8 great places for freshers to visit in Leicester
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Home to Premier League winners LCFC, the humble pork pie, and the recently unearthed car park resting place of King Richard III, Leicester has been making quite a name for itself in the last few years.
Aside from pork pies and millenia-old kings, though, the city also has a load of places to explore and experience in your first weeks as a fresher. Here are just a few of them...
1. Crafty Burgers: Possibly the best burgers in the whole entire world; not even kidding. Mismatched furniture and stacked bookshelves create that perfect Instagram aesthetic for the ultimate chilled-out burger joint. The rice-crispy crumb buttermilk chicken burger is an absolute winner, and what makes this place even better is all burgers with a side of skin-on-fries are £10. There are vegan and veggie options too. Crafty Burgers is a pop-up restaurant in St Martin’s Coffee Shop and is only available on selected nights a week. Trust me, this place fills up quickly so be sure to book a table.
2. Gelato Village: the only place in Leicester to get authentic Italian gelato, and boy there’s a whole load of flavours to choose from. Freshly made in store, there’s no ice-cream here, only creamy gelato and refreshing sorbets. There are three sizes to choose from, and with each size, you can choose three flavours. Yep that’s right, three! Pistachio, coffee and biscuit are fan favourites.
3. 33 Cank Street: swanky cocktail bar introduces old glamour and a touch of jazz - perfect vibes for those passionate about their drinks. There’s a whole range of unique combinations, such as the Confetti - mango vodka, apricot liqueur, pineapple juice, feta cheese – yep that’s right, feta cheese! Learn the skills of the trade with their cocktail master classes too. Shake things up in your first week!
4. The Exchange Bar: located in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter sits The Exchange, with a cosy interior and an elaborate drinks menu. This eclectic and bohemian bar is the perfect after uni - cheer-up with The Smiths appreciation soundtrack and friendly faces. If your liver needs a rest from the spirits, The Exchange is renowned for serving the best coffee in all the land.
5. The Cookie: possibly the coolest hang-out bar, with an independent music and comedy venue located in the cellar. George Ezra, Royal Blood and Wolf Alice have all played here! The Cookie is home to arty, like-minded people with a love for good food available from ‘The Kitchen’ and grape Kool-Aid with vodka.
6. The Curve: exciting, diverse and inspiring, The Curve provides great entertainment for the cultured ones amongst us. The vibrant, state of the art theatre allows guests to see behind the scenes and feel a part of the performance world as unlike any other theatre in the UK, there is no traditional backstage area. Sing along to your favourite musicals from Grease to The Wedding Singer, dress up for The Rocky Horror Picture Show or root for Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. There’s something for everyone.
7. The National Space Centre: ever wanted to head to outer space? Well the National Space Centre can’t guarantee that, but it can take you pretty close. Dedicated to space and astronomy, it’s literally out of this world. As a leading UK attraction, it’s definitely worth checking out and the building design, which is damn impressive itself.
8. Leicester City Football Club: ‘Jamie Vardy’s having a party’ is a phrase you better get used to hearing as a fresher. The city is suddenly filled with huge football fanatics, so why not join in the action and visit the LCFC grounds? There’s a whole load of street art celebrating the team's win around the city too.