I am craving the Spring. Every time I step outside into the biting wind, or shuck off hundreds of layers to contend with overzealous central heating, I yearn for the sunshine and the ease of Spring. One of my favourite things to do when the weather is slightly warmer is to wander around one of the many foodie markets that Leeds has to offer. It's the perfect way to while away a morning, picking up fresh bread, delicious and unusual ingredients, and something for your sweet tooth, all ready to be squirrelled home and enjoyed as a hearty lunch. You're spoilt for choice when it comes to markets in the Leeds area - here are a few to get you started!
Kirkstall Deli Market - Last Weekend of the Month, 12pm-3pm
My favourite of the lot, Kirkstall Deli Market is set amongst the beautiful ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. Where once monks wandered the cloisters, now hungry foodies venture for street food vans and stalls crammed high with delicious treats. I have walked away with delicious pasties and pies, piles of cheeses, locally produced honey, Yorkshire chorizo, squidgy brownies and steaks for my dinner, but if that's not enough to be getting on with then there are plenty more options. The Saturday is the more foodie day, with crafty stalls popping up on the Sunday.
Farmers and Craft Market, Briggate - 1st & 3rd Sunday of the Month, 10am-4pm
This market sets up its home right down the centre of one of the busiest shopping streets in Leeds, offering all sorts of foodie and crafty goodies twice a month. It's a nice surprise to stumble upon the green and white striped stalls when you're shopping, and I'm sure you'll be able to find something to tempt you at the Briggate market.
Leeds Dock Market - Last Weekend of the Month, 10am-4pm
Leeds Dock Market is the new kid on the block, but this waterside market is already making a splash (pun intended). You can take a free water taxi there from Granary Wharf, and there is live music from buskers throughout the day. As well as the delicious street food and foodie stalls that you'd expect, you can grab a drink from the bar. Go on, treat yo'self.
Chapel Allerton Farmers Market - Last Sunday of the Month, 9am-1pm
I've driven past this market outside the Three Hulats pub a couple of times but never made it down to test the wares but it's definitely on my to-do list. Maybe I'll see you there!
Oakwood Farmers Market - 1st Saturday of the Month, 9.30am-3pm
This is a lovely little market just next to the Clocktower in Roundhay Park. It's best to go early as they do run out of stuff - it's a popular one! Great for picking up fresh meat and fish, as well as baked goods and condiments.They've currently relocated round the corner whilst the clocktower is being repaired but you can find out more information on their website.