Where to Get the Best Pancakes in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

What a way to start the day!

Feather-light crêpes, loaded American stacks and traditional galettes – you’ll find loads of delicious ways to get your fill of pancakes in Leeds.

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. But which one will you check out first? Take a look and get gorging…

Pancake Day specials

Looking to liven up your Shrove Tuesday with an all-out treat? These Leeds favourites are making a big deal out of Pancake Day on Tuesday 21st February 2023.

Cosy Club

Cosy Club pancakes

It does pancakes all year round, but Cosy Club are going all out for Pancake Day this year. They’ve put together a special menu that you can get from Saturday 18th to Tuesday 21st February 2022. First up, try their oh-so-indulgent black forest gateaux stack – you can get three, six or nine covered in Cassis whipped cream, brownies, chocolate sauce, raspberries, maraschino cherries and cherry syrup. Or you can build your own from any three of 15 toppings.

Cosy Club, 53 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA.



If you want to get a head start on all the Pancake Day fun in Leeds, head to Neighbourhood from 10am to 6pm on Sunday 19th February 2023. They’re hosting a bottomless pancake brunch – that’s right, you can scoff on all the pancakes you can eat and sup all the tipples you can drink (prosecco, cocktails, beer and spirits) during a 90-minute sitting for £35. Toppings include bacon, maple syrup, fresh berries and chocolate sauce.

Neighbourhood, 5 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.

The Botanist

Hanging pancake kebabs at The Botanist

The Botanist’s hanging kebabs are the stuff of legend, but they’re getting a pancake makeover – and not just on Pancake Day, they’re on all February long. The All American promises a fried chicken and maple bacon pancake kebab with mini hash browns and sriracha mayo, but if you’re of a sweeter persuasion, try their pancake-based Rocky Road, loaded with Biscoff and Oreos, or The Chocolate Orange, it’s packed with brownies and orange brandy sauce.

The Botanist, 67 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.

Belgrave Music Hall

Belgrave Music Hall Pancake Day

Patty’s are well-known for their burgers, but every Shrove Tuesday, they swap the patty for the pancake, and this year is no different. Head down to their hatch at Belgrave Music Hall between 12pm and 10pm on Tuesday 21st February 2023 for a whole day of pancake-based joy. They’ll be serving all kinds of combinations, including meat, veggie and vegan toppings, on top of all manner of delicious discs.

Belgrave Music Hall, Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.

Pancakes all-year round

You can get pancakes every day in Leeds – tuck into traditional savoury galettes, Nutella-filled crêpes or American-style pancakes whenever you like.

Green Room

Green Room

Green Room have teamed up with plant-first Oakwood favourites Gron Kafe to run their food offering and their pancakes are one of the menu’s highlights. Available from 10am to 3pm daily, you can look forward to a stack of three fluffy pancakes coated in cinnamon sugar. They’re covered in maple syrup and lemon cream with a sprinkling of Biscoff crumb and a handful of blueberries for the ultimate sweet treat.

Green Room, 36 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2DE.

Grand Pacific

Pancakes at Grand Pacific

You have to wait until Saturday and Sunday to indulge in Grand Pacific’s delightful pancakes, but their two options are more than worth it. Available from 11am to 2pm every weekend, take your pick from the savoury combo of streaky bacon, maple syrup and pecans, or sate that sweet tooth with the fruity concoction of strawberries and blueberries, lathered in maple syrup. No doubt these are some of the best pancakes in Leeds.

Grand Pacific, The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1PJ.

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

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If you’re looking for vegan-friendly pancakes in Leeds, look no further than The Greenhouse in Horsforth. This plant-based cafe is famous for them and it’s no wonder. Theirs are fluffy, American-style affairs, stacked on top of one another and then generously topped. You’ll get a hefty dollop of vegan yoghurt, followed by a handful of fresh berries, a sprinkling of crunchy granola, a spoonful of berry compote and an almighty drizzle of maple syrup. Divine.

The Greenhouse, 85e Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5BP.


High Line Pancakes, Manahatta

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’ll go wild for their indulgent Reese’s Stack, a mix of peanut butter, chocolate sauce, hazelnuts, whipped cream and Reese’s mini cups. If you want to make it a savoury affair, try their meaty take – you’ll get three buttermilk pancakes stacked high with fried chicken, bacon and oodles of maple syrup.

Manahatta, 11 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.


Bill's Leeds

If you visit Bill’s for your first meal of the day, make their pancakes your priority. They’re the light, fluffy American variety and you can get three or five, depending on how big your appetite is. There are two toppings to choose from – go fruity with banana, strawberries and blueberries or try the American-style smoked streaky bacon, which comes drenched with their own Bill’s pancake syrup. These are the perfect hangover cure and stomach-liner.

Bill’s, 1 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL.

The Ivy

Pancakes at The Ivy

The Ivy’s hot buttermilk pancakes are worth visiting The Ivy for on their own. This is a highlight of their breakfast and brunch menus and one glimpse will show you why – these perfectly-proportioned golden discs are stacked in triplicate, hiding the treats that lie within each layer. We’re talking generous scoops of fresh Greek yoghurt, a hint of lemon balm and a handful of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, caressed in a warm strawberry sauce.

The Ivy, Vicar Lane, Victoria Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BB.


Pancakes at Browns

If you want to start the day with pancakes, Browns has a duo of delectable options. They both start with buttermilk pancakes, but one is sumptuously savoury and one is sensationally sweet. If you’re not feeling too wild, why not play it safe with mixed berries, cherries and Greek yoghurt? But if you want to go all out, try smoked pancetta with salted seed granola and maple syrup. They’re only available with brunch, from 10am to 12pm daily, so plan accordingly.

Browns, The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.

Cosy Club

Cosy Club

Cosy Club is famed for its sky-high stacks of buttermilk pancakes, so pop by for breakfast to check them out. They’re thick and fluffy, with two different sizes and toppings for you to choose from. You can go for the fruity berries, banana and Greek yoghurt combo or indulge in the smoked streaky bacon with blueberries and maple syrup. Whatever you go for, they come in stacks of three or six, so there are two questions – how many do you want and why is it six?

Cosy Club, 53 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA.

Olive & Rye

Ever experienced the delight of Olive & Rye’s pancakes? There’s no time like the present. You have two different options to choose from here – their buttermilk pancakes come topped with poached mixed berries, white chocolate, pistachio and whipped mascarpone or you can try their savoury special, which sees a stack draped in crispy smoked streaky bacon, which is then doused in maple syrup and sprinkled with toasted pecan nuts.

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

Laynes Espresso

Laynes Espresso pancakes

Laynes Espresso is a local morning favourite, renowned for its coffee, but why not pair your eye-opening brew with their buckwheat pancakes? They do one version, but they do it so well, there’s no need for indecision. Order, sit back and watch as this stack of batter-based brilliance comes sashaying out of the kitchen, adorned with yoghurt, blueberry compote and pistachio crumb, all drizzled with honey. The right way to start the day.

Laynes Espresso, 16 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.

If Coffee

If Coffee Bar

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When it comes to pancakes in Leeds, If Coffee is one of the best cafes to visit. Their homemade American-style discs are a joy to behold and they have five different topping combos for you to choose from. There’s the classic bacon, pecans and maple syrup alongside the fruity blueberries, peanut butter cream and pistachios. For something different, the Biscoff, berries and compote or the toffee, fudge and banana are a duo of indulgences we all deserve from time to time.

If Coffee, 43 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.

Crêpe Affaire

xCrepe Affaire

At Crêpe Affaire, it’s all about traditional French pancakes. Expect a host of classic combinations, both sweet and savoury, like cinnamon butterscotch or hunter’s chicken. But it’s their more creative options that demand your attention. Try the Ultimate Nutella, topped with a triple portion of chocolatey goodness, whipped cream and a scoop of ice cream. And if you can’t make up your mind, you can throw on all the extra toppings as you see fit.

Crêpe Affaire, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.

Moose Coffee

Moose Coffee

An American and Canadian-inspired brunch restaurant? Yeah, you know Moose do spectacular pancakes. If you want to keep it simple with classic toppings, go for their American pancakes – they come with old favourites like ice cream, blueberries or Canadian maple syrup. Going all out? Their special pancake stacks are a thing of beauty – try the salted caramel, which comes with cinnamon-spiced apple, maple syrup and butter.

Moose Coffee, Bond Court, Wine Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JZ.

Cha Lounge

Cha Lounge

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You can fill your belly with a huge buttermilk pancake at Cha Lounge. There are three indulgent options to choose from. You can get yours topped with bacon and maple syrup or slathered in Nutella, with sliced banana and a sprinkling of toasted cashews. For something a little different, why not tuck into Gemma’s extra fruity blueberry pancakes, which come with Greek yoghurt, fresh strawberries, chia seeds and honey? Delectable!

Cha Lounge, 24-26 Dock Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JF.

Gron Kafe

Pancakes at Gron Kafe

A trip to Oakwood is a must for Gron’s delightful pancakes. They’re rightly regarded as some of the best in Leeds with a plate stacked high with a trio of thick, fluffy discs, coated in cinnamon sugar. Then it’s decision time. Take your pick of banana, chocolate, toffee or honeycomb sauce, and whether you dollop Northern Bloc vanilla ice cream on. Or you can go for a mulled winter fruits, physalis and maple syrup combo. Either way, you’re a winner.

Gron Kafe, 454 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.

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