5 things to do for your New Years Resolution

There is a negative stigma attached to New Years resolutions, but there needn’t be. There seems to be a lot of pressure on people to lose weight or to cut out a bad habit – but instead it can be trying something new, which is where we are here to help…


  1. 1. Try out some new cuisines

In Leeds we are home to loads of different cuisines in our foodie scene. Our eateries are just as diverse as our community, so there is lots of colours and flavours to try. If you’re a bit bored of eating the same old then seek out some new tastes for your tastebuds!

We recommend: Darvish, Jenny’s Jerk Chicken, Cafe Moor, Amalthea Greek Bistro, Banh & Mee, Kendell’s Bistro


2. See more art

We have the amazing YS triangle, consisting of Leeds Art Gallery and Henry Moore Institute – as well as our neighbours in Wakefield (The Hepworth & Yorkshire Sculpture Park). But not only that, many of our independent friends such as East Street Arts, Colours May Vary, The Brunswick, Village etc host exhibitions featuring local Leeds artists – emphasising our amazing art and culture scene.


3. Go to more gigs

This is a simple one, get your arse to more gigs! There are loads of great places to hear good music. Whether it’s big shots at the arena or a cool indie band at the likes of Hyde Park Book Club – the music in Leeds is absolutely thriving, so make sure you take advantage of it in 2018.

We recommend: Belgrave Music Hall, Brudenell, Outlaw’s Yacht Club, Leeds O2 Academy, HiFi Club.


4. Venture out more

If you’re stuck in the centre of town then make it a resolution to venture out more and see more of Leeds. There are lots of amazing places in the suburbs that make us stand out so much. Places like Otley, Ilkley, Menston, Guiseley, Farsley and Armley are great for independents and for showing you a different side to the city that we all know and love.


5. Shop at more independents

Now this, for us, is the big one. We are great emphasisers of the independent way (obviously), but make it something you incorporate. Have a little think about your daily routine and see if there are things you can change. If you grab a morning coffee from Starbucks in the train station, why not walk down to Laynes instead? If you get your lunch from a supermarket like M&S, head to If, Yum Yums or The Calls Sandwich Bar for a lovely sandwich. Simple changes, but better quality for you and great to shop local.


We hope this year is great for you – stick with us as there is plenty of independent goodness to come in 2018… we just know it!