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 is over and the list of incredible new openings in 2018 has hit 78. 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.
Dough in the City
Dough in the City is a cool, laid-back restaurant from the folks behind Vice and Virtue. They’ve taken the ground floor space below their now famous restaurant to create a venue that’s both accessible and refined. The menu will take you from morning to lunch, with everything from Steak and Eggs on a bed of waffles to Tandoori Cod with Bombay potatoes. Alongside the food, they also have a packed menu of craft beer, cocktails and coffee.
Dough in the City, 72 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Flamingos Coffee House
Flamingos is the city’s first late-night LGBTQ+ friendly community cafe. Owner James Greenhalgh has created a vibrant venue where you can find tasty eats and a quality cuppa. During the day, you can tuck into brunch dishes like Smashed Avocado with Feta and Chilli, then after 6pm, it switches to mezze platters and small tapas plates. It’s completely booze-free, so wash it down with a North Star coffee or try one of their organic teas.
Flamingos Coffee House, Central Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DX.
The Watermark is a new bar from experienced mixologists, Dariush Afshar Haghighi and Filippos Filippopoulous. They’ve created a down-to-earth bar where creative cocktails rule the roost – try the Aegean Breeze, a blend of Metaxa 12 Star Brandy, Amato Montenegro, fig liqueur and cold brew coffee. Hungry? If you get the late night munchies, they serve up small plates and meat and cheese boards until 4am.
The Watermark, 3 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
North Brewing Co. Tap Room
North Brewing Co. has expanded its craft beer empire. They’ve opened a city centre Tap Room to complement their busy Sheepscar brewery. Head into the Scandi-inspired bar and make a beeline for the 24 taps which dispense all North’s favourites, including Sputnik and Transmission, as well as rare collaborative brews, guest beers, wine and draught cocktails. They sell beers to takeaway too, but don’t leave before you try the delicious buns from Little Bao Boy.
North Brewing Co. Tap Room, 3 Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BA.
You can go plastic-free with your shopping at EcoTopia. It’s a new zero-waste shop designed to help you reduce the damage plastics have on the environment. Just bring a container, or buy one from them, and fill it up with a wide array of dry foods, household items, beauty products and more. You can get everything from pasta and rice to sugar, tea leaves and shampoo at competitive prices, with a dose of added feel-good.
EcoTopia, Unit 8, Central Arcade, Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DX.
New Saltaire brewery, Salt Beer Factory, has opened two Craft Asylum bars in Leeds – they’ve taken over the old Candlebar on Granary Wharf and opened a brand new venue on East Parade. Both watering holes have an industrial-chic vibe and 14 keg taps – seven pour out their own Salt brews, and the other seven are dedicated to an ever-changing array of guest UK breweries. There are also four cask taps and a wide array of UK craft gins too.
Craft Asylum #1, Candle House, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GJ & Craft Asylum #2, 26 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BW.
An exciting new events space has arrived in Farsley. The Constitutional is a members-only venue from the folk behind Trouble at Mill. You’ll find it in an empty back room at Farsley Constitutional Club. There’s a one-off £1 fee to join, but that will get you into an eclectic programme of events, including stand-up comedy, theatre, DJs and live music. While you’re there, make a stop at their cool Art Deco-style bar to quench your thirst.
The Constitutional, Farsley Constitutional Club, 51 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5HX.
Love Italian grub? Make a beeline for Eataliano on your next lunch break. The menu will give you an authentic taste of Italy – you can get sandwiches like the Polpette, filled with beef and pork meatballs, on your choice of baguette, focaccia or piscina. But they also do all of their sandwich fillings as salad and pasta boxes, or you can try the 11-inch focaccia Romana pizzas, topped with the likes of mushrooms and truffle oil.
Eataliano, 11 Britannia Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2DZ.
The Greenhouse is a charming little eatery full of plant-based delights. Their all-day brunch-style menu is 100% vegan – choose from dishes like Hummus, Avocado and Cherry Tomatoes on Artisan Bread or their Fluffy Pancake Stack, which is topped with either maple syrup and seasonal fruit or chocolate sauce and chopped nuts. Just want a snack? Their cakes are made fresh each morning and pair perfectly with a cup of Maude Coffee or Tea Pigs.
The Greenhouse, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5LJ.
Workshop Sewing Cafe
Workshop isn’t your usual cafe. You can get coffee from The Blending Room, tea from Bird & Blend and cakes from That Old Chestnut, just as you’d expect, but it’s also a craft shop and sewing studio. From fabrics to needles, you can pick up all your sewing essentials at the front of the shop, as well as prints from local artists. Want to get started? Head to the back where they have six sewing machines you can hire for £5 an hour. They also host meet-ups, classes and workshops with an alterations service to follow in 2019.
Workshop Sewing Cafe, 24 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD.
Once Upon a Vine
If you love wine, Once Upon a Vine is your new go-to. It’s the brainchild of Simon Cocks, a wine expert who’s worked in the industry for years. He’s created a one-stop shop where you can buy hand-picked labels from around the world. You can drink every bottle they sell for an £8 corkage fee or try one of their by-the-glass wines with a charcuterie board. Look out for their regular tasting events too.
Once Upon a Vine, 21 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5LJ.
East Parade Social
Flexible workspace Avenue HQ has transformed part of their building into East Parade Social. Downstairs, it’s home to a cafe where you can enjoy everything from Buttermilk Pancakes to sandwiches, salads and wraps. Upstairs, you’ll find an amazing rooftop bar with views over to Leeds Town Hall – here, you can tuck into sharing boards or tapas-style small plates, as well as classic cocktails and an array of craft beer.
East Parade Social, 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.
Steve and Carol Ridehalgh spent 20 years running Brasserie Forty 4 on The Calls, but now they’ve opened Arnold’s, a stylish restaurant in the former Marco’s New York Italian. Expect a small but carefully curated menu of refined British cuisine that takes you from Lamb Rump with spinach, roasted vine tomatoes, shallots and lamb gravy to Holme Farmed Venison Haunch with red cabbage, blackberries and red wine.
Arnold’s Restaurant and Bar, Wade Lane, Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ.
Junkyard Golf Club
There are three things Junkyard Golf Club does well – crazy golf, cocktails and cheesy tunes. It’s a frankly bonkers venue with a trio of 9-hole golf courses made out of reclaimed materials and a soundtrack of guilty pleasures. There are four bars around the venue, where you can choose from loads of crazy cocktails – try the Porn in the USA, which brings together Absolut vanilla, Passoa, pineapple, passion fruit and cream soda.
Junkyard Golf Club, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
Not content with opening one venue in Leeds this year, Matt Healy has followed The Foundry with Grön Kafe, a minimalist Scandinavian-inspired eatery with a focus on clean, healthy food. The menu is dominated by plant-based dishes, including vegan pancakes with yogurt and berries, but they will also be serving a handpicked selection of meat and fish dishes, like beetroot-cured salmon with avocado mousse and chive dressing.
Grön Kafe, 454 Roundhay Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.
Tailors is a gentleman’s tailors by day, but it transforms into 1920s-style gin joint at night. Matthew Wignall creates smart suits from British fabrics until 6pm, when the bar opens. You can try their own brand of Tailors Gin, a perfect combo of lemon peel, chamomile and bergamot, best served neat with grapefruit and rosemary. They also serve G&Ts and gin cocktails – order one, then head over to their dress-up box where you can don vintage costumes as you drink and dance.
Tailors, 23-24 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
You can tuck into the finest Kirkgate Market produce yards from where it’s sold with a trip to OWT. It’s a new lunchtime spot where owners Esther Miglio and James Simpson create ever-changing menus made solely out of ingredients they find from nearby stalls. Every visit will be different, but the quality never changes, as you can try everything from Slow Braised Beef with Mustard Seed Rice Salad to Vegan Lasagne with Lemony Kale.
OWT, Leeds Kirkgate Market, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
The Viet Baker
You can dabble in the flavours of South East Asia at The Viet Baker’s Vietnamese street food diner. This charming, rustic cafe has all the classics, including their speciality, the bahn mí – the bread is baked fresh in-house every day to a traditional recipe and filled with your choice of pork, chicken, beef and salt and pepper tofu. But that’s not all – they also serve pho soups and bun cha noodles as well as Vietnamese coffee paired with condensed milk.
The Viet Baker, 15 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HG.
Assembly Underground is a subterranean street food market and craft beer bar. It’s home to four street food vendors – choose between burgers and loaded fries from Slap and Pickle or humongous Arabic wraps courtesy of The Falafel Guys. You can also tuck into juicy Brazilian BBQ fare from Bread and Butter or enjoy Jah Jyot’s Punjabi morsels. And to top it off, Vocation Brewery have their very own bar with 50 taps for you to choose from.
Assembly Underground, 12 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL.
Vital is a small but perfectly formed vegan cafe, where you tuck into a host of tasty eats all day long. From the Vegan Breakfast to the Sticky Jerk Jackfruit Wrap, you’ll find a surprising array of dishes here – and they also have a host of tapas-style small plates like Baba Ganoush, Feta Salad and Batata Harra. But the best bit? They have an all-you-can-eat vegan buffet between 6pm and 9pm on Mondays.
Vital, 33 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HW.
Black Market is a new fine dining restaurant in Chapel Allerton. They put a modern twist on classic British cuisine, but without the usual pretension. It’s a stylish venue where you can enjoy an ever-changing menu that uses produce sourced from Kirkgate Market. They offer a menu of small plates during the day, followed by an evening menu that promises dishes like Braised Pig Cheeks with saffron, orange polenta and pickled carrot. The roast dinner on Sunday is a must too.
Black Market, 5 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PJ.
The folk behind The Domino Club and Roland’s have done it again. The Vanguard is a new cafe-bar with a split personality. By day, you can pop in for breakfast and brunch, with quality coffee and low-alcohol cocktails. By night, they transform the place into a buzzing venue with a sliding wall that reveals the bar. Expect craft beer, a weekly cost-price wine and hand-picked spirits, which they use to make creative cocktails. Heck, you can even get table service, but there are only 30 seats, so don’t hang about.
The Vanguard, 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.
The Humble Lotus
The Humble Lotus is an exciting arrival for two reasons. First, it’s a tattoo and piercing studio where Courtney Jade Levitt practices her fine work – she specialises in dotwork, floral and black and grey tattoos. On the ground floor, however, there’s a cafe where you can enjoy a quality cup of coffee and a host of sweet treats, like brownies and blondies, made fresh in-house daily.
The Humble Lotus, 45 Queen Street, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 8EE.
The Ivy is finally here! It’s an eclectic venue with a mix-and-match decor – and the food is just as good – you can start the day with a Full English or indulge in their Hot Buttermilk Pancakes, before the A La Carte menu comes into its own with everything from Shepherd’s Pie to Monkfish and Prawn Curry. They also do a classic afternoon tea, but if you just fancy a few drinks, their cocktails and G&Ts will sort you out.
The Ivy Victoria Quarter, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BB.
Number Thirty Three
Number Thirty Three has breathed new life into The New Inn. Brothers Jamie and Matt Hanson have created a stripped back venue where you can settle in for a few hours to try out their array of local craft beer and unique cocktails, as well as a sharing board, made using meat and cheese from Lishman’s of Ilkley.
Number Thirty Three, 33 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5HX.
House of Wizardry
There’s oodles of Harry Potter memorabilia to be found in the House of Wizardry – expect everything from Bertie Bott’s Beans to wands, robes and sorting hats. But it’s not solely focused on J.K. Rowling’s creation. It’s also home to a host of other film and TV geekiness, which means you can get clothing, games and accessories from all the big franchises, like Marvel and Star Wars.
House of Wizardry, 76 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LH.
The Lime Leaf
The Lime Leaf is the place to go for clean, tasty pan-Asian cuisine in West Leeds. Tom Berry is the owner and he’s got oodles of experience having worked for big Asian restaurants like Pho and Wagamama. Now, he’s out on his own and he’s created a varied menu of Oriental eats that take you from Malaysian Rendang Curry to Japanese Teriyaki Rice Bowl, Thai Fried Rice and Chinese Vermicelli.
The Lime Leaf, 104 Valley Road, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 9EU.
Gino D’Acampo Pizza and Prosseco Bar
Gino D’Acampo has opened his second Leeds restaurant in The Springs, a new retail park at Thorpe Park. This one pairs authentic Neapolitan pizza with the very best Italian prosecco. You can see the chefs cook up 10 classic combinations in the open kitchen, or try classic mains, like Sea Bass with Italian Salsa or Aubergine Parmigiana. Whatever you go for, their line-up of prosecco and wine is one of the best around.
Gino D’Acampo Pizza and Prosseco Bar, 11-12 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5HD.
Terminus Tap Room and Bottle Shop
Brothers Baz and Graeme Phillips only started The Meanwood Brewery in 2017, but it’s fast become one of the best in Leeds. And they’ve now added the Terminus Tap Room and Bottle Shop to their brewery. You can try all their beers on tap, from staples like the Heroic IPA to one-off brews and collaborations. It’s not just beer though – expect gins from Leeds Gin and the Harewood Food and Drink Project, wine from Leventhorpe Vineyard and cider from Coelmans.
Terminus Tap Room and Bottle Shop, 8a Stonegate Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4HY.
Venezuelan street food joint Caracas Grill has a Spanish tapas alter-ego. At night, their restaurant transforms into La Taberna, a pop-up restaurant from the folk behind La Rambla. They serve small, but perfectly formed menu of small places, like Queso Manchego, Patatas Bravas, Chorizo al Vino and Calamares Fritos. In the heart of the business district, this is perfect for after work bites.
La Taberna, Britannia House, 16 York Place Basement, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EU.
Wok to Walk
Wok to Walk have left London for the first time and chosen Leeds as their first destination. It’s Asian food, served just the way you want it. First, pick your base with four noodle, two rice and one veggie option to choose from. Top it with anything from bacon to pork or shiitake mushrooms, then add your favourite sauce – they’ve got sweet and sour, oyster and more. Finally, finish with a sprinkle of nuts, seeds and herbs.
Wok to Walk opens at 34 Bond Street by the end of 2018.
The Jar Tree
Leeds-based zero waste activists, Aimee Charlotte and Ian Thursfield, have opened The Jar Tree, a plastic-free shop in Kirkgate Market where you can shop for essentials and help the environment. Bring or buy a container, weigh it at the counter and fill it up. They stock all sorts here, from coffee and banana chips to drinking chocolate and brown lentils. There are household items too, as well as a bunch of ethical products, like metal straws and recycled tissue.
The Jar Tree, Unit BS1, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
The Malt Brewhouse
Bar 166 has been transformed into The Malt Brewhouse. It’s now a smart, airy open-plan venue with an open kitchen. You can tuck into tapas-style small plates and flatbread pizzas, which go perfectly with their bar offering. There are 10 keg taps and 6 cask hand-pulls, the bulk of which will be home to local brews, but they also offer a wide selection of wine and cocktails. Next year will be exciting too, as they’re set to open their on-site microbrewery.
The Malt Brewhouse, 166 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4AQ.
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.
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.
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.