The Most Instagrammable Spots in Leeds, England

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Emma Lavelle

More and more, people are planning their travels around Instagram, aiming to tick off the most hipster destinations in a city by taking a photo and uploading it to the ‘gram. The popular photo app has also become essential in planning a visit to a new city, enabling its followers to suss out the coolest spots before embarking on a trip. If you’re planning a visit to Leeds, here are eight spots that are just begging for you to take a photo.

1. Colours May Vary


This achingly cool store showcases a selection of beautifully designed magazines, books and small gifts – all laid out in an incredibly stylish interior complete with photogenic furniture and plenty of plants. It’s basically an Instagrammer’s dream; not only is it the perfect place to snap away but its crammed full of items that you’ll want to take home to use as flatlay props.

2. Friends of Ham

Vegetarians look away – Friends of Ham’s most photogenic elements all involve the consumption of pork. From the appetising charcuterie plates to neon word ‘HAM’ attached to the wall, its theme is clear from the moment you step inside. Even the menus and beer mats are stylishly designed with the bar’s pig motif taking pride of place. There’s also plenty of cheese, bread, wine and craft ale if you don’t eat meat, making this ham-focused spot suitable for everyone.

Friends of Ham, 4-8 Jln Pak Benceng Gang Morodadi 5 Jalur 3, Leeds, UK +44 113 242 0275

3. Layne's Espresso


Leeds’s most popular spot for brunch and coffee has recently undergone renovations that doubled its size, meaning there’s more space for people to cram inside and photograph their coffee. It’s not all about capturing that perfect coffee cup, however – the instantly recognisable red façade of the building also racks up plenty of Instagram posts, as do the stylish interior, the appetising plates of food and the covetable Layne’s tote bags.

Lane’s Espresso, 16 New Station St, Leeds, UK +44 7828 823189

5. Kirkstall Abbey

Park, Ruins

It’s not just about shops and bars, there’s plenty of beautiful outdoor places in Leeds to photograph. Make sure you take the time to head slightly out of the city centre and visit Kirkstall Abbey to wander around the old ruins and capture amazingly atmospheric photos. Time your visit for a misty day for the best photo opportunities.

Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Rd, Leeds, UK

6. Headrow House

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, British

The interior of this popular hipster bar is definitely photogenic, but it’s the roof terrace that is the focus of most Instagram shots. On warm, dry days it’s the perfect place to sit with a drink, admiring the views of the city from above – and when night falls the neon red ‘You Used to Call Me on Your Cell Phone’ sign is the subject of most phone camera lenses.

7. Lambert's Yard


Without a doubt, the best events space in Leeds, Lambert’s Yard hosts a variety of events, exhibitions and product launches, each of them incredibly photogenic thanks to the cool brands the venue attracts. The industrial aesthetic of the bare brick walls, exposed light fittings and stylish parquet floor provides Instagram opportunities in abundance.

8. Temple Coffee & Donuts

If photographing food and coffee is your thing, you can’t go wrong at Temple Coffee & Donuts. This hip café is one of the most Instagrammable spots in town – partially thanks to their takeaway boxes of beautiful looking donuts, but also thanks to the incredible interiors. The cool signage outside, vibrant pink wall and matching takeaway boxes, handmade wooden shelves and hip neon signs will all have you clicking your shutter.

Temple Coffee & Donuts, 3, Burley Pl, Leeds, UK

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