The Best Sandwiches in Leeds City Centre

The sandwich boom has broke the internet, we're seeing incredible people take a standard sandwich and create it into a visual and taste masterpiece, long gone are the days of a meal deal when you have some of the best sandwiches in Leeds to be trying!

With so many sandwiches to choose from, we're excluding wraps (Falafel Guys and Sqew would be winners here) and, with one exception that is too good to exclude!

The Best Sandwiches in Leeds City Centre

Things in Bread

From the amazing people behind Dohut, we're sure you'll of heard of or seen Things in Bread by now. They pride themselves on their classic sandwiches, made to order, using local ingredients wherever possible.

You'll find 'typical' sandwich fillings like ham & cheese, tuna crunch, egg & cress and BLT along with unusual specials; we loved their jerk chicken with plantain & jerk bbq sauce, they've currently got a Pastrami Special on which includes pastrami, provolone cheese, pickles and hot mustard mayo. Is it too early to mention Christmas? These guys do some of the BEST seasonal sandwiches going, think pigs in blankets and gravy.

We couldn't speak about them without mentioning their bread! It's so incredibly soft and light, but the sandwiches are huge and really filling. If you're not super hungry, you might have to eat it in two sittings or share (which we would rather not do when they're this good). 

They often sell out early, however do offer the option of pre-ordering, so make sure to take a prompt lunch break or be organised for one of these sandwiches!

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.


It's one of Ellen's (Leeds Food Tour Owner) best rated sandwiches...dare we say, ever? Shokupan is a Japanese cafe run by husband and wife team, serving up a small menu of Japanese sandwiches.

Ellen went for the pork Katsu, but you can also have chicken or celeriac katsu, or a rice bowl if you don't want the bread.

These sandwiches are served on Shokupan bread (hence the name), which is a super fluffy milk bread. They're not cheap (around the £8 mark) but really worth it for the flavour and how filling they are.

Ask any office worker in Leeds, and they've most likely got this place on their radar or have been!

Image taken from Shokupan.


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!

Image taken from Here Comes The Bun.


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, people who have been on a guided food tour with us will know it's a fave of ours, and only the very best places 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.

Image taken from Whitelocks.

Sweet Saeeda

Sweet Saeeda is somewhere we constantly talk about, but for very good reason; you'll 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, we always find ourselves returning here.

Image taken from Sweet Saeeda.

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 us 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 £70 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.

Use our app to follow the map around six different venues, the app will give you information on the food you're eating, as well as facts to learn about the businesses you're eating at, foodie and local 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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