Want a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day? You’ve come to the right place…
It’s the most important meal of the day, but where should you go for breakfast in Leeds? From cosy cafes to greasy spoons and fancy restaurants, there are loads of options in Leeds, each with its unique menu of morning-making dishes. And whether you want a Full English or a loaded stack of pancakes, we know exactly where you should go.
Moose Coffee is the place to go for an indulgent all day breakfast in Leeds. It’s an American-style diner with a modern decor and an obsession with coffee. Kick start your day with their eye-opening espresso blend, before diving into a menu of proper breakfast classics.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the deliciously fluffy pancakes are a must. They’re absolutely huge and come loaded with an array of tempting toppings, with everything from caramel apple to chocolate and peanut butter. Prefer something savoury? Tuck into plates of steak and eggs, smashed avocado and huevos rancheros – not to mention eggs Benedict five different ways. There’s so much choice, you’ll have to keep coming back.
Moose Coffee, Bond Court, Wine Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JZ. Open from 9am every day. Walk-ins welcome or you can book online.
Us northern folk like a hefty meal at a fair price, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Wapentake. It’s a bakery-cum-bar with Yorkshire at its heart, which means a generous breakfast is on the horizon.
Their all-day breakfasts (which includes veggie and vegan versions) are made with ingredients sourced from Kirkgate Market, and they cost less than a tenner. There’s no scrimping either, with plates piled high – if you go with the traditional, meat-obsessed dish, you’ll be treated to eggs, sausages, beans and bacon, with tomatoes and mushrooms on the side and two slices of toast to mop it all up. Oh, and you can be sure of a darn fine butty too, made with bread freshly baked on site. Nowt wrong wi’ that.
Wapentake, 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ. Open from 10am from Tuesday to Sunday. Walk-ins welcome.
Heaney & Mill
Heaney & Mill is a suburban sensation that will kickstart your day in the most delicious way. They have an enormous menu for early risers to salivate over with their own blend of coffee or maybe even a breakfast cocktail – it’s 5 o’clock somewhere right?
As for the food, you can keep it traditional with the eggs benedict, a chocolate pancake stack or the Full English (they do veggie and vegan versions too). But since Heaney & Mill prides itself on luxury, why not indulge? Their bacon donut is unique – you get a toasted cinnamon donut topped with bacon, banana, pecans and maple syrup. Now that’s how you start the day!
Heaney & Mill, 48 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL. Open from 8am Monday to Saturday and 10am on Sundays. Walk-ins welcome or you can book online.
If you like to see your morning meal stretching out before you like a veritable banquet, make a beeline for San Co.co. It’s an old school cafe that’s been serving up chunky all-day breakfast plates for years and, thank goodness, shows no sign of stopping.
The homemade fare is best appreciated by ordering the Full English breakfast for just under £6. It comes with all the trimmings – think bacon, sausages, eggs and mushrooms, with beans and tomatoes to boot, you’ll even get a crusty ciabatta roll you can put to good use by mopping up all the leftover juices. They do continental and American versions too (the latter comes with pancakes), or you can keep it simple with a sarnie or scrambled eggs on toast.
San Co.co, 12 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU. Open from 7.30am every day. Walk-ins welcome.
Olde Booths Tea Room
Quaint is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but trust us when we say that Olde Booths Tea Room in Pudsey is quaint with a capital Q. We’re talking flowery china crockery, creaky wooden chairs and tiered cake stands – there are even doilies, for Pete’s sake.
And breakfast is just as charming, with traditional offerings like toasted egg muffins, Full English spreads and jam on toast. Great quality, piping hot and fairly priced food means it’s popular, so get in quick to nab a table. And while you’re there, make sure you try out their stonkingly good hot chocolate.
Olde Booths Tea Room, 20 Lowtown, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 7AA. Open from 8.30am Tuesday to Saturday. Walk-ins welcome.
Cafe by day, restaurant by night, Cosy Club is an eclectic part of Leeds’ dining scene, with an equally eclectic menu to match. Expect a few curveballs alongside the standard fare, but rest assured, there’s enough choice here to keep everyone happy.
They’ve got everything from ham hock hash served with breakfast gravy to Middle Eastern shakshuka that sees eggs baked in a peppery, spiced tomato sauce. Stacked pancakes, smashed avocado and bubble & squeak are just as tempting – we know what the kids will choose, don’t we? Breakfast dishes are served until 5pm, so there’s no rush to make up your mind.
Cosy Club, 53 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA. Open from 9am every day. Walk-ins welcome or you can book online.
They’re well known for their coffees, but Laynes also serves one of the best breakfasts in Leeds. Early risers can grab classics to go, like fruit-filled Laynes granola or one of their freshly-baked, generously-sized pastries, but if you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, why not sit in and enjoy the laidback atmosphere?
You can indulge in sweet buckwheat pancakes, kale and spring onion bubble & squeak, or our personal favourite, the black pudding hash. This little plate of pure joy comes served with a fried egg and spiced mayo – they have a veggie black pudding version too. Want to keep it simple? Give their breakfast muffins a whirl, the sausage patty, bacon, cheese and ketchup combo is a must.
Laynes Espresso, 16 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL. Opens at 7.30am on weekdays, at 8am on Saturdays and 9am on Sundays. Walk-ins welcome.
The Station House Cafe
A delicious Italian breakfast joint, set in a former Station Master’s house in the outskirts of Leeds? Be still our beating hearts. You’ll find The Station House Cafe slap bang on the platform at Garforth railway station.
Owners Luigi and Joanne serve up traditional southern Italian food, so you can start your day with fresh ciabatta rolls, pastries, Italian frittatas or Baranelli’s breakfast, an Italian take on the traditional Full English. This is pure Italian hospitality in quirky surroundings. Chug up and get ready to be charmed.
The Station House Cafe, Station Road, Garforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 1PY. Open from 10am Tuesday to Friday and from 8am on Saturdays. Opens at 10am Sunday to Friday and 9am on Saturdays. Walk-ins welcome.
Olive & Rye
Nestled in Queens Arcade is Olive & Rye, a charming cafe with a modern-meets-rustic decor. Take a pew and browse their all-day menu of breakfast classics while you sip a brunch cocktail – they do mimosas, G&Ts and Bloody Marys.
All their food is made using delicious local produce. The buttermilk pancakes are legendary, but that’s not all they do well. You can snack on granola, pastries and fruit toast or indulge in hearty dishes like the brioche French toast, smothered in roasted maple peaches, Lotus biscuits and cinnamon sugar. They also do a refined take on a classic fry-up too. Expect crispy pork belly, black pudding, homemade beans, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, sourdough toast and eggs-your-way.
Olive & Rye, 18-20 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF. Walk-ins welcome or you can book online.
We love Mrs Atha’s. Perhaps it’s the exposed brickwork, maybe it’s the vintage teacups or it might just be their perfectly brewed cups of speciality coffee, either way, we can’t resist it. Step inside and take a moment to let your eyes adjust to this dimly-lit cafe where the outside world feels a million miles away.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – they make one of the best sausage sarnies in Leeds. But they also offer a meat-free Full English, smashed avocado on toast and those oh-so-moreish pancakes smothered in syrup and fresh fruit. Of course, if you just want a slice of cake for breakfast, they have plenty of those too, with vegan and gluten-free options to suit every diet.
Mrs Atha’s, Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE. Open from 9am Thursday to Sunday. Walk-ins welcome.
Residence 74 is a cool, modern cafe in Cookridge and they sure know how to whip up a storm at breakfast. Inside, it’s got an industrial-chic decor with exposed brick walls, neon light fittings and comfy Chesterfield sofas for you to sink into with a cuppa and a bite to eat.
You can wrap your chops around proper builder’s butties and feast on The Mighty Breakfast – it’s double the size of a classic fry up and will leave you positively bursting at the seams. They have a whole menu dedicated to eggs – think traditional Eggs Royale, cheesy pesto omelettes and avo on toast topped with runny poached eggs. Wash it down with one of their artisan coffees or make your breakfast a boozy one with their all-day cocktails.
Residence 74, 74 Otley Old Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 6LQ. Open from 9am every day. Walk-ins welcome or you can book online.
Let’s face it, the French know how to do breakfasts, which is what makes Le Chalet such a très magnifique way to start the day in Leeds. Take one look at their enticing all-day breakfast menu and you’ll be glad you’re making a culinary crossing over the English Channel.
All manner of crepes, croissants and galettes await, alongside gloriously chewy French toast topped with your choice of syrup, bacon or fruit. Looking for something with extra ooh la la? Go for their bottomless breakfast – it comes with as many mimosas or French 75 cocktails as your heart desires for two whole hours. Sacre bleu.
Le Chalet, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD. Open from 10am every day. Walk-ins welcome.
House of Koko
House of Koko is the place to go for a slap-up brekkie in Chapel Allerton. A cool independent cafe with a modern-meets-rustic decor, you can take a pew, order a cup of North Star’s finest and set about a menu full of tantalising morsels to get your morning going.
Their chilli-drizzled crushed avo on sourdough will certainly fire you up for the day ahead or why not try their toasties, bagels and croissants? They all have the same fillings, from the Koko kroque monsieur to the cheesy BLT, just pick your perfect base and choose your favourite filling. If you want your breakfast destiny in your own hands, you can build your own pancake or waffle stack with toppings like bacon, Lotus biscoff and bruleed bananas.
House of Koko, 62 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LA. Open from 9am every day. Walk-ins welcome.
If Coffee Bar
Bring your friends, bring your neighbours, bring your four-legged friends to If Coffee Bar on Call Lane or York Place. Needless to say, breakfast starts with coffee – they get theirs from North Star and turn it into a delicious brew you’ll really enjoy. Then it’s onto the meal itself.
You can have eggs every which way, Benedict, Florentine, Royal, it’s up to you, but that’s just the beginning. They have an almighty breakfast burrito that will keep you going until lunch with scrambled eggs, hash browns, spring onion, cheddar and bacon all wrapped up in a tortilla with salsa. The American-style pancakes are mighty fine too. The decor of this little independent is as good as food – and don’t miss Call Lane’s pretty courtyard garden out back on sunny days.
If Coffee Bar, 43 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT & 18 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 2EX. Open from 8am Monday to Friday and from 9am on weekends (weekends Call Lane only). Walk-ins welcome.
Crust and Crumb
One of the best breakfasts in Leeds can be found in Chapel Allerton’s renowned bakery-slash-cafe, Crust and Crumb. When only carbs will do, this little local treasure cuts the proverbial mustard, by offering freshly baked breads and muffins galore.
Their breakfast wraps are particularly sublime – they top massive corn tortillas with the likes of crispy bacon, halloumi, grilled tomato, lettuce and sriracha mayo. Be sure to check out thier breakfast sandwiches too and keep an eye on their specials board, it throws up some absolute corkers, like our personal favourite, the avocado and sweet potato rosti.
Crust and Crumb, 110B Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY. Open from 8am Tuesday to Saturday. Walk-ins welcome.
Vegetarians will be chuffed at the selection of veggie dishes on offer at this little Leeds independent. Other than cheeky bacon and sausage sarnies, everything else on the menu can be made meat-free. From the veggie full English to the falafel and hummus wrap, there’s something for everyone. Look out for their daily specials for a chance to tuck into special treats like veggie fritters or buckwheat pancakes.
Vibe-wise, Sheaf Street has the feel of a trendy co-working space. It’s all exposed brick walls, huge wooden tables and eclectic seating. The temptation to linger in the welcoming environment is strong. So why don’t you? The board games should keep you well occupied until lunch rolls around.
Sheaf St, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD. Open from 8.30am every day.
Enjoy breakfast surrounded by flamingo wallpaper and mannequin heads at LS6 Café, a Hyde Park institution that’s nothing if not eclectic. But it’s not a case of style over substance, after all, LS6 does one of the best breakfasts in Leeds, with a massive range of dishes that are sure to divert your attention from the Insta-worthy surroundings.
Highlights include the breakfast burrito, which is crammed full of hash browns, beans, jalapeño salsa and cheese, as well as veggie and vegan breakfasts that don’t scrimp on the trimmings. Even better, all the meat, eggs and bread at LS6 are sourced locally, which means your Full Yorkshire breakfast really is all Yorkshire.
LS6 Café, 14-16A Headingley Lane, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AS. Open from 9am every day. Walk-ins welcome.
Tribeca City Café
It may be easy to miss, but trust us, you’ll want to seek out Tribeca. This little independent cafe is tucked away in a basement just off Park Square and it offers one of the best breakfasts in Leeds. They pride themselves on sourcing local produce, so you can expect quality fare, made fresh to order.
Fluffy, buttery and bright yellow, the scrambled eggs on toast are a firm favourite, but you can start your days your way with a range of options. They’ve got quality bangers in soft buns, big bowls of granola topped with fruit and nuts or you can just go for a full English, complete with your choice of eggs. Whichever you choose, you’re sure of a warm welcome and a hot cuppa.
Tribeca City Café, 2 Park Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2NE. Open from 8am Monday to Friday. Walk-ins welcome.
On the banks of the River Aire, Riveresque is a low-key cafe that’s loved by locals. Why? The phrase ‘cheap and cheerful’ springs to mind, in fact, so does ‘bust a gut’, because they definitely know how to load a plate up, and all without breaking the bank.
The Full English is as generous as they come and available all day for just £5.75. Breakfast sandwiches are another big hit, in particular the Full English ciabatta, which promises all the joy of a fry up, but, y’know, in bread. You can even get a bowl of cereal for under two quid. Bargains.
Riveresque, 15 Bridge End, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7HG. Open from 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends. Walk-ins welcome.
Located in Sunny Bank Mills, a huge complex of former mills in Farsley, Mill Kitchen has loads of character – but you don’t come for the decor, you come for the food. They do rustic breakfast fare with a twist, so can enjoy dishes like spiced chickpea potato hash.
Of course, it’s not all creative. They do simple bacon and sausage sarnies on ciabatta, not to mention a cracking Full English – you can even get a Full Vegan, with smoked tofu, roast tomatoes, baked portobello mushroom, avocado, wilted spinach, homemade baked beans & sourdough toast. Load up then head out into the mill to explore the gallery.
Mill Kitchen, 1 The Old Combing, Paradise Street, Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ. Open from 9am every day. Walk-ins welcome.
Beautiful wisterias decorate the doorway and cascade down the walls of Fleur, a pretty-in-pink cafe that’s tucked away in The Light. It’s one of the most instagrammable breakfast spots in Leeds, but the decor isn’t the only reason to visit – they also have a delectable menu of French-inspired dishes perfect for a later breakfast.
You can dig into irresistibly fresh pastries, like blueberry croissants or try their unique take on shakshuka – poached eggs are seasoned with aromatic zatar with kale in a fragrant tomato piquillo sauce. If you’re feeling particularly ravenous, they do larger plates like pretzel burgers, cauliflower chickpea curry and slow braised beef short rib. Yum!
Fleur Cafe, 8 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL. Open from 11am every day. Walk-ins welcome or you can book online.
One glance at Scoff’s breakfast menu will prove they couldn’t have picked a better name. This plant-based Horsforth cafe promises feel-good grub without the meat. You’re positively spoilt for choice with a smorgasbord of scoff-worthy dishes.
Wrap your chops around breakfast sandwiches made with plant bacon and chickpea ‘eggs’ or try their signature porridge, loaded with goji berries, flaxseed, acai powder, hemp, agave and cinnamon. The big daddy on the menu, though, is The Ultimate Breakfast Burrito. They take a wholewheat wrap, then fill it with everything from tofegg to avocado and fresh spinach – it’s not for the faint-hearted!
Scoff’s, 86 New Road Side, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4LZ. Open from 9am Tuesday to Sunday. Walk-ins welcome.
Scandinavian-inspired? Check. Sleek, minimalist decor? Check. Celebrity chef at the helm? Check. Grön Kafe comes from Matt Healy, runner-up on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2016, and he’s brought his sophisticated approach to the breakfasts of Leeds.
Everything at Grön is fresh and locally sourced, with a particular focus on plant-based options, and there’s no compromise on flavour either. Pancakes served with berry and plum compote, fresh beeries, soya yoghurt and maple syrup sit alongside a sweet potato and halloumi hash topped with avocado, spiralised cucumber and cherry tomatoes.
Grön Kafe, 454 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU. Open from 9am every day. Walk-ins welcome.
North Street Deli
North Street Deli in Wetherby is a little local cafe with just a handful of seats, but it’s well worth waiting for. Child-friendly, dog-friendly, muddy boot-friendly – it’s safe to say they’re a friendly bunch and they whip up a mean breakfast too.
You can get their full English with or without the meat, either way, expect a loaded plate of food. But that’s just the beginning. Sandwiches, eggs and good old fashioned options like beans on toast are all on the menu here. It’s the perfect way to gear up for a post-breakfast stroll down the nearby River Wharfe.
North Street Deli, 29 North Street, Wetherby, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS22 6NU. Open from 7.30am Tuesday to Friday and 8.30am on Saturdays. Walk-ins welcome.
North Star Coffee Shop
Many of the cafes on this list shout about North Star Coffee. And why not? It’s one of the best brews you can have to accompany your breakie. But if you want it hot, fresh and at its very best, why not cut out the middle man and head straight to source? They have a cafe right next to their roastery on Leeds Dock and it’s quite a find.
Not only can you get an expertly brewed cup of coffee, but they’ve also teamed up with Nova Bakehouse to offer freshly baked pastries alongside an ever-changing menu of food. Their seasonal menu is crammed full of breakfast treats, like their Ciabatta Breakfast Roll that comes jam-packed with your choice of meat. Want something a little heartier? Slow scrambled eggs, granola and sweet potato hash have all made an appearance on the breakfast menu in the past.
North Star Coffee Shop & General Store, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ. Open from 8.30am on weekdays, from 9.30am on weekends. Walk-ins welcome or you can book online.
The Greenhouse in Horsforth is the first of its kind – the first 100% vegan eatery in the area. The plant-based all-day breakfast menu is a delight with so much choice that you won’t miss the meat or dairy. Will you go for the nutty granola, the creamy mushroom fricasee, or the scrambled tofu on sourdough?
For the truly virtuous, you can snaffle their Recovery Bowl, which comes filled with mixed salad, sliced avocado, pan-fried broccoli, asparagus and mango salsa, all drizzled in a lemon and herb dressing. With bread supplied by Moin Moin Bakery in Ilkley and the fruit and veg from the plastic-free Veg2table grocers in Leeds, The Greenhouse is a true local venture and the best breakfast in Leeds for completely guilt-free dining.
The Greenhouse, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5LJ. Open from 9am Monday to Saturday and from 10am on Sundays. Walk-ins welcome.
Corner House Coffee
With an appealing blend of Victorian architecture and shabby chic furnishings, Corner House Coffee is a mighty fine place for breakfast in Moortown. Pull up a chair at one of their wooden tables or sink back into the deep Chesterfield sofa to fill your face with eggs benedict, a Full English or creamy garlic mushrooms on sourdough from the all-day breakfast menu.
They also take coffee seriously here. They hand-select their own blend and each cup is brewed to perfection in their top-of-the-range Sanremo Cafe Racer machine. You can get tea too, with a vast selection to choose from, including Moroccan mint, fruit punch and good old Yorkshire Tea.
Corner House Coffee, 378 Harrogate Road, Moortown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 6PY. Open from 9am Monday to Saturday and 10am on Sundays. Walk-ins welcome or you can book online.
Once the banking hall of the Leeds Permanent Building Society, Browns is a grand setting to break your fast. The noteworthy space is matched by a menu that’s tailor-made for splurging, although the prices are more than fair.
Go all out and treat yourself to the Lobster Benedict, which promises succulent lobster meat, Thermidor sauce, buttered spinach and hollandaise atop a toasted English muffin. The soked pancetta pancakes are another indulgent breakfast choice, comeplete with savoury walnut, granola and maple syrup. But for those looking for classic brunch dishes, omelettes and smoked salmon on scrambled eggs are more delicious choices.
Browns, The Light, 70-72, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ. Open from 12pm Monday to Friday and 9am on weekends. Walk-ins welcome or you can book online.
Woodlawn Coffee Co
Woodlawn is a proper neighbourhood cafe where everyone is welcome. The cool decor appeals to adults, but the warm welcome extends to kids, and the breakfast dishes on offer are great no matter who you are. You can’t go wrong with a sausage sandwich, but if bacon is more your thing, we won’t judge.
Want something different? You can start the day sweet with freshly-baked pastries and cakes, or what about a Full English? Your plate will come loaded with chunky sausages, homemade beans, toast, avocado, mushrooms and even a runny poached egg sitting on top. Coffee lovers will be happy to see local brews from North Star, Dark Woods or Casa Espresso regularly featuring on the menu. If you’re planning on eking out an extended breakfast, try and nab a table in the light-filled upstairs room.
Woodlawn Coffee Co, 60A Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4AP. Open from 10am every day. Walk-ins welcome.
For a no-frills breakfast of champions, get yourself down to Popina’s cafe in Hyde Park. You’d better have an empty stomach though, as this greasy spoon goes big on breakfast – it’s the reason why it’s an absolute local legend.
Technically it’s an Italian caff, but on a morning everyone’s here to get stuck into their Mega Breakfast. A bargain at £7.95, this beast of a Full English comes loaded with everything you can imagine, from crispy rashers of bacon to an avalanche of baked beans. While your stomach might ache afterwards, your wallet will be right as rain, which is why this prime hangover spot is very popular with students.
Popina’s, 31 Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1HA. Open from 8am every day. Walk-ins welcome.
Granary Restaurant at Crag House Farm
Nestled in the heart of the countryside, Granary Restaurant feels a million miles from the bustling city centre. You’ll find it on a working farm, so as you can imagine, local produce has a huge role to play in their breakfasts.
Take a seat in the converted 17th-century barn and browse a menu of undeniable favourites, like eggs Benedict, smokehouse kippers and creamy avocado toast. Their ‘big daddy’ dish is an all-day gut-busting Full English. It comes complete with bacon, sausages, black pudding, hash browns, beans, egg, tomato and toast. Probably best to clear the rest of your day, as you’ll definitely need a sit-down after this.
Granary Restaurant, Crag House Farm, Otley Old Road, Cookridge, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 7NH. Open from 9am Monday to Saturday. You need to book online.Cover image credit: Reece Leung