Our local guide to places to eat in Halifax has grown into a monster of myriad cuisines. Read on if you also want to find out about full English breakfasts, Sunday roasts, a curry buffet, tapas, chicken parmos, tantalising Thai food, some of the best steaks in West Yorkshire and our absolute favourite fish and chip shop.
Places to eat in Halifax
Some cities greet you with a must-see attraction the moment you arrive. Walk down the steps of Liverpool Lime Street and you’re greeted by St George’s Hall. Stretch your legs outside Edinburgh Waverley and say hello to the iconic Scott Monument. However, none really compare to stepping out of Halifax Bus Station, heading over the road to Ricci’s Place, and devouring a chicken parmo with a side of skin-on fries. It’s one of our favourite restaurants in Halifax thanks to its modern Italian menu, stylish decor, and consistently delicious food. Drop in during your stay at one of our Halifax hotels and you won’t be disappointed.
Another excellent Italian option, a couple of streets away in the Historic Quarter of Halifax, is Julio’s. The menu caters for all tastes with delicious risotto, pasta and pizza options while the beef, lamb, chicken veal and fish main courses offer exquisite eating across the board. Indulge your appetite, sample the dessert menu, and roll your way back to our Halifax Town Centre hotel, which is a few hundred feet and fewer than five minutes’ walk away.
One last Italian we need to tell you about is La Luna, which you’ll find in the Westgate Arcade. It opened under the name Blue Dahlia in 1957, making it one of the oldest restaurants in Halifax. It’s long been a popular spot for an evening meal; the food is beautifully presented and tastes delicious, while the wine list is one of the best in town.
Moving on, if you’re craving a curry then you can’t beat the buffet at Lanika. There tends to be half a dozen freshly cooked curries for you to choose from, along with starters and sides spanning the length and breadth of the spice scale, so whether you’re a vindaloo guru or korma connoisseur, there’ll be something to suit your taste.
It’s probably about time we mentioned a British restaurant. Towngate Brasserie offers some of the best eating in the area. It’s based in Hipperholme, less than a five-minute drive from Shibden Hall. So, if you were planning on paying a visit to one of the most popular activities in Halifax then why not make a day trip out of it and book a table at Towngate Brasserie? It’s actually two restaurants rolled into one. Downstairs, the brasserie is all about local produce with a menu of modern British food. It’s simple, elegant and downright delicious, not to mention they do some of the best steaks this side of West Yorkshire. Upstairs you’ll find The Loft, a tiny tapas bar that’ll tantalise your taste buds with a menu that blends authentic Spanish dishes with creative British small plates.
We’ll round off our run-through of restaurants with a couple of popular options for anyone staying at our Halifax South hotel. They’re only a couple of doors apart, and less than a five-minute drive from the hotel, so they’re convenient if you’re looking for somewhere to grab dinner. Catch is an award-winning seafood restaurant with some of the best fish and chips that’ll ever enter your face. They source only the finest and freshest fish from UK ports. They have a number of restaurants dotted around, but this one in West Vale is their flagship. Also, you don’t have to eat in; you’re welcome to takeaway.
Last but not least, if you have a hankering for a taste of the Orient then make your way to Café Thai for some delicious eating. It’s truly authentic Thai food as well, which means the menu can appear a bit daunting. However, the staff are happy to point you in the direction of something to suit your tastes. Spice fan? See if you can handle the heat of the Pad Ka Prao.
Restaurants in Halifax
Cafés in Halifax
If you get peckish during the daytime, from brunch right the way through to the late evening, you can make your way to Café Passion for a monstrous portion of Mediterranean food. Think meze platters, kebabs, Turkish pizzas, and some particularly banging baklava.
For a sarnie and a cuppa, Coffee on the Bean in Skircoat Green is a fantastic option. They also do a great full English that’s served all day long. It’s a little bit out of the way, but worth making the trip as the food is fresh and fab.
If you’re paying a visit to Piece Hall, whether that’s for shopping or a bit of Halifax entertainment then you should pop into Loafers Vinyl & Coffee, one of the shops in residency. As you can probably tell from the name, as well as serving exceptional coffee and cake, it’s also a record store selling new and used vinyl.