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Anna Turzynski

Anna Turzynski

Independent arts producer, Riptide
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Roland's Bar

Roland's, Call Lane, Leeds, UK

On a Friday night it would be rude not to have too many drinks at Roland’s bar. Obviously they have a great selection of beer and wines, but its the decor and location of this spot that I never get tired of. The tall ceilings, candles, leather booths and huge windows make watching people trip up Call Lane feel romantic. They have two outside terraces snuggled next to the train line out the back and on warm summer evenings its very hard to leave. Until someone mentions Caravanserai, then its a light jog up the street to get a falafel.

Top floor of Leeds’ Public Library

Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds, UK

As a freelancer I am always looking for places to work from that aren’t the actual studio space I pay for (?). My favourite is the top floor of Leeds’ Public Library as its a beautiful and peaceful place to get some work done. You can sit up there for free and when you're feeling restless get lost in their old newspaper collection which you can view on Microform.

Hang Sing Hong

117-119 Vicar Ln, Leeds, UK

There is an Asian supermarket on Vicar Lane that I honestly just had to Google the name of, but I go to most weeks. Hang Sing Hong or “Taste of the Orient” has been around for almost a decade and is the biggest Chinese, Thai, Philippine and Japanese food retailer in the whole Yorkshire region (according to their website). I go there to buy frozen dumplings and look at the sweet graphic design on some of the packaging.

CLAY

The independent arts sector in Leeds is the tits. And no physical place exemplifies the generous nature of this scene more than CLAY (formally LAB). They always have the best parties and the cheapest beer. Not to mention an amazing programme of artists form the across the country performing, working and existing there.

Victoria Gate Car Park

Victoria Gate Car Park, Victoria Gate, Taunton, UK

If your new to the city or you are in need of some perspective, grab a coffee and head up to the top floor of the Victoria Gate Car Park (or a multi-storey of your choice) and take in the most amazing view of Leeds. Its free on foot and it feels a little rebellious.

Ira B's

Ira B's, Chelwood Drive, Leeds, UK

Ira B’s out in Roundhay is the only place I will break my vegetarianism for. Go on a boring day when your feeling a bit meh, order the B.O.B (bit of both) and thank me later. Ira serves up the best Jewish food in the world (according to me and a handful of trip advisor reviews) and truly makes you feel part of the community. The place is always rammed so you know its good.

Roland's Bar

On a Friday night it would be rude not to have too many drinks at Roland’s bar. Obviously they have a great selection of beer and wines, but its the decor and location of this spot that I never get tired of. The tall ceilings, candles, leather booths and huge windows make watching people trip up Call Lane feel romantic. They have two outside terraces snuggled next to the train line out the back and on warm summer evenings its very hard to leave. Until someone mentions Caravanserai, then its a light jog up the street to get a falafel.

Address: 39 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7BT
Top floor of Leeds’ Public Library

As a freelancer I am always looking for places to work from that aren’t the actual studio space I pay for (?). My favourite is the top floor of Leeds’ Public Library as its a beautiful and peaceful place to get some work done. You can sit up there for free and when you're feeling restless get lost in their old newspaper collection which you can view on Microform.

Address: Calverley St, Leeds LS1 3AB
Hang Sing Hong

There is an Asian supermarket on Vicar Lane that I honestly just had to Google the name of, but I go to most weeks. Hang Sing Hong or “Taste of the Orient” has been around for almost a decade and is the biggest Chinese, Thai, Philippine and Japanese food retailer in the whole Yorkshire region (according to their website). I go there to buy frozen dumplings and look at the sweet graphic design on some of the packaging.

Address: 117-119 Vicar Ln, Leeds LS1 6PJ
CLAY

The independent arts sector in Leeds is the tits. And no physical place exemplifies the generous nature of this scene more than CLAY (formally LAB). They always have the best parties and the cheapest beer. Not to mention an amazing programme of artists form the across the country performing, working and existing there.

Address: 1, CLAY, 2 Regent St, Leeds LS2 7QA
Victoria Gate Car Park

If your new to the city or you are in need of some perspective, grab a coffee and head up to the top floor of the Victoria Gate Car Park (or a multi-storey of your choice) and take in the most amazing view of Leeds. Its free on foot and it feels a little rebellious.

Address: 120 City Centre Loop, Leeds LS2 7HX
Ira B's

Ira B’s out in Roundhay is the only place I will break my vegetarianism for. Go on a boring day when your feeling a bit meh, order the B.O.B (bit of both) and thank me later. Ira serves up the best Jewish food in the world (according to me and a handful of trip advisor reviews) and truly makes you feel part of the community. The place is always rammed so you know its good.

Address: 27 Chelwood Dr, Leeds LS8 2AT
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