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 north of the city to the beating heart of Leeds City Centre. The number 2 First Bus route is ideal for exploring the lesser-known gems, hidden in some of Leeds’ most popular residential areas, and following all the way down into the centre. In this article, we’ll be giving you a guided tour of some of our favourite stop-offs on the route, and providing you with the full insight into where to get off and what you’ll find there. 

And what’s better? You can make this road trip a real bargain. Using First bus’ aptly named ‘Taste of Freedom’ ticket, you and 4 others can enjoy unlimited travel across Leeds for the whole day. Check out the First Taste of Freedom ticket here!

So, without further ado, let’s hit the road once again!

Bus stop: Street Lane 

The Leeds Deli – With a shared love for food and the hospitality industry, husband and wife team Nick and Tory, alongside their two children Harper-Rose and Freddie-Beau, welcome you to The Leeds Deli, another of Leeds’ hidden gems! 

The Leeds Deli was a passion project for Nick and Tory for many years, and was finally established in the most trying times for independent businesses, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 The Leeds Deli was warmly welcomed to Moortown by hungry residents, young families and commuters alike. The family-run deli serves up a whole host of delicious plates with influence from all across the globe, taking inspiration from the family’s summers spent in France, weekends in Italy, and days eating their way around the UK. The Leeds Deli menu promises to feed your soul with real, wholesome foods bursting with flavour. 

27 Chelwood Dr, Moortown, Leeds LS8 2AT

Bus stop: Wood Lane 

Tarbett’s Fishmongers – Winner of last year’s 2020 Great British Food Festival, Tarbett’s Fishmongers has been a firm favourite for not only crowds in Leeds, but also in Wetherby and Harrogate for many, many years. Established in 2013, Tarbett’s is now Yorkshire’s largest independent fish retailer. The team at Tarbett’s have earned themselves a favourable reputation for providing only the finest quality seafood which is both delicious, but more importantly both sustainable, and responsibly sourced from all over the British Isles and overseas. You can get your dose of Tarbett’s on Harrogate Road in Chapel Allerton as well as in Kirkgate Market; catch yourself a deal of some of their delicious offerings of fresh fish, shellfish, smoked fish, seafood platters, and so much more. 

128 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4NZ

George & Joseph Cheesemongers – George & Joseph Cheesemongers was established in 2012 by Stephen Fleming, a self-proclaimed ‘lifelong cheese addict’. The cheesemongers was created as a result of Stephen developing a passion for Yorkshire cheeses and locally produced food, after his move to Leeds in 2001.  

Their first year in business was spent travelling to farmer’s markets, local fairs ate fates, and soon after George & Joseph opened their own bricks and mortar cheese shop in Chapel Allerton, where they stayed for 4 years before needing to move to a larger shop on Harrogate Road. 

After a successful stint, it wasn’t long before their passion for cheese was truly recognised, and in 2018 George & Joseph were named winners in the Best Speciality Cheese Retailer category at the Great British Cheese Awards. 

At George & Joseph, you won’t struggle to find the finest Yorkshire cheeses, alongside a huge selection of the highest quality British and European farmhouse cheeses. 

Stephen is also available to host cheese tasting events, and has held talks and tasting events for audiences of all sizes – from an informal get-together for a few friends to corporate events with 200 guests.

140 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4NZ

Wayward Wines – Wayward Wines truly is one of Leeds’ hidden gems! This small shop and bar specialises in authentic wine from independent producers; and their producers use natural wine-making techniques, working organically, often biodynamically and with minimal intervention. Wayward offers an ever-changing list of wines by the glass, as well as cheese from their neighbours at George & Joseph, and Charcuterie from another favourite independent in Leeds, The Reliance. 

At Wayward, you’re warmly welcomed through the door whether you have an idea of what you’re after, or whether you’re simply curious to learn more and try something new. In their own words… “pick a bottle, share a glass and celebrate the pleasure of good wine!”

1C Regent St, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4PE

Bus stop: NSCD 

Kalabash Caribbean – Kalabash is one of Leeds’ favourite authentic Caribbean Restaurants; based in the heart of Chapel Town, Kalabash’ menu is well-known across Leeds for its tropical herbs and spices and traditional recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

The name ‘Kalabash’ refers to a make-shift bowl which was used by the native of the Caribbean many years ago. The bowl is made from a fruit with a hard shell, the shell was split open, and had the fruit removed and the shell left to dry; once dry, the shell is used as a bowl, also known as a Kalabash! 

In the words of the team at Kalabash… “come dip and sip, relax and enjoy the flavours and friendly atmosphere!”

235 Chapeltown Rd, Leeds LS7 5DT

Bus stop: Vicar Lane 

B&M Fabrics – B&M Fabrics is a family owned and managed fabric shop based in the heart of Leeds City Centre. The story began in 1967, when Bill and Margaret set up a small stall selling remnants (roll ends of fabric) on Leeds Kirkgate Outdoor Market.

Discovering their love for the fabric industry, and thriving on many happy customers, they moved to a more permanent store inside Kirkgate Market which took the name ‘Remnant Corner’. 

And they  can still be found there today, inside Leeds Kirkgate Market, alongside their shiny new fabric and wool shop on New York Street, which opened in October 2019.

B&M Fabrics has gone from strength to strength since Bill and Margaret began selling remnants and now, they offer a wide variety of Fabric by the metre, Haberdashery, Knitting Wool and Foam.

Row E, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 36-39, Leeds LS2 7JG