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Bradford city food guide

Phei Shan is an international student, studying Pharmacy here at the University of Bradford. In her blog, she tells us about her favourite places to eat and fun places to go in Bradford.

MPharm student, Phei Shan Lee

Are you new to the city and excited to discover what Bradford has to offer? Do you want to go and eat somewhere within walking distance from campus? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on and find out what Bradford has in store for you.

One of the most exciting aspects of student life is the opportunity to explore the city you are studying in. My fondest memories of being a fresher in university are mostly related to dining out and discovering local attractions with friends.

As a student on a budget, I am always on the hunt for affordable eateries!

A good tip is to always carry your student card with you. Apart from identification purposes, you may also benefit from the many discounts and perks offered by local diners.

My favourite eateries

Bab Tooma

Offering Middle Eastern and Syrian cuisine and just five minutes from campus by foot, this is a restaurant that is slightly pricier than the others on this list, but if you want to taste authentic dishes (as approved by my Middle Eastern friends), it is absolutely worth the try.

Food served at Bab Tooma, Bradford


Ice Stone Gelato

As someone with a sweet tooth, this list would not be complete without a dessert recommendation. Their outlet on Great Horton Road is just a few minutes away from the campus gym, which sounds to me like great motivation to work out! They offer a wide selection of waffles, cookie dough, shakes and of course, gelato. The well-decorated interior also makes for a nice photo background.


Being Malaysian Chinese myself, I cannot deny my love for East Asian cuisine. When I found out about this Chinese buffet in town, I had to check it out for myself. They offer a wide array of meat (non-halal) and vegetable dishes, so if you are looking forward to tasting multiple new delicacies in the same meal, this is the place for you. When I visited them in 2019, they offered student discounts and it was cheaper to visit for lunch than for dinner.

Food served at Azuma, Bradford



I stumbled upon this small corner diner on one of my trips to town during freshers’ week. Inconspicuously located opposite Barclays Bank, Zunera’s may easily be overlooked, but I have visited multiple times for their biryani dish. For a tasty good portion at an affordable price, you know where to go if you get hungry while running errands in town.


In the spirit of saving the best for last, I honour my South East Asian heritage by introducing you to my favourite food spot in the city. Located near Tesco and the City Park, you are bound to pass by this shop at some point. If the wafting smell of pad Thai and tom yum does not get you salivating, maybe this picture below will do the trick.

Food served at MyThai, Bradford


Your time at university is an opportunity to find balance in life, so do not be afraid to take some time off to explore the city on evenings or weekends.

I personally find myself feeling more motivated to study when I have plans to look forward to. As a student from an equatorial country without changing seasons, I have always admired how you can visit the same place in UK several times in one year and feel differently about it every time, because of how the surroundings change drastically. I hope this blog has given you a better understanding of Bradford, a city rich with diversity and culture, and the different food it has to offer.