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Area Guide Hyde Park and Headingley

The students have left LS6 for the summer - so it's the perfect time to get down and see all that the area has to offer

Area Guide: Hyde Park and Headingley

The names Hyde Park and Headingley are famous as the areas where most budding Leeds students want to live and where the rest want to drink. But there’s much more to LS6 than students - there are some amazing places to eat, drink and relax throughout Headingley and Hyde Park for all people to enjoy. And what better time to visit than when most of the students have gone home for the summer?

Of course, being in Yorkshire and having a large student population there are a multitude of pubs worth a visit in Headingley and Hyde Park that we can recommend. Arcadia is a relatively unknown, and unstudenty, tavern that specialises in German and Belgian beers and offers an extensive range of real ales, some outstanding home made grub and an inviting and friendly atmosphere which is just perfect for a quiet pint.

Back in the Hyde Park area, there is the fantastic Brudenell Social Club on Queens Road, which is not only one of the cheapest bars in the area, but is also one of the finest music venues Leeds has to offer (which is saying a lot) showcasing a range of unusual and original bands alongside establish acts and secret gigs by the likes of Franz Ferdinand and The Cribs.

Don’t be fooled though, LS6 has lots more than just pubs to entertain, Woodhouse Moor in Hyde Park is a great place to spend a summers day when you will find the park full of jugglers, frisbee players, footballers and sunbathers all enjoying the huge open space. Or if the weather is not so great there is Hyde Park Picture House on Brudenell Road and the Cottage Road Cinema (not surprisingly on Cottage Road) which are both great places to go and see a load of unknown and independent films as well as the latest blockbusters all within classic and traditional cinema settings.

If shopping is more your thing, then that is covered to with a fantastic array of independent and second-hand shops including Retro Boutique on Headingley Lane which offers up a mass amount of vintage goodies including clothes, furniture and classic movie posters with something to suite anyone’s taste and budget. Keeping with the second-hand theme, there is also the fantastic Oxfam Bookshop on Otley Road which is simply a book lover’s paradise with an unbelievable amount of modern and classic fiction.

Whilst out and about shopping there is a fine array of places to rest your feet, like La Cafetiere which is a quaint little cafe on Hyde Park Corner which has a good selection of food and smoothies, and all at very reasonable prices. Or if you are up in Headingley Pickles & Potter on Otley Road is certainly worth a visit, offering up a fabulous range of salads, sandwiches and cakes plus a great selection of coffees and teas all at a reasonable price.

Clock Cafe on Headingley Lane is another fantastic cafe with and their all day breakfast was nominated for the best breakfast in the North of England by the Observer Food Monthly but is still extremely well priced - making it fantastic value and quality for your money.

Just a few minutes walk from Clock Cafe is Moorish, an intimate souk-themed restaurant that serves up superb freshly grilled meats alongside tasty hummus, platters and some of the best mint tea in Leeds.

Or if you prefer something a little more unusual then you must check out Shaky Jakes on North Lane. This is an American style milkshake bar which can blend pretty much anything into a milkshake. Whether you want something traditional, fruity, healthy or you want to try your favourite sweet or chocolate bar as a milkshake they can do it.

If you are heading out for a fully loaded slap up meal you will again not be short of places to go in Headingley and Hyde Park. For some truly traditional Italian food Salvo’s has a proven reputation for excellence. The extensive menu of fresh, home-made style Italian cuisine is well prepared, affordable and extremely delicious, the staff are welcoming, the d├ęcor is lovely and there is a fine Italian wine list to accompany the food. This is definitely much more authentic and enjoyable than your standard Italian chain restaurant.

For a place that accompanies for a multitude of different tastes then try Limehouse Brasseroe on Otley road. The ever changing menu is based on English and French cuisine but there are always some amazing and original twists inspired by dishes from every corner of the globe.

If this isn’t enough food choice for you there is always Sukhothai on St. Annes Road in Headingley. This is an award winning Thai restaurant that proved extremely popular in Chapel Allerton, and so branched out to Headingley. The food is simply superb and the staff or some of the most attentive and helpful in all of Leeds.

Everyone knows that you are guaranteed to find students in Headingley and Hyde Park, but that’s not all that lurks in LS6. Investigate, and you will find a plethora of places to eat, drink, relax and be merry for all people to enjoy.

Posted on Wednesday 24th June 2009
Matthew Read

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Comments on Area Guide: Hyde Park and Headingley

Comment by Matt Andrews

Posted on Tue 7th Jul 09 4:41 pm

If you haven't already checked out the Brudenell yet, do it now. That's an order.

Comment by Simon Goldblum

Posted on Tue 7th Jul 09 5:01 pm

and the Hyde Park Picture House, too.
And Arcadia.
And beer fans should get down to Beer Ritz in Far Headingley. It's the best beer shop around.

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