2018 has given us loads of new openings – so many, in fact, that you may have missed a few. So here they are, all in one place.
The year isn’t even over yet and already the list of new openings has reached 47. There’s everything from pizza joints to coffee shops and even a climbing centre, the list goes on, so you’re going to be very busy indeed if you want to try them all. But don’t worry, because we’ve made it that little bit easier by making you a new opening bucket list.
L’Art du Fromage
Cheese-lovers rejoice! L’Art du Fromage is a pop-up restaurant that takes over Le Chalet’s French tearoom every Friday and Saturday evening. As the name suggests, it’s all about cheese. The menu offers just two things – you can melt your own raclette and pour it over charcuterie, potatoes and cornichons or dip bread into a pot of molten Emmental, Brie and Gruyère fondue.
L’Art du Fromage, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.
Absurd Bird is a Southern fried chicken joint that’s famous for its wings. You can get them four ways, with a choice of BBQ, Buffalo, Xtreem Hot or their signature Crispy Fried Buttermilk. They do burgers too, but if you want something totally unique, try their chicken-waffle combos. They load it up with unusual toppings, like chocolate chilli sauce or gravy and maple syrup.
Absurd Bird, Trinity Kitchen, 27 Albion Street, Trinity Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.
Poco is a Sicilian street food joint that will make you want a takeaway every day. Their ‘pizza al taglio’ is cooked the traditional way in blue iron trays, meaning it’s fluffy with a signature crunch, and the toppings change daily, so you can try everything from mushroom to prosciutto. They also do giant arancini balls filled with meat, veggies or Nutella. But the star of the show is their rotisserie chicken, which you can pair with their Italian roast potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables.
Poco, 360 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
Slocken is a cool Yorkshire-inspired bar. If you like local real ales, they have plenty, or you can try one of their unique cocktails, which take inspiration from classic sweets like Midget Gems and Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles. The food is equally intriguing – they do pizzas with unusual toppings. That ‘Ot ‘Un has a curry sauce base, topped with bhajis, marinated lamb, roast cheese, fresh chillies, coriander & mint relish and mango puree. Just add pool, foosball and live music for a great night out.
Slocken, 10-12 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN.
Street food favourites Little Bao Boy have earned a reputation for their fresh, clean Asian dishes – but now they’ve got a permanent home in Hyde Park where you can enjoy their food to eat in or takeaway. The Korean Fried Chicken Bao Burger is Aiyo’s speciality, but you can also tuck into Shiitake Congee and Grandma’s Massaman Rice Balls, both of which can’t be found anywhere else in Leeds.
Aiyo, 75 Brudenell Grove, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1HR.
Leeds Postal Service
Lazy Lounge has expanded next door and opened Leeds Postal Service. Hunt out their unassuming doorway to uncover a craft beer-obsessed watering hole. There are over 40 different cans and bottles from renowned breweries like Goose Island, BrewDog and North Brewing Co. in the fridges, and you’re spoilt for choice with their boilermakers, bourbons and beer cocktails too. If you find something you really like, they have a takeaway bottle shop at the front.
Leeds Postal Service, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.
Wolfox Coffee Roasters
Wolfox make their own organic coffee every day in their state-of-the-art roasters next door. Whether you’re going for a latte or flat white, you can choose from a whole selection of blends, like their Mr Fox house espresso and their Guatemala single origin. You can even buy their beans, so you can brew up at home. Peckish? They do everything from pancakes to pastries in this lovely, leafy cafe.
Wolfox Coffee Roasters, 66 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EE.
Four years after Walkabout left, the Aussie-themed favourite has taken over the old Yates’ venue just off Millennium Square, and it’s just like we remember. Expect a slew of sport on screens across the venue, showing whatever big game is live. But the match isn’t the only reason to go – they’ve got a wide range of lagers and cocktails, with some mighty fine offers, and you can tuck into everything from burgers to chicken parmesans.
Walkabout, 3 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3HQ.
Alley Cats is a cool cafe, bar and record store in Chapel Allerton. Here, you can tuck into classic American comfort food surrounded by retro film and music posters. They’ve got everything from grilled cheese sarnies to fried chicken – and you can pair it with one of their local craft beers. This won’t be a flying visit though – they have vintage games consoles to play and you can flick through their crates of second-hand vinyl too.
Alley Cats, 38 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LA.
Escape Hunt has over 50 venues around the world, including their latest addition in Leeds. Head to The Light to try their two games, which will see you take on a character and story as you work to get out of the locked room. Our Finest Hour is a counter-intelligence op set in World War II, while The Fourth Samurai will transform you into Japanese warrior on a mission to defeat the evil warlord, Tanaka Masamune.
Escape Hunt, UB26, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
Mod Pizza has finally arrived in Leeds city centre. This is the ultimate DIY pizza joint – just head to the counter and you can make your dream pizza. Start with the base, they have everything from tomato to BBQ, then add as many kinds of cheese, meat and veg as you like, before you finish it off with sauces and spices. Don’t like the end result? No problem, you can get a free re-do.
Mod Pizza, Unit B Pinnacle Building, 37 Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.
The Arch Bar
Nestled under the arches near Granary Wharf, The Arch Bar is a quick, easy stop for the local office workers. But they’re keen to get you to stay around, so expect live music and DJs to take you late into the night. Behind the bar, they’ve got craft beer, cocktails and wine for you to work your way through, with some pretty good deals. But be warned, because they also rent out the bar for events, so you can’t always get in.
The Arch Bar, 18 Neville Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BQ.
Eat Your Greens
Eat Your Greens is a collaboration between Outlaws Yacht Club and The Grub and Grog Shop. It’s a cool new haunt where you can tuck into quality, veg-forward food or just enjoy a few craft beers. The menu is largely vegetarian and vegan, although there are meat options on there too, so tuck into everything from Charred Leek & Pea Broth to Organic Lamb Meatballs and Mash. They even have a mini organic grocery store at the front of the venue.
Eat Your Greens, 42 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.
4 Kitchens is the new Indian restaurant in Chapel Allerton. The menu is full of authentic but slightly unconventional dishes that you might not be used to. It’s influenced by the cuisines of four different states – Delhi, Goa, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Expect big flavours in a smart, stylish venue – take the Rajasthani dish Battakh ke Sule for example, this tasty dish gives you piccata of Barberry duck marinated in mint and yoghurt.
4 Kitchens, The Old Police Station, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LZ.
Granville’s Beer & Gin House
Granville’s is a rustic, charming bar in Horsforth that does two things particularly well. If you love gin, there are more than 60 hand-picked labels for you to try, from classics you’ll know to rare bottles you’ve never heard of. But if gin’s not your thing, there are 15 draught taps from the best Yorkshire breweries – and they have even more to work your way through in the fridges.
Granville’s Beer & Gin House, 20 Long Row, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5AA.
Caspar’s Bottle Shop
Caspar’s Bottle Shop is the place to go for takeaway craft beer. This place is heaven for beer lovers. You can choose from loads of brilliant local breweries, like Northern Monk, Kirkstall and Ilkley, as well as rare brews from across the UK and beyond. If you don’t fancy beer, they have an impressive selection of handpicked spirits that you won’t find in your local shop.
Caspar’s Bottle Shop, 65 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3LW.
Indian Tiffin Room
Indian Tiffin Room has finally arrived in Leeds. They’ve transformed the old Wagamama restaurant into an incredible venue decked out with Indian trinkets, but it’s the food that you really come for. You can try their authentic street food like the Bhel Puri, Vada Pav and Gobi Manchurian, or go for one of their Tiffin plates which gets you a delicious curry served with rice or bread.
Indian Tiffin Room, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.
Episode 1 is a minimalistic, Nordic-style cafe from coffee lovers Kyle O’Neill and Maeve Kenny. They’ve taken inspiration from the Aussie-Kiwi third wave of coffee culture, so their house brew is from Ozone Coffee, but they also have beans by guest single-origin roasters on a regular basis. Hungry? They do a fine line in sandwiches, stews and salads.
Episode 1, 83 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
Matt Healy X The Foundry
Matt Healy X The Foundry is one of the biggest new openings in Leeds this year. You’ll find it in the maze of Holbeck Urban Village where the former MasterChef: The Professionals runner-up puts a laid-back twist on fine dining. Healy has created an ever-changing menu that’s both familiar and different, reimagining British classics like the Chicken Kiev with Wild Garlic and Duck Fat Potatoes, which you can follow with Creme Brûlée Doughnuts for dessert.
Matt Healy X The Foundry, 1 Saw Mill Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WH.
Go Ape has finally arrived in Leeds with a new treetop adventure playground at Temple Newsam. The adventure centre is set amidst 1,500 acres of parkland in the Menagerie Wood and there are three levels for you to explore, each higher and tougher than the last. You get 90 minutes to take on obstacles like the free-fall Tarzan Swing and their 46-foot sheer drop Plummet.
Go Ape, Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0DX.
Press Start Gaming Zone
Love retro games? Make a beeline for Press Start Gaming Zone. It’s a new vintage gaming cafe on the top floor of MEATliquor. They’ve got 16 old-school consoles and over 2,000 games to play, so you can go back to the 80s with Super Mario Bros on the NES, dabble in the 90s with Crazy Taxi on the Sega Dreamcast or enjoy something more recent like Guitar Hero on the PS2.
Press Start Gaming Zone, MEATliquor, Bank Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.
Clip ’n’ Climb
Want to take the kids climbing? Head to Clip ’n’ Climb, the new family-friendly indoor climbing centre in Holbeck. They have specially designed their venue for all ages. There are 32 different climbing challenges on their brightly coloured walls and it’s a doddle to get to grips with – there’s a clip-on safety system which retracts as you climb and lowers you down to the bottom once you’ve reached the top.
Clip ’n’ Climb, Unit 3, Tristram Centre, Brown Lane West, Gelderd Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6BF.
W Fitness is a new fitness studio for women. They’ve created a fun, welcoming place to hit the gym, with no testosterone. Everyone who joins gets a 30-minute circuit training plan with resistance training to tone up and cardio exercises to burn calories. Your progress is reviewed once a month by one of their female coaches to keep you on track and make any changes. You get access to their gym, home exercises and a nutritional plan too.
W Fitness, Unit 1a Park Centre, Station Road, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5NX.
Jungle Rumble has arrived in Leeds. You can take on one of two specially designed jungle-inspired mini golf courses that offer up a range of different problems for you to get your ball past. That’s not all – they’ve also got arcade games, air hockey and pool tables, as well as a fully-stocked bar with craft beer and cocktails that might just make your round of golf that little bit more fun.
Jungle Rumble, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8ER.
Roxy Ball Room
The second Roxy Ball Room is now open on Merrion Street. They’ve got all your favourite games, from pool to table tennis and beer pong, but this time they’ve coupled it with arcade games and shuffleboard tables. Over at the bar you can take your pick from a host of craft beer, spirits and cocktails – and the 4am finish at weekends means you can show your mates who’s best until the wee hours.
Roxy Ball Room, 9a Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
Blue Collar Barbering
Blue Collar Barbering is the latest addition to Kirkgate’s ongoing revival. It’s a super-cool independent barbers shop that offers all the essentials, from a cut and dry to a complete restyle. Hell, they even do a full beard grooming service. You might recognise the team – they’ve brought together a motley crew of barbers from all over the city, and they even have a pooch called Peggy.
Blue Collar Barbering, 90 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.
District Deli is a new arrival in Oakwood, from the people who brought us Hessian last year. District is more of a take-out kind of place. They make their own sandwiches, salads and deli-style food using local produce. You can even pick up cupboard essentials, including all your favourite vegan products. But the star attraction has to be their rotisserie chicken, which is cooked in a self-basting oven and comes with your choice of marinade.
District Deli, 484 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.
Coffee on the Crescent
Hyde Park’s Coffee on the Crescent is a cool, stripped back cafe opened by former professional cricketer Tim Linley. It’s a welcoming venue that makes the most of the building’s original features, so you can have a cuppa in a lovely setting. They use Maude for their regular coffees, and North Star for their speciality brews. Pair yours with vegan savouries from The Jungle Kitchen, pastries from Le Croissant D’Or or cakes from Tarte and Berry.
Coffee on the Crescent, 2 The Crescent, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW.
Harlie’s is a new American diner with a modern twist. Out goes the big red booths and the chequerboard flooring, in comes a crisp, sleek decor. The menu is full of indulgent treats – you can tuck into a juicy stacked burger, put away a bucket of chicken wings or sate your sweet tooth with their homemade waffles. Round it off with one of their signature milkshakes.
Harlie’s, Townhouse, Assembly Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DE.
Bar Soba is back in Leeds. Expect graffiti, neon lights and DJs playing tunes until late. Downstairs, you’ll find a bar where you can sip on one of their creative cocktails, like their famous Drumstick Capirovska, while upstairs has been transformed into a more laid-back space perfect for eating – you can treat yourself to Asian street food or visit on the weekend for their boozy bottomless brunch.
Bar Soba, 6 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.
Piattini is a new family-run restaurant in the heart of Headingley and it specialises in traditional Mediterranean cuisine. You can keep it simple with one of their pasta, pizza or risotto dishes, or try a selection of small plates, with everything from Chicken Liver Paté to Oxtail Ragu Arancini. If you don’t fancy food, you can pop into their bar for a few drinks – their cocktail menu is well worth trying out.
Piattini, 6 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AA.
La Taberna has moved in with Caracas Grill on York Place, so now you can get Venezuelan food by day and Spanish tapas by night. It’s from the same people who were behind La Rambla and they’ve put together a small menu of just 16 dishes, but they’re the familiar plates you know and love – we’re talking Padron Peppers, Patatas Bravas and Calamares Fritos.
La Taberna, Britannia House, 16 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EU.
Kakes and Bakes
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, get down to Kakes and Bakes. It’s a new cake shop and chocolate cafe in Leeds Kirkgate Market and it’s jam-packed with tempting eats. We’re talking freshly baked scones, brownies and gateaux that will pair nicely with a tea or coffee. That’s not all – you can also enjoy their all-day brunch menu, so will it be buttermilk pancakes or French toast?
Kakes and Bakes, Kirkgate Market, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Experience Roman-style pizza on a trip to Simpatico – it’s the place to get pizza ‘al taglio’ in the city centre. Owner Nick Julian trained under legendary pizzaiolo Cristiano Garbarino and Gabriele Bonci in Rome before he opened Simpatico and you can taste what he learned. Their pizzas come with a crisp bottom, a fluffy upper and an eclectic array of toppings that change on a regular basis – think ‘nduja, ricotta and parmesan.
Simpatico, 16 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.
Beer Thirty is a new bottle shop and pour house in Morley. It comes from the same people behind Truth Hurts Brew Co. and has the biggest selection of craft beer in South Leeds. You can try their own beers alongside an impressive line-up of Yorkshire brews from Northern Monk, North Brewing Co. and Magic Rock. They’ve got loads of cans and bottles too, as well as a few keg lines to fill up your takeaway growler.
Beer Thirty, City Mills, South Parade, Morley, West Yorkshire, LS27 8QL.
The Maven Restaurant
It’s already one of our favourite hidden cocktail bars, but now The Maven has a new secret – a stunning restaurant on the floor above. The cool, Prohibition-era style is carried through, but this place has its own personality, which comes through with the food. Expect a menu of Mediterranean small plates, like roast duck breast in a Madeira sauce or the marinated kale with whipped white truffle beans, all washed down with something from their new wine and cocktail menu.
The Maven Restaurant, 1 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH.
Geek Retreat is a new social gaming space. It’s a welcoming venue where you can play everything from war games to board, role play and collectable card games. It’s the first venue of its kind in Leeds and they have over 100 tabletop games for you to play for free, as well as retro consoles, if you fancy something a little bit different. And because you might be there a while, there’s a cafe where you can grab a sandwich, burger or milkshake.
Geek Retreat, Central Road, Central Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE.
Knave’s Kitchen is a 100% vegan pop-up restaurant that’s taken over Oporto and their concept is down and dirty junk food. Expect a menu of comfort eats and deep-fried delights – we’re talking seitan fish finger butties, breaded tofu katsu curry and their famous onion bhaji burger. It’s the place to go for an indulgent meat-free feast, whether you’re vegan or not.
Knave’s Kitchen, Oporto, 33 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
Smak! The Polish Kitchen
Smak! has finally got a permanent home in Kirkstall, so you can try their authentic Polish street food any time you want. They’re famed for their kiełbasa sausage, which is smoked on a Yorkshire farm using a family recipe that’s been passed through the generations. As well as sausage, they’re also serving pierogis, bigos and sandwiches – and they’ve got a deli counter, so you can take their Polish treats home with you.
Smak! The Polish Kitchen, 372 Kirkstall Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
Massimo Deli & Pizzeria
Massimo Deli & Pizzeria is a new rustic eatery where you can go for proper Italian feed. Their speciality is their hand-made wood-fired pizzas, which are made fresh in-house each day and topped with the likes of pepperoni, mushroom and mozzarella. It’s not just pizza, though – they also do hefty sandwiches, vibrant salad bowls and French pastries, as well as coffee from Rounton’s in Northallerton.
Massimo Deli & Pizzeria, 66a New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Leeds now has a third Manahatta. It’s taken the place of sister bar Arc in Headingley, and they’ve given it a new lease of life with a £500,000 renovation. It’s got everything you’d expect – creative cocktails, an American-style food menu and a wicked bottomless brunch. They also have 14 HD screens for live sport, a shuffleboard zone and live DJs and performers at weekends.
Manahatta, 19 Ash Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3JJ.
The Corner House
Corner House Coffee Bar is a rustic, Yorkshire-themed eatery that’s open from breakfast through to dinner in Moortown. Start the day with a cuppa and Haddock Kedgeree or enjoy a Hot Salt Beef Sandwich at lunch. Come nighttime, it transforms into a Spanish tapas restaurant, where you can get a selection of small plates like chorizo braised in cider, steamed mussels and spiced chickpeas with spinach.
The Corner House, 378 Harrogate Road, Moortown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 6PY.
Hardy’s Bar is the latest opening on in Grand Arcade. Six is the magic number here – they’ve honed down the menu, so you have a limited but exceptional selection of drinks before you. No decision fatigue here. Expect handpicked wines, beers and spirits, alongside two eclectic cocktail menus – try The Yorkshire One, a mix of Mason’s Yorkshire Tea gin, Yorkshire Rhubarb gin, Yorkshire Tea syrup and lemon.
Hardy’s Bar, 52 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Boot and Rally
Boot and Rally is Meanwood’s new go-to bar. It’s the work of two beer-mad friends who wanted to create a place outside the city centre where they could showcase the best beers from the four Yorkshire counties. The bar is full of brilliant local brews, from Mallinsons Session Pale Ale to Brew York’s Red Panda, Atom’s Schrodinger’s Cat and Saltaire’s Zip Wire. And if beer’s not your thing, the back bar is chock-full of handpicked Yorkshire spirits.
Boot and Rally, 9a Stonegate Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4HZ.
Feed is the new laid-back eatery from the people behind Vice & Virtue. Luke Downing and Laura MacLeod have teamed up with renowned Head Chef Jonathan Hawthorne to put a fine dining twist on everyday food. You can have avocado and poached eggs on toast for breakfast and fried chicken for lunch, but if you go in the evening, they’ll be serving flank steak with umami sauce, pickled kohlrabi and dry roasted nuts. While you’re there, you can pair any of their dishes with coffee, craft beer and cocktails.
Feed, 163 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6AA.
The Assembly is a new bottle shop-cum-bar where you can enjoy a carefully curated selection of craft beer, wine and spirits to drink in or takeaway. They have beer from breweries like Kirkstall, North Brewing Co. and Beavertown, but if that’s not your bag, you can get everything from hand-picked wines to quality spirits, including local favourites like Mason’s Yorkshire Gin. This is a cool, laid-back venue to grab a few drinks, and if you get peckish, take a look at their fresh charcuterie boards.
The Assembly, Terminus Parade, Station Road, Crossgates, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 7JZ.
Make your next lunch break more interesting with a trip to Nukkad in the Merrion Centre. It’s an Indian street food kiosk that uses family recipes to bring authentic Indian food to Leeds. You can start with a pot of their savoury chaat, followed by a pancake dosa or kathi roll – they do meat, veggie and even vegan fillings, so everyone is catered for here. Coupled with a mango lassi or a spiced chai, this will make a very interesting lunch indeed.
Nukkad, Merrion Centre, Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.