Street food popping back to Leeds Merrion Centre

Photograph by Richard Walker/
Photograph by Richard Walker/
Have your say

Pop-up street food stalls will be returning to the Merrion Centre after a one off event proved so popular.

A one day event, ‘Merrion StrEAT’, with stalls offering Greek, Polish, American and Hungarian food was originally planned just to co-incide with the recent Olly Murs concert at the nearby First Direct Arena but was quite the temptation for shoppers and office workers looking for something different on their lunch break.


It was the first time the centre had hosted a pop-up street food fair and bosses at the Merrion are now looking for pop up food vendors to sign up to a calendar of events throughout the year making it a regular event.

James Broughton, marketing manager at the Merrion Centre, said: “We were absolutely blown away with the success of the event, and originally anticipated it would be a way to help concert-goers grab a quick bite to eat.

“However, thanks to the location and mix of stalls it also proved to be very popular with shoppers and office workers through the day who jumped at the chance to try some new and exciting cuisines.

“We’ve welcomed some amazing new restaurants recently, and have lots more coming soon, but we wanted to make the most of the great space we have whilst enabling food vendors to take advantage of our high footfall.

“We’re already looking at holding similar events which will be added to our website soon, and we look forward to continuing to offer the people and visitors of Leeds more variety and choice as well as supporting local businesses.”

The resident food outlets will be added to over the next few weeks too with the openings of Bengal Brasserie, Burger King, Sticky Sisters and Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian restaurant in the extended Arena Quarter.

Leeds, Sweet street, 28th March 1979'LIGHTING'Mr. Eddie Mullan, a lift engineer at the City of Leeds Public Works Department, Sweet Street, gives a last polish to one of the four old gas lamps that are to be sent to Germany.

Leeds nostalgia: Bits of old Leeds sent to Germany... in 1979