Where to Get the Best Breakfasts in Leeds

· Kirsty Allen · Food and Drink

Take your pick of the best breakfasts in Leeds.

Laynes Espresso Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Leeds has plenty of places where you can start your day right.

From hip indie cafes to good ol’ fashioned greasy spoons, upmarket restaurants to cosy coffee houses, Leeds is awash with a flurry of fantastic breakfast options. Whether you’re in the mood for a massive full English, looking for a big stack of pancakes or searching for the city’s best breakfast sandwich, we’ve got you covered. Take a look through this trusty list – breakfast heaven awaits.

Wapentake

Wapentake Breakfast

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Wapentake is a Leeds institution, serving up hearty Yorkshire scran made from local ingredients, often sourced from Kirkgate Market. Breakfast is big here, so roll up your sleeves and get ready to dig in. Their all-day breakfasts are some of the best around, with veggie and vegan versions available. Hungry? Make like a viking and double it up. That’s not all – you can gorge on stacked breakfast butties for just £3.50. Bargain. Fancy something a little different? The breakfast Yorkshire pud comes filled with baked eggs, crispy bacon and Hendo’s relish.

Wapentake, 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ. Open from 10am from Tuesday to Sunday.

Shokupan

Shokupan

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Shokupan brings a taste of Japan to Leeds for your next breakfast. You see, shokupan is a Japanese style of milk bread, and this sweet and oh-so tasty treat forms the basis for a range of deliciously decadent sandwiches – or sandos, as they’re known in Japan. At breakfast time, you’ve a choice of three fillings – spam, sausage and sweet potato. Once you’ve chosen your fighter, the thick-cut bread is crammed with fillings and sliced pristinely in half. It looks amazing, so be sure to get a photo for your Instagram before you scran down.

Shokupan, City Central, 27 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4EA. Open from 7.30am from Monday to Friday.

Laynes Espresso

Laynes Espresso Turkish Eggs

Ask a local where to find the best breakfast in Leeds, and there’s a high chance they’ll say Laynes. In addition to pouring some of the city’s finest coffee, their food menu leaves nothing to be desired. The breakfast roll – elevated with a brioche bun – is a popular choice, and available in veggie and vegan forms too. More experimental offerings feature mackerel pâté, ham hock and corned ox tongue. They’ve also got an in-house bakery, so you can grab one of their famous pastries and a coffee to go if you’re in a rush.

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.

Moose Coffee

Moose Coffee

If you love nothing more than massive American breakfasts, then head down to Moose Coffee. Renowned for its larger than life dishes – and menu – Moose prides itself on serving authentic US and Canadian brekkies, all day long. There’s plenty to choose from, but there’s no better place to get pancakes. Made to order, you can keep it classic with maple syrup and butter, or add bacon for a sweet and salty treat. For something savoury, but equally as decadent, there are no less than seven egg Benedicts to go for.

Moose Coffee, Bond Court, Wine Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JZ. Open from 8am every day.

San Co.co

San coco Breakfast

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For a very affordable yet delicious breakfast in Leeds, San co.co ticks all the boxes. It’s a no-frills affair, but this old-school cafe certainly knows how to start mornings right. The homemade fare is best appreciated in the form of a classic full English, and you can grab a brimming plate loaded with six items for just £5.80. Expect all the classics – sausage, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, beans and tommys. It’s even served with homemade ciabatta, primed for mopping up all the good stuff. Need something light? You can’t go wrong with avo on toast.

San co.co, 12 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU. Open from 7.30am every day.

Wolfox

Wolfox Tropical Bowl

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Wolfox takes coffee seriously, serving up their own blend in a range of styles for the perfect morning pick-me-up. Their breakfasts are something special too. Smoothie bowls and overnight oats offer plenty if you want a healthy option, but their take on a full English is noteworthy. Choose from farm or field, with the farm option featuring bacon and spicy Merguez sausage, and the field option keeping it veggie with crushed peas and avocado. Both come with crushed potatoes, wild mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and an organic poached egg.

Wolfox Coffee Roasters, 66 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EE. Open from 8am Monday to Friday and from 9am on weekends.

Sociable Folk

Sociable Folk

Sociable Folk has a short but sweet morning menu, making it a great choice for grabbing breakfast and a coffee on-the-go in Leeds. That coffee is sublime – with beans provided by North Star and a head barista with over 10 years’ experience, it’s no wonder. And then there’s the food. You can’t go wrong with a breakfast sandwich – at just £3 for a take-out bacon, sausage or egg sarnie, you’ll be laughing. You can even combine all three in a breakfast wrap for just £5.50. There are plenty of fresh pastries and bakes on offer if you’d prefer.

Sociable Folk, 10 Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JP. Open from 7am Monday to Friday and from 10am Saturday. Closed Sundays.

North Star Coffee Shop

North Star Coffee Roasters Breakfast

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The North Star does indeed shine the brightest. Many of the venues in this list serve North Star coffee, and it’s no wonder – they’re one of Leeds’ best roasters. Alongside impeccable coffee, they also serve up cracking breakfasts down at Leeds dock. A rotating seasonal menu keeps things interesting, and freshly baked pastries from Nova Bakehouse are always a surefire hit. The Ciabatta Breakfast Roll, crammed with your choice of meaty fillings, will definitely fill a gap, while the squash smash on sourdough is a veggie delight.

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.

Olive & Rye

O&R Full English Breakfast

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Located in the stunning Queens Arcade, Olive & Rye is a charming indie cafe with a friendly and welcoming vibe. Creative breakfast dishes are put together from locally sourced ingredients, providing a wholesome way to start the day. Their full breakfast comes with a couple of inspired twists – crispy pork belly replaces the bacon, while apple and fennel black pudding stars in place of sausage. It’s all backed up by tomato, mushrooms, beans, hash browns, sourdough toast and eggs-your-way. Definitely a winner.

Olive & Rye, 18-20 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.

If Coffee Bar

If Coffee Bar

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Presentation matters at this Leeds favourite. If’s stunningly crafted breakfasts look almost too good to eat. But let’s start with the coffee. They get theirs from North Star, and these brews really hit the spot. In terms of food, you’re spoilt for choice. The Benedicts are remarkably photogenic, dripping in vibrant hollandaise, topped with crispy onions and loaded with your choice of salmon, bacon, or spinach. The pancakes are also legendary – Yorkshire fudge, banana and honeycomb is a must for folks with a sweet tooth.

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 (Call Lane only).

Heaney & Mill

Heaney & Mill, breakfast

Heaney & Mill is here to prove that the ‘burbs can do breakfast, too. They serve it daily until 11.45am, making it perfect for both late and early risers. Once you’ve grabbed a brew – they serve their own blend of coffee – or even a breakfast cocktail, it’s time to peruse the menu. There are five types of Benedicts to suit all tastes, but it’s the pancakes worth writing home about here. A super-fluffy buttermilk stack is topped with streaky bacon, maple syrup and fresh blueberries. It’s a sweet and savoury sensation.

Heaney & Mill, 48 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL. Open from 8am Monday to Saturday and 10am on Sundays.

Basco’s

Basco's

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Basco’s is one of the friendliest breakfast joints in Leeds. Priding themselves on their customer service, they serve up specialty coffee and freshly cooked food in a wonderfully welcoming environment. The food is exemplary too. Take your time poring over an extensive menu, but the chicken and waffles is simply sublime. A monster portion of buttermilk fried chicken sits atop of a sweet waffle, which is then adorned with poached eggs before being drenched in buffalo sauce, maple syrup, bacon crumb and parsley oil. Yum.

Basco’s, 23 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JS. Open from 10am daily.

Fika North

Fika North Brunch

Speciality coffee bar Fika North is a hit up in Headingley, where it slings tasty pastries, cakes and bagels all day long. Once you’ve grabbed a coffee, made using beans from a local indie roaster, it’s a bagel you’ll want to go for. Hot toasted and made fresh to order, they come loaded with a range of scrummy fillings. The pastrami is a classic – a generous serving of meat is joined by cheese, mustard and of course pickles. Add a couple of hash browns for an extra treat. It’s available in a vegan option, too, so everybody wins.

Fika North, 94 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4BA. Open from 8am Monday to Friday and from 9am on weekends.

House of Koko

House of Koko, Chapel Allerton

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Over in Chapel Allerton you’ll find House of Koko, whose breakfasts have become the talk of Leeds. In addition to great coffee and a huge range of teas, this modern yet rustic cafe serves a delightful selection of dishes to kickstart your morning. Turkish eggs is the pick of the bunch. One for the garlic lovers, clove-infused yoghurt is topped with poached eggs, dill and chilli oil. Top it with merguez sausage or halloumi for an extra £2. A huge array of sides makes it easy to customise your order just how you like it.

House of Koko, 62 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LA. Open from 9am every day.

Crust & Crumb

Crust and Crumb

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Another Chapel Allerton favourite, the bakery-cum-cafe Crust & Crumb is a must when you’re after something warm and freshly baked. Aside from selling a massive selection of breads and pastries, their breakfast menu will also keep you happy. Why not try a Bury Benedict? This classic Benny is given a northern twang with the addition of Bury black pudding and mushrooms, then slathered in Yorkshire hollandaise. Wash it down with an excellent coffee and you’re set for the day.

Crust and Crumb, 110B Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY. Open from 8am Tuesday to Saturday.

Mrs Atha’s

Pancakes at mrs Atha's

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Mrs Atha’s is one of the most popular places for breakfast in Leeds. With its exposed brickwork and dim lighting, it’s the perfect spot when you want to escape from the mayhem of the outside world – even just to grab a bite and a proper brew. The service is always fast and friendly, the coffee’s sublime and the food’s great to boot. Some say they make one of the best sausage sarnies in Leeds – you can make your own opinion. Alongside other delights like pancakes and crumpets, there are fresh bakes and sweet treats to savour, too.

Mrs Atha’s, Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE. Open from 9am Thursday to Sunday.

Hyde Park Book Club

Hyde Park Book Club

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Hyde Park Book Club is a hipster’s paradise. Boho and studenty, it’s super relaxed and exactly as you’d expect a cafe in a second-hand book store to be. In addition to fresh coffee and cake, they serve a fully-veggie, mainly vegan breakfast menu, packed with comforting, affordable food. The chilli cheese on toast is incredible – spiced cheddar is melted onto sourdough, then topped with sukkah and spring onion. Top it with a fried egg for the ultimate breakfast grilled cheese sarnie. It’s messy and it’s glorious.

Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 1BL. Open from 9am daily, closed on Sundays.

Nam Song

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Colourful Vietnamese cafe Nam Song may seem a surprising addition to this list, but if you’ve tried their breakfasts, you can vouch that they’re some of the best in Leeds. Take a seat on the floor, Viet style, and order an authentic coffee with condensed milk. Now, the food. The fry up is an unusual twist on an English classic, available in meaty, veggie and vegan options. Sweet chilli sausage, bacon, beef and twice-fried tofu comes alongside sriracha-fried eggs, spring onions, Dairylea triangles (yes, really), toast and edamame. Try it to believe it.

Nam Song, 57-59 New Brigitte, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JD. Opens from 11.30am daily.

Mill Kitchen

The Mill Kitchen, Turkish eggs

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Sunny Bank Mill’s Mill Kitchen is brimming with character, all exposed brickwork and old school furniture. They serve rustic breakfast food with a twist and you can find unique dishes such as courgette and polenta fritters, served with salsa verde, charred corn and Padrón peppers. For something more traditional, the full English is cracking, and the cheesy beans on toast will warm your soul – house-baked sourdough loaded with homemade beans, cheddar cheese and spring onions. Fill your boots, then head 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.

Popina’s

Popina's

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Popina’s is a legend in the Leeds student community and beyond. Serving a range of breakfasts and hot sandwiches, it’s most famous for its ‘Mega Breakfast’ – a behemoth of a full English, which earns you a keyring and a spot on the wall of fame if you manage to finish it. This absolute monster comes loaded with all the usual characters, from salty bacon and big bangers to an ocean of beans and no less than three eggs. It’s just bloody massive. Bring your hangovers, they’ll be cured. Not up to it? You can get more scoffable portions.

Popina’s, 31 Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1HA. Open from 8am every day.

Browns

Brunch at Browns

The grand setting of Browns is a fantastic place for a fancy breakfast. Once the banking hall of the Leeds Permanent Building Society, it’s a captivating place to start the day, with an indulgent breakfast menu to boot. For a breakfast fit for royalty, go all out with the lobster Benedict, which sees succulent lobster meat awash in Thermidor sauce and draped in buttery spinach and Hollandaise, all on a toasted English muffin. There are plenty of classic options too, from loaded all day breakfasts to healthy yet tasty omelettes.

Browns, The Light, 70-72, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ. Open from 12pm Monday to Friday and 9am on weekends.

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

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The Greenhouse is an all vegan eatery out in Horsforth, and the first of its kind in the area. An extensive all-day breakfast menu offers plenty for plant-eaters to enjoy, from the tasty tofu scramble to creamy mushrooms on sourdough. It’s the pancakes that have got everyone talking, though. This impeccably-presented stack comes served with fruity berry compote, fresh berries, yoghurt, granola and maple syrup. If you’ve still got any room (or want a treat to take away for later), try a home-made cake, or keep it healthy with a fruit-packed smoothie.

The Greenhouse, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5LJ. Open from 9am Monday to Saturday and from 10am on Sundays.

Cha Lounge

Cha Lounge

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The wonderfully charming Cha Lounge has built itself quite the reputation, and its breakfast menu is one of the best in Leeds. Expect a warm and welcoming vibe from this zero-waste cafe bar, alongside some seriously good food and drink. The sumac-roasted tomatoes are a flavourful delight – these oven-roasted spiced cherry tommies with Sriracha are simple yet sublime, and can be topped with eggs or bacon if you fancy. You can also build your own breakfast sandwich, starting from just £3.50.

Cha Lounge, 24-26 Dock Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JF. Open from 8am Wednesday to Friday and from 9am on weekends.

FINT

Fint Vegan Crumpet Benadict

Pairing Scandi decor with Nordic-inspired cuisine, FINT is a great choice for a breakfast with a difference in Leeds. Each dish is thoughtfully crafted, with plenty of interesting options on offer, both sweet and savoury. The FINT breakfast is the place to start and it comes with a twist. Yes, there’s local sausage and molasses dry cured bacon accompanied by poached egg and beans. But then it gets interesting – there’s pickled mushroom and confit tomato as well a Raggmunk, a delightfully crisp potato pancake.

FINT, 73 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR. Opens at 10am daily, closed Tuesdays.

Scoff’s

Avocado on toast, Scoff's

Scoff’s is a feel-good, friendly vegan diner over in Horsforth, and it’s home to some banging breakfasts. The menu will make you want to scoff the lot – there are breakfast sandwiches and burritos, along with a hefty full English packed with alt-meats. But for the ultimate breakfast treat, it has to be the Mac’Scoffin Sandwich. Plant sausage patty, chickpea ‘egg’ omelette and melted cheeze snuggle up between a soft English muffin. Whisper it, it might even be better than its fast-food namesake!

Scoff’s, 86 New Road Side, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4LZ. Open from 9am Tuesday to Sunday.

Grön Kafe

Food and Coffee at Gron Kafe

If you’re seeking a slick and sophisticated, Scandi-inspired vibe, look no further than Grön Kafe in Oakwood. Serving healthy, balanced food sourced from local ingredients, alongside freshly-brewed speciality coffee, Grön’s vegan-friendly breakfast menu has earned it a loyal Leeds following. Hungry? You can’t go wrong with the full breakfast, which promises two vegan sausages, grilled tomato and garlic ‘shrooms, alongside mixed beans, smashed avo and tofu scramble. Scoop it all up with a round of bloomer toast and you’re all set.

Grön Kafe, 454 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU. Open from 9am every day.Fleur

Fleur Cafe Pancakes

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The oh-so-Instagrammable Fleur provides a pretty in pink breakfast spot from its home inside The Light. Come for the decor, but stay for the exceptional food. Headed up by Masterchef star Bobby Geetha, the kitchen serves a delectable range of unique brunch dishes. A highlight is the chicken keema cheese naan – a toasted naan bread is topped with minced chicken, mature cheddar and a fried egg, then finished off with pickled onion and pomegranate. For the ultimate indulgence, why not make it bottomless? You deserve it.

Fleur, 8 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL. Open from 11am every day.

Riveresque

Riveresque breakfast

Sitting on the banks of the River Aire, Riveresque is a no-frills cafe that’s loved by Leeds locals. Order one of its sprawling breakfasts and you’ll find out why. You can keep it simple with a coffee and a breakfast sarnie, or go all out with a full English. The latter will see you take on a massive plate of bacon, sausage and eggs, served with beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and two rounds of toast. What’s more, it’s super pocket-friendly, so you can chow down on a hearty plate of scran without breaking the bank.

Riveresque, 15 Bridge End, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7HG. Open from 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends.

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