Mill Hill, as it loops down the hill and turns into Sovereign Street, has become a thriving independent hotspot over the past few years. With food, drink and retail options all popping up, this street truly has some heart and soul. So near to the train station, the area is also a first port-of-call for many arriving into the city.
This area has been transformed from down-at-heel cut-through into thriving, independent area over the past decade. Sovereign Street has changed markedly in recent years, with shining glass office facades and well-designed green spaces popping up amongst established businesses, bringing business footfall to add to the street’s other visitors.
“A thriving independent food, drink and retail hotspot close to the train station. This area is a first port-of-call for many arriving into the city.”
Bundobust is a Gujarati fast food and craft beer emporium. Although Bundobust now has 4 venues (two in Manchester and one in Liverpool, besides Mill Hill), Leeds’ Mill Hill is the site of the original Bundobust. Serving up a collection of Indian street food staples, served up in compostable paperware, Bundobust is the perfect place to head for amazing food accompanied by the perfect beer (although they do great wines, cocktails and soft drinks too).Address:6 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ
Independent opticians Eye Room use their Nordic roots to bring some Scandi simplicity and design to this Mill Hill shop. As well as a personal and professional eye care service, Eye Room stocks the best Scandinavian and British frames, so choosing your new glasses can be a pleasure instead of a chore.Address:Eye Room, 9 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ
Head of Steam
Head of Steam offers up a great pub atmosphere with an ever-changing crowd, and since it is only a 5 minute walk from the train station, it is a first port-of-call for many a parched visitor. With a range of craft, cask, and world beers, and ciders as well as premium spirits, Head of Steam has something for everyone. They also put on all sorts of entertainment and drinks offers through the week, from ‘speed’ quiz nights to live music every Thursday from 8pm.Address:12 Mill Hill, City Centre, Leeds LS1 5DQ
North Brewing Tap Room
Since North Brewing Co’s brewery and tap room is only open at weekends, the Sovereign Street Tap Room is the perfect place to head to try out your North Brew favourites at any time - plus there’s street food-inspired dining inhouse, courtesy of the fantastic Little Bao Boy. Think tempura prawns, chicken, sticky pork or flavoursome tofu in soft and fluffy bao. They sometimes do specials too, from Dim Sum to Ramen.Address:3 Sovereign St, Leeds LS1 4BA
A classic beginning to a glitzy night out, Bibi’s Italianissimo has been serving up Italian food with a hearty side of glitz and glam for over a decade (although their Leeds heritage spans more than four!). Enjoy live music whilst you dine on Italian favourites such as tagliolini with lobster and prawns, squash and sage ravioli and rustic calzone.