Discover a World of Food with Leicester’s Independents

If you fancy transporting your taste buds around the globe then look no further! Leicester has a whole host of independents to transport you back to holidays abroad, so you can tantalise your taste buds and try quality cuisine from all over the world right here in the city. We’ve gathered a list of some of the best independents in Leicester that are serving up food from all over the world that is guaranteed to satisfy your culinary cravings.

Chutney Ivy

In the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter, this authentic Indian serves up contemporary dishes with a Chutney Ivy twist. Their menu contains a variety of meat, fish and vegetarian options, from traditional curries to dishes you won’t find in a traditional Indian restaurant – crispy duck samosa and slow roasted lamb shank, anyone? If you’re in a group, make the most of their feast and banquet menus to get a taster of as many of the dishes as possible!

Roma Café Bar & Restaurant

The family run Italian restaurant, Roma, is Leicester’s own little slice of Italy right in the city centre. From homemade cakes and sandwiches to delicious pizzas that have been lovingly crafted by hand, there’s a whole menu packed full of tasty Italian dishes for you to enjoy. We love their lunch special – a big bowl of delicious pasta of your choice, garlic bread and a drink for only £6!

La Foret Café

Located on King Street, La Foret Café is one of Leicester’s best kept culinary secrets. The café itself is inspired by food from all around the world, making their menu vast and eclectic with options including a middle eastern salad, tandoori ciabatta panini and Vietnamese pho. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, they also serve a range of delicate and delicious patisseries that look and taste incredible.

Desi Street Food

Inspired by the street markets of India, this cafe’s entirely vegetarian menu explores the flavours of street food dishes from the northern region of Punjab. The food is all freshly cooked using only locally and quality sourced produce that is bursting with flavour. Their menu features a range of snacks as well as pavs, desserts and even a choice of chips!


Leicester’s only Argentinian restaurant, Sonrisa is inspired by the soul of Buenos-Aires and is located in the heart of the city. Enjoy Argentinian-style tapas with their menu of small plates, perfect for a light lunch or sharing dinner, or you can treat yourself to one of their famous sizzling steaks.

Bodega Cantina

Have a fiesta with all your amigos at Bodega Cantina in St Martins Square. Tuck into a range of dishes, from street food classics like tacos and burritos to hearty mains and sweet treats. With options including Brazillian Xim Xim and Peruvian rump steak, its time to enjoy some Latin American flair in the heart of Leicester. Don’t forget to try the cocktails – tequila fans will be in heaven!

Wok Indo

Located in the Highcross, Wok Indo is a Chinese restaurant in the heart of the city that serves up an array of inventive dishes that date back to the 19th century and have been tenderly created in-house. Each dish has its own unique blend of flavours that is guaranteed to shift your taste buds into gear and leave you wanting more!


Wakaze is a Japanese restaurant based on High Street that serves up a range of classic Japanese food including sushi, Takoyaki and Chicken Gyoza. It’s the perfect place for a light lunch and a meet up with your friends for an overdue catch up.

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