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Where to Get the Best Breakfasts in Leeds

· Ruth Hargreaves · Food and Drink

This is how to do breakfast in Leeds.

Laynes Espresso Breakfast

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 their 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.


Fettle Brunch

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This cosy little cafe in Leeds is a master at breakfast classics, but they do theirs with a clever twist. Hearty bowls of porridge are made with black rice and topped with seasonal fruit preserve, the mushrooms on toast comes on pumpernickel rye and even your beloved eggs Benedict is served on an irresistibly tender pork belly round rather than a traditional muffin.

Wash it all down with one of their loose leaf teas, order a proper coffee to start the day, or try something a little more adventurous, like their red velvet latte. It’s this attention to detail that gets bums on seats and keeps our bellies happy.

Fettle, 73 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR. Open from 8am on weekdays and from 9am on weekends.

Granary Restaurant at Crag House Farm

Granary Restaurant

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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.

Moose Coffee

Moose Coffee

Moose Coffee is the place to go for an indulgent all day breakfast in Leeds. It’s a New York-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 American 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 proper American grits – not to mention eggs Benedict eight 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.


Wapentake Breakfast

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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 8am on weekdays and 9am on weekends.

San Co.co

San coco Breakfast

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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 Monday to Saturday and 9am on Sunday.

Olde Booths Tea Room

Fried Eggs on Toast

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, 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.

Cosy Club

Cosy Club pancakes

Cafe by day, restaurant by night, Cosy Club is an eclectic addition to Leeds’ dining scene, with an 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, scrambled tofu and proper crumpets are just as tempting – we know what the kids will choose, don’t we? Breakfast is 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.

Laynes Espresso

Laynes Breakfast

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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 bircher muesli or hearty porridge with a choice of sweet toppings, 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 savoury and sweet pancakes, smashed peas with cannellini beans, or our personal favourite, the sweetcorn fritters. This deep-fried deliciousness comes served with creamy halloumi cheese, fresh salsa verde, pickled red onion and creme fraiche, all topped off with a perfectly runny poached egg.

Laynes Espresso, 16 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL. Opens at 7am on weekdays and at 8am on weekends.

The Station House Cafe

The Station House Cafe

A delicious Italian breakfast, 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 surrounds. Chug up and get ready to be charmed.

The Station House Cafe, Station Road, Garforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 1PY. Open from 6am Tuesday to Friday and from 9am on Saturdays.

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 crumpets, pastries and fruit toast or indulge in hearty dishes like the brioche French toast, smothered in blueberry compote and crème fraîche. 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.


Taste Breakfast

With floor-to-ceiling arched windows and plants aplenty, Taste Cafe in Holbeck is a delight. Sit in, if you can, and spend your morning in a bright, airy space surrounded by exposed brickwork.

They have a menu of classic fare that will keep everyone happy. You can start the day with a bowl of porridge or muesli, if you want something light, or dive head first into a plate of eggs on toast with bacon, sausage or poached salmon. But it’s the breakfast sarnies that win the day, quick and easy to snaffle on the way to work, they’re full of delicious Yorkshire produce. Team it with a coffee from local roasters, Maude Coffee, and you’ve got a first rate Leeds breakfast to kickstart your work day.

Taste, 3 Saw Mill Yard, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WH. Open from 8am on weekdays, then from 10am to 6pm on weekends with a pop-up cafe from Brinner.

Arch Cafe

Arch Cafe Breakfast

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Eat good, do good, feel good. That’s the ethos at Arch Cafe, which is run by Age UK Leeds. They plough all proceeds back into helping older people in the local community, which means your breakfast, as well as being freshly-made and utterly delicious, comes with an extra sprinkling of satisfaction.

Their offerings are simple yet spot-on – breakfast butties, Full English spreads and egg-topped toasts rule the roost. The portions are good and the prices are extremely fair, but don’t fill up too soon. You’ll want to leave space for one of their delectable homemade cakes before you go.

Arch Cafe, 15 Mark Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JA. Open from 8.30am Monday to Friday and from 10am on Saturdays.

Pride and Produce

Pride and Produce

Demand for local produce has never been higher, and Pride and Produce in Garforth meets that popularity head on. They use local suppliers as much as possible in this cosy little cafe, so their range of breakfasts is local at heart.

Freshly made artisan bread from Yorkshire’s own Cawa Bakery sits under their homemade smoky beans, and it sandwiches their Firths Butchers bacon and sausage sarnies too. Eggs come courtesy of The Greengrocer just across the road in Garforth, while the homemade cakes are made in their very own kitchen. If you want a true celebration of regional fare, this is one of the best breakfasts in Leeds.

Pride and Produce, 33A Main Street, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1DS. Open from 8.30am Tuesday to Saturday and 10am on Sunday.

Mrs Atha’s

Mrs Atha's Sausage Sandwich

We love Mrs Athas. 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 Monday to Saturday and from 10am on Sunday.

Residence 74

Residence 74

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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.

Le Chalet

Le Chalet, Park Row, Leeds

Let’s face it, the French know how to do breakfasts, which is what makes Le Chalet such a très magnifique breakfast 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 8am Monday to Saturday and from 10am on Sundays.

If Coffee Bar

If Coffee Bar

Bring your friends, bring your neighbours, bring your four-legged friends to If Coffee Bar on Call Lane. Needless to say, breakfast starts with coffee – they get theirs from North Star and turn it into an Aussie-style 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 decor of this little independent is as good as food – and don’t miss the pretty courtyard garden out back on sunny days.

If Coffee Bar, 43 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT. Open from 8am Monday to Friday and from 9am on Saturdays and 10am on Sundays.

Crust and Crumb

Crust and Crumb

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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 stacks are particularly sublime – they top generous chunks of bread with poached eggs, avocado, crispy bacon, halloumi, black bean salsa and more. Be sure to check out 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 Monday to Saturday and from 9am on Sundays.

Sheaf Street

Brunch at The Grub and Grog Shop

Vegetarians will be chuffed at the selection of veggie dishes on offer at this little Leeds independent. Other than a cheeky bacon sarnie, everything else on the menu is meat-free. From the sautéed mushrooms on sourdough toast to buttered crumpets for £2 a pop, 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 Street Cafeteria, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD. Open from 8.30am on weekdays and 9am on weekends.

LS6 Café

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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 seven days a week.

Tribeca City Café

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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 an expect quality fare, made fresh to order.

Fluffy, buttery and bright yellow, the scrambled eggs on toast is 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 7.30am Monday to Friday.

Salami and Co

Salami and Co Breakfast

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Up for a day trip with your four-legged friend? Head to Otley and kick off proceedings at Salami and Co, an utterly pooch perfect place for breakfast. A half-hour car ride from Leeds city centre, this picture perfect cafe is modern yet cutesy in style. It specialises in all-day breakfasts, snacks and drinks for all visitors – human and canine alike.

The brunch menu changes every few months, and is confidently creative. Expect hazelnut yoghurt, plum compote and coffee crumb loaded on waffles, Thai-style salmon with poached eggs or whipped avocado on Leeds Bread Co-op sourdough. Dogs can enjoy a puppuccino, a chunky venison sausage, or if they deserve a real treat, frozen yoghurt in three different flavours.

Salami and Co, 10 Market Place, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 3AQ. Open from 8am every day other than Tuesday, when it’s closed.


Riveresque breakfast

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Riveresque on the banks of the River Aire 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.

Riveresque, 15 Bridge End, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7HG. It opens at 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends.

Mill Kitchen

The Mill Kitchen, Turkish eggs

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Located in 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 rye waffles with hot smoked Kilnsey trout.

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 8.30am on weekdays and 9am on weekends.

Fleur Cafe

Fleur Cafe

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.

You can dig into irresistibly creamy bowls of porridge brûlée topped with mixed berries, or try their unique take on poached eggs – they load them on sweet brioche with wilted spinach then pour on their lip-smacking smoked paprika hollandaise. If you’re feeling particularly ravenous, they do larger plates like bavette steak with eggs and smoked salmon on toasted multigrain with beet cream cheese and avocado. Yum!

Fleur Cafe, 8 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.

Grön Kafe

Grön Kafe, Oakwood

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. Butter beans ensconced in smokey tomato sauce, beetroot-cured salmon with a fluffy avocado mousse and scrambled eggs flecked with shavings of truffle all await you here.

Grön Kafe, 454 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU. Open from 9am seven days a week.

North Street Deli

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, from 8.30 on Saturdays, 9.30am on Sundays and closed on Mondays.

North Star Coffee Shop

North Star Coffee Roasters Breakfast

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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 get an expertly brewed cup of coffee, but they’ve also teamed up with Nova Bakehouse to offer an ever-changing menu of food. Their seasonal menu is crammed full of baked 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.

The North Star Coffee Shop & General Store, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ. Open from 7.30am on weekdays, from 9am on Saturdays and from 10am on Sundays.

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

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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 creamy banana porridge, the creamy garlic mushroom on artisan bread, or the hummus and avocado on toast?

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.


Feed Breakfast

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Bright, stylish and sleek, Feed has a lot in common with its sister venue, Vice & Virtue, but the food stands apart. This is proper tasty nosh, on the border of fine dining, but made for everyday people. They regularly switch-up the breakfast menu, which often features classics alongside a couple of creative surprises.

You can expect dishes like avocado and egg on toast comes with a spicy slash of Korean sriracha sauce, plus a sweet sprinkling of black sesame. The BLT? It comes topped with a bitter burnt lettuce and gochuchang mayo that’s a splendid accompaniment to the juicy, locally sourced meat below. It’s refreshingly different, without being pretentious, and reasonably priced to boot.

Feed, 72 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU & 163 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6AA. Open from 10am every day except Monday in Leeds city centre and 8am every day in Pudsey.

East Parade Social

East Parade Social Breakfast

The huge windows, exposed ceilings and reclaimed furniture make East Parade Social a marvellous spot for a slow, languorous breakfast in Leeds. The space is actually spread across five floors, but it’s the ground floor cafe you want to visit for breakfast.

You can keep it light with homemade porridge made from almond milk and topped with banana or go for something a little more robust. They have a build-your-own breakfast sandwich option, with tasty fillings like bacon, sausage, smoked salmon, halloumi, avocado, spinach, black pudding and more. Of course, you can also get a whopping Full English or avocado on toast.

East Parade Social, 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH. Open from 8am on weekdays and from 3pm on Saturday.

Corner House Coffee

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 homemade granola, a Full English or creamed 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 8am Monday to Saturday and from 9am on Sunday.


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, poached egg and hollandaise atop a toasted English muffin. Steak and eggs is another indulgent breakfast choice, and a perfect excuse to have chips first thing in the morning. But for those without the appetite of a bull, pancakes and smoked salmon on scrambled eggs are more moderate choices.

Browns, The Light, 70-72, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ. Open from 9am every day.

Woodlawn Coffee Co

Woodlawn Coffee Co

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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 8am weekdays, from 9am on Saturdays and from 10am on Sundays.


Popinas Mega Breakfast

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.

Technically it’s an Italian caff, but on a morning everyone’s here to get stuck into their Mega Breakfast. A bargain at £6.95, 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 9am every day of the week.

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