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The Family Guide to Eating & Drinking in Leeds City Centre

· Ali Turner · Family

Make eating out a family affair at these kid-friendly restaurants, cafes & bars in Leeds.

Bella Italia Family-friendly

Wondering where to eat out with the kids in Leeds? Fear not, because we’ve put together a handy guide to help you out…

Whether they’re boisterous toddlers or energetic youngsters, it’s not always easy to eat out in the city centre with kids – which is why we’ve put together this guide. This list of cafes, restaurants and bars will always make you feel welcome, going out of their way to keep you and the little ones happy.

Restaurants

From exploring new cuisines to enjoying some traditional British fare, these family friendly restaurants are ready to serve you up a host of tasty treats.

Bossa

Bossa Picanha (Cap of Rump)

There’s a lot to love about Bossa. For a start, it’s a fresh, modern rodizio restaurant where they carve freshly cooked meats at your table – but it’s also surprisingly affordable and incredibly family-friendly. The menu includes a host of Brazilian meats, like cap of rump, chicken wings and lamb chump, and that’s coupled with chips and coleslaw. For adults, it’s £17.90 at dinner or £12.90 at lunch, but little ones aged 5-8 eat for £5, while kids aged 9-12 can feast for £9.

Bossa, Crown Street Buildings, 2 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.

Espeto

Espeto Restaurant Leeds

For those of you with picky eaters, Espeto is an instant winner. It’s an all you can eat restaurant, but there’s a real focus on quality here, and the selection is huge. It all takes inspiration from the Mediterranean, with freshly grilled meat and seafood on skewers, alongside a vast array of salads, think mezzo board classics like olives, tomatoes and mozzarella. And if that’s not enough to please your brood, they also have hot dishes, like rice, stews and pasta. In the evening, it’s £19.95 for adults, £7.95 for kids aged 4-10 and free for little ones under 4.

Espeto, 66-68A Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EE.

Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay

Why not introduce your little ones to Caribbean cuisine at Turtle Bay? You’ll find all manner of tasty treats on the menu for big kids, while the little ones have a menu of their own, giving you a main and a side for £4.50. Choose from the likes of chicken breasts with Caribbean slaw or a cheese burger on a sweet bun, then add fries, sweet potato mash, salad or rice ’n’ peas. It’s all served up in a bright, colourful restaurant that’s perfect for families.

Turtle Bay, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.

The Tetley

The Tetley Leeds

Not just an art gallery, The Tetley is also home to a restaurant that’s perfect for a bite to eat after a day of culture. They’ve got a menu just for the little ones, taking you from brunch options like eggy bread and mini fry ups to kids’ picnics and macaroni cheese later in the day. The children’s menu transforms into a colouring sheet, inviting the little ones to make their own Tetley T – and you can even take the kids outside for a game of bowls if the weather’s nice.

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.

Wagamama

Wagamama's Chicken Ramen, Wagamama, Leeds

Got kids who like to try new things? Then Wagamama is the perfect choice. This family-friendly restaurant promises all manner of tasty Asian dishes, with a children’s menu that’s loaded with favourites, but in smaller portions and at a significantly lower price. They can dig into classics like chicken ramen or be adventurous with the likes of yasai katsu curry, which boasts sweet potato and butternut squash, deep fried in panko breadcrumbs and served up with sticky white rice and veg.

Wagamama, 31-32 Park Row, Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.

Byron

Byron's Leeds Family-friendly

If you find yourself with a hankering for a burger, but don’t fancy taking the kids to McDonald’s, Byron is a tempting alternative. Since coming up from the south, they’ve made a name for themselves for the quality of their offering – and it’s just as good for the kids as it is for anyone else. Their children’s menu promises a main, a side and a drink for £6.50, giving you a choice of burgers, chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese, with traditional French fries or courgette fries – and they’ll be entertained with puzzles while you wait for the meal.

Byron, 9a Lands Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AW.

Fazenda

Kid's activity pack at Fazenda, Leeds

It probably isn’t the first restaurant you think of when you’re looking for places to eat out with the kids, but the folk at Fazenda go out of their way to keep the little ones happy. As well as enjoying a lower price for the same ‘all you can eat’ experience, with kids under 5 eating free, they’ll enjoy special plates, cutlery and puzzle books – not to mention the novelty of dinner arriving at their table on skewers when they turn over their card. It makes eating out with the kids that little bit more special.

Fazenda, Waterman’s Place, 3 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GL.

Brasserie Blanc

Brasserie Blanc

Another restaurant that doesn’t spring instantly to mind, you’d be surprised just how great Brasserie Blanc is for kids – in fact, it’s totally family-friendly, whatever the age of your little ones. They’ll make up a pot of freshly made carrot puree for the babies, while kids can enjoy a main, a side and a dessert for £6.95, with the likes of crispy chicken fitter and a mini charcuterie board all up for grabs. And if you’ve got older children that want to eat with the adults, they can get a half portion of selected dishes on the main menu.

Brasserie Blanc, Victoria Mill, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BJ.

Gusto

Gusto Leeds, Greek Street

Gusto has long been a favourite with the families of Cookridge but now you can enjoy it in th e city centre too. It’s a rather posh affair, perfect for celebrations, and they have the kids covered. You can get any of their pasta or risotto dishes in smaller, child-sized portions – or give the little ones the chance to make their own pizza. With their chef’s hat on, they’ll be able to pile on the toppings, before it’s taken away and cooked.

Gusto, 10 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RU.

Trinity Kitchen

View of Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds

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Got picky eaters? Then Trinity Kitchen is your secret weapon. Here, you can choose from all manner of tasty treats – be it burgers, pizza, Vietnamese noodles or something from one their ever-changing street food vendors. It’s incredibly family-friendly, with a host of seats for you to choose from, plenty of room for prams and games on the big screen to keep the kids entertained while you enjoy a well deserved bite to eat. Look out for Pop Up and Play, a fabulous local project that will help your little ones turn scrap paper and materials from local businesses into art. 

Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.

Primo’s

Hot dogs at Primo's, Leeds Corn Exchange

One of Leeds’ most beloved independents, Primo’s Gourmet Hotdogs is the perfect choice for families. They’ve got the American staple in all its guises, loaded with toppings or downright simple, with meals for the kids or even the whole family which will feed four for less than £20. Tucked away in Leeds Corn Exchange, it’s got three places for you to sit, inside the restaurant itself, out on the concourse or even on the cobbled streets, if the weather goes your way.

Primo’s Gourmet Hotdogs, Unit 12 A/B, The Concourse, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Yo! Sushi

YO! Sushi Corner Belt

One restaurant that comes with built in entertainment is Yo Sushi! The kids will love grabbing dishes from the conveyor belt as they pass and pressing the button on the table to make their hot orders. It’s also a great way to get them to try something new, with a host of unusual dishes slowly winding their way towards you – fish is, of course, super healthy, and they have some cracking veggie options. Check out their ‘Sunday Munch’ and ‘Blue Mondays’ to save a few bob, as it can get pricy.

Yo! Sushi, 419 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.

Bella Italia

Bella Italia Family-friendly

Despite taking prime position on Briggate, Bella Italia doesn’t get much attention. But maybe it should. The food is surprisingly good, and the service too – even better, it’s really family-friendly. Before you hit the shops, check out their Happy Face Pancake, which as the name suggests, is a smiler, or nip by after and get three courses with drinks and nibbles from £5.95 – you can even get Ella’s Kitchen baby food for £1. They have an activity pack too, so be sure to ask for it.

Bella Italia, 145 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BR.

Red’s

Red's Leeds Christmas Feast (Crop)

Not only can they whip up some of the finest American ribs, burgers and steaks in town, they also know how to please the kids. The Leeds restaurant has a dedicated menu for the little ones, which is packed full of tasty fodder, like mac-n-cheese, pulled pork sliders and BBQ baby back ribs. Even better, the kids can devour three courses, a side and a drink for just £6.45 – you’ve got to admit, that’s a bargain.

Red’s True Barbecue, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.

La Rambla

La Rambla, Leeds

La Rambla is a family-friendly tapas restaurant that promises an authentic taste of Spain. With a plethora of small, tasty dishes, you can make sure the kids get something they like, creating your own family feast with the likes of albondigas, patatas bravas and calamares – or if you’ve got picky eaters in tow, check out the ‘ninos’ section of their menu, which gives you a choice of simple favourites, from burgers to pasta.

La Rambla, 9 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AJ.

Sukhothai

Gai Tod Prik Gang at Sukhothai

Got adventurous eaters in your fold? Sukhothai is great for eating out with the kids. The Leeds restaurant has a solid reputation for cooking up delicious Thai dishes, but whatyou might not know is that they’ll make the kids feel completely at home, serving them up their own menu of classic dishes, ranging from Satay Gai to Pad Thai for £5.95 each.

Sukhothai, 15 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QS.

Carluccio’s

Carluccio's

If your little ones love pasta, they’ll be well catered for at Carluccio’s. Not only do they offer a menu of tasty treats for the kids, but they’ll give them complete freedom, letting them choose the sauces and pasta shapes. And if that’s not their cup of tea, they can choose from freshly cooked treats like chicken Milanese or a cheese and ham melt, with a pudding of ice cream or sorbet thrown into the bargain for just £6.95. That, along with their activity packs, a push-chair friendly ramp entrance, baby changing facilities and high chairs, make this a very family-friendly restaurant indeed.

Carluccio’s, 5 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5SX.

Bibis Italianissimo

Bibis

Families are well catered for at Bibis. The little ones have their own menu, which covers everything from pizzas to steak burgers, cod goujons and bolognese – and almost everything on the kids’ menu costs less than £7. They’ll also serve up an activity book to keep your little munchkins entertained – and if you’re planning a children’s party, they’ll sort you out with a pizza making extravaganza. All in all, the kids will enjoy eating out here as much as you do.

Bibis, Criterion Place, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.

Cafes

For light bites and leisurely coffees, you’ll want to head to the city’s cafes – and there are plenty of family-friendly options for you to choose from, with everything from vegetarian feasts to frozen yogurt up for grabs.

Roots & Fruits

Roots & Fruits Families

Not only is it one of the best indies in Leeds, it’s also a great choice for families. It’s easy to get prams and pushchairs in, they’re more than happy to warm baby food for you and though there aren’t changing facilities, there is plenty of room for changing nappies. The menu is great for kids too, with everything from veggie burgers and all day breakfasts to thick hot chocolate smothered in vegan marshmallows.

Roots & Fruits, 10-11 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.

Yoghies

Yoghies Frozen Yogurt

For something a little bit different, and a healthier option than ice cream, check out Yoghies in The Core. You can take your pick, with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry up for grabs, alongside a special guest flavour – then load on the toppings, with fresh fruit, chocolate, sweets and sauces among the many options available. They’ve got activity sheets to keep the kids entertained, but chances are, the frozen treats will have all their attention.

Yoghies, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JB.

Jamaica Blue

Jamaica Blue

From Australia to Leeds, Jamaica Blue has opened its third UK cafe in Trinity Leeds – and totally kid friendly. It’s open from breakfast to dinner, so you can come in at any time of day. Alongside a medley of tasty dishes for you, including ratatouillele flatbread and croquet madame, you’ll find an almighty selection for your little pirates. We’re talking milkshakes and babycinos alongside an assortment of kids sarnies, fish and chips, cheesy fingers and eggs on toast.

Jamaica Blue, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.

Arch Cafe

Arch Cafe

A social enterprise that ploughs money back into the great cause that is Age UK Leeds. You’ll find plenty of space inside and out, so if the weather’s nice you can let the kids run off some steam in the garden. Inside the cafe, it’s a lovely, family-friendly environment, with cakes, sandwiches and more to fill the gaping hole in your tummy. They also have high chairs and baby changing facilities, as well as toys and books to keep the kids entertained.

The Arch Café, Bradbury Building, Mark Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JA.

The Tiled Hall

Tiled Hall Leeds Families

If you’re eating out after a spot of culture, The Tiled Hall is perfectly placed. It’s wedged between Leeds Central Library and the gallery, so you can go from sculptures and books to sandwiches, soups and baked potatoes in minutes. You’ll find lots of families here, with lifts, high chairs and changing facilities all at your disposal. They also offer kids’ meals, to help you feed your little treasures for family-friendly prices.

The Tiled Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB.

Humpit

Humpit Family-friendly Leeds

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Ever introduced the kids to the joys of hummus and falafel? If not, Humpit is the place to do it. It’s one of the best places to eat in Leeds – and is a great place to stop for a bite with the family. Outside, there’s room for a buggy or two, while inside there’s a small but cosy cafe where you can all squeeze in. They serve up big bowls of hummus, with various tasty toppings – and while they don’t have a kids’ menu, the portions are big and perfect for sharing.

Humpit, Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Crepe Affaire

Pancakes at Crepe Affaire

It goes without saying that a crepe restaurant like this will be an instant favourite with the kids. You’ll find all your favourite toppings on the menu, both sweet and savoury, so whether you’ve got a hankering for maple syrup or Mexican chicken, you’re in luck. Add waffles, milkshakes and ice cream to that and you’ve got a family-friendly haven that caters for just about everyone.

Crepe Affaire, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.

212 Cafe & Bar

The 212 Cafe & Bar, Leeds

For a cool hangout the kids will love as much as you, head to 212 Cafe & Bar on Brewery Wharf. It’s a colourful cafe with a quirky decor and space to sit inside or out – but most importantly, it has a pro children and dogs attitude that means everyone’s welcome. They don’t have a kids’ menu, but everything is such great value that you won’t mind one bit. The kids can tuck into a sausage sandwich for £3.50, a three cheese melt for £4.50 or a burger for £5.95 – just like you can.

212 Cafe & Bar, Brewery Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NE.

The Corner Cafe

Corner Cafe

An obvious choice when it comes to family-friendly dining, The Corner Cafe is often filled with the sounds of little ones chomping away at lunch after a trip to Leeds City Museum. They’ve got an access ramp and plenty of space for buggies, with high chairs available if you need them – and the kids will love the range of food on offer, with sarnies and jacket potatoes alongside an array of delicious cakes.

The Corner Cafe, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH.

Moments

Moments Cafe Families

A lovely independent coffee shop with oodles of space for prams and buggies, Moments will make you feel at home whether you’re nipping by on your own or with the entire family. They’ve got a couple of sofas that you can cosy up on with the kids or a big table off to one side for when you need to squeeze in three generations of the family for breakfast or a tasty lunch. The kids will love tucking into their crepes at breakfast and their cakes in the afternoon.

Moments, 8 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.

Pubs & Bars

As with all city centre pubs and bars, they’ll get livelier as the day goes on, filling up with folk who want to have a big night out, but during the day and in the early evening, these pubs and bars are surprisingly good for families.

North Brewing Co.

North Brewing Co.

One of the most exciting additions to Leeds’ food and drink scene in recent years, North Brewing Co. is the brain child of the folk behind North Bar and Belgrave. It’s a brewery, producing quality craft beer for the masses, but it also has its own tap room, which is open on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s the latter families will be interested in, because you can head over by day and make the most of the kid and dog friendly ethos, with a pint in hand. Look out for their events, which add street food and entertainment into the mix.

North Brewing Co. Unit 6, Taverners Walk Industrial Estate, Sheepscar Grove, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 1AH.

Candle Bar

New to Leeds: Candlebar

Nestled on the ground floor of the iconic Candle House, Candle Bar is a great shout for families. On the bar, they got an exceptional selection of beers and wines for the adults to enjoy, with a menu of tasty pizzas that are sure to please the kids in your party. If you’re bringing babies, they have changing facilities, and there are plenty of high chairs if you’ve got toddlers in tow.

Candle Bar, Granary Wharf, Candle House, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GJ.

The White Swan

The White Swan

It’s easily forgotten, tucked away as it is on Swan Street, and perhaps that’s why the city’s families have claimed it as their own. During the day, you’ll find it filled with adults, toddlers, teenagers and everything in between – they’re certainly no stranger to three-generation gatherings. Totally family-friendly, they’ll make you all feel welcome, while serving you a cheeky pint or a plate of hearty food. They’re set up with all the baby facilities you need, have board games on-hand to entertain the older kids and there’s even a piano you can play.

The White Swan, 5 Swan Street, City Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LG.

Outlaws Yacht Club

Outlaws Yacht Club, Leeds

Perhaps the most family-friendly bar in all of Leeds, the folk at Outlaws Yacht Club go out of their way to make the little ones feel at home. There’s a ramp so you can get in with prams and buggies, as well as a host of board games and a graffiti wall to set the kids loose on – but it’s the atmosphere that really makes Outlaws a great place to go, as they don’t just welcome kids, they want them there. As such, they hold film screenings specially for the little ones and it’s not unusual to see kids there late into the evening.

Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.

Belgrave Music Hall

Belgrave Music Hall

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This may seem like a surprising choice, it is, after all, better known as a haunt for the young and cool folk of Leeds. But Belgrave has also been known to transform into a family-friendly haven, welcoming kids of all ages, as well as dogs. So pull up a pew and catch up with your friends, with a pint of beer and a slice of pizza during the day – the latter is perfectly sized for feeding the little ones and cheap too. Look out for Belgrave Feast and Morning Gloryville for even more family-focused entertainment.

Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.

Town Hall Tavern

Town Hall Tavern Family Friendly

If it’s a family-friendly pub with a focus on real ale you’re after, look no further than Town Hall Tavern. The bar is lined with Timothy Taylor’s taps, giving you a chance to taste some of our finest local beer – and the pub itself is well set up for families. You’ll find a children’s menu with a bit of pizazz, boasting dishes like mushroom and sundried tomato pasta and Yorkshire sausage and mash – with dinner and a drink for just £6.

Town Hall Tavern, 17 Westgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2RA.

The Reliance

The Reliance

It may be a stone’s throw from the revelry of Merrion Street, but The Reliance is a much more relaxed affair and well suited to eating or drinking with the family. They don’t have a kids’ menu, but their homemade charcuterie boards are perfect for sharing with the little ones, while introducing them to a few new flavours. They’ve got high chairs and baby changing facilities, and with a great selection behind the bar, it’s only too easy to while away an afternoon here with the family.

The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.

The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys

For a proper traditional pub where the kids will feel at home, head to The Cross Keys. It’s a lovely place to grab a drink, with an impressive range of beer, wine and spirits – even better, it’s family-friendly. The kids will be kept entertained with books and colouring sheets – and if you’re stopping for food, you’ll find a locally-sourced menu of tastiness, with high chairs and baby changing facilities should you need them.

The Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WD.

Crowd of Favours

The basement in Crowd of Favours, Leeds

Crowd of Favours has everything you need to keep your brood entertained. As well as traditional board games you can all play together, they’ve also got a slew of retro video games, so you can challenge the kids to a game from your generation – like Sonic the Hedgehog. And downstairs, they hold film screenings with many a title the kids will love. All this is served up with an exceptional range of ale, as well as wine, spirits and soft drinks for the kids.

Crowd of Favours, Harper St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EA.

The Griffin

The Griffin, Leeds

A traditional pub right in the heart of the city, The Griffin is great spot for a drink with the family. There’s a down to earth feel to the place that makes it less about big nights out and more about enjoyable drinks. Add to that the fact that there’s plenty of room to park a buggy or two, high chairs, baby changing facilities and a nice menu of British classics (although the kids will have to choose from the main menu). There’s a decent selection behind the bar too, so you’re all set for a post-shopping drink or a quick pitstop to catch the match before you go home.

The Griffin, Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DF.

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