This blog post should probably be called ‘lets see how many photos of Christmas Trees i can take’
I wanted to go to the German Christmas market in Leeds and having heard reports of crazy packed trains, decided to treat us to a stay in a hotel too. (Good excuse right?) The theory being we would be traveling in opposite directions to everyone else. I am glad to report this theory was correct. We got a seat on the train in both directions and the journey was totally stress free.
I looked on Expedia to find a hotel and chose The Queens Hotel. This is located right outside Leeds train station so was extremely handy to drop bags off before heading to the market and afterwards we didn’t have to carry our Christmas shopping right across town to catch the train back. I was very impressed with the hotel, its a lovely art deco styled building and made me feel like i was in an Agatha Christie novel or should be at a murder mystery venue. I should have worn my flapper dress and danced the Charleston all night! The hotel very kindly let us check in 1.5 hours early. We originally called in to see if they had a luggage room we could leave our bags in until it was time to check in, but they let us check in straight away. The room was spacious, comfortable and stylish.
We dropped our bags in the room and headed to do a spot of Christmas shopping (that grimace you can hear is my other half!). We went to the new Victoria shopping complex. I had seen lots of gorgeous items on Instagram from Anthropologie. I was delighted to find out they had opened a shop in Leeds, and i wasn’t disappointed. Very expensive but very nice items. The shopping centre had a European / Dubai vibe and i loved it. Most of the items are out of my price range but it’s a good place to come for a treat or to window shop.
I did feel very hypocritical looking at designer brands with huge price tags and then walking past the many homeless people in the city centre. I don’t know much about homeless issues but i feel its something i need to find out more about.
On to the main even of Leeds German Market in Millennium Square, it seemed bigger than last year (and more busy) We sampled the mulled wine and hot dogs and they were delicious as always. There are lots of stalls selling Christmas decorations, chocolates, honey, candles etc. Its a great place to pick up some unique gifts and traditional goods. Needless to say i could have eaten my way through the stalls numerous times as i’m a real foodie and love trying new things. 50cm hot dogs, potato cakes, garlic mushroom on a stick, coffee and cake, doughnuts, marshmallows, mead, waffles to name just a few. I tried to restrain myself and only sampled 3 things.
We will definitely attend again next year and would like to try one of the Ski Chalet pubs that offer sit down meals rather than take away food. We moved on to Thors Tipi and the Ferris wheel in the next square. Thors Tipi was something very special, the gorgeous open fire smell hits you as soon as you walk in. Its dimly lit which really makes the atmosphere feel like the dark ages. The only bad side is the queuing, if not to get in, but get to the bar too. But like they say, good things come to those who wait.
Full of yummy food and Christmas cheer we went back to the Hotel for a quick refresh and then sampled a few bars and pubs around Leeds city centre. Leeds has a real mix of bars suitable for everyone, i really enjoyed it and look forward to returning. Sundays are definitely my kind of night, quiet and don’t finish too late!
Now a forest of Christmas trees…..