Recently, I spent a weekend in Leicester visiting one of my oldest school friends who goes to uni there. I’ll be honest, I didn’t have particularly high hopes of Leicester as a city. In my mind I’d pictured it as quite an industrial, slightly run down concrete city. Yet I was pleasantly surprised. Among the blocks of grey, there were attractive marketplaces, dainty cafes and historic monuments that I would never have expected.
On Saturday afternoon we wandered down to one of Leicester’s most famous marketplaces which was massive, selling such a variety of food, clothes, flowers and miscellaneous items. The flower stall was perhaps my favourite, so reasonably priced and such a wonderful array of different colours and flowers. Equally though the food stalls were incredible, selling fresh fruit for half the price of those sold in the main supermarkets. Not only that but they looked such good quality and very fresh, as though they had just been picked of the bushes or dug up from the ground.
On our way back we popped into Clarendon bookshop, which specializes in antique and second hand books. I could have easily spent an entire day in there. Although small, there were books piled to the ceiling, covering every topic and genre you can imagine. I was sorely tempted to buy a number of books (especially given their affordable price tag of just 50 p each) however decided to refrain given the enormous amount of books I have at home, ready to read. Such a lovely little find, would definitely recommend if you’re a book lover like me and have a bit of time in Leicester.
An absolute must-visit and one of my highlights of the entire weekend. This beautifully quaint bakery is run by a mother and daughter team who make the most delicious and elegant cakes. We decided to pick up some cakes for afternoon tea at home which were honestly incredible. We chose some cupcakes in the end, which was a long and arduous decision given how mouth-watering each cake looked. I decided on a white chocolate and raspberry one whilst my friends chose carrot cake and cookie crumble. They also had lemon meringue, cheesecake, mars bar and coffee which all looked so tasty and were finished so professionally. If like me you’re a fellow cake lover and are in the area it’s definitely worth a visit!