Seven places in Leeds city centre to escape the Christmas chaos

With the festive season upon us, the streets of Leeds city centre are set for their busiest time of the year.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 11:15 am
Seven quirky and cosy places you can duck in and take a break from the Christmas rush. PIC: Carl Milner Photography

Here are seven quirky and cosy places you can duck in and take a break from the Christmas rush. READ MORE: 11 sure-fire signs Christmas is on its way in Leeds

Free to enter and is currently hosting an exhibition called Slow Painting, full of relaxing images by 19 different artists which encourage people to pause and contemplate. Theres also the stunning Tiled Hall caf to enjoy.
The first pub to ever open its door inside the historic market, gastro pub The Owl, can be found on Fish and Game Row. The venue includes a 44-seater taproom and dining room, masterminded by chefs Liz Cottam and Mark Owens.

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Taking place every Monday lunchtime, the Town Halls free Lunchtime Organ Recitals are one of the citys best kept secrets. The recitals are a great way to switch off and soak up some culture.
The free museum has galleries to browse filled with animals and archaeological treasures as well as a caf. The popular Etsy Made Local market will also be back on November 30-Dec 1 if you do still need to pick up a present.
If youve got little ones in tow, pop into Leeds Central Librarys Room 700, where therell be a Christmas show of Hansel and Gretel from December 7 until January 5.
The popular Viking-style experience can be found just outside Leeds Art Gallery on The Headrow. With a pop-up bar decked out with wooden tables and benches and drinks galore , its a good spot to warm up.
The markets a busy place, but step inside the Alp Chalet, Kuh Stall and Ski Hutte bar and you can escape the crowds and enjoy some traditional German food and drink and authentic evening entertainment.