It’s the most important meal of the day, but where should you go for the best breakfast in Leeds? We have the answer…
Leeds is full of cracking eateries, ready to fill your belly with something nice. So if you’re looking to start your day with a tasty meal, you’ll have no shortage of options. But where should you go and what should you order? We’ve tried and tested Leeds’ breakfasts to find out… it’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it.
Okay, we’re going to level with you – Mrs Athas is like marmite. You’ll either love it or you’ll hate it, but we’re rather partial to it. Perhaps it’s the exposed brickwork, maybe it’s the vintage teacups or it might just be their perfectly brewed cups of Maude Coffee. Either way, it’s one of our favourite places for breakfast. They serve it all day and you can tuck into Posh Beans on Toast with Lishman’s black pudding or a lovely Sausage Sandwich. And if you just want a slice of cake for breakfast, they do some of the best in the city, with oodles of vegan and gluten-free options.
Mrs Atha’s, Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE. It opens from 9am every day.
Looking for a healthy breakfast in Leeds? Head to SIX. Their superfood smoothies will give you a refreshing kickstart – they’re full of nutrients and offer a healthy, refreshing way to start the day. If you want something a bit more filling, but still just as good for you, try one of their Acai Smoothie Bowls, which come topped with granola, fruit & coconut, or perhaps the Salmon and Crab Benedict. On a cheat day? They do buttermilk pancakes, smothered in syrup and bacon, or vegan banana bread with espresso cashew butter. Whatever you choose, enjoy it in their cool, plant-filled venue with table service.
SIX, 66-68 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EE. It opens at 7.30am from Monday to Saturday and at 9am on Sundays.
They’re most famous for their coffees, but Laynes serves up a mighty fine breakfast in its cool, spacious venue. The menu blurs the lines between breakfast and brunch. You’ve got the Home-baked Ham and Egg Hash, with red currants, ham hock, potatoes pangritata, kale, poached egg and Béarnaise sauce. Want something sweet? Try the Buckwheat Pancakes with Braeburn apple, clementine, pistachio, crème fraîche and cinnamon jam.
Laynes Espresso. 16 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL. It opens a 7am on weekdays and at 9am on weekends.
Browns has one of the best breakfasts in Leeds. This grand restaurant was once the banking hall of the Leeds Permanent Building Society and they’ve retained much of its original charm – so if you’re out to impress, this is the perfect choice. Why not get a plate of freshly baked mini pastries for the table while you decide between Lobster Benedict, Buttermilk Pancakes and Smashed Avocado on Toast? They do a traditional cooked breakfast too, with smoked bacon, Cherry Orchard sausages, two eggs, baked beans, flat mushrooms, black pudding, grilled tomatoes and sourdough toast.
Browns, The Light, 70-72, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ. It’s open from 9am every day.
Cross the English Channel for breakfast at Le Chalet’s little French tearoom. It’s served all day long, so you can have a lie in, and you’ll get table service too – so just grab a table and they’ll come to you. Try the French Toast, it comes loaded with bacon, fruit and your choice of maple or golden syrup. And if you want something savoury, they’re famous for their Galettes, which you can have with fillings like carvery ham, Emmental cheese and a fried egg or garlic sausage and onions. To wash it down, you can choose from over 100 teas.
Le Chalet, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD. It’s open from 8am every day.
Cosy Club is an eclectic addition to Leeds and they do a proper sit-down breakfast with table service. Grab a seat, order a tea, coffee or fresh fruit juice and browse the menu. They’ve got everything from the Gloucester Old Spot Sausage Sandwiches to Triple-stacked Buttermilk Pancakes with berries compote, banana and crème fraîche. Try their Avocado on Toast – it comes with spinach, cream cheese and cherry tomatoes as a tasty alternative to the norm. Oh, and their breakfast is served until 5pm, so feel free to stay in bed late.
Cosy Club, 53 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA. It’s open from 9am every day.
Sheaf Street Cafeteria
The Grub and Grog Shop is famous for its healthy and inventive menus. You’ll find them in Sheaf Street Cafeteria, where they’re making breakfast interesting with a range of dishes you won’t find anywhere else. They’ve got light bites like eggs on homemade crumpets, or you can have something more filling, like their unique take on Bubble & Squeak, which is made with a mix of roasted root vegetables, herbs and onions with tomatoes, greens and brown sauce. If you’re veggie or vegan, you’ll have plenty of options here.
Sheaf Street Cafeteria, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD. It’s open from 8.30am on weekdays and 9am on weekends.
Taste is a unique proposition – it was created by the local business community, for the local business community. Needless to say, breakfast was a priority, so you can grab a quick bite on the way to the office or settle down in their modern cafe for your first meeting of the day. They do classics like the Yorkshire Back Bacon Sandwich or Smashed Avocado on Toast. Why not try one of their Egg Pots? These tasty, takeaway pots of scrambled eggs come with spinach or smoked salmon to give you a healthy start to the day.
Taste, 3 Saw Mill Yard, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WH. It opens from 8am on weekdays but closed on weekends.
A low-key cafe on the banks of the River Aire, this is the place to go for a cheap and cheerful breakfast in Leeds. Riveresque has a menu filled with classics – you can start the day with a Full English, which promises generous portions of bacon, sausage, beans, egg, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast with a tea or coffee for just over a fiver. Alternatively, try one of their breakfast sandwiches or ciabattas. You can even get a bowl of cereal for under a quid.
Riveresque, 15 Bridge End, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7HG. It opens at 7am every day.
Need a quick breakfast before work? Tribeca is charming little basement cafe in the business district and they do a right good breakfast. They source all their produce locally, from the likes of Cryer & Stott and Sykes House Farm, so you know you’re going to get the best quality bacon, sausage and eggs in a sandwich or as a fry-up. The highlight here, however, is the scrambled eggs – bright yellow and served on sourdough, they’re a must for egg-lovers. Pair your brekkie with a cup of Seasons For coffee for the perfect pick-me-up.
Tribeca, 2 Park Square East, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2NE. It’s open from 7.30am every weekday.
Fettle is a stylish Scandinavian-inspired cafe that combines a beautiful minimalist decor with a menu of delectable dishes, each honed to perfection. They do a lovely Full English, with dry cured bacon, Cumberland sausage and baked beans, but the veggie version is arguably even better – think halloumi and wilted spinach. Both come with free-range eggs, flat mushrooms and confit tomatoes. If you want something a little lighter, try the 3-grain porridge, which is made with gluten-free oats, buckwheat and black quinoa, then topped with banana and berry compote.
Fettle, 73 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR. It’s open from 7:30am on weekdays and from 9am on weekends.
Bella Italia for breakfast? No, we haven’t lost the plot – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their city centre restaurant. Keep it light with croissants and toast ciabattas, smothered in butter and jam – or go for something more filling. They’ll bring you loaded stacks of pancakes, tasty sarnies and a hearty Full English, but it’s the Breakfast Pizza that steals the show. A breakfast version of the Italian classic, it comes topped with bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms and a fried egg. Got kids to feed too? They do a special breakfast menu for the little ones.
Bella Italia, 145 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BR. It opens at 8am from Monday to Saturday and 9am on Sundays.
The Union Coffee House
The Union has a breakfast menu you’ll want to come back for. Couple a North Star coffee with classics like their Poached Eggs on Toast or go for The Union Rarebit – this house dish promises grilled mature cheddar on toasted Leeds Co-op malthouse sourdough with Henderson’s Relish and cherry tomatoes. You can enjoy it in a charming little cafe, filled with knick-knacks and curiosities, all of which are for sale.
The Union Coffee House, 51 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB. It’s open from 7:30am on weekdays and 10am on weekends.
It’s cheap, it’s cheerful and it’s really rather tasty – San Co.co is an old school cafe that prides itself on making a quality breakfast. It’s perfect if you’re short on time because they’re really quick, but good luck making a decision – they’ve got everything from scrambled eggs to omelettes and sarnies. The Full English always gets us, it comes with an Americano or tea for £5 – start your day with sausages, bacon, free-range eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and a ciabatta. Alternatively, grab a breakfast sandwich filled with bacon, sausage or perhaps both.
San Co.co, 12 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU. It’s open from 8am every day.