If like us, you like to shout from the rooftops that you’re from Leeds (even if it’s just temporary while you’re studying) then you’ll probably agree that it has some of the most instgrammable spots in the country! And although it’s hard to narrow it down to just ten, we tried – check out who made the list….
1. Victoria Quarter - City Centre
Leeds City Centre isn’t just made up of the usual high street stores, in fact it’s got so much more character than a few department stores. The Victoria arcades are a must see for any budding insta-star, with their mesmerising glass roofs, marble pillars and designer boutiques!
The Victoria Quarter joins sister shopping centre Victoria Gate, and together they make Victoria Leeds – a blend of old and new, designer and high street.
2. Kirkgate Market - Ludgate Hill
As far as markets go, there aren’t many you could describe as ‘instagrammable’ however Kirkgate market is pretty attractive on the market scale! Founded in 1857 it is filled with Victorian history and design – making the ideal venue to find some shots for the ‘gram. In 1884, it became the home to Marks & Spencer’s first store – originally the Penny Bazaar, which would go on to become the popular high street brand that can be found the length of the country today. In 2013 M&S reopened their market stall, which forms part of the M&S Heritage Trail through the city.
3. Neighbourhood - Greek Street
Looking for NY inspired grub in surroundings your followers will envy? Then you have to head to Neighbourhood which you’ll find on Greek Street. This place isn’t just uber cool on the eye – it has it all, you can dance your Saturday night away with chic cocktails and return Sunday for a bottomless roast, what better way to cure that Sunday hangover than with Yorkshire puds and hair of the dog on repeat?!
Donut about you but we love a doughnut – (and a crap doughnut pun too)! I mean if there was such a thing as Tinder for doughnuts – you 100% would be swiping right for the creations at Temple.
And we’re kinda in love with the boxes they come in too – if they don’t scream INSTAGRAM at you, then what will?!
5. Leeds Little Free Library - Across Leeds
Seriously, I’m not sure it gets any cuter than these little free libraries? Dotted around across Leeds, the basis of the Leeds Little Free Library is that you #takeabook and #leaveabook spreading lots of book love across the city. So grab an old book, grab your camera and go and get yourself along to the nearest free library and snap us a pic!
6. Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen - Cross Belgrave Street
Another one of Leeds pieces of history, the Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen was originally a children’s nursery back in 1934 but after years of neglect the hall was restored and is now this unique entertainment venue.
Home to all sorts from live music to yoga, comedy events to art exhibitions as well as having two kitchens serving canteen style food alongside cask ales, craft beers and superb cocktails!
We’re not really sure it gets much better than rooftop pizza to be honest?! But with all this going on we’re certain you’ll be able to find a bit of you here.
7. The Ivy - Victoria Quarter
This place is so pretty – it could’ve made our list for the toilets alone! I mean just look at these 😍 – talk about #bathroomgoals right there!! But obviously there’s a lot more to The Ivy than their heavenly loos.
The menu is made up of contemporary British dishes that could have come straight out of The Book of Instagrammable Food (if there was such a thing), while the interior is made up of eccentric décor and furniture that is enough to fulfil any Instagram feed desires!
8. Issho - Victoria Gate
This Japanese restaurant has got it GOING ON! The food is not only divine on the taste buds – but is absolute IG goals too! 😍 And even better the Izakaya cuisine is all served up on a platter of stunning décor that includes a rooftop terrace over looking the city.
9. Leeds Corn Exchange - Call Lane
If you’re a big fan of keeping it local and prefer to spend your cash in independent retailers then the Corn Exchange is right up your street (literally!). It’s home to almost thirty retailers, including food outlets, creative design, independent fashion designers as well as hair and beauty. All of that under a Grade 1 listed roof that was made for Instagram (maybe not – as it was built in 1864, but you get what we’re saying!).
And once you’ve got the perfect picture, you should definitely pop in to WY Cameras and get it developed – just like they did in the olden days!
10. Rose Bowl - Portland Crescent
If you are a bit of a geometric geek that loves symmetrical patterns and funky structures, you’re going to love the Rose Bowl, which is part of Leeds Beckett University. And if you’re lucky enough for this to be your campus – why not snap a shot on your way in to uni?