Whether you’re venturing out to discover new places, or you’re commuting around the area you have lived in for your whole life, often, travelling by bus can introduce you to some of the hidden gems dotted around that may have otherwise gone undiscovered.

Today, we’re shining the spotlight on one of Leeds’ bus routes which connects the west of the city to the east. The number 49 First Bus route is ideal for exploring the lesser-known outskirts of Leeds city centre, and here, we’ll be giving you a guided tour of some of our favourite hidden gems on the route, and giving you the full insight into where to get off and what you’ll find there.

Bus stop: Westover Road

Midgleys – Everyone has their local, favourite fish and chip takeaway, and for the people of Bramley it is none other than Midgleys. They’ve been a part of the local communities in all four locations: Bramley, Horsforth, Butcher Hill and Ilkley. With their founder working in the fish and chips trade for over 40 years, you can expect to be served delicious food at a high standard.

288 Upper Town St, Bramley, Leeds LS13 2ER

Always Flowers – This business has been established for over 50 years, and offers a range of seasonal flowers for all occasions. They also cater for all types of events, as well as creating handmade bouquets and one-off arrangements. The owner has over 17 years of experience in the flower industry, so you’re guaranteed to receive something extra special.

292 Upper Town St, Bramley, Leeds LS13 2ER

Carol’s Confectioners – On Upper Town Street in Bramley you’ll be able to find Carol’s Confectioners, a family run business that provides tasty hot and cold food. If you’re fancying hosting an event, they’re also available for all your catering needs, from weddings to afternoon tea.

296 Upper Town St, Bramley, Leeds LS13 2ER

Bus stop: Kirkstall Bridge SP

Kirkstall Bridge Inn – This community-focused pub is located on the edge of the River Aire, on the Grade II listed road bridge in Kirkstall. This pub serves a renowned menu of pub classics and a range of local beer including those from Kirkstall Brewery. Not only do they host a pub quiz every Wednesday, they have an open mic night on the second Tuesday of every month.

12 Bridge Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3BW

Bus stop: Woodsley Road

Mythos – Greek restaurant and takeaway Mythos, you can taste the delicacies of Greece from your own home. Their extensive menu is filled with delicious options for meat lovers and vegetarians, including their popular Yeeros wraps, Souvlaki wraps, greek salads and their halloumi and vegetable skewer wraps.

30 Woodsley Rd, Woodhouse, Leeds LS3 1DT

Bus stop: St. James’ Hospital

Thackray Museum of Medicine – The Thackray Museum of Medicine was established in 1997 and is located adjacent to St. James’ Hospital. You can immerse yourself in their exciting galleries, wander through the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds and watch gruesome operations taking place in their 19th-century operating theatre.

141 Beckett St, Harehills, Leeds LS9 7LN

Bus stop: Conway View

Zm Zm Bakery – Zm Zm bakery in Harehills sells Middle Eastern baked goods, desserts and options for lunches. Their fast and friendly service pairs well with their range of breads, cakes, samosas and other Middle Eastern food.

50 Harehills Rd, Harehills, Leeds LS8 5PB

Yaadgaar – Yaadgaar sweet centre in Harehills cook and deliver a wide variety of Indian dishes which are prepared everyday, available to buy in store or online through delivery services. Even though they are renowned for their sweet treats and desserts, they also have a considerable menu including curries, snacks, paninis and other lunch options.

89 Harehills Rd, Harehills, Leeds LS8 5HS

Bus stop: Ramshead Hill

Revive Leeds – Revive runs two reuse shops in Leeds, one in Kirkstall and one in Seacroft. They sell donated, reusable items in their stores and online and have become an award winning business. Working with Leeds City Council, they intercept tonnes of furniture, clothing and other items and sell them in their store to help their local communities buy items for their homes at affordable prices.

Seacroft (East Leeds) Recycling Site, Limewood Rd, Leeds LS14 1LU