
Restaurant Bar and Grill is located right at the heart of City Square, so it’s bound to be bustling most days of the week. Being this close to the train station means you’ll get your fair share of people coming and going as you take advantage of the spacious outside seating area. And hey, there’s good food inside too when it gets a bit colder.
The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, LS1 2AN – individualrestaurants.com/bar-and-grill
A little bit off the beaten track this one, but nonetheless, Headingly is a student mecca so there’ll still be plenty of activity to vicariously gaze upon as you munch away on the delightful Mexican and Italian food on offer
49 Otley Road, LS6 3AB – darecafe.co.uk
The Electric Press
The Electric Press houses a load of different bars, all connected by a central courtyard. With options to suit all types – from those who want to hit the shots to those who’d rather nurse an ale – there’s plenty to keep you entertained here as you watch the world go by.
14 Great George Street, LS1 3DW – electricpressuk.com
The Cuthbert Brodrick
This Wetherspoons is almost unrecogniseable from the grimy ‘Spoons joints most of us are used to visiting, and has the added bonus of overlooking the city’s Millenium Square. From here you can watch thousands of people criss-cross on its concrete plains daily.
99 Portland Crescent, LS1 3HJ – jdwetherspoon.com/the-cuthbert-brodrick
Bar, art gallery, performance space. The Tetley has it all, which means people from all walks of life waltz through its door daily. Perfect for a spot of people watching.
Hunslet Road, LS10 1JQ – thetetley.org
Foleys Tap House
One for the real beer conneissuers, Foleys Tap House offers premium people watching opportunities, perched on one of the city’s busiest shopping stretches. With drinks served in third pint glasses and specially matched food, your people watching session will be a well fed and watered one.
159 The Headrow, LS1 5RG – mrfoleysleeds.co.uk
With a rotating line-up of street food vendors, there’s always something new to try at Trinity Kitchen. Its location atop Leeds Trinity shopping centre means you’re guaranteed plenty of crowds to gaze at while you chow down.
Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion St, LS1 5ER – trinityleeds.com
An amazing little coffee house, Graze offers all the drinks and snack you could ever need, as well as a cosy spot to watch the world go by.
43 Call Lane, LS1 7BT – grazeleeds.com