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The top five festive food and drink feasts in Leeds

Christmas at Crafthouse



This award-winning, luxury rooftop restaurant and bar is the perfect setting to celebrate Christmas in style or for that ultimate festive night out with friends. The open kitchen gives diners a unique insight into the inner workings of the kitchen, whilst its wraparound outside terrace offers spectacular views across the city.


Christmas - The Restaurant Bar and Grill


The Restaurant Bar & Grill

Located in the landmark Old Post Office building in the heart of City Square, this is the ideal setting to enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner. It’s all about classic and inspired seasonal cooking, amazing steaks and brilliant cocktails; fantastic food and service to match. With an outdoor seating area on the square, a festive menu to select from and a view of the Leeds Christmas Tree what more could you ask for.


Friends of Ham -  credit Carl Milner for Visit Leeds - Christmas 2017


Friends of Ham

This continental-style café bar serves an impressive menu of the finest charcuterie and cheese. Choose from a wide range of small dishes of create your own sharing platter; add an extensive selection of wines and craft beers and it’s the ideal venue to catch up with friends this Christmas


Issho - Visit Leeds - Christmas - credit Carl Milner



Issho means ‘together’ in Japanese and this chic eatery in its prime rooftop location in Victoria Gate has created a selection of festive menus based on the Japanese sharing concept. Enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine whilst sitting at an open kitchen counter; or step outside on to the rooftop terrace and view the city’s dramatic skylines.


Thors, #LeedsChristmas - credit Carl Milner for Visit Leeds


Thor’s Tipi Bar

With an open fire pit, cosy furs, twinkling lights and your favourite tipple, this welcoming Viking themed tipi bar couldn’t be more festive. Feast on wholesome, warming fodder in the winter garden amidst Christmas trees, atmospheric lighting and outdoor heating. For a unique take on Christmas with the best ales, mulled wine, hot chocolate or prosecco it’s an unmissable experience.



Leeds has some of the country's best shopping and Christmas is the perfect time to explore the stalls and stunning arcades. Have a look at our top festive shopping spots blog here. 

Our top 5 festive experiences  are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.