Where to Get the Best Pancakes in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

What a way to start the day!

Fleur Cafe, bottomless brunch

Feather-light crepes, 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 in Leeds. But which one will you check out first? Take a look and get gorging…


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 mix of Nutella, toasted hazelnuts and strawberries, finished off with a dollop of whipped cream. If you want to make it a savoury affair, try their much-loved, New York-inspired High Line – 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

They’re only available on weekends, but The Ivy’s hot buttermilk pancakes are worth making that extra effort for. This is a highlight of their brunch menu 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.


Pancake, pancakes

If you want to start the day with pancakes, Brown’s 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 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 on Fridays and Saturdays though, so plan accordingly.

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

Cosy Club

Cosy Club pancakes

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 toppings for you to choose from. You can go for the fruity berry compote, banana and Greek yoghurt combo or indulge in the smoked streaky bacon with blueberries and maple syrup. Whatever you go for, they come delivered 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 sweet poached strawberries, 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 brew with their buckwheat pancakes? They’re unique because they only offer savoury stacks (with a sweet edge), but that’s no problem, especially when you see the tasty combo you get. First, choose from bacon or a sausage patty, then sit back and watch as it comes out of the kitchen, joined by scrambled eggs and plenty of maple syrup. They offer a vegan version too.

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

If Coffee

If Coffee Bar

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 loads of toppings 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 a little 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

Crepe 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 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.

Fleur Cafe

Fleur Cafe Pancakes

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An Insta-friendly brunch favourite with a pretty darn tasty love affair with pancakes makes Fleur Cafe a must-visit. They only do one version but it’s so good, you wouldn’t choose any other regardless. It starts with their baked coconut-infused pancakes, which are stacked high and topped with fresh blueberries, pomegranate, sweet coconut sauce and a jug of Nutella for you to pour over – yum.

Fleur Cafe, 8 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.

North Star

North Star Pancakes

They’re best known for their out-of-this-world coffee, but North Star’s all-day menu is also home to pancake-based delight, well worth pairing with your next cup of Joe. Theirs are buttermilk beauties, but each visit will see you try a new topping combination because they rotate them weekly based on the seasonal produce they can source – how does a stack adorned with rose creme patisserie, mini meringues and poached pink rhubarb sound? Delicious.

The North Star Coffee Shop & General Store, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ.

Le Chalet

Le Chalet, Gallet Complete

Want pancakes any time of the day? Head to Le Chalet! They serve their pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner, so you can always treat yourself. Better still, you can choose sweet or savoury versions – their crépes are dreamy, delicate French pancakes stuffed with the traditional lemon and sugar or you can be adventurous with caramel, Nutella or honey. Prefer savoury? Their galletes are a must-try, replete with tasty fillings like ham, emmental and egg.

Le Chalet, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.

Cha Lounge

Cha Lounge

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 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.