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.
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.
Colours May Vary, Munro House, Duke St, Leeds, UK +44 113 244 2704
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.
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
Tall Boys Beer Market
Inside this tiny shop-cum-bar in Thornton’s Arcade, absolutely everything is Instagrammable. Downstairs, behind the highly photogenic shop front with fresh loaves of bread and plants for sale, you will discover a selection of the very finest craft beer on display. The small room upstairs provides the perfect place to sip your beer, admiring the display of plants on the wall, the rotating collection of local artwork or simply peering through the window at the arcade below. Make sure you have space on your camera roll, as you’re going to take a lot of photos here!
Tall Boys Beer Market, 17 Thorntons Arcade, Leeds, UK +44 113 391 2525
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.
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.
Headrow House, Bramleys Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds, UK +44 113 245 9370
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.
Lambert’s Yard, 162-163 Lower Briggate, Leeds, UK +44 113 218 1923
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.