If, like us, you like to shout from the rooftops that you’re from Leeds, then this blog is for you. Although it’s hard to narrow it down to just ten, we've put together a list of the best places to snap an Instagram. Check out who made the list here!
1. Victoria Quarter, City Centre
Leeds city centre isn’t only made up of the usual high street shops. In fact, it’s got so much more character than just 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. Deffo worth a snap.
2. Kirkgate Market, Ludgate Hill
Markets aren't typically ‘Instagrammable,' but Kirkgate Market is definitely up there. Founded in 1857, it's filled with Victorian history and design, making it the ideal venue to find some shots for the ‘gram. In 1884, it became the home to Marks & Spencers' first store (originally the Penny Bazaar), which is pretty cool.
3. Neighbourhood, Greek Street
Looking for an NY-inspired grub spot, in surroundings your followers will envy? Then you have to head to Neighbourhood. This place isn’t just super cool looking, but it has it all. You can dance your Saturday night away with chic cocktails, and return on Sunday for a bottomless roast. What better way to cure a Sunday hangover than with Yorkshire puds and hair-of-the-dog?!
4. Leeds Little Free Library, All Over Leeds
It doesn't get any cuter than these little free libraries. Dotted around Leeds, the basis of the Leeds Little Free Library is that you #takeabook and #leaveabook, to spread book love across the city. So, grab an old book, grab your camera, and go searching for the nearest free library (send us a pic!).
5. 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. After years of neglect, the hall was restored. It's now a unique entertainment venue, and is home to all sorts. From live music to yoga, comedy events to art exhibitions, it also has two kitchens serving canteen-style food. Don't forget the cask ales, craft beers and superb cocktails! We’re not really sure it gets much better than rooftop pizza tbh?!
6. The Ivy, Victoria Quarter
This place is so pretty, it could make our list for the toilets alone! I mean just look at these (talk about #bathroomgoals)! Obviously, there’s a lot more to The Ivy than their heavenly loos. The menu is made up of contemporary British dishes that could've come straight out of The Book of Instagrammable Food (if there was such a thing). The interior is made up of eccentric décor and furniture that is enough to fulfil any Instagram feed.
7. 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! 😍Even better, the Izakaya cuisine is served on a platter of stunning décor, and is based on a rooftop terrace over looking the city.
8. Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane
If you’re a fan of keeping it local, and prefer to spend your cash in independent retailers, then the Corn Exchange is right up your street. It’s home to almost 30 retailers, including food outlets, creative design, independent fashion designers, and hair and beauty. This is all set in a Grade-1 listed building, which was made for Instagram (well, maybe not, but you get what we mean). Once you’ve got the perfect picture, you should definitely pop into WY Cameras and get it developed – just like they did in the old days!
9. Rose Bowl, Portland Crescent
If you're a bit of a geometric geek, and you love symmetrical patterns and funky structures, then you’re going to love the Rose Bowl. This 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 to uni?