Every New Opening We Know is Coming to Leeds in 2023

· Joseph Sheerin · New & Coming Soon

Keep your eyes peeled for these new additions next year.

Cocktail at Jamrock

There are 14 new openings lined up for 2023 – and you’re going to love ‘em!

We’ve seen many exciting new openings in Leeds over the past year, but what lies ahead for 2023? We’re looking forward to seeing what’s in the pipeline for the next 12 months and beyond. Believe it or not, there are 14 new additions preparing to open their doors in 2023 – and we’ve got the lowdown on all of them. So without further ado, let us introduce you to your new favourites.

Things in Bread

Things in Bread

Love things in bread? You’ll love this new venture from doughnut heroes, Doh’hut. They’re opening a new shop in January 2023 around the corner from their first home to branch out into the sandwich game. It means you can start the new year by exploring their refined, inventive twist on classic sarnie combos. Made using bread baked in house daily, you can get your hands around delightful lunches of BLT on ciabatta and roast chicken on chunky white.

Things in Bread opens on Boar Lane on 6th January 2023.


Sharing platter jamrock

Welcome back to Jamrock! Many were sad when their Call Lane bar and restaurant closed up in May, but they’re planning a fresh start on Kirkgate in 2023. Owner Oral Blackford has taken over the former Domino’s Pizza unit and is currently transforming it into a haven of all things Caribbean. From ackee and saltfish to curried goat, jerk chicken and pepper steak, they cover all the bases. Add a bottomless brunch and exotic cocktails – Jamrock will get you rocking.

Jamrock is opening on Kirkgate in 2023.

Slung Low

Slung low You Can Bet It's Game Show

Renowned local theatre company Slung Low have earned deserved plaudits for their stewardship of The Holbeck, now they’re set to open their second theatre and production space in the nearby Temple Arches district in 2023. They’ve agreed a two-year lease at 131 Water Lane, which will see them use an old warehouse as a working, rehearsal and production space for independent artists and companies, while an outdoor stage will host pay-as-you-feel shows.

Slung Low is opening at 131 Water Lane, Temple Arches in 2023.


Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and more have all enjoyed the wonders of NQ64, now Leeds is the latest city targeted as part of a UK expansion. They’re bringing their adult-focussed playground of retro arcade games to a to-be-confirmed city centre location in 2023. You can look forward to nostalgia heaven, built around the classics – we’re talking Space Invaders, Street Fighter and GoldenEye. Gaming-themed cocktails and craft beers round it off.

NQ64 is opening in Leeds in 2023.


Sushi, Japanese

Japanese food has been a noted absence in Headingley’s rich culinary offering, but that’s all about to change in 2023. The former Dare Cafe on Otley Road is currently being renovated into a wonderland of Japanese food, drink and culture. Split across two floors, the ground floor will be home to a traditional sushi bar for all your nigiri and uramaki needs, while upstairs you can enjoy modern Japanese dining, pairing the likes of ramen with sake and cocktails.

Tada is opening at 49 Otley Road, Headingley in 2023.

Golf Fang

Golf Fang

Love crazy golf with a boozy twist? You’re in luck – Golf Fang is coming to Leeds. The keystone brand of the Big Fang Collective, they’re leaders of the crazy golf movement and they’re opening in Kirkstall in 2023. You can look forward to their bonkers 18-hole mini golf courses with unique themes and graffiti. It will have a bar you can visit pre and post-round, serving cocktails and craft beer. Street food and DJs will make this a place for all occasions.

Golf Fang is opening on Redcote Lane, Kirkstall in 2023.

Martinez Wines

Wine, bottles

Martinez Wines have been the first word in fine wines in West Yorkshire since 1979, with shops and wine cellar bars in Ilkley and Bingley. Now they’re heading to Leeds city centre in 2023. After almost taking over a spot in Thornton’s Arcade, they’re currently looking for a city centre spot to turn into the city’s newest, coolest wine bar. You’ll soon be able to pick up hand-picked bottles of plonk, to enjoy in or take home, complete with tapas. Look out for special tasting evenings too.

Martinez Wines Bar will open in Leeds city centre later in 2023.

Blue Pavilion

Blue Pavilion

A luxury new Chinese restaurant is coming to the Merrion Centre in summer 2023. Blue Pavilion is from the owners of Blue Sakura and will see them invest £2 million in the former Picture House venue. Downstairs, a sophisticated 130-cover dining room will be home to an a la carte menu of modern takes on classic Chinese fare as well as live entertainment. Upstairs, get your vocal chords ready for K Kube, a new 7-room karaoke bar.

Blue Pavilion will open at 82-90 Merrion Street, Merrion Centre in 2023.

Thorpe Park Sports Hub

Football, soccer, ball, pitch

Thorpe Park will get a new community sports hub in 2023. It will be the first of four hubs to open across Leeds as part of the national Parklife programme, funded by the Premier League, the FA and the Government, and will be run by The Football Foundation. It will provide a place for the next generation of stars to learn the game with four public-use pitches on Green Park, alongside a new pavilion building which will have changing rooms, meeting rooms and more.

Thorpe Park Sports Hub will open on Thorpe Park Approach in 2023.

9 East Parade

9 East Parade

9 East Parade has spent the past few years pretty much empty, but now major plans to transform the Grade II-listed building are moving apace. Leeds-based developers Mayfair Group Investment are transforming the entirety of what was once the Mayor’s residence. The ground floor restaurant and basement night club are at the heart of the plans, alongside a roof terrace for al fresco dining. The upper floors will be office space, with access from Park Cross Street.

9 East Parade is set to reopen in 2023.

Leeds Kirkgate Market Street Food Container Yard

Leeds Kirkgate Outdoor Market

The outdoor stalls at Leeds Kirkgate Market are set to be transformed in the coming months and years. Plans and consultations have been announced to potentially repurpose parts of the outdoor market as a container street food village, similar to those in Manchester and London. Existing traders would keep their stalls, but unused space would given over to a rotating line-up of vendors, cafes and bars that would open every day of the week.

Leeds Kirkgate Market Street Food Container Yard will open some point in 2023.

George Street Hotel

George Street Hotel

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Plans have been approved for a brand new hotel next to Leeds Kirkgate Market, which will replace recently vacated 1930s and 1980s units that were connected to the market. They will be replaced with a new 136-bedroom apart-hotel, which will also feature nine commercial units on the ground floor level for food, drink and shops. The hotel and shops will provide a link to the adjacent Victoria Gate and also provide access into the market itself once complete.

George Street Hotel will open in Leeds in late 2023/early 2024.


The historic Jubilee Hotel has been empty for years, but that will change in 2023. Aparthoteliers Supercity have taken over the building, famous for its Burmantofts terracotta facade, to create a new place to stay in the city centre. They’re transforming the existing structure alongside building a new four-storey building on the corner of East Parade. Each room comes equipped with a living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom with wifi and coffee machines.

Supercity will open on The Headrow in 2023.

The old La Strega cafe

Latte, coffee, cafe

The former La Strega cafe on Fish Street hit the headlines in 2022 when a ghost sign of its former life as the Empire Cafe was found during renovations. The ghost sign will stay as renowned Leeds chef Sam Pullan continues to transform this once-famous eatery into a new exciting place to eat and drink in 2023. Pullan, formerly of The Bear at Carriages in Knaresborough, has plans to create an all-day venue, much like La Strega, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The new La Strega will open in Leeds in 2023.