From brand new arrivals to a second home for a pair of Leeds favourites, check out these new cafes the next time you need a cuppa.
With everything that’s been going on, you’d be forgiven for missing these new openings. A pair of Leeds Rhinos have brought speciality coffee to Oakwood, a Liverpudlian favourite has crossed the Pennines and there’s proper Ethiopian coffee in Sheepscar. But that’s just the beginning – two much-loved Leeds staples have opened new homes in the city too, so you can add them to your ‘coffee and cake’ list too.
One of the most popular indie coffee shops in Liverpool has opened its first spot in Leeds. 92 Degrees has taken over the old Cobourg pub by Queen Square to create a cool space that’s all exposed brickwork, industrial benches and comfy sofas. Whether you prefer a latte or a mocha, you can get incredible coffee, all made by small-batch, hand production methods using ethically sourced beans. Fancy a bite? They have homemade cakes and pastries to pair with your brews.
92 Degrees, 100 Clay Pit Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8EU.
Ethiopian Organic Cafe
Husband and wife duo Terefe Tadesse Teklemariam and Denenesh Gossaye Rufa have brought the organic coffee of their home country to Leeds. Their laid-back cafe is decked out with wood panelling and floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can enjoy incredible cuppas in a peaceful environment. The speciality blend is Ethiopian Limu, a medium roasted blend, but they also do one-off coffee roasts, homemade cakes and sandwiches.
Ethiopian Organic Coffee Ltd, 1 Cypress Point, Leylands Road, Sheepscar, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7LB.
Leeds Rhinos teammates Dominic Crosby and Luke Sutcliffe have teamed up off the pitch to open a speciality coffee shop in the heart of Oakwood. They’ve transformed an old interiors store into a cool-as-heck cafe – it’s all pastel colours and the walls, windows and cups are adorned with their own cheeky cartoon characters. Get a cup of locally-sourced coffee or loose-leaf tea, which will go perfectly with their sweet treats – the brownies are to die for.
Oscada, 478 Roundhay Road, Roundhay, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.
If York Place
Not content with two Leeds cafes, If has added a third coffee bar to its arsenal, this time on York Place. It’s just as cool as their Call Lane home, with tiled walls and comfy booths, but you don’t come for the decor – you come for the food and drink. You can get North Star coffee and a range of loose-leaf teas. Hungry? Brunch favourites like pancakes and waffles sit alongside lunchtime toasties. It even has its own on-site bakery making buns, bread and brownies.
If York Place, 18 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EX.
La Bottega Milanese
Spacemade has transformed the old Pizza Express on Park Square into a modern co-working space, with its very own La Bottega Milanese tucked away in the corner. Even if you’re not working there, you can pop in and make the most of their wares. They do the same incredible coffee here, made using 100% ethically-sourced, speciality-grade Arabica beans. It goes particularly well with tasty eats like piadina sarnies and pastels de nata.
La Bottega Milanese, Park House, Park Square East, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2PW.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2021 by Ollievision.