The Best Sandwiches in Leeds City Centre

If you're in the city centre and fancy a sandwich, you are reading the right email!

With so many sandwiches to choose from, I'm excluding wraps (Falafel Guys and Sqew would be winners here) and, with one exception that is too good to exclude, choosing takeaways over sit down places.

The Best Sandwiches in Leeds City Centre

Things in Bread

From the people behind Dohut, comes Things in Bread. They pride themselves on their classic sandwiches, made to order, using local ingredients wherever possible.

You'll find fillings like ham & cheese, tuna crunch, egg & cress and BLT along with unusual specials. The special I tried a few weeks ago was jerk chicken with plantain & jerk bbq sauce and it was fabulous.

The bread is incredibly soft and light, but the sandwiches are huge and really filling. I actually had to eat mine in two sittings!

They often sell out early, so make sure to take a prompt lunch break. 

One of the best sandwiches in Leeds, from Things in Bread. The sandwich has been cut in half and is being held in one hand, showing the fillings.


Probably the best sandwich I've ever eaten. Shokupan is a Japanese cafe run by husband and wife team, serving up a small menu of Japanese sandwiches.

I went for the pork Katsu when I tried it out, but you can also have chicken or celeriac katsu, or a rice bowl if you wish.

These sandwiches are served on Shokupan bread (hence the name), which is a super fluffy milk bread. They're not cheap (mine was £7.90) but really worth it for the flavour and how filling they are.

One of the best sandwiches in Leeds from Shokupan, the sandwich is cut in half showing katsu pork filling

Here Comes the Bun

Here Comes The Bun is a sandwich brand from the people behind The Swine That Dines, serving sandwiches and killer desserts, from The Swine That Dines on a Friday lunch time 12-2pm.

They do a different sandwich each week, from 'The French Dip' (beef fat loaf stuffed with more beef fat, roast beef, pickles and cheese, with a pot of dipping gravy), to the Nashville Hot Chicken, to their original Beef Fat Bun.

The rules are: one sandwich, one dessert, no pre-orders.

So another one you need to be quick for!


If you'd like a pint with your sandwich, whilst enjoying the stunning surroundings of one of the oldest pubs in Leeds, then you need to visit Whitelocks.

Their fish finger sandwich is so good, that I often include it on my food tours! And only the very best things make it onto the tours.

They are absolutely huge, so don't expect to get much done in the afternoon. This is home cooked food, made using local ingredients, sourcing as much as they can from within Yorkshire.

Whitelocks fish finger sandwich, one of the best fish finger sandwiches in Leeds

Sweet Saeeda

This is a place that I bang on about quite often, but for good reason. You can find Sweet Saeeda in Leeds Market, serving Tunisian sandwiches.

Inside freshly baked bread, you can have chicken, lamb, spicy sausage, falafel or halloumi, alongside salad, olives, pickles etc.

There's a lovely spice to these sandwiches, so much flavour, and so much pride from owner Mokhles.

A great value for money option too!

Take a Food Tour of Leeds

Leeds Food Tours offers guided & self-guided food tour of Leeds City Centre.

Book a guided tour on a Saturday (or book a private one on a day of your choice) and join me as we visit six independent venues, with food included at every stop.

Hear the stories behind the businesses, learn some history of Leeds, and discover new places to eat - perfect for locals & visitors!

Guided tours cost £65 per person, take around 4 hours, and include food at six venues, you will be full by the end! 

You can book a guided food tour of Leeds here.

Self-Guided Food Tours

On a self-guided tour, you can take a food tour at a time that suits you, at your own pace.

Follow the map, hand over tokens at each stop for a choice of dishes, and read the fact cards to learn about the businesses and some foodie facts.

Self-guided tours are available 7 days a week from 12pm (5pm on Mondays), and one ticket includes food for two people at six stops. They also make a unique experience gift.

You can find out more about self-guided food tours here.

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