Feather-light crepes, loaded American stacks and traditional galettes – we can’t get enough of the city’s pancakes.
How do you like your pancakes? From French crêpes smothered in Nutella to American-style pancakes doused in syrup and galettes stuffed with smoked salmon, you can get them every which way in Leeds. So whether you want ‘em savoury or sweet, French or American, you’ll have your pick of places to tuck into a plate of pancakes in Leeds.
Le Chalet serve their pancakes all day long, so whether you’re in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can always treat yourself. Keep it traditional with French cider or get creative with caramel, Nutella and syrup. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, their galettes come stuffed with fillings like chicken and smoked salmon.
Le Chalet, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.
Manahatta do their pancakes a little bit differently, so if you want to try something new this is the place to go. If you like them sweet, you can top yours with a mix of Nutella, toasted hazelnuts and cream. But they do savoury pancakes too – the High Line gets you three buttermilk pancakes with fried chicken, bacon and maple syrup.
Manahatta, 11 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
The pancakes at Bill’s are a must-try. They’re the light, fluffy American variety and you can get three or five, depending on your appetite. There are two toppings to choose from – go fruity with banana, strawberries and blueberries or try the American-style smoked streaky bacon with syrup. If you visit between 28th February 2019 and 10th March 2019, you’ll have even more options, with unusual eats like sweetcorn pancakes, poached eggs, feta and avocado.
Bill’s, 1 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL.
The Ivy is an eclectic all-day restaurant where you can indulge in a loaded stack of pancakes. Their hot buttermilk pancakes are topped with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, then smothered in Greek yoghurt, lemon balm and warm strawberry sauce for a delicious alternative to the norm. Get ‘em until 11am on weekdays or until 4pm on the weekend.
The Ivy, Vicar Lane, Victoria Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BB.
Victoria Gate Casino
You can get pancakes all through the night at Victoria Gate Casino. Their brunch menu is served from 12am to 12pm and it includes American-style pancakes. You can go for Sykes House Farm bacon and Canadian maple syrup or try their homemade compote of blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, with créme fraîche on the side.
Victoria Gate Casino, 26 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.
You’ll find Creative Crêpes tucked away in Kirkgate Market. It’s a hidden gem that serves classic French pancakes with a variety of toppings. They’re made right in front of you, so it’s a treat for all the senses. You can load your crepes with sweet toppings like Nutella, maple syrup and pineapple, or go savoury with ham, mushrooms and red peppers. It’s £4 for one filling, £4.50 for two and £5 for three.
Creative Crêpes, Market Hall, Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HH.
If you want to start the day with pancakes, Brown’s has two options for you. They’re both American buttermilk pancakes, but one is savoury and one is sweet. You can play it safe with mixed berries, English borage honey and Greek yoghurt or try smoked pancetta with savoury granola and maple syrup. Whichever you go for, you’re in for a treat.
Browns, The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
Cosy Club is famed for is its Triple-Stacked Buttermilk Pancakes. They’re thick and fluffy, with two different toppings for you to choose from. Will you go for the fruity berry compote, banana and crême fraîche? Or will you indulge in the smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup? They’re served until 5pm every day, so you’ve got plenty of time to get involved.
Cosy Club, 53 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA.
Olive & Rye
Ever had the pancakes at Olive & Rye? There’s no time like the present. You have two different options to choose from here – their normal buttermilk pancakes come topped with banana, honey and créme fraîche or you can try their blueberry pancakes, which are smothered in vanilla créme fraîche and maple syrup.
Olive & Rye, 18-20 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.
Laynes Espresso is a local morning favourite, renowned for its coffee, but why not pair your brew with their buckwheat pancakes? They have two different options – you can get them topped with seasonal fruit, cream, chocolate and biscuit crumble, or try them loaded with smoked streaky bacon, maple syrup and whipped maple and honey butter.
Laynes Espresso, 16 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.
If Coffee Bar
When it comes to pancakes in Leeds, If Coffee Bar is a secret contender. Their homemade American-style discs are a joy to behold and they have four toppings for you to choose from. Like banana? They do it with Nutella or salted caramel. But if you fancy something different, there’s fruit compote with yoghurt, honey and pecans or bacon, maple syrup and pecans.
If Coffee Bar, 43 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
At Crepe Affaire, it’s all about traditional French pancakes. Expect a host of classic combinations, both sweet and savoury, like cinnamon or ham supreme. But it’s their more creative options that demand your attention. Try the peanut butter pie, topped with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Nutella and cream. And if you can’t make up your mind, you can throw on extra toppings as you see fit.
Crepe Affaire, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.
Bella Italia might not be the first place you think of when you’re looking for pancakes in Leeds, but it’s a must-try. You’ve got two choices to pick from. Their fruity pancake stack loads three buttermilk pancakes with syrup, strawberries and bananas. But, if you’re feeling naughty, you can swap the fruit for three rashers of bacon, two fried eggs and syrup instead. Either way, they’re yummy.
Bella Italia, 145 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BR.