The reason I chose to come to Leicester was partly for the university and partly for the city. Whatever university you choose to go to, it is important to like the local area: you’ll be living there for at least 3 years! These are my top things to do in the beautiful city of Leicester:
- Visit Highcross!
- For me, Highcross is heaven! There are hundreds of big name shops, from Top-shop to John Lewis, and everything in between. There is a massive cinema, loads of restaurants, and you can (and I do!) easily spend hours there. Whatever you need, Highcross has it!
- Wander round the city centre
- The city isn’t all about Highcross – there is a boutique area of independent shops called St Martins Square and the Lanes, which are both situated a few minutes walk from from the centre. Doughnotts is situated just outside the lanes, and is a must visit if you love doughnuts – they even have a good range of vegan choices! There are lots of cute sweet shops, there is a gelato shop, a zero-waste shop, independent restaurants and plenty of independent clothes shops!
- Get a coffee
- There are way more independent cafes in Leicester than my home city, and I have made it my mission to try them all! Cafe Mbriki is always reliable and does an amazing range of hot chocolates and cakes, and Mrs Bridge’s Tea Rooms is an amazing option for afternoon tea! Delilah is a bit posh but a great option if you’re taking your Nan somewhere to impress her, and also has lots of deli bits to buy.
- Visit the park
- Leicester has tonnes of green spaces and they are a fab place for a picnic or ice cream (as long as it’s sunny!). If you’re up near the university, Victoria Park is beautiful and there’s always something going on there that you can watch, whether it’s quidditch or dance practice!
Leicester for me is the perfect balance between a big city and a small town, and I have always felt at home here! Comment below if you have any other suggestions of things to do in Leicester!