City of Culture 2025 - Where to Eat In Bradford: 8 Best Places

Bradford – voted the UK’s most-improved city last year – is best-loved for its independent food scene, set against the beautiful backdrop of historic architecture and cultural attractions.

The unique northern city is home to an eclectic range of places to eat, drink and explore, so to make your decision easier, we’ve selected some of the best-known spots and hidden gems to visit!

If you’re in search of where to eat in Bradford, look no further than our go-to guide to where to eat in Bradford for students.

Where to Eat in Bradford

If you’re a student in Bradford it’s well worth taking a wander around the city to try one of these fantastic spots.

1. Pizza Pieces Bradford

First on our list of where to eat in Bradford is Pizza Pieces, a family run restaurant renowned for its authentic Italian cuisine and fantastically affordable deals.

The perfect setting for a bite to eat with flatmates, this family business offers a diverse menu of comforting dishes, from indulgent lasagne and twirls of pasta, to its famous pizza slices.

We couldn’t recommend this local favourite enough to students in search of a budget-friendly place to eat.

2. Bread and Roses Bradford

Bread + Roses is without a doubt one of the best cafes in Bradford, home to bright and airy décor with cosy seating for studying while you eat.

This independent gem is a vegan and vegetarian café, serving fresh, high quality food in style.

Expect warming soups and healthy salads bursting with flavour – not forgetting, an impressive range of homemade vegan cakes!

3. Bear’s Den Sunbridge Wells

You’ll find Bear’s Den hidden away in Bradford’s historic Underground Quarter, Sunbridge Wells.

This unique space is home to vibrant street food, and if you’re looking for where to eat in Bradford as a student, Bear’s Den is a must-visit.

Whether you’re visiting after a night out or in between lectures, Bear’s Den is the place to be for melting grilled cheese and tasty fillings, served between slices of crusty bread – the perfect comfort food!  

4. Emily’s – The Brontë Birthplace

If you’re studying English at university or simply have a love for literature, there’s nowhere better than Emily’s – The Brontë Birthplace to keep cosy and catch up with friends over good food and drink.

Housed within the impressive surroundings of the Brontë family’s original dining room, the charming menu at Emily’s includes everything from delicious, affordable breakfasts to flavoursome flatbreads.

Not forgetting, Emily’s is also home to the ultimate Yorkshire Ploughman’s board. What more could you wish for?

5. Lefteris Coffee & Tea Room

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When you’re considering where to eat in Bradford, Lefteris Coffee & Tea Room is a must for your list!

The rustic coffee shop and artisan bakery is home to a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere – ideal for working from your laptop.

You can look forward to coffee roasted to perfection, savoury bites to eat that include avocado on fresh sourdough bread, and an impressive range of homemade cakes and sweet treats.

6. Prashad

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Those with a love for authentic, flavoursome Indian food won’t want to miss a visit to Prashad – without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Bradford.

Prashad was a worthy finalist in Ramsay’s Best Restaurant on Channel 4, but we’re pleased to see it hasn’t changed its budget-friendly prices!

Dishes – which are all vegetarian – draw inspiration from across India, blending a myriad of spices and recipes to craft a menu that ranges from chaat to chickpea curry and aloo gobi. 

7. Lahori Dhaba

One of the best-rated restaurants in Bradford, Lahori Dhaba brings a taste of authentic, home cooked Pakistani food to the city.

The restaurant’s extensive menu celebrates exquisite flavours and invites you to try a range of dishes at a great price.

Lamb and chicken curries are highly recommended by Bradford’s locals, who love this friendly and casual spot to eat, whether it’s before or after heading out for drinks.

8. My Thai Café

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If you’ve been wondering where to eat in Bradford for Thai street food, look no further than My Thai Café, a local gem that offers the option to eat in or take away.

This authentic café proudly lives up to its slogan: as Thai as possible. Praised for its affordable prices and fantastic portion sizes, the menu is wonderfully diverse and offers the opportunity to choose your own meat and vegetables.

From classic pad Thai to enticing sweet chilli noodles, there’s something for everyone on the menu!

Where to Eat in Bradford Guide

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to where to eat in Bradford – one of the best Northern cities for food and drink.

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