If you need a caffeine or cake fix, then Cross Square is for you – packed with great places to sit inside or out in view of the cathedral. Costa Coffee sits close by independent Mocca Moocho, Mr & Mrs C’s and Marmalade – each with their own charm, blend of brews and freshly baked cakes. The superb TET restaurant sits opposite those venues next to Urban Quarter which has cutting-edge barber and tattooing and its sister bar, Quarter Bar, is on Wood Street.
Speaking of which, Wood Street is exploding with new openings. The now-famous Qubana is located pride of place on the corner opposite Quarter Bar. If you stroll a little way down you will find superb family-run Italian restaurant Damelio, Bradley’s deli, the recent Festive Fusion and several other great places to eat and grab a drink. Calder & Hops even do a salsa night weekly - ole! Parallel is Silver Street where you will find wood-fired pizza at The Supper Club, hot fresh sandwiches and pies at Hoffman’s, home-made delights at Chapter 7 café and a taste of the world at Silver Spice.
Northgate is fast becoming the foodie strip of Wakefield – quality, varied, cafes and restaurants. The Cow Shed excels with its modern English menus inside the famous black and white house, Rustico is another excellent Italian-inspired choice, Olive & Meze offers a taste of Turkey and the beautifully decorated Robatary takes you on a taste tour of the Pacific Rim. Further along is Felice’s Bella Roma traditional Italian along with Amaia Indian restaurant, not to mention Sofra Turkish and Mediterranean grill and the fabulous Boogie Woogie Bagel Bar where fresh food and jazz music combine! The Yorkshire Deli does exactly what it say on the tin with class and don’t forget the superb Jose’s Tapas.
Find the city’s fabulous fountains and you will find the Bull Ring. It’s home to some amazing independent places to eat and drink. For barbequed meat see The Grill Pit or for fine dining you struggle to beat Iris. The city’s popular indie coffee chain, Grind, has a spot looking out onto the fountains and neighbouring Deli Central is full of creative culinary craft thanks to owner Lee Wilkinson. The Bull Ring is just around the corner from the cathedral, popular Cross Square and equal distance between Trinity Walk shopping centre and The Ridings shopping centre.
Merchant Gate is one of the city’s newest developments and home to the highly-rated and popular Estabulo where you will find unlimited table-side service of 8 cuts of meat for lunch and 15 cuts of meat for dinner, unlimited sides, gourmet salad bar and Brazilian hot buffet all for a fixed price. Opposite Merchant Gate is Westgate Rail station which is home to the ever-popular Greggs, Costa, Subway and more.
Kirkgate has some amazing options too, located just down form the cathedral. Al’s Tea & Coffee Shop opts for homemade food with pictures of the city centre from yesteryear on the walls. Hokkaido is a popular choice for its traditional Japanese food and attracts great reviews. Wetherspoons offers its usual wide range of food and drink. Then there’s fish and chips, thanks to Harry’s.
Trinity Walk is home to the independent Jacob’s burgers (very popular), Pizza Express, The Chinese Buffet, Debenhams Restaurant, Burger King, Greggs, Cooplands, Asda Living café, Sainsbury’s Café, Caffe Nero, Starbucks and Costa who all offer food.
The Ridings plays host to the new Keg & Kitchen bar and pub, Esquires coffee and great cakes, Grind for coffee and food, Ruby Lous bar and Mr Juice smoothie bar.