I have decided, as many other people that I know have also decided, that this year I want to travel and explore this amazing planet that we live on. Now, I am a realist and I know that with my current working situation I only have so many holiday days that I am able to use within one year. I am also aware that I have a house, bills and a car to pay for, so I know that back packing around Peru for five months isn’t exactly on the cards for this year.

As a bit of a compromise with myself, I have decided that I am going to try and visit twelve different cities within twelve months. So this doesn’t mean that I will jet off to Miami one month and Budapest the next, but it provides the opportunity to see some of the lovely cities that we have in the UK as well as Europe and the rest of the world. That isn’t to say that some months I won’t be flying off somewhere exotic, but it relieves some of the pressure of this challenge that I am setting myself. I thought that this would be a fun way to consistently meet my travel goals each month, but without the commitment in terms of time and money of having lots of holidays throughout the year. 

 January’s city focus is Leeds, which is located in the North of England, quite close to my home in York city centre. Leeds is a fantastic city that is really on trend and thriving beautifully. It has some amazing places to eat and drink, as well as a great music scene, pretty historical buildings and a glorious shopping opportunities. 

Food & Drink

Whilst I am exploring a city, whether I have been before or it is all completely new, I like to try out some different places to eat and drink. I don’t really like to go to chain cafes or restaurants, opting instead for independent places to have some lunch or sip on some coffee. 

In Leeds we took a pit stop in the beautiful Cielo Coffee House, which was located just off the high street. This was such a pretty place to visit that felt extremely ‘Hygge’ with warm copper lights and exposed filament bulbs, worn wooden tables, speckled crockery and chalkboards. There was a lovely display of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free goodies and cakes that we did really well to resist. I had a beautiful Flat White whilst James settled on a large Americano. It was a lovely place to quickly warm up and make plans for the rest of our day in Leeds. The staff were all really friendly and gave great service and as an added bonus one hundred per cent of the profits are donated to charity. 

For lunch we ended up going to Bar Burrito that only has a couple of locations, all on the North as far as I am aware. The name speaks for itself and it was amazing! With a Subway-serving-style I opted for a small classic and chose chargrilled chicken alongside Mexican rice, salsa, veg, sour cream and cheese. It is such a simple idea but really well priced and filled up James and I like a treat. 

Things To Do

There are quite a lot of different things to see and do in Leeds City Centre but we had the main focus of shopping on our agenda. There are some amazing shops ranging from pound land to Jo Malone so there is definitely something for everyone. What I love about Leeds is that everything is very central and within walking distance. The shops are all reasonably sized and so, no matter what you are looking for, chances are you will find it in Leeds. They have the Trinity Centre, which is quite a shopping focal point, surrounded by many other shops down all of the various side streets. 

It was really nice to spend the day in a different city, and even though I have been many times before, it was fun finding new things to try and see and visit. I’m not too sure which city will featured in February, I have a few ideas up my sleeve, so be sure to pop back to find out where I end up!


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