7 reasons why living in Leeds is the best

FullSizeRender It’s no secret that I love Leeds. I crossed the Pennines for uni and have lived here for over 6 years now. I love the buzz of the place and despite being a resident for a while, I'm always finding new restaurants to try and places to visit. That’s the thing about this fair city – it’s constantly reinventing itself, improving with each new iteration. Here are just 7 things that make Leeds a wonderful city to live in.

1) Well deserved foodie status

Leeds’ food scene has well and truly taken off over the past few years and we’re all a bit spoilt for choice at the moment. From the wonderful street food sellers at Trinity Kitchen, to the numerous burger joints popping up all over the city – whatever the food trend Leeds has something to offer.

2) A variety of great events

There really is something for everyone when it comes to events in the city. A few of my favourites include Light Night Leeds and the International Beer Festival at the town hall, but there is literally plenty to get involved with, covering sports, theatre, music and loads more.

3) First class markets

One of the things I really love about Leeds is the brilliant markets dotted all over the city. Check out Leeds Kirkgate market which is the largest indoor market in Europe and Kirkstall Deli Market which boasts some of the best food vendors in the country.

4) Inspiring independents

There’s no denying that the independent scene in Leeds is growing from strength to strength – there is a real community of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, all working together bringing something unique to the city. A few of my favourites include Colours May Vary, Laynes Espresso and the wonderful Friends of Ham.

5) A tonne of green spaces

Getting outside is no problem in Leeds and there are tonnes of green spaces to choose from. Some of the most popular include Roundhay Park, Woodhouse Moor and Goldenacre Park. I also love going for a stroll down the Leeds Liverpool Canal (and stopping at a few of the great pubs en route!)

6) A thriving music and arts scene

Probably my number one favourite thing about Leeds is how creative it is. You can go and catch a different band, big or small, every single night of the week and there are always new exhibitions, plays and film events popping up. I can’t recommend the Brudenell Social Club highly enough for checking out local talent and Hyde Park Picture House is great for seeing independent film.

7) The surrounding areas

It would be wrong to compile a blog post like this without making reference to all of the wonderful towns and cities that fill the surrounding areas of Leeds. The Yorkshire Dales are only 20 minutes away, Saltaire can be reached in two train stops and you can hop across to Manchester for less than £15. Great for when you fancy a change of scenery (although you’ll keep coming back to Leeds!)