Size really doesn’t matter, as these petite Leeds venues prove.
When you’ve only got a small amount of space to work with, you have to make the most of every inch, and that’s exactly what these five venues do. From a riverside tea shed to an underground bar-cum-club, a jungle in someone’s backyard and the world’s smallest department store, these Leeds hangouts may be small, but they’re well worth a visit.
The Tiny Tea Room
Rodley is at its best when you’re wandering down the banks of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal which winds its way through the suburb. And it’s on this path where you’ll find The Tiny Tea Room, which certainly makes the most of its space. It’s nothing more than a brick shed, but the picturesque setting, with benches, flowers and waterfront views, makes it a must-visit. Treat yourself to a cuppa with a slice of cake or an ice cream and soak in your surroundings.
The Tiny Tea Room, Calverley Bridge, Rodley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 1NF.
The Jungle Garden
Popping round to someone’s back garden might seem an unusual thing to do if you don’t know them, but Nick Wilson’s garden is a bit different to the norm. He’s spent the past two decades transforming his home into a stunning jungle paradise. His multi-level garden features all kinds of jungle plants that you can discover on boardwalks and bark paths. It’s an incredibly unique day out, but it is his home, so he asks potential visitors to organise a visit through the National Gardens Scheme, a charity who open up private gardens to the public for a donation which is passed on to one of their partner charities.
The Jungle Garden, 76 Gledhow Wood Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1NX.
Single Shot Cafe and Record Shop
It’s not long been open, but Single Shot has transformed a former hairdressers into not one, but two things – a record shop at the front and a cafe at the back. First up, you can rummage through racks of amazing second hand records spanning rock, indie, metal and hip-hop. Then head over to the counter, grab yourself a Caffe Society coffee, and take a seat while reading the latest music magazines. It’s a friendly shop, decked out in music memorabilia and gig posters, and it makes the most of every inch of space.
Single Shot, 30 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE.
It’s a cocktail lover’s heaven and also a popular venue for some of the world’s biggest DJs – something that’s even more impressive when you realise just how small Distrikt is. By day it offers up amazing Mediterranean and North African-inspired tapas, which you can follow with their tasty alcoholic concoctions, like The Devil’s Manhattan. By night, it’s a place to party with a roll call of DJs any super club would be proud of, from Todd Terje to Norman Jay. This is a small bar with a seriously big reputation.
Distrikt, 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.
You’ll have to make a trip out to Methley for this little gem, but the family-run Rivers Meet Craft Cafe will certainly be worth it. The cafe makes all its food in-house, from sandwiches to cakes, and you can wash them down with a brew, but that’s not all. The adjoining shop transforms a tiny space into what is thought to be the world’s smallest department store. It’s packed with crafty brilliance from the likes of Yorkshire Fabric, The Yorkshire Bag Company and The Beadshop.
Rivers Meet Cafe, 102 Leeds Road, Methley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 9EP.