For a relaxed place to eat and drink all day long, head to East Parade Social…
The brainchild of flexible workspace company Avenue HQ, East Parade Social is spread across five floors with a series of chill-out spaces where you can enjoy the wares of their cafe and bar. Downstairs, the cafe offers fresh food and coffee during the day, while upstairs, the picturesque rooftop bar is the ideal spot for after work drinks.
“Built in the 19th century and Grade II listed, we fell in love with the site as soon as we saw it,” Leah Dottie, the Head of Hospitality, explained. “The facade of the building is a charming, stunning view into the history of the city, and we love the idea of hosting a very modern offering inside it, transforming the venue and giving it a new lease of life.”
Their ground floor cafe bar is open early to late, with food that changes as the day goes on. Pop by in the morning, and you can treat yourself to everything from avocado toast to buttermilk pancakes, with your choice of granola and yogurt or bacon and syrup on top. At lunch, there’s a whole new menu to choose from, with a daily selection of sandwiches, salads and loaded wraps – not to mention a slew of homemade cakes and treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. Wash it all down with a cup of North Star Roastery’s freshly-ground San Agustín coffee, fresh smoothies or juices.
If you fancy some fresh air with your cake and coffee, head up to their stunning roof terrace, where you can pull up a comfy chair and look out across the city. This 5th-floor bar is also open morning ’til night. The fridges are filled with craft beers and there’s a small selection on tap too, including Northern Monk, Magic Rock and Berliner. Prefer wine? You can enjoy a top-notch selection, with everything from the Chilean Casa Rivas to the New Zealand Te Papa. After something softer? There’s a whole range of organic apple, rhubarb and ginger beer soft drinks too.
In the evening, there’s an emphasis on social dining in the cafe, so you can tuck into cheese, meat or vegan sharing boards loaded with sourdough and house pickles, or go for one of their smaller tapas-style plates. Their specialty is homemade hummus, whipped up daily with a hint of lemon juice, a dash of tahini, and your choice of toppings. Meanwhile, the rooftop bar is ready to crack out the cocktails. From Aperol Spritz to that classic Whiskey Old Fashioned, there’s a little something for everyone here.
There’s one more secret to discover. Tucked away in the middle of the building is a hidden courtyard, where you can take a cup of coffee or a bite to eat and relax in the light and airy atrium. Need a tipple to pair with the stellar scenery? Try the Espresso Martini, made with Leeds-based Artemis cold brew coffee.
Whether you’re after a quiet spot in town where you can sip a cup of coffee or fancy after work drinks with a view, East Parade Social is worth checking out.
East Parade Social, 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH. It’s open 8am to 11pm Monday to Wednesday, 8am to 12am Thursday to Friday, 10am to 12am on Saturdays and 10am to 8pm on Sundays.