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Best of Leeds: Ultimate Insider’s Guide with Oliver Butterwick

We’re bringing you the best local secrets with some of the world’s top bloggers, influencers, and travel journalists in our new City Insider series. From where to find the perfect brew to that little-known bar that plays the best tunes, vintage record stores and green outdoor spaces, consider this your checklist for an amazing city break in Leeds.  

We’re diving into all the best spots in Leeds, with a quick-fire interview with Oliver Butterwick, telling you his favourite places and expert tips. Oliver grew up in Leeds, having also lived in Sheffield, York and Newcastle upon Tyne. He is passionate about good food, music, coffee, and travel.

Oliver is a Brand Ambassador for several cycling-centric brands and works to promote safer cycling in groups, having set up two local cycling clubs in the last 5 years. He was also shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Sport in 2016, in the York Active Sports Awards.

Best of Leeds: Ultimate Insider’s Guide with Oliver

1. Favourite Overall Restaurant?

The Man Behind The Curtain.

2. Best Restaurant for Date Night?

Kendells Bistro.

3. Local Foodie Secret?

The Swine That Dines.

4. Best Burger?


5. Best Place for Coffee?

La Bottega Milanese.

6. Best Pizza?

Pizza Fella.

7. Best Place for Vegetarian/Vegan Food?

Eat Your Greens.

8. Best Place for Brunch?


9. Where to Get an Amazing Budget-Meal?

Falafel Guys.

10. Bar for Drinks with Friends?

Belgrave Music Hall.

11. Best Cocktail Bar?

The Domino.

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12. Bar/Club for a Big Night Out?

The HiFi Club.

13. Best Place for a Sweet Treat?


14. Favourite Place for a Staycation?

Boston Spa – a village on the outskirts of Leeds.

15. Unmissable Thing to Do in the City?

Victoria Quarter shopping.

16. How to get Around the City Like a Local?

Bicycle or the various Transdev bus routes.

17. Favourite Outdoor Space for Chilling Out?

18. Best Market in the City?

Artsmix Leeds.

19. Top Workout in the City?

Graft Häus.

20. Must-Visit Independent Store?

Colours May Vary.

21. Best Things to do with Kids in the City?

Harewood House and Gardens.

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