If you don’t love Leeds as much as we do, you will by the end of this article.
You can live on the fringes of the great Yorkshire Dales
It’s especially true that if you live in north Leeds you can be minutes from one of hippest cities in England one way and minutes from one of the highest-rated national parks in the world the other.
The Yorkshire Dales are renowned for their striking beauty and it’s a blessing that a great city like Leeds is mere miles away from them.
You can shop and shop and shop until you drop
Leeds has a reputation as one of the best places to shop in the UK. People come from all across the land to spend their hard-earned pennies here due to attractions like the new Trinity Shopping Centre (complete with its own indoor street food centre, Trinity Kitchen) and the Headrow and Briggate, which are the main high streets.
Leeds will also boast a brand new John Lewis department store when the modern Victoria Gate shopping centre, opens its doors to the public in late 2016.
You can quaff some of the finest beers in the land
Home to some of England’s best breweries in Northern Monk, Ridgeside and the appropriately named Leeds Brewery Company, put simply, Leeds knows beer. CAMRA-approved pubs like Whitelock’s and Mr Foley’s will get your taste buds tingling as much as the pubs in the suburbs.
The Roundhay Fox in Roundhay sports a log fire that makes it the best place to be during a cold winter, while Alfred in Meanwood, which is no bigger than your living room, is perfectly situated to let the sun pour in all afternoon during the summer time. What more could you want from a city this size?
You won’t get better farm produce anywhere else
Being a Yorkshire city, Leeds is surrounded by some very good farms indeed. Many of them have monthly offers that let you get hampers of fresh farm meats and delicious organic vegetables delivered right to your door, so you don’t have to bother with them in the supermarkets.
Even when you’re not doing your food shopping, you can enjoy some of the best produce in the land at Leeds’ world famous food and drink festivals. The Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival takes place in June, but, be warned, the tastes will be lingering until the following June…
You’ll encounter the friendliest people in the country
Yorkshire folk are renowned for their friendliness and we can guarantee that it’s not a myth.
People say thank you to bus drivers and – ‘ow about this – hello to each other in the street. Where else do you get that these days?
You might have trouble understanding some folks, though…
You’ll hear some hilariously random local lingo
While it might be true that some out-of-towners find Loiners (people from Leeds) difficult to understand, there is no denying the brilliance of the local dialect.
Phrases like “am fair t’middlin’” and “wottatodoo” will leave you bemused but amused all day long.
You can see many towns and villages rolled into one great city
The suburbs of Leeds are brilliant. Each one has its own distinctive characteristics.
Chapel Allerton is the up-and-coming place to be for young professionals, whilst Meanwood has enjoyed a great revival in recent years to make it one of the most attractive (and still affordable) places to live in the city.
And let’s not forget Otley, which is a mere 30-minute bus ride from Headingley. It’s home to some of the best pubs in the district and the scenery is more than worthy of a “cheers”.
You can experience some of the best theatre outside of the West End
The West Yorkshire Playhouse is one of the north’s premium theatres and has seen the likes of To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men performed on its stages.
It’s part of the best city in the UK because it’s so much more affordable to see great theatre than it is in London!
You can be very close to major UK tourist hotspots
Another thing that makes Leeds perfectly situated is its close proximity to some of the best (but not as good) towns and cities in the UK.
You can be in Manchester for world-class football in an hour, in Sheffield for world-class snooker in 45 minutes and Harrogate for world-class spa therapy in 40 minutes.
Combine all that with using the UK’s greatest city as your base and you’re winning at life.
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