The street food revolution has taken hold of the UK, and Leeds is right at the forefront. From shopping centre chippy chains to charity cafés, it’s vendors are as varied as the food they serve, and there’s something for any budget or palette.
Here’s our pick of five of the best places for street food in Leeds.
Healthy, reasonably priced, locally sourced and mouth-wateringly tasty Vietnamese street grub – what’s not to love about Nộm? Located on Great George Street just off the Headrow, it’s well worth a slight detour on your next shopping trip or lunch break. Their cuon summer rolls might just be the most moreish snackette in Leeds, and if you’re in the market for something a little more substantial, their grilled fish Banh Mi is tough to beat.
77A Great George Street, LS1 3BR, 0113 245 0992 – nomdeli.com
Over the past few years, Leeds has had an awful lot to be thankful for when it comes to the Trinity Shopping Centre. Huge investment and mass regeneration in the city centre both come towards the top of that list, but making the idea of bringing street food indoors a reality? It’s the work of genius. Trinity Kitchen is situated right above Boots in the Trinity Centre itself, and with its distinctive neon lighting, open plan layout and a whole host of cuisines on offer from Thai to Italian, it’s quickly become a firm favourite for hungry Loiners. The aubergine fries at ‘Chip + Fish’ are worth the trip alone.
Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, LS1 5ER, 0113 394 2415 – trinityleeds.com/trinitykitchen
The Real Junk Food Project
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It’s not often you can have a tasty meal whilst supporting a truly noble cause, but that’s exactly what happens when you stop for a bite at The Real Junk Food Project in Armley. The café is run by Adam Smith, a charitable entrepreneur who is putting food in people’s mouths one day at a time. His ‘Pay As You Feel’ vision allows those in need to eat even if they can’t afford it, with meals made from food intercepted between supermarkets, market stalls and restaurants and the rubbish bins. Adam isn’t just a top drawer philanthropist, he’s a top drawer chef too – the food is great.
1 Chapel Lane, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2DJ – therealjunkfoodproject.com
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When former ‘Pub of the Year’ The Sparrow Bier Café came together with Gordon Ramsay’s Great British Restaurant finalist Prashad, predictably wonderful things happened. What started as an experimental pairing of two great products last year became Bundobust, a Mill Hill bar which sells traditional Indian street food. It’s a relaxed and trendy space, heavily influenced by the vibrant street food scene of India. It’s not exactly budget grub, but if you’re on the lookout for some spice and a pint, then look no further.
6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 5DQ, 0113 243 1248 – bundobust.com
In amongst the independent traders selling anything from second hand phones to cigarette lighters at Leeds Market sits one of the city’s most enthusiastically enjoyed secrets. Café Moor is a small North African and Middle Eastern street food stall with big personality, and a menu carried out to rival any of the big restaurants in town. Despite this, it’s cheap as chapattis, with shawarma wraps starting from just £3.
Leeds Kirkgate Market (Vicar Lane Entrance), LS2 7HY, 0113 247 0569 – cafemoor.co.uk
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