Located just north of Leeds City centre you will find Chapeltown and Harehills, an area full of history and culture. In 2003, Leeds City Council designated parts of Chapeltown a conservation area in recognition of its special architectural and historic interest. Lined with terraced houses it is full of character with many different communities who bring their own rich heritage and culture to the area.

There are a fantastic array of cuisines which reflect the multi-culturalism of the area. Head to Anand Sweets which sells traditional vegetarian Indian sweets. Fancy a taste of the Caribbean? Then grab a takeaway from The Flava Hut; from jerk chicken, curried goat to macaroni cheese there is something for everyone.  You can also find a little dose of Ethiopian cuisine in Harehills at Abyssinia, an award winning restaurant. Indulge in some fantastic North African dishes or the Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony. Coffee roasted live and served in traditional Ethiopian way.

Chapeltown and Harehills comes alive with music, colour and dancing every August bank holiday weekend with Leeds West Indian Carnival. One of the longest running West Indian Carnivals in Europe, having been going since 1967. It was the first to feature all essential elements of Caribbean carnival; costumes, music and a masquerade procession. Expect mouth-watering food, Caribbean culture, stunning colourful costumes, infectious tropical rhythms and entertainment for everyone. It is definitely the day to visit Chapeltown!


Chapeltown is also home to The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, a leading centre for contemporary dance in the UK, and one of six world-leading schools forming the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama. Thackray Medical Museum in Harehills is a must visit, opening later in 2020 after a redevelopment. It is a museum with a difference, immerse yourself in their imaginative and exciting exhibitions from the heritage of healthcare to the latest innovations in medicine.

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