There have been loads of new openings in 2019. So many, in fact, that you may have missed a few…
2019 is now over and the amount of new openings we’ve seen in Leeds has hit 77. There’s everything from traditional pubs to axe-throwing centres, karaoke bars and the North’s first veggie fish and chip shop. But that’s just the start, so without further ado, let us introduce you to the new openings from the past 12 months you need to check out.
El Gato Negro
El Gato Negro has now taken the place of Jamie’s Italian. The prime Park Row venue has been given a tasteful makeover – the walls have been stripped back to reveal original features and create a bright, airy dining room where you can enjoy a menu of refined Spanish tapas. Tuck into classics like Meatballs, Patatas Bravas and Tiger Prawns alongside signature dishes like gooey Cauliflower Croquetas and Morcilla Scotch Eggs.
El Gato Negro, 35 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JL.
If Coffee Bar
Call Lane’s If Coffee Bar is one of the coolest cafes in Leeds and now they’ve added a smaller sister venue up the road on Vicar Lane. It’s nestled on the corner of Kirkgate Market, so you can nip in to grab a cup of Maude Coffee at your leisure. At breakfast, you can pair your brew with a fresh-out-of-the-oven pastry, then at lunch, you can treat yourself to one of their handmade sandwiches and a slice of cake.
If Coffee Bar, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JF.
Laynes Espresso and The Brunswick have joined forces to open Sarto, a cool new pasta restaurant on Duke Street. At this spacious, stripped-back venue, long beerhall tables line up against exposed brick walls and surround an open kitchen. They make their pasta fresh each day and change the menu on a regular basis, so you can get something new every time you visit. With dishes like fettuccine with neck of beef ragu and Old Winchester, it’s sure to be a new favourite.
Sarto, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AG.
Moose Coffee has finally crossed the Pennines. They’ve taken the old Costa Coffee on Bond Court and transformed it into a warm and welcoming spot to tuck into a menu of all-day favourites inspired by American and Canadian breakfast culture. From French toast and omelettes to pancake stacks, cheesesteaks and eggs Benedict, you’ll get a right good feed, served with quality Arabica coffee and freshly squeezed juices.
Moose Coffee, Bond Court, Wine Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JZ.
Refill & Go
Refill & Go helps you do your bit to protect the planet. It’s a family-run, zero-waste shop in Garforth. The pay-and-weigh setup means you can bring your own containers from home, fill them up with loose foods, weigh them and pay for them. There’s loads to stock up on, from dried food to herbs, spices and toiletries. And because it’s all plastic-free, you can shop safe in the knowledge that you’re helping the planet.
Refill & Go, 26 Main Street, Garforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 1AA.
Quick, easy and downright tasty, Kokoro brings the best of Japanese food to Leeds for a surprisingly affordable price. They have boxes-upon-boxes of freshly-made sushi in the fridges, so you can tuck into everything from salmon sashimi to tuna maki. If you don’t fancy raw fish, they have a range of hot Japanese dishes, like salmon teriyaki, udon noodle soup and chicken katsu curry. For on-the-go lunches, it doesn’t get much better.
Kokoro, 4 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HX.
Feed is an all-day cafe-bar from the folk behind Vice & Virtue. It has an edgy New York inspired decor that’s all neon lights and exposed brickwork. Pop in for brunch-style lunch dishes like Truffled Eggs and Cheeseburger Spring Rolls or visit in the evening to enjoy high end fare like their Crab Popcorn with squid ink orzo, mango and coriander. Not hungry? You can just get a few drinks – they have 12 lines of craft beer and a menu of creative cocktails.
Feed, 72 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Mad Frans is the latest addition to Wellington Place. It’s an all-day restaurant with a modern decor and a living wall. The kitchen is run by local chef Gary Pickles, who’s returned to Leeds after working under the likes of Gordon Ramsey and Marco Pierre White. He’s put together an eclectic menu of classic British eats, so you can start the day with a Full English, tuck into a Red Peppe and Falafel Sandwich at lunch and snaffle a Monkfish Masala with spiced lentil dhal for dinner.
Mad Frans, 6 Wellington Place, Whitehall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4EQ.
Want Asian food on-the-go? Head to Oodles. It’s a laid-back, cafe-style eatery with an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs cook up your DIY feast. First you choose your box size, then you add your base – it could be vegetable noodles, sticky rice or spicy chips. To finish, pick a main to load on top. They serve everything from Kung Po Chicken to Crispy Prawns and Chinese Lamb Curry. Eat in or takeaway, it’s up to you.
Oodles, 40 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LX.
If you’ve got a hankering for Mexican food, get down to Casa Mexica in Kirkgate Market. It’s a colourful stall where you can get authentic Mexican street food. From freshly-prepared burritos to nachos, tacos and tlacoyos, they use locally-sourced produce to fill them up. Get yours stuffed with fiery chicken tinga, juicy pork carnitas, slow-cooked beef or an ever-changing veggie and vegan options, alongside your pick of house sauces and salad.
Casa Mexica, Unit O, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7RQ.
Manjit’s Kitchen has opened its first ever permanent restaurant on Kirkstall Road. It only has room for around 20 diners, but if you squeeze in, you’ll be glad you did. The ever-changing menu promises delights like potato and pea rolls, with butternut squash kofta and classic dhal to follow. If you’ve got room, try their Thali plate, which will get you three curries on one tray with cumin rice, salad, pickles, chutney and a rotifer.
Manjit’s Kitchen, 333 Kirkstall Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
Friends of Food
Friends of Food is the work of Lucas Leal Abadi, Dom Wood and Shaz Osbourne. Three friends who’ve opened a no-frills vegan takeaway on Hyde Park Corner. They make gourmet burgers, stacked high and absolutely loaded. Take The Signature for example, it comes with a Beyond Meat patty on a soft bun, loaded with smoked gouda cheez, house sauce, iceberg, dill pickles, red onion and tomato. Pair it with sides like Cauli Wings, Mac ’n’ Cheez or Poutine.
Friends of Food, 12 Hyde Park Corner, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1AF.
Little Dumplin’ Boy
Little Bao Boy has become a favourite at North Brewing Co. Tap Room, and now they’ve branched out to the recently refurbished North Bar in a new guise. You’ll find Little Dumplin’ Boy in the back of the bar, so the next time you’re enjoying a pint of craft beer, you can pair it with a small menu of Asian dim sum. They serve classics like Har Gau, a traditional Cantonese dumpling, alongside veggie gyozas and noodle soups.
Little Dumplin’ Boy, North Bar, 24 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Husband and wife duo David and Annika Richardson fell in love with Mexican street food on their honeymoon, so when they came back, they began Sabroso Street. It was a roaring success and they’ve now opened their first permanent home in Farsley. You can mix and match tapas-style small plates like barbacoa beef tacos, pork nachos and chicken taquitos, or go all out with larger plates like the classic Mexican chilli, all washed down with craft beer and cocktails.
Sabroso Street, 10 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LD.
Fresh from the success of HOME, renowned chefs Liz Cottam and Mark Owens have opened the first ever pub in Kirkgate Market. It’s a darkly-lit, modern venue where you can try their creative take on pub classics. They have a real focus on game and fish, so you can expect dishes like the Mr Crab Fish Pie or the Roast Bird, which changes daily and comes with all the trimmings. The bar is run with Northern Monk, so they have a vast selection of beer, including one they’ve brewed with The Owl especially, the Wisdom Pale Ale.
The Owl, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7RQ.
Sela and Wax Bar are city centre neighbours who’ve teamed up and branched out into Chapel Allerton. They’ve taken over the former Nichols Vegetarian Deli and turned it into an all-day bar and kitchen. If you’re parched, you can choose from a range of great craft beers, including two on draught, or try one of six cocktails, like the Watermelon Mojito. They pair perfectly with their ever-changing menu of stone-baked pizzas and Mexican street food plates. If you’re in on a weekend, there are DJs spinning tunes until the early hours.
Canteen, 86A Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LZ.
Dollhouse is the opulent new venue from local pop star Tom Zanetti and DJ Kane Towning. They’ve transformed the former Hirst’s Yard into a glamorous bar with a £500,000 refit that’s all plush leather booths, dark wood furniture and atmospheric lighting. This is a party venue, so expect to hear the latest pop, dance and r&b anthems as you work your way through their drinks menu. There’s signature cocktails, premium spirits and Champagne aplenty.
Dollhouse, 11-15 Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NJ.
Cargo Crêpe has arrived at Kirkgate Market. Owner and master crepe chef Joe McDermott has put together a menu of savoury galettes and sweet crepes. For the former, you can get these Breton staples topped with Lishman’s ham, cheese and organic egg or go veggie and swap the ham for spinach. Prefer your pancakes sweet? Get yours stuffed with classics like Nutella, lemon and cinnamon sugar or try one of their unusual fillings, like the blueberry cheesecake.
Cargo Crêpe, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7RQ.
It means ‘coffee and cake break’ in Swedish, so you already know what to expect from Fika North. It’s a speciality coffee shop that takes its inspiration from Scandinavia, but it’s injected with a bit of Yorkshire spirit. The coffee is sourced from a rotating list of local roasters and you can pair it with a host of sweet treats made in-house each day or try something from the plant-led menu of brunch and lunch dishes. Try the Skagen, a Swedish classic mix of prawns in crème fraîche and dill with a hint of mustard. They’re licensed, so you can swap coffee for beer or wine if you want.
Fika North, 94 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4BA.
Loop has now become Roxy Arcade. The trio of karaoke booths are still there if you fancy belting out the hits, but now you can pair that with a night of vintage video gaming. They have 25 multiplayer, token operated arcade games, with everything from Space Invaders to electronic basketball, dance mats and pinball machines. While you play, you can enjoy craft beer and cocktails from the bar. Fancy a change of scenery? Take the tunnel upstairs to Roxy Ball Room to continue the competitive revelry.
Roxy Arcade, 9 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
Kanassa is a completely vegetarian Colombian street food stall in Kirkgate Market. It’s the work of Anna and Beth Shindler, two sisters who were inspired by their travels through South America. They’ve brought back those vibrant flavours, but swapped the meat for veggies, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. You can enjoy dishes like black bean and manchego cheese arepas or smoked aubergine empanadas, but if you’re really hungry, try the Bandeja Paisa, a Colombian version of the full English, with a bit of everything.
Kanassa, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Stepping into the former Pintura restaurant, Franco Manca has opened its first Northern home in Trinity Leeds. The decor is rustic-meets-industrial, so it’s the perfect place to tuck into their slow-rising sourdough pizzas. The menu only has seven options and they’re all made-to-order. You can go meat-free with the capers, olives, Cantabrian anchovies and mozzarella or enjoy a meat feast with the spicy lamb sausage with roasted aubergine and wild garlic pesto. Best news? Prices start from just £5.
Franco Manca, 1 Trinity Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AP.
Pixel is a new bar dedicated to esports and video games. It’s darkly-lit, so you can easily see the screens as you play the latest titles on modern consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. When you’ve played yourself out on them, you can sign into your own gaming accounts on their top-of-the-range gaming PCs or even roll back the years on one of the many vintage machines. They serve local craft beers and game-themed cocktails – you can even order burgers from neighbours Almost Famous.
Pixel Bar, 25 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL.
The Banker’s Cat
The Banker’s Cat is the first Thornbridge Brewery pub to open in West Yorkshire. They’ve taken over an old shop on Boar Lane, which has been transformed into a traditional pub – expect dark furniture, stained glass windows and vintage beer mirrors as you enjoy a pint or two. They serve all of Thornbridge’s popular brews, like Jaipur IPA and Helles Lager, but you can also enjoy small batch beers and guest selections from their favourite breweries. Not a beer fan? There’s wine and spirits too.
The Banker’s Cat, 29 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DA.
Known for their online beer delivery service, Beer Hawk has opened its first bar outside of London on Boar Lane. It’s a cool, industrial-chic venue, with leather booths, wooden tables and concrete walls. You have over 140 different beers to choose from on draught, in bottles and in cans. You can sup Camden Hells, Goose Midway Session IPA or try their new Vocation x Beer Hawk Don’t Look Up Pale Ale. If you like what you find, but don’t want to stay, you can pick up your favourites in their bottle shop.
Beer Hawk, 16 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6EN.
Duke’s Donuts and Coffee
Duke’s Donuts and Coffee has opened not one, but two new cafes in Leeds this year – one on Cardigan Road and one on New Briggate. Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed an indulgent treat. From the Lotus Biscoff, with a rich caramel centre, to the Birthday Cake, which comes stuffed with hundreds and thousands, their doughnuts are full of doughy delight. If you don’t fancy a doughnut, they have plenty of other cakes and sweet treats too – why not pair it with a mug of Leodis Coffee?
Duke’s Donuts and Coffee, 148b Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LU & 66 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Yorkshire-based trampoline park, Gravity, has taken over the old Oxygen Freejumping at Cardigan Fields. There are over 100 interconnected trampolines to bounce around on when you visit. They have open sessions that everyone can attend, but if you’ve got little ones, you can take them to the more chilled out toddler sessions to burn off some energy. They also have special SEN sessions for kids with sensory sensitivities.
Gravity, Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG.
We’ve waited a long time for Leon to open in Leeds, but it’s finally arrived. This popular pitstop has won an army of fans for its mediterranean cooking, which brings a healthy twist to fast food. You can start the day with porridge pots and freshly-brewed coffee, but come lunchtime, they have everything from salads and wraps to curries, burgers and cakes. Why not wash it down with one of their healthy fruit and veg smoothies?
Leon, Unit 4, North Concourse, New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4DY.
Blue Rinse is the biggest vintage shop in Leeds and it just got bigger. They’ve opened a brand new shop across the road from their existing home on Call Lane. It’s a 5-storey wonderland of vintage and up-cycled clothing, so there’s even more room for all their pre-loved goodies. As a result, their current store has been repurposed to create a treasure trove of cheap and cheerful throwback finds, so you can pick up a bargain.
Blue Rinse, 14 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN.
Village Pizza is a cafe-style Neapolitan pizzeria in Bramhope. All their ingredients are sourced and grown here in Britain, most of it right here in Yorkshire. They serve plenty of classics, from Margherita to Diavola, but they also like to get creative in the kitchen, so you can try quirky pizzas like The Growler. It’s their speciality and it comes topped with slices of Bramhope pork pie on a British mozzarella white base with a sprinkling of oregano.
Village Pizza, 9 The Cross, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 9AX.
Power, Corruption & Lies
Pan-Asian eats, creative cocktails and disco beats are the name of the game at Power, Corruption and Lies. You can enjoy a laid-back feed and a drink during the day, before you whip out your best dance moves in the evening. They serve dishes like Massaman Spiced Crab and Chicken Karaage, alongside a vast array of craft beers and cocktails from the 40-foot statement bar. On the weekend, their DJs spin a soundtrack of disco anthems, old and new.
Power, Corruption & Lies, 36 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
Cafe Sylva has been taken over by Chophaus, a modern steakhouse and bar. It’s had a major facelift and is now dominated by vine-wrapped wooden beams, brass furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s the perfect place to enjoy prime cuts of steak cooked over a charcoal grill, but if you fancy something different, go for one of their seafood favourites, like the seared king scallops with wild mushroom ragout. You don’t have to eat though, there’s a separate bar on the ground floor for cocktails, wine and craft beer.
Chophaus, Louis House, Princes Avenue, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2FA.
Hern has brought a touch of fine dining flair to Chapel Allerton. It’s a small independent restaurant, with stripped back brick walls and school-style wooden tables. They only serve tasting menus here and they change on a daily basis, depending on the local and seasonal produce they can get their mitts on. You can tuck into anything from mallard with celeriac, stuffed cabbage and rowan berries to poached quince with a dig leaf ice cream. To go with your food, they serve hand-picked wines from neighbours Wayward, craft beer from Northern Monk or homemade soft drinks.
Hern, 5 Stainbeck Corner, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2EY.
Eighteen90 has transformed the former home of the Lord Mayor of Morley into a cool new wine and cocktail bar. They’ve blended original features like sash windows and wooden beams with a stylish new bar and a statement central staircase. You’ll have your pick of hand-picked wines from around the world, creative cocktails designed by their own mixologists and local beers that change regularly. Come the weekend, the laid-back atmosphere is replaced by a party vibe, as DJs play classic tunes.
Eighteen90, 137 Queen Street, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 8HE.
The Station Hop
Craft beer lovers, rejoice! The Station Hop is your new go-to in Morley. Owners Mick Steel and Mick Connolly once worked at Kirkstall Brewery, but after 40 combined years in the industry, they decided to go it alone and open their own bar. The exposed brickwork is covered in old beer signs and mirrors, so it’s the ideal spot to enjoy a few local and European brews – they have plenty on keg, cask and in the fridges. Don’t like beer? They have wine and spirits too. And since it’s by the station, your trip home is just a stagger away.
The Station Hop, Station Road, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 8JW.
I Am Döner
The humble kebab will never be the same again once you try I Am Döner. This Headingley favourite has opened a second takeaway in the city centre. Owner Paul Baron swapped Michelin-starred kitchens for a kebab shop and you’ll soon see why. You can get a traditional doner, chicken, halloumi or seitan kebab, stuffed in a thick pitta wrap or on a salad box. Load it with your choice of cheese, salad and sauces, pair it with their sweet potato or loaded fries and tuck in.
I Am Döner, 14a Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JP.
Blukku is the home of Afro-Portuguese cuisine in Leeds. It’s a cafe-style eatery with big wooden booths and a lively soundtrack of Afrobeats. They use a charcoal grill to cook everything, so whether you’re tucking into sea bass or chowing down on chicken, it’ll be sizzled to perfection in their special marinade. They have plenty of vegan dishes and whatever you go for comes with a side of rice, chips, plantain or roast potato.
Blukku, 72 Railway Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8HB.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, make a beeline for Heavenly Desserts. It’s a stylish dessert parlour in Headingley that’s all black leather and marble tables. They have a host of ready made creations to choose, like American and Belgian wafflesor crepes topped with Nutella and hazelnut gelato. If you don’t fancy any of their own combos, you can just make your own. Choose your base first, whether it’s a cake, waffle or pancake, then load it with your choice of sauces, toppings and ice cream.
Heavenly Desserts, Unit 30, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2UE.
The Escapologist is a locked-in game with a difference. First, you’ll enter their industrial-chic steampunk cocktail bar where you can enjoy a few tipples before you enter one of their seven themed escape rooms. There’s the Sherlocked Inn, which gives you 60 minutes to work out who kidnapped Sherlock from his own living room, or The Game That Shall Not Be Named, which challenges you to escape detention by finding a chocolate frog to bribe the teacher.
The Escapologist, White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8LU.
You can get a real taste of Poland at the Karpaty Bakery. It’s opened in the 1904 Hall at Kirkgate Market to serve freshly baked savoury breads and delicious sweet treats. Try the Kremowka, a traditional custard cream sandwich, or go for the Sernik, an authentic Polish spin on cheesecake. Keep an eye out at lunchtime too, when they take their freshly-baked toasted sandwiches and Polish pizzas out of the oven – they fly out.
Karpaty Polish Bakery, Unit J, 1904 Hall, Leeds Kikrgate Market, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HJ.
Milk & Honey
Milk & Honey is a family-run British-Portuguese cafe in Meanwood. It’s a quaint little spot, with bright, colourful wallpaper and a few tables surrounding the counter. The menu is constantly evolving depending on the produce they can get in. Pop in for breakfast to tuck into a full English or try a Portuguese breakfast – the latter comes with a croissant or toast, scrambled eggs and a pastel de nata tart. For lunch or dinner, there’s peri-peri-chicken, lasagne or a bifana, a traditional pork steak sandwich.
Milk & Honey, 169 Stonegate Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4PU.
Konga Coffee is the brainchild of Rita Seman. She has over 10 years experience in importing and exporting Ethiopian coffee, which led her to open her own little coffee shop in the Merrion Centre. It’s got a rustic feel, with dark wood furniture and African artwork on the walls. Their coffee is ethically sourced and they have regular guest brews to go with their house blend. You can grab pastries to go for breakfast and sandwiches at lunch, but check out their daily Ethiopian specials too – they do fried chicken with yoghurt dressing and beef pastry rolls.
Konga Coffee, The Merrion Centre, 41 Wade Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ.
Dough House is the new laid-back pizzeria and cocktail joint from the folk behind LIVIN’Italy. Bring a few friends because their pizzas are 20 inches wide. You have a choice of 20 different options, like the Maestrale, a mix of roasted butternut squash, smoked ham speck and fried sage. Can’t decide? Try their half and half. To go alongside your pizza, they have a massive cocktail menu, which takes you from Italian classics to boozy shakes.
Dough House, Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.
The first 100% plant-based cafe in Pudsey, Alternatively Vegan is a must-visit if you’re looking for meat and dairy-free eats. It’s the brainchild of Angi Haist. She wanted to create a place in West Leeds that was fully vegan and the result is a welcoming little cafe with a tempting menu. You can start the day with Smashed Avocado on Sourdough, followed by Pie and Mash at lunch. And if you want a bite on Friday or Saturday evenings, they have a special menu of vegan pizzas from 4pm.
Alternatively Vegan, 118 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6BN.
If you want a summer glow all year round, head to Blushtan. Dermatologist Natalia Spierings has brought the American tanning sensation to Leeds. It’s an all-natural product, and there are over 100 different shades, so you can get the perfect shade for your skintone. Their Original full body tan is rinsed in 12 hours and develops in 24 hours, but if you’re in a rush, you can speed it up with their Express or Super Express formulas.
Blushtan, 8b North Lane, Leeds, Headingley, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HE.
Yard & Coop
If you love fried chicken, you need to visit Yard & Coop. They’ve now got two floors of fried chicken goodness on Merrion Street – and theirs is special. It’s buttermilk chicken, brined for 24 hours to let the flavours soak right in. You can choose your perfect combo, from chicken breast in Dr Pepper BBQ sauce to drumsticks in buffalo sauce. It’s open late on the weekends too, so you can sup craft beer and cocktails until 4am.
Yard & Coop, 6-8 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
Want never-ending sushi? It’s not a dream, just head to Blue Sakura. This an all you can eat Japanese restaurant, comes complete with a cool, modern decor and cherry blossom trees. From Salmon Sashimi to Black Dragon Rolls, they have loads of different types of sushi for you to choose from, but you can also tuck into Katsu Chicken Curry, Cod Fillet Teriyaki and Singapore Vermicelli. You have two hours to try everything you like and you can order up to five dishes at once.
Blue Sakura, 2-3 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT.
Döner Shack is the newest resident in Trinity Kitchen and they’ve brought the classic German kebab to Leeds. You can tuck into a heaving pita stuffed full of classic lamb döner or chicken shawarma. Veggie? Try their vegan schnitzel. Pile on your choice of fresh vegetables and all kinds of different sauces to create your dream kebab. You can also swap the bread for chips and get a massive bowl of loaded fries or try out their take on the traditional currywurst. To wash it down, try a Fritz-Kola or a Berliner beer.
Döner Shack, Trinity Kitchen, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.
Hansa’s is gone, but taking its place is Wen’s, a new family-run Chinese restaurant. They’ve given the restaurant a subtle makeover and introduced a menu of Chinese favourites. Start with pan-fried dumplings or one of their small plates like the Five Spice Beef Tendon, then move on to the main event. They do all the takeaway classics alongside a menu of traditional dishes you’ve probably never tried. From Pork in Sweet Vinegar Sauce to Slow Stewed Beef Belly, Wen’s will definitely broaden your horizons.
Wen’s Restaurant, 72-74 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
Tired of the lack of options nearby, Prime Studios have opened a cafe-cum-gallery below their Leeds HQ. Archive is a stylish eatery where you can tuck into Eggs Benedict for breakfast, with pizza slices, pancakes and sandwiches for lunch. Pair yours with a cup of coffee courtesy of local roasters Maude and Pump ’n’ Grind, or if you fancy a beer, try something from your favourite local breweries. It also has a 3,000 square foot event space at the rear, which hosts everything from exhibitions to film screenings.
Archive, 94 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1HD.
Beck & Call
The folk behind Belgrave and Headrow House have done it again, but this time in the suburbs. Formerly The True Briton, Beck & Call is a new family-friendly pub in Meanwood. They’ve transformed it, inside and out, so it’s got a cool decor and an extensive beer garden with a children’s play area. You can tuck into a menu of classic pub grub designed by Ox Club’s Ben Davy with roast dinners all day on Sunday, washed down with craft beer and cocktails.
Beck & Call, Stainbeck Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2NP.
Union Square Bar & Kitchen
Union Square is an NYC-inspired diner from the people behind Simpatico. It’s a fun-loving venue with an eclectic decor and a Big Apple-inspired menu. You can tuck into flat iron steaks, heaving burgers and sharing pizzas. Hell, they’ve even enlisted the help of Primo’s to serve hot dogs. In a rush? Head to their grab and go pizza slice counter, perfect for a quick lunch. Come the evening, it transforms into a party venue as you sup craft beer and cocktails to a soundtrack of classic pop and rock anthems.
Union Square Bar and Kitchen, Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.
Mog’s has re-opened in its old home on Kirkstall Lane. The vegan eatery closed last November but new owners Chris Beech and Courteney Hager have brought it back to life. They’ve streamlined the menu to focus on burgers and vegan chicken. Try the Big Mog, a vegan burger topped with burger sauce, vegan cheese, lettuce and pickles, or go for the Gravy Train, which brings fried vegan chicken together with southern-style thick gravy.
Mog’s, 55 Kirkstall Lane, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BE.
BLK BX is a conceptual retail space in Trinity Leeds. It’s a permanent unit that hosts an ever-changing line-up of brands. Founder Darren Rutland wanted to create a space where up and coming independent designers and online retailers could experiment with a physical store. Florence Blanchard, Raul 33 and Nicolas Dixon have brought the shop to life with their iconic artwork, both inside and out.
BLK BX, Albion Street, Trinity Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ES.
Thai tapas anyone? That’s what York favourite Phranakhon has brought to Leeds. They’ve transformed the old White Rabbit bar into a rustic eatery where you can indulge in a bunch of Thai classics, all at once. They have all the classics, with everything from Thai Red Curry to Duck Spring Rolls, but you can also try unique creations like Phranakhon Salmon Tartare, which comes with red onions, egg yolk and a spicy lime dressing.
Phranakhon, 11 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2DS.
This new fitness studio has brought the Lagree Method to Leeds. It’s a high-intensity, low-impact workout for the whole body. You can use one of seven state-of-the-art Megaformer Machines, which you stay on for the whole 50-minute session, as you complete slow and controlled movements designed to engage different parts of the body and stimulate your fat burning muscle fibres.
Love Lagree, Unit 3 Gateway West, East Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8DZ.
Brownhill & Co.
It’s been 18 months in the making, but the big brother to Little Leeds Beer House has finally opened. They’ve brought their craft beer expertise from the Corn Exchange to Central Road to create a cool bar in the heart of the city centre. They offer table service all day every day, so you choose from a range of local favourites and rare international tipples, then relax as they bring it to you.
Brownhill & Co., 30 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE.
Slung Low has moved out of The Holbeck Underground Ballroom and into The Holbeck. They’ve taken over the day-to-day running of this old working men’s club, which is owned by the local community. It’s still open to the community, but now they’re running their whole operation there – from rehearsals to pay-as-you-feel performances and their Cultural Community College, this local landmark will now stay at the heart of the local community for years to come.
The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9QX.
JJ’s Vish and Chips
The first veggie fish and chip shop in the North has opened in Leeds. JJ’s Vish and Chips is the work of Jess Jones. She’s taken over The Great Yorkshireman chippy on Kirkstall Road, but instead of cod and haddock, she’s perfected battered banana plant blossoms, which are just like the real thing thanks to her special marinade and batter. The chip shop chips are as good as anywhere else and they also have a few extras, from vegan battered sausage to cheesy chips.
JJ’s Vish and Chips, 402 Kirkstall Rd, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2QD.
Street food favourites Pizza Loco opened their first restaurant in Bradford last year and they’ve followed it up with another in Oakwood. It’s a stylish venue where they serve proper wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas made using their secret recipe dough. They’re topped with San Marzano tomatoes and a range of delicious combinations like fior di latte, guanciale, scamorza, pecorino, truffle, red onion, porcia cream and olive oil.
Pizza Loco, 484 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.
Matt Healy at The Beehive
The Beehive is Matt Healy’s third restaurant in Leeds and it’s a different proposition to everything he’s done before. This is a modern gastropub where you can tuck into a menu of classic dishes brought to life with Healy’s signature flair, paired with local ales and a hand-picked wine list. You can enjoy it in a welcoming local pub that’s been given a smart makeover with its own bar area.
Matt Healy at The Beehive, Main Street, Thorner, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 3DE.
The Whitehall has brought refined food to the old Rosso’s Italian at West Point. You can dine in a bright, airy restaurant with a mixture of rustic wooden and sleek stone-topped tables. The menu is British with a twist, so expect a creative reinterpretation of traditional dishes, like Torched Hake with summer veg and giant couscous in a brown butter shrimp sauce. They’ve got pasta, pizza and steak too, and you can pair your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine menu.
The Whitehall Restaurant & Bar, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe
A firm favourite in London, Rosa’s Thai Cafe has come up north to takeover the old Cielo Blanco in Trinity Leeds. They offer a fresh take on classic Thai food, so you can tuck into all your favourites, from Pad Thai to Massaman Curry. Want to try something new? Try their Grilled Northern Style Sausage and Drunken Noodles. There’s an extensive wine list and an endless supply of Chang Beer to go alongside your meal, or you can try one of their creative cocktails.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe, Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre, 21 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.
Boomchikkaboom have put on family-friendly raves for years, but now they finally have a place of there own. Our Place is a 200-capacity venue in Chapeltown. It’s a one-stop shop for all their events, from the raves to workshops, cinema screenings and messy play sessions. They’ve also opened their own cafe, which you can visit throughout the week, and they’re opening their own flexible working space and inviting the local creative community to use the space for rehearsals, performances and celebrations.
Our Place, Unit 3, Buslingthorpe Green Industrial Estate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2HG.
This new vegan eatery comes from the people who first brought us Mog’s. The Vege-Table is primarily an online takeaway, but you can dine in from 5pm to 11pm throughout the week at their new home in Temple of Boom. Tuck into everything from Indian-style faux Fish and Chips to Chimichangas, Vegan Kebabs and Mac ’n’ Cheese Balls. They also do a range of burgers, fruit smoothies and homemade vegan desserts – the Snickers Cheesecake is a must.
The Vege-Table, Byron Street Mills, Millwright Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7QG.
The Vinyl Whistle
Jon Moss is a Premier League referee, but in his spare time, he’s a music nut who loves vinyl records. He’s run The Vinyl Whistle online for a while now, but he’s finally opened his first shop in Headingley. It’s a treasure trove of second-hand vinyl, with racks full of indie rock classics, hip-hop hits and dance anthems. Whatever you’re into, you’re sure to find a few gems when you go crate-digging. They also stock new releases as soon as they come out.
The Vinyl Whistle, 39 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AB.
The Black Horse
A traditional Victorian coaching inn in the heart of Otley, The Black Horse has been saved from closure by Kirkstall Brewery and the Brudenell Social Club. They’ve joined forces to give the place some much needed TLC – it’s retained that old world charm, but now has a cool, modern feel. They have all Kirkstall’s beers on tap alongside a menu of pub classics – come on Sunday to try their cracking roast dinner.
The Black Horse, 2 Westgate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3AS.
TimberJacks is a new axe-throwing centre in Leeds. They have ten lanes, each kitted out with a target board, so round up your mates and see who can send an axe hurtling into the bullseye. You get five throws each and you have to get as many points as possible – the outside ring is worth one point and it increases by one point per ring until you reach the five-point bullseye.
TimberJacks, Flexspace Unit H, Burley Hill Trading Estate, Burley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2PU.
You’ll find the city’s newest independent art gallery in Kirkgate Market. Cole’s Gallery is the work of North Yorkshire artist Joss Cole. You’ll find an impressive collection of paintings and prints inside, but depending on the artists he’s working with, they could have anything from ceramics to woodwork. You can see Cole’s own work on display, alongside pieces by an ever-changing line-up of British creators, like Helen Field, Jonathan Hooper and Martin Jackson. Like what you see? Buy it to take home.
Cole’s Gallery, Unit 16, Kirkgate Market, 34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
If you love old school video games, Arcade Club is your new playground. The popular Bury venue has come across the Pennines to open a paradise of vintage arcade machines and games consoles. You have to pay a one-off fee of £16 for adults and £8 for kids, then you can stay and play for as long as you like. From their original 1972 Pong machine to 80s classics like Space Invaders and rare games imported from Japan, this is a gaming treasure trove.
Arcade Club, Unit 3, Abbey Retail Park, Savins Mill Way, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3RP.
Tobacco Rd is the newest addition to the Northern Quarter. It’s a cool, rustic venue with exposed brickwork, finished steel and real wood. Here, you can sup one of their creative cocktails or try a rare craft beer as DJs spin classic rock and indie anthems until the early hours. During the day, you can grab a bite to eat, as Alley Cats have taken over their pop-up kitchen with an indulgent menu of grilled cheese sandwiches, sliders and mac ’n’ cheese.
Tobacco Rd, 5 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
The Headingley Greengrocer
The Headingley Greengrocer is evidence of the good that happens when the local community comes together. R.K. Harris had been open since 1972, but when they retired last year, The Headingley Development Trust took the business over. It’s been given a stylish makeover and they now source the best local fruit and vegetables they can find. This is a minimum plastic shop, so bring your own bags and containers to get your shopping home.
The Headingley Greengrocer, 50 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HU.
Vital Punk is a new vegan cafe in the heart of Hyde Park. It’s more takeaway than restaurant, although there are a few tables in their wooden-panelled veatery. Their ethos is ‘vegan fast food without the junk’, and their menu is largely made up of burgers and pizza. Try The Peng Burger, which layers a jackfruit and plantain patty up with tomato, plantain chips, chilli guac and tamarind jerk sauce. Fancy pizza? Go for the Hoisin ‘Duck’, which is topped with pulled jackfruit, pickled cucumber, spring onion and coriander.
Vital Punk, 82 Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1EG.
Stuzzi & Porco Rosso
Stuzzi is a seriously impressive Italian restaurant that’s come over from Harrogate. They’ve taken a spot in Grand Arcade, so expect vast arched windows, paired back walls and a real focus on the food. They serve an ever-changing menu of ‘stuzzicini’ small plates, inspired by their trips to the trattorias, pizzerias and bacari of Italy. They make their own pasta fresh each day and serve it alongside dishes like Venison and Salami Meatballs in spicy San Marzano tomato sauce. Upstairs, their bar, Porco Rosso, serves Italian craft beer, hand-picked wines and signature cocktails.
Stuzzi & Porco Rosso, 7 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
Kuala Lumpur Cafe
Kuala Lumpur Cafe is the city’s first 100% Malaysian eatery. It’s a laid-back, cafe-style restaurant in Headingley where you can tuck a menu of Malaysian food, influenced by Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines. Nasi Lemak is their speciality and Malaysia’s national dish – expect a bowl of coconut rice with chilli sauce, peanuts, anchovies, boiled eggs and cucumber. That sits alongside a whole host of curries, from Rendang to Masak Cicap.
Kuala Lumpur Cafe, 2-4 Bennett Rd, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HN.
The Brew Society
The old White Cloth Gallery has been transformed into The Brew Society. It’s an intimate cafe by day and a cool bar by night. Enjoy North Star coffee, freshly baked pastries and handmade sandwiches in the morning, before the afterwork crowds pile in for drinks. They have 13 rotating cask and keg lines dedicated to local breweries, as well as a permanent German lager. Want wine? They have a hand-picked list of wino that’s been put together with the help of Harrogate specialists Ake & Humphris.
The Brew Society, 26 Aire Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4HT.
Ego, the popular Mediterranean restaurant, has finally opened in Leeds. They’ve taken over The Wellington in Shadwell and given it a complete makeover to match their classic rustic-chic. You can start with Breaded Camembert, Grilled Goat’s Cheese or Calamari Fritti before you enjoy one of their mains. There’s pizza, pasta and salads alongside standout dishes like Iberian Belly Pork with chorizo, black pudding, pommes purée and red wine jus. Wash it down with cask ale, wine or classic cocktails.
Ego at The Wellington, Wetherby Road, Shadwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 8LZ.