Full of friendly faces and home to exciting year- round events, Chapel Allerton is worth much more than just a flying visit.
Snugly located in the heart of North Leeds, Chapel Allerton is a bustling hive of activity lead by a thriving arts scene, an array of independent shops, and eclectic bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.
The Georgian terraces, Victorian houses and flats converted from listed buildings make up the majority of Chapel Allerton’s characterful properties where prices continue to rise, with an overall average of £277,412 over 2021 according to estate agent Rightmove. But despite the higher numbers in comparison to neighbouring suburbs, Chapel Allerton remains high in demand for young professionals and families.
A friendly villagelike charm makes the neighbourhood a haven for children, with Leeds’ only independent children’s bookshop, The Little Bookshop, hosting story time sessions for all ages and creating bespoke book lists for the schools of North Leeds. The picturesque Chapel Allerton Park meanwhile acts as a pleasant meeting point for families to meet up over the weekend, while the pleasant Gledhow Valley can also be explored a short walk away.
Book clubs, evening classes, and fundraising events spearheaded by social group, Cara, bring the tight knitted community even closer together while helping to donate to good causes across North Leeds. The group also brings together a mutual local appreciation of the creative arts into the limelight by with the annual Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, where workshops, exhibitions, and live music showcase the neighbourhood’s local creative talent.
The recently refurbished Smart Gallery now offers contemporary art and a bespoke framing service for visitors old and new, while cultural hub Seven Arts captures the suburb’s imaginative spirit with intimate jazz concerts, indie film showings, and small-scale theatre productions.
Improvised storytelling is back in full swing at the popular venue this autumn, with the Anything Could Happen show on October 26th relying on the charming talents of children to join in on the fun, and the hilarious Murder Inc. production combining comedy with murder mystery.
A thriving retail scene lining Harrogate Road in the centre of Chapel Allerton continues to flourish, with quirky boutiques providing a perfect gift, souvenir, or personalised greetings card for everyone. Fish and cheese shops attracted queues round the block during lockdowns with independent, locally sourced produce, and buckets full of product knowledge helping you make the most of your purchases.
Providing a memorable evening of fine or casual dining away from the city centre, Chapel Allerton’s favourite restaurants such as Sukhothai and Deliziosa means visitors are spoiled for choice for global dishes. The neighbourhood’s renowned reputation as a foodie haven has recently begun to entice established restaurants to branch out towards the area, with new kids on the block Rudy’s Pizza now bringing a relaxed Naples pizzeria experience to town and De Baga presenting a modern take of Goan traditional cuisine.
Venturing away from its home brewery in the Yorkshire Dales, the Black Sheep Tap and Kitchen is another new face to Chapel Allerton’s food and drink scene, while there are plenty of choices for old-fashioned ales, on-trend craft beers, or a cheeky cocktail.
Retaining its established attractions while constantly making room for something new and a little bit different, Chapel Allerton remains a go-to destination that’s full of surprises.
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