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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 coconut milk, the homemade beans on toast comes on sourdough and even your beloved sausage or bacon roll comes encased in a sweet, buttered brioche roll rather than a traditional bap.

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 7:30am 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 the aptly-named Gut Buster. 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.


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 £8. 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 7.30am on weekdays and 10am 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 8am every day.

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 Monday 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, paprika-smoked beans with creme fraiche, or our personal favourite, the Yorkshire rarebit. This cheesy masterpiece comes topped with Hendersons relish, but the precise cheese and garnish combo changes day-by-day, sort of like a delicious Russian roulette.

Laynes Espresso, 16 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL. Opens at 7am on weekdays and at 9am 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.

Ira B’s

Ira B's The Grobber

Most people head to Ira B’s for The Grobber. Their renowned salt beef sandwich is rammed with juicy brisket, and while it may be a lunchtime favourite, no one’s stopping you from devouring this meaty beast for your brekkie.

It’s the bagels that really bring in the breakfast crowds at this Leeds eatery though. Every Sunday, they cook ‘em up fresh and you can smother them with toppings like cream cheese and smoked salmon or salt beef and sweet dill pickles. The great thing about Ira B’s is that it’s part cafe, part deli, so you can stock up on tasty treats before you go.

Ira B’s, 27 Chelwood Drive, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2AT. Open from 10am Tuesday to Sunday.


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 granola, porridge or muesli, if you want something light, or dive head first into a plate of eggs on toast with bacon, sausage or smoked 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

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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 Dumouchel bread sits under their homemade smoky beans, and it sandwiches their Firths Butchers bacon and sausage sarnies too. Eggs come courtesy of Woodlands Farm in Scarcroft, 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.

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 Maude 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.

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 10am on Saturdays.

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.

Hepworth’s Deli

Brunch at Hepworth's Deli

Hepworth’s is a legendary independent cafe that’s so popular people queue outside the door. Why? Because they’ve created a space that’s effortlessly cool and insanely laidback, with a menu that’s simply too good to miss – and never is that more true than at breakfast.

You’ll find all the classics here, served all day, every day. Eggs Royal, Florentine and Benedict are all cooked to perfection, and their Full English can be transformed into a vegetarian feast with meat-free sausages, buttered spinach and homemade veggie baked beans. But the star of the show is the croissant French toast with honey mascarpone and banana.

Hepworth’s Deli, 21 Thorntons Arcade, Lands Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LQ. Open from 10am weekdays and Sunday and from 9am on Saturdays.

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 chai-infused pear on buckwheat waffles, minted peas with lemongrass halloumi, or oozy béchamel cheese 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 £5.25. 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 a quid.

Riveresque, 15 Bridge End, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7HG. It opens at 7.30am on weekdays and 8.30am 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 mushrooms on toast with garlic confit, spinach and pumpkin seeds.

Of course, it’s not all creative. They do simple bacon and sausage sarnies on a Leeds Bread Co-op ciabatta, not to mention a cracking Full English – you can even get a big vegan breakfast salad, with citrus fruit, avocado, spelt, toasted buckwheat, seeds and leaves drizzled in pumpkin seed oil. 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 Monday to Friday, from 9am Saturdays and from 10am Sundays.

Grön Kafe

Grön Kafe

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 weekdays and from 10am on weekends.

Dough in the City

Dough in the City

From the people behind Vice & Virtue comes Dough in the City, a laidback eatery that toes the line between the everyday and the exceptional. Come in the morning and you’ll be treated to one of the best breakfasts in Leeds with a few creative twists that will have you wondering why you never thought of that.

Hop across the Channel for a cheesy Croque Madame or head upwards into Scandinavia for a Danish smørrebrød, a kind of open sandwich loaded with prawns, egg and avocado. If it’s a more local brekkie you’re after, opt for the steak and eggs, which comes served on a waffle. A waffle! Makes you proud to be British.

Dough in the City, 72 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU. Open 8am every day.

North Street Deli

North Street Deli

North Street Deli in Wetherby is a little local cafe with just a handful of seats, but owners Alan and Diane will make it worth your wait. 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 Noisette Bakery to offer an ever-changing menu of food. Their seasonal menu is crammed full of baked treats, like their famous Morning Cakes. Want something a little heartier? Scrambled eggs, granola and ricotta toast 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 Cherry Bakewell porridge, the herby garlic mushroom on sourdough, or the hummus and avocado on artisan bread?

With bread supplied by Leeds Bread Co-op, and the fruit and veg from the doors of RK Harris in Headingley, The Greenhouse is a true local venture and the best breakfast in Leeds for completely guilt-free dining. There’s even Saturday morning yoga for the truly virtuous, so you can work up an appetite ahead of your gorging.

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. At first glance, the all-day breakfast menu may look ordinary enough – eggs Benedict, ham and cheese croissant and the like. But look a little closer and you’ll find a few creative surprises.

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

Feed, 163 Richardshaw Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6AA. Open from 8am every day.

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 granola bowls, smoothies and fruit plates or go for something a little more robust. They have a whole menu of ‘on toast’ options, with toppings like homemade baked beans, smashed avocado and vegan mozzarella alongside the usual jam and peanut butter. Of course, you could just get a sausage butty or smoked salmon bagel.

East Parade Social, 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH. Open from 8am on weekdays and from 10am 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 smoked haddock kedgeree from the all-day breakfast menu.

They also take coffee seriously here. The beans themselves come from Beanmachines in Manchester 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 every day.


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? Try the avocado on toast. It’s topped with a wonderfully runny poached egg and a slice of smoked salmon. There’s pancakes too, with yogurt and compote, or what about a Full English? Coffee lovers will be happy to see local North Star coffee on the menu too. 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 £7, 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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