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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.
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
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.
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.