No visit to beautiful Leeds would be complete without calling into one of the many wonderful restaurants in the city centre.
So if you’re in town for an event at the First Direct Arena Leeds, check out some of these nearby restaurants and make sure you go for a meal while you’re out.
Not only will it give you some extra energy to enjoy a concert or show at the Arena, but you can also see a little bit more of what the city has to offer while you’re here.
There are a lot of restaurants to choose from near First Direct Arena Leeds, and we understand it might get confusing trying to choose between all of them. But now you don’t have to browse the entire list of available restaurants, because we’ve picked out a few of the very best to make your choice easier.
These restaurants are highly rated by other diners, but they’re also close enough to the First Direct Arena Leeds so that you can easily fit them into your evening when you go to an event there.
Right across the street from the First Direct Arena Leeds is this wonderful Korean BBQ restaurant and grill. Not only is the food grilled to perfection, exactly how you like it, but it’s also grilled right at your table. This brings an exciting element of theatrics to the whole experience, creating a memorable meal as well as a delicious one. Once your food is grilled, it’s seasoned with Korean seasoning and sauces.
This traditional and longstanding Japanese noodle bar is a five minute walk from the First Direct Leeds Arena. It’s a laidback place where you can call in for a quick lunch during a day of shopping, or take your time over dinner. More a place to visit with friends than a romantic hotspot, it’s nonetheless absolutely delicious, serving noodles, dumplings, ramen and curry. If you’re vegetarian or gluten intolerant there are items on the menu for you too.
Offering Caribbean food and drink, Turtle Bay prides itself on three core things – rum, reggae, and jerk. Yes, it’s a chain, so not totally unique to Leeds, but the Leeds outlet is particularly good because of its placement on the outside of The Light shopping centre. And it’s also a great shout if you’re visiting the First Direct Arena Leeds, because it’s just seven minutes’ walk away, giving you plenty of time to get to a gig after you’ve had something to eat.
Not quite as big a chain as Turtle Bay, Estabulo has a few locations around Yorkshire, but so far that’s all. In Leeds alone there are two, one in The Light shopping centre and one in St Peter’s Place. It’s the former we’d recommend if you’re visiting the First Direct Arena, because it’s just seven minute walk between the Arena and the restaurant. Once you’re here, expect a very meat-heavy menu and a very unusual and novel ordering system. You get a card with one red side and one green side – the red side means you don’t need any food right now, but the green side means the staff should continue bringing meat to your table under you flip the card to red.
Fried chicken with a very over the top and retro twist, Yard and Coop serve the stuff in baskets and huge burger stacks. The decor is somewhere between an American diner and a country kitchen, and the names of some of the menu items will never fail to be hilarious when ordered out loud. It’s hipster street food for sure, but it’s rightly extremely popular because it’s very good quality and you get a lot for your money. You can walk from the restaurant to the First Direct Arena in seven minutes flat, too.
Five minutes from the First Direct Arena is one of the three Leeds My Thai restaurants. With a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for grabbing a quick lunch or visiting with friends before you head to a concert, it’s also extremely good Thai food and very reasonably priced.