From a bar within a bar to a cafe surrounded by greenery, you need these hidden gems in your life.
Tucked away down alleyways and hidden in plain sight, these secret escapes are worth seeking out. They’re not always easy to find, but once you’ve found them, you’re sure to come back because you’ll be rewarded with amazing cocktails, exotic teas and delicious eats. So what are you waiting for? Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by seeking out these cracking little finds…
A cosy cafe tucked away down an alleyway
Nestled on the cobbles of Dock Street, Cha Lounge feels a million miles from the bustling city centre. Inside, exposed brick walls are coupled with brightly coloured stools, plush velvet sofas and colourful shelves filled with hundreds of different teas. If you’re hungry, you’re in for a treat. Sustainability is key here, so you can tuck into a plant-led menu of must-try dishes like huevos rancheros.
Cha Lounge, 24 Dock Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JF.
A cool cocktail lounge hidden under a barbershop
Poison is a cosy little cocktail lounge in the basement of barbershop-turned-bar Remedy. Head down the back stairs and take a seat on their cosy Chesterfield sofa or find a spot on one of their worn leather bar stalls where you can watch the mixologists at work. Word of their cocktails is spreading fast, so get in there quick to enjoy new twists on classics made with locally-sourced ingredients and homemade bitters.
Poison, 16 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
A city cafe hidden in a churchyard
The Arch Cafe is tucked away in a churchyard of all places, surrounded by trees and greenery. In this peaceful setting, they serve up a mean selection of breakfasts, sandwiches and homemade cakes, not to mention a luxurious afternoon tea. As it’s a social enterprise, all their profits go to Age UK, so whether you enjoy a cup of coffee or a delicious feed, it comes with added feel-good.
The Arch Cafe, 15 Mark Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JA.
A basement venue home to two Latin eateries
Caracas Grill and La Taberna are two eateries that share the same underground venue on York Place. It’s the former by day, where you can get everything from barbecued chicken to steak baguettes. Swing by in the evening when it transforms into La Taberna. You can enjoy the rustic, candle-lit setting as you tuck into plates of classic Spanish tapas like sizzling king prawns and char-grilled lamb with crunchy chickpeas,
Caracas Grill and La Taberna, 16 York Place Basement, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EU.
A down to earth cafe set in a grand setting
The Tiled Hall Café is sandwiched between the library and the art gallery, two of the city’s most popular attractions, but it’s worth a visit in its own right. Once a grand reading room, the famous vaulted ceiling and tiled walls were hidden for nearly 50 years, but now they’re back on show and best enjoyed with a coffee in hand because it’s been converted into a cafe. Look up at the colourful hexagonal bricks as you devour a bagel or a slice of cake.
Tiled Hall Café, 16-18 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB.