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5 ‘Need to Know’ Openings Coming Soon to Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · New & Coming Soon

Get the lowdown on the next batch of new openings in Leeds.


From New York inspired eateries to innovative new ways to shop, check out the latest additions coming to Leeds.

Ready to hear about the next set of openings coming soon to Leeds? Then you’re in luck, because we have five new additions to tell you about. There’s a new street food joint in the city centre, a family-friendly pub from a well known name in the suburbs and a cool cafe in the most unexpected of places. So what are you waiting for, check them out – there’s plenty to get excited about.


BLK BX is totally new shopping experience. The new pop-up in Trinity Leeds brings together an eclectic array of brands, designers and artists. Fashion industry guru Darren Rudland has taken over four empty units, where you’ll find an ever-changing selection of up and coming fashion designers. Artists will help to refresh the spaces during each changeover to make the space standout, starting with works from Leeds painter Olly Walker, Italian muralist Raul, French painter Florence Blanchard and local graffiti artist Nicolas Dixon.

BLK BX opens in Trinity Leeds in the next few months..

Union Square


Union Square is a New York-inspired restaurant and bar from the people behind Simpatico. Owners Nick Julian and Jordan Franz have taken over the former LAB bar to bring you a taste of the Big Apple. You can grab and go during the day with a menu of salads, burgers, wraps and pizza, but in the evenings, you can look forward to an atmospheric Broadway-inspired bar as they turn the lights down low and the music up loud.

Union Square will open at the Merrion Centre in February 2019.

Döner Shack

Doner kebab

Trinity Kitchen will soon have a new permanent resident – Döner Shack is bringing its famous German kebap to Leeds this spring. They’re taking over the former Chip & Fish stall, so you’ll have another lunchtime staple. Treat yourself to a pita loaded with chicken shawarma, lamb döner, all manner of veggies and oodles of sauces, or snaffle the same thing on top of a big pile of fries. You can even try their take on traditional currywurst. Even the drinks are German, as they will serve classic glass bottles of Fritz-Kola.

Döner Shack will open in Trinity Kitchen in Spring 2019.

The True Briton

The True Briton

The people who brought us Belgrave Music Hall, Water Lane Boathouse and Headrow House are moving into Meanwood. They’ve taken over The True Briton, a traditional boozer that’s set for a huge makeover ahead of its official reopening in spring. It’s set to be a family-friendly venue that stays true to ethos of their city centre haunts with a focus on craft beer and street food, but it’ll also show live sport and host an eclectic programme of events, from music to film nights.

The True Briton reopens on Stainbeck Road, Meanwood in Spring 2019.



Prime Studios is an innovative film and TV production company on Kirkstall Road, but now they’re branching out with a cafe, bar and event space called Archive. The name comes from its past life as a TV archive facility, but now you can head in to try their breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, with a menu made up of local produce. They’ll host everything from live music to exhibitions, and their first art showcase will open on the same day as the cafe, as Bands F.C. comes to Leeds.

Archive opens at 94 Kirkstall Road on Monday 11th February 2019.