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Discover the World in Bradford

Crowned Curry Capital of Britain 2011 Bradford district is home to some of the UK’s best Asian restaurants.

The city is also home to lots of different faiths and there are many striking religious buildings to be found throughout the district. Look out for Shree Laxmi Narayan Hindu Temple on Leeds Road (pre-arranged visits permitted) or admire the striking Hanfia Mosque near Carlisle Road.

Visit Bradford Cathedral, the city’s oldest place of worship where you can see beautiful stained glass windows and sculpture by Flaxman and John Shaw. The Cathedral also has an interesting events programme, which explores different cultures and faiths.

If you enjoy the arts look out for events run by Kala Sangam a leading South Asian arts organisation. Kala Sangam’s busy events programme is influenced by a variety of disciplines and backgrounds and includes visual art, music, dance and literature.

Other events not to miss include the Bradford Mela in June. The Bradford Mela was the first of its kind in Europe and is now one of the largest outside the Asian sub-continent. Join in the fun and enjoy global music, dance, food and culture.

If you enjoy world cinema make sure you visit the National Media Museum. Every month there is a

film programme focusing on great films from South Asia, Africa, East Asia, the Middle East and South America, as well as films made by black and Asian filmmakers in Europe and America.

The city also has a well-earned reputation for top quality food and award-winning restaurants can be found throughout the district. Named Curry Capital of Britain 2011 Bradford district is home to some of the UK ’s best Asian restaurants. Visit the celebrated Akbars or the Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, which serves a fusion of Lahore cuisine and healthy eating. The award- winning Aagrah in Shipley is also popular with locals and visitors alike.

You’ll also find yourself following your nose to the West End with its array of award-winning restaurants. The Karachi restaurant is one of Bradford’s original curry houses and nearby is the International Tandoori Restaurant and Omar Khan’s.

In fact Bradford district has award-winning restaurants covering all kinds of world cuisine and has some unusual options including Yorkshire’s only Russian restaurant.

If you like shopping Bradford has lots of interesting, independent shops to explore. Visit Bombay Stores on Shearbridge Road -


the UK’s largest Asian department store. This magnificent shop draws crowds from across the UK, and you’ll adore the lavish fabrics, stunning complete wedding outfits, gleaming jewellery and dainty shoes. Be sure to visit the haberdashery where you can browse to your heart’s content amongst the magical Bollywood music, colourful children’s clothes and quality cosmetics.

Another great place to shop is Bradford’s World Mile, a vibrant quarter in the centre of Bradford running north from Ivegate up to White Abbey Road. Here you’ll discover South Asian, English, Irish, Afro Caribbean, Polish and Russian shops, restaurants and music venues.

Images 01 Bombay Stores. 02 Bradford Mela. 03 Oastler Market.


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