From a renowned Mediterranean restaurant to a cool-as-heck craft beer bar, check out the city’s latest additions.
If you want to try somewhere new in Leeds, these seven openings are just the ticket. There’s something for everyone here – you can tuck into Thai-style tapas, Scandinavian snacks or a vegan chippy, hell, you can even while away the afternoon a new craft beer bar complete with table service. So grab a pal, clear your diary and see what all the fuss is about.
In Swedish, Fika roughly translates as ‘coffee and cake break’ and that’s exactly what you’ll get at this new Headingley speciality coffee shop. Fika North has taken that Scandinavian approach and injected it with Yorkshire spirit. You can enjoy coffee from local roasters that change on a semi-regular basis. Pair it with sweet treats made in-house or one of the dishes from their plant-led menu of brunch and lunch creations, like Skagen, a Swedish classic of prawns in crème fraîche and dill with a hint of mustard. Fancy something stronger? It’s fully licensed so you can get a beer from North Brew Co. and organic wines from Wayward.
Fika North, 94 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4BA.
Phranakhon is already one of the most popular restaurants in York, but now they’ve brought their famous Thai tapas to Leeds. The menu is big and full of Thai classics, including Duck Spring Rolls, Thai Red Curry and Pad Thai. But they also do their own unique creations, like the Phranakhon Salmon Tartare, which comes with red onions, egg yolk and a spicy lime dressing. Get two or three dishes each, and if you’ve still got room, you can always order more.
Phranakhon, 11 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2DS.
Brownhill & Co.
Little Leeds Beer House now has a big brother. They’ve taken their love of craft beer and turned it into Brownhill & Co, a cool-as-heck craft beer bar. They have 10 rotating keg taps and one cask tap that changes on a regular basis, giving you the chance to try rare and unusual beers from around the world. The best bit? You don’t even have to leave your seat to get your beer, because they do table service all day, every day.
Brownhill & Co., 30 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE.
JJ’s Vish and Chips
Now vegans can have a chippy tea too thanks to JJ’s Vish and Chips. Jess Jones has taken over The Great Yorkshireman chip shop on Kirkstall Road, but instead of deep frying cod or haddock, she’s nailed her own recipe – battered banana plant blossoms. With her special marinade and batter, it’s as close to the real thing as you can get. It’ll go down a treat with their classic chip shops chips, and they even have a few extras, like ‘cheesy’ chips, vegan battered sausage and pea fritters.
JJ’s Vish and Chips, 402 Kirkstall Rd, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2QD.
Ego is one of the most popular pub-restaurants in the UK and they’ve finally brought their tasty Mediterranean grub to Leeds. They’ve taken over The Wellington in Shadwell and given it an incredible makeover. It’s the perfect place to tuck into their tempting menu. Start with Chorizo Frito al Vino, Breaded Camembert or Garlic Mushrooms before you move onto the mains. Choose from pizzas, pastas and salads or go for dishes like Lemon Chicken Milanese and Hanging Mixed Kebabs.
Ego at The Wellington, Wetherby Road, Shadwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 8LZ.
Loop has been transformed into Roxy Arcade, a bar where vintage video games rule the roost. It’s home to 25 multi-player, token-operated arcade games, with everything from Space Invaders to electronic basketball, pinball machines and dance mats. There’s craft beer and cocktails behind the bar, but if you fancy more games, they have a secret tunnel to Roxy Ball Room for pool, beer pong and shuffleboard. Fancy a sing-song? Don’t worry, the hi-tech karaoke booths are still there.
Roxy Arcade, 9 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
Kanassa has arrived in Kirkgate Market’s street food hall. It’s the brainchild of Anna and Beth Shindler who were inspired by their travels through South America. They’ve brought the vibrant flavours of Colombian food to Leeds, but here, the classic meaty dishes have been turned completely veggie with lots of vegan and gluten-free options. Tuck into flavourful creations like Black Bean and Manchego Cheese Arepas, Guava Ceviche on Sourdough and Smoked Aubergine Empanadas.
Kanassa, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.