If you just have moved here, we have some things you need to know when you’re new to Leeds.
1. The bread debate is strong
Is it a bap? Is it a bun? Is it a breadcake? Nobody knows but everybody thinks they’re right. Maybe it’s safer to point?
2. Chips are eater with gravy
It’s not disgusting, it’s delicious and for your own sake you shouldn’t claim otherwise.
3. You will be called petal or flower
No matter what gender you are, be prepared to be called these. It’s endearing, not offensive. Smile and nod.
4. Mind the accent but don’t make fun of it or try to imitate it
It may sound funny to you but that’s how they speak so it’s normal to them and you’re the funny one.
5. Paths are called ginnels
Just in case someone tells you to follow one through the park and you don’t know what they’re talking about.
6. There are a lot of festivals going on
These include film, music, literature, theatre, art, street food, gin, beer, cider, the waterfront, brass bands, even robots.
7. Hipsters. Hipsters everywhere.
Fancy beards, check. Top knots, check. Avocado on sourdough, check.
8. There is an Egyptian Temple
And no it’s not ancient. It was actually a flax mill and had sheep on the roof. No joke.
9. It is actually cold
You should probably buy a coat. It rains, it snows and it’s freezing in winter. Be prepared
You are now ready for your new life in Leeds. We hope you enjoy your times and make lots of new friends in this great city!