9th March 2016
The Northern Quarter
Situated just up from Briggate, around The Grand Arcade, the Northern Quarter is an area of the city centre with its own unpretentious vibe. To many this is a relatively new name for the area and it is perhaps one of the most exciting and vibrant areas in Leeds City Centre right now. With new shops, bars and restaurants opening what seems like almost daily and Leeds institutions such as the Grand Theatre the Norther Quarter has so much to offer.
Autumn 2016 will see the opening of the Victoria Gate shopping centre, which completes the redevelopment of Eastgate and links Vicar Lane and The Victoria Quarter together. It will include the biggest John Lewis outside London as well as 30 retail and restaurant units in the adjoining Victoria Gate Arcade, alongside the new large casino and an 800 space multi storey car park.
The area is fast becoming THE new place to live, with many older buildings in the area given a face lift in recent years. Most notable are Hamilton House & Merchants House, the latter being a former furniture warehouse. New developments continue to regenerate the area, with small infill sites transformed into modern purpose built flats to buy and rent.
There’s almost too many fantastic places to mention so here’s a few suggestions:
The Grand Arcade is filled with independent shops and cafes. Just Grand has one of the best vintage afternoon teas around.
Belgrave Music Hall hosts the monthly Leeds Feast, has countless gigs and even becomes a cinema on occasion as well as having a roof terrace that offers one of the best views in town!
Merrion Street is packed with bars and restaurants, new kids on the block such as Manhatta & Bar Soba alongside old favourites like Mojo’s.
The Man Behind The Curtain is Leeds’s only Michelin Starred restaurant, book way in advance to avoid disappointment!
Some might say the Greed Pig café does the best breakfast in town.
Along with the whole of Leeds City Centre it is has fantastic transport links and is around 15 minutes’ walk from the train station.