Feel like we’re always telling you about new openings? That’s because we are – there have been 86 of ’em in 2017.
There’s always somewhere new to try in Leeds. In fact, there have been so many openings over the last 12 months, that you might well have missed a few. But fear not, because we’ve rounded up 86 of our favourites, with everything from bars and restaurants to shops and galleries for you to explore.
1. Kitty Cafe
It’s been a long time coming, but the Kitty Cafe is finally here. December booked out in record time but you can still get an hour-long slot for January. They have 30 cats for you to meet, all of which will be roaming around freely – and you’re encouraged to do the same, meeting as many of them as you can while you’re there. The cats are the main attraction, but it’s also a brilliant cafe. They have over 100 different teas or you can indulge in one of their kitty mocktails – and don’t get us started on the cake.
Kitty Cafe, 8-9 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BZ.
2. Cosy Club
Cosy Club has finally opened in the old Next Clearance store and there’s plenty for you to enjoy here. It’s an eclectic venue perfect for a few drinks or a bite to eat. They serve the main menu all day long, with the likes of Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Slow-cooked Pork Belly or the Beef Brisket Burger on offer. Want something light? Their tapas dishes will do the job. There’s also an extensive cocktail menu and wine list, as well as plenty of beers.
Cosy Club, 53 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA.
3. KOBY Studio
Mabgate is home to a new urban dance studio – KOBY is on a mission to unite the city’s urban dance community. It was started by three dancers, Sid Raphael, Mimi Moreno and Victor Amango. They wanted to bring urban dancers from every discipline together, all under one roof, so they opened a studio that does a little bit of everything, from hip-hop and street dance to afro-fusion, house and urban bhangra. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or a beginner – everyone’s welcome.
KOBY Studio, 23a, 66-70 Mabgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7DZ.
Dough Bistro is no more and in its place stands Aperitivo, the new restaurant concept from Luke Downing and Head Chef Laura MacLeod. They’ve changed everything, from the decor to the menu, so now you can enjoy a menu of Italian small plates like Italian Peppers stuffed with rice, capers, onion, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes or Seared King Scallops, served with black pudding, lemon oil and basil pesto. Paired with cocktails or wine, you’re in for a treat.
Aperitivo, 293 Spen Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5BD.
There’s a new bar on Call Lane and it’s positively bonkers. Cuckoo comes from the same folk behind Verve and Call Lane Social, but it’s a very different beast. Decked out in neon signs and hand-painted murals, it’s a little bit different – and not just because of the decor. They fire up the ovens and serve up free pizza slices with your drinks every day until 9pm. Speaking of drinks, it’s craft beer and cocktails with a few surprises thrown in for good measure, like their Giraffe beer sharer.
Cuckoo, 37 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
6. Woodlawn Coffee Co.
Woodlawn Coffee Co. is now the go-to cafe in Horsforth. It’s a cool, Scandi-style cafe where you can easily while away a few hours. They’ve got quality coffee from the folk at North Star and brews from Storm Tea, either of which will go down nicely at breakfast or lunch. Start the day with pancakes or slow roasted on-the-vine tomatoes on sourdough toast before tucking into one of their gourmet sandwiches at lunch, filled with the likes of chicken, homemade pesto and veg.
Woodlawn Coffee Co., 60a Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4AP.
7. Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen
Love American BBQ? Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen is a new American style smokehouse. Everything they cook here is smoked, from the meat to the seafood. You can tuck into Baby Back Ribs, smoked for 6 hours, or dig into Smoked Mussels in a creamy white wine and garlic sauce. But, it’s not just a restaurant – it’s also a late night bar where you can enjoy Smokin’ cocktails with a live saxophonists and percussion on rotation.
Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen, 24 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QB.
8. Epicurus: Death & Taxes
This is two bars in one. The ground floor is Epicurus, a laid-back venue with big sofas where you can drink cocktails, sup wine and tuck into charcuterie boards until 4am. The cocktails are inspired by song lyrics and you’ll be able to choose yours by listening to a 20-second snippet of each song. Upstairs is Death & Taxes, a members’ only bar that’s set to open in January – here it’s all about twists on classic cocktails.
Epicurus: Death & Taxes, 3 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
9. The Guest House
The Guest House is the city’s newest escape game. It’s a family-friendly experience with two rooms to choose from. The Extraordinary Study of Professor Wilbanks is an Indiana Jones-style office filled with trinkets from around the world or there’s The Tarot Room of Madame Virtue, a fortune tellers room with a crystal ball at the centre. You get a 15 minute briefing, before you try to solve the puzzles and clues to escape the room within an hour.
The Guest House, The Leeming Building, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HZ.
The folk behind The Reliance have been busy – they’ve opened up a new wine bar and shop in Chapel Allerton. They source an array of natural wines from around the world, which you can purchase to take away or drink in the bar for a £10 corkage fee. To go with it, they’ve brought The Reliance’s cheeseboards with them and it’s the perfect match. Look out for their Friday night wine tastings too.
Wayward, 1C Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4PE.
11. Below Stairs
Below Stairs is finally here. It’s been over a year in the making, but it’s definitely worth the wait. The cocktails are the highlight, they’re all originals and they all tell a story – like the Primary Experience. It’s inspired by the warming bowls of porridge owner Manachain Monaghan had as a child and it brings together butter-washed genever with porridge-infused Roe & Co Irish whisky and muscovado sugar syrup.
Below Stairs, 12 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QS.
SIX is a new health-focussed restaurant and cafe in the heart of the business district. They roast their own coffee beans, so pop in for your morning brew made with their own single origin, 100% certified organic Arabica beans. They pride themselves on their organic, locally-sourced ingredients, which go into some damned tasty dishes. At breakfast, they do waffles, smothered in banana and Nutella – or head back at lunch for a healthy Buddha Bowl Salad, loaded with roast sweet potato, aubergine, courgette, green lentils, avocado, baby salad, alfalfa sprouts and hummus.
SIX, 66-68 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EE.
You’ll find the city’s newest Indian street food joint on Merrion Street – Gabbar specialises in authentic chapata dishes just like they serve in Indian cafes and street food stalls. You can tuck into Daal Makhni (a slow cooked curry with black grams and kidney beans) or the Masala Dosa (a thin crepe with spiced potatoes and onions). They also do the Momos, a steamed dumpling that’s packed with cheese and veggies – couple it with craft beer or an Indian-inspired cocktail and you’re all set.
Gabbar, 17-19 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE.
14. La Casita
Having conquered Horsforth, Spanish tapas restaurant La Casita has now settled in Granary Wharf. It toes the line between classic and creative, so you can couple Patatas Bravas (potatoes in a lightly spiced tomato sauce with garlic aioli) with Surf & Snout (crispy suckling pig with prawn and pancetta). They’ve also got an array of charcuterie boards, as well as extensive wine lists and a dedicated espresso martini list.
La Casita, Little Neville Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.
15. Dirty Martini
Dirty Martini has finally arrived. They’ve brought their famous happy hour to Leeds, and its the perfect excuse to check out their menu of 15 martinis – or even to try their exclusive White Rose Martini, which is made with Slingsby Gin, egg white, coconut water, rose water syrup, lemon juice and dandelion and burdock bitters, then finished with a dried rose bud. They have 50 cocktails in total, as well as beer, wine and spirits. Hungry? Try their menu of small plates and platters.
Dirty Martini, Atlas House, 31 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HL.
16. Bubble Witch
Bubble Witch is a Victorian apothecary-style shop. You can pick up lotions, potions and bath products, many of which have been handmade by owner Helena Garcia, but they also sell unique pieces of homeware you won’t find anywhere else. She’s also teamed up with local designers, crafters and makers to sell artwork and a range of handmade crystal jewellery.
Bubble Witch, 5 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.
17. The Little Bookshop
If you’ve got little bookworms at home, a trip to the city’s newest bookstore is definitely in order. The Little Bookshop in Chapel Allerton is the only independent bookshop dedicated to children in the entire city. They have something for everyone, with everything from picture books to teen fiction – but it’s not just good for shopping. They hold regular workshops and author talks, as well as hosting a daily story time session at 11.30am, where the kids can sit on comfy cushions and listen intently, while you enjoy a brew and a slice of cake in their cafe.
The Little Bookshop, 47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
18. The Cardigan Arms
The Cardigan Arms itself isn’t new – it’s a Victorian boozer that goes back over a century. But it’s been given a completely new lease of life by Kirkstall Brewery. They haven’t changed the decor or layout much, but they have changed the offering. You can sup craft beers and real ales from all over the world, and tuck into a menu of pub classics like Toulouse Sausages with Black Bacon Mash. Keep an eye out for their jazz nights and the Tuesday pub quiz too.
The Cardigan Arms, 364 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
19. Man v Roast
There’s a brand new carvery in town, but Man v Roast is a bit different. They source quality meats from Sykes House Farm, but it won’t break the bank. They serve their carvery roast dinners in takeaway boxes, and whether you eat in or take away, it’s only £4.50. You can tuck into the likes of roast turkey, gammon, pork, beef, sausage and lamb (the latter is 40p extra). Your roast dinner will come with roasties, mash, stuffing, veggies and cauliflower cheese with loads of gravy and a Yorkshire pud.
Man v Roast, 144 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LL.
This has to be one of the craziest additions to Leeds in 2017. To say Neighbourhood is a party bar is an understatement. This is the kind of place where you get live sax players, where people dance on the bar and there’s a spontaneous flash mob whenever the siren goes off. In terms of the decor, the graffiti wall has been done by famed New York artist Triston Eaton and it has a living wall of plants. Hungry? The menu is made up of everything from fillet steak to Korean BBQ lamb and sushi, all of which is designed to share.
Neighbourhood, 5 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.
21. Chida Cantina & Holy Mountain
Chida Cantina has taken the place of old favourite Sandinista. It’s a Mexican-inspired cocktail bar that’s already made a name for itself, thanks to a stellar combination of margaritas, tequila and tacos. Choose from three types of margarita, including one that’s frozen, and couple them with authentic tacos from the supremely talented Holy Mountain, who’ve taken over in the kitchen. Their tacos come filled with skirt steak, crispy potato and chimichurri or deep fried cauliflower and apple slaw, but you can also get loaded fries, poutine and nachos.
22. Rafi’s Spicebox
Always wanted to make your favourite curry, but never known where to start? Help is at hand. Rafi’s Spicebox has come to Kirkgate Market and they’re ready to help you make your own custom curry. You’ll start with one of their age-old recipes as a base, then they’ll help you tailor it to your own personal tastes, creating a handmade spice blend that you can cook up at home with everything from chana masala to mulligatawny.
Rafi’s Spicebox, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
23. The Beulah
Have you heard about the bathroom showroom, interiors store and tearoom that’s all wrapped up in one? The Beulah is an old pub that’s been transformed into a one-stop shop. You can buy a new bathroom or kitchen and pick up everything from cushions to cards, flowers and candles. They also have a tearoom, which is open for a brew and breakfast in the morning and for gourmet sandwiches or a slice of cake at lunch.
The Beulah, Tong Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 5EP.
24. Red Door
Just off Call Lane, Red Door has taken the place of Hirst’s Yard and 51% Bourbon. It’s a party bar that’s all about creative cocktails. As you’re dancing along to the soul, funk and disco tunes, you can indulge in the likes of the Disco Diva, a mix of Ketel One vodka, Licor 43, strawberry and apple & cranberry juice. If you get hungry, they serve up Pot Noodles all night long – will you go for Original Curry or Chicken & Mushroom?
Red Door, 11-15 Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NJ.
One of the most exciting new additions to Leeds in 2017 is Home. It’s a relaxed take on fine dining from Elizabeth Cottam, a former MasterChef contestant, and Mark Owen, the former Head Chef at The Box Tree and The Star at Harome. You can tuck into their ever-changing three, five or ten-course tasting menus, which make use of local, seasonal produce to create dishes like Aged Lamb with Pan-fried Beetroot Sauerkraut and Whipped Bone Marrow Butter.
Home, 16/17 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BY.
DOC is the new sister bar to Buca di Pizza. It’s a smart, rustic venue that’s open early until late. You can nip in for a morning coffee, or head over for lunch – but it’s afterwork drinks that they’re really good at. They’ve got a wide selection of prosecco, as well as Italian wines, spirits and cocktails – the Aperol Spritz is a speciality. Their food mirrors that of their sister restaurant, but it’s not pizzas they serve – instead you get mini-calzones and sandwiches with the same toppings as Buca.
DOC, City Central, 27 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4EA.
27. eDen eSports Cafe
Leeds is home to the North’s first eSport bar. eDen is a video gamer’s heaven. The top floor has all the latest consoles and PC gaming machines, which you can book for one hour or three. But it’s not just for hardcore gamers, downstairs they have a bar full of craft beer, cocktails and spirits – why not order a burger while you play on their retro games consoles or you can settle in to watch live eSport competitions from around the world on the big screen?
eDen eSports Cafe, 3 Church Walk, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EG.
Hive is a cafe on the banks of the River Aire opened by two friends, Andrea Bethell and Roddy Dilasser. They wanted to make healthy eating taste good, and so they opened their own little eatery. You can pop in for a breakfast burrito or a full English breakfast bowl to start the day. Or get a healthy take on lunch – they have a range of Hive pots, salads and soups to choose from, whether it’s the Vietnamese Pulled Chicken Salad or the Slow-roasted Pork Pot.
Hive, 1 Whitehall Riverside, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BN.
The folk at 212 have played their part in Kirkgate’s regeneration this year with the long-awaited arrival of Doghouse, a bar and record store spread across three floors. It’s a charming venue, with a bar full of local ales, craft beer and cocktails – you can even throw in a pork pie if you get peckish. There’s room outside if the weather’s good and more seating on the first floor. Above that, you’ll find Paula’s Record Store, which is full of rare dance and club records – they also have DJs playing tunes throughout the venue.
Doghouse Bar and Record Store, 90 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.
30. North Star Coffee Shop & General Store
North Star is Leeds’ first micro-roaster and they’ve opened up their own coffee shop and general store this year. You can nip in throughout the day and see just how good their coffee is, as well as tucking into treats from the Noisette Bakehouse. There’s more – the shop sells packs of coffee to take home, alongside the wares of local producers and indies, like soy candles from Earl of East or loose leaf teas from Storm Organic.
North Star Coffee Shop & General Store, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ.
31. East 59th
East 59th is a New York style loft at the top of Victoria Gate. Expect industrial fixtures and fittings, with bare concrete walls, huge floor to ceiling windows and bright pops of colour courtesy of their statement artwork. You can indulge in one of their experimental cocktails like the Midtown Sparkles, a combination of Limoncello and raspberry puree, layered with prosecco, and tuck into American dishes like their East Ribs with BBQ sauce. In the summer, their rooftop terrace is wildly popular – and in the evenings, they have DJs playing until late.
East 59th, Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
32. The Bottle Room
Harvey Nichols’ new Bottle Room is a shop-cum-bar where you can pick up a renowned selection of high-end wines. You browse their entire collection and buy anything you like to take home – but if you want to drink in, you can pick any £20+ bottle of wine to drink in and pay a £10 corkage fee. That means you can enjoy one of the fine wines, from the Decenio Reserva Rioja to the Krug Clos de Mesnil Champagne in a relaxed setting. Not a fan of wine? They have an impressive menu of G&Ts for you to try at the bar.
The Bottle Room, Harvey Nichols, 107-111 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.
Kronos is a little bit different to the other cafes in Leeds. They’ve taken a leaf out of the book of Howard Schulz, CEO of Starbucks – by creating a ‘third’ space, a place between work and home where you can relax. They don’t want you to feel rushed, so rather than charging you by the cup, they charge you by the minute. It’s £3 for 30 minutes and you can have as many drinks as you like while you’re there, with everything from Americanos to lattes, espressos and cappuccinos. You can even feast on cereal, pastries and biscuits.
Kronos Coffee, 61 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB.
Amorino is famous around the world for its traditional Italian gelato, which comes in all kinds of flavours, from Organic Sicilian Citrus to Mango Alfonso. Try their Cono, a chocolate cone, which is topped with your choice of flavours, all carefully crafted into the shape of a flower. It’s not just ice cream though, you can also get waffles, crepes and macarons.
Amorino, Victoria Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
35. Côte Brasserie
Côte Brasserie is a new addition to Trinity Leeds, offering the city’s diners a menu of classic French fare. The venue takes its cues from the bistros of Paris and you can pop in from breakfast through to dinner. Start the day with French Toast covered in fruit salad and maple syrup, tuck into a lunch of Steak Frites with garlic butter and enjoy a dinner of Beef Bourguignon, Fish Parmentier or Breton Chicken.
Côte Brasserie, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
36. Temple Coffee and Doughnuts
Red Temple Prayer have branched out from their Instagram-friendly mugs, crockery and homeware to open up their own cafe in Kirkstall. Temple Coffee and Doughnuts is full of treats – you’ve got coffee from Dark Arts and a colourful selection of doughnuts, which are made at their in-house bakery each day. The glazes will blow you away, but the best bit is that they cater extensively for vegans so no one has to miss out.
Temple Coffee, Unit 3, Burley Court, Burley Place, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AR.
TRIB3 isn’t a gym, it’s a boutique bootcamp set in a club-like studio. The lights are turned down low but the volume’s turned up high, so you can get into the zone. It’s split into three – you’ve got interval training on a treadmill, resistance training on the floor and high-intensity floor and functional training. Their expert instructors will push you to the limit, and you can see how you’re doing thanks to their Myzone belts – with personalised stats up on the big screen throughout your workout.
TRIB3, 68A Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EE.
38. Whiskey Down
It may be a gentleman’s club upstairs, but on the ground floor Whiskey Down has something else to offer – and the name gives it away. They’ve transformed the old Townhouse behind Leeds Corn Exchange into a Victorian library-style bar where whiskey is the order of the day. They have over 70 different labels on offer, from Maker’s Mark to Haig Club, as well as a bottle worth £10,000, which you can try for £35 per shot.
Whiskey Down, 25 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DA.
39. Ten Bar
Ten Bar is a cool new cocktail bar on Duncan Street. It takes its name from its address, you’ll find it at number 10, but that’s not the only link – you can choose from 10 vodkas, 10 gins, 10 rums and 10 cocktails, enough to give you options, but not enough to overwhelm. If that’s not your bag, they’ve also got beer, cider, wine and champagne that you can enjoy across two floors, both of which are decked out in chic industrial decor.
Ten Bar, 10 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DL.
40. Ham & Friends
Ham & Friends is a venture from a Leeds institution – and it’s got just about everything you could want. First up is the food hall – they have more than 200 wines, a walk-in cheese fridge from George and Joseph and homeware from local makers. There’s also a wine bar where you can enjoy some of the best bottles from around the world, and a kitchen, featuring an ever-changing menu of inventive dishes. Think Pig’s Cheek Blanquette, Butter Beans, Jerusalem Artichokes and Pickled Shitakes.
Ham & Friends, Grand Arcade, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
41. Cafe Sylva
Set amongst the trees, this eye-catching timber frame houses a cafe and bar that’s open from morning to night. Head into Cafe Sylva for breakfast, with everything from pastries to a full English, or nip by for sandwiches, platters and salads at lunch, followed by a latte from Limini Coffee. If you fancy something a little stronger, the bar’s got an array of lager, wine and cocktails, with a particular focus on gin – and you can enjoy it out on the terrace, in the sun.
Cafe Sylva, Louis House, Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2FA.
42. Noiseisforheroes Records
After 15 years of selling records and memorabilia at record fairs around the country, Chris Coulthard finally bit the bullet in 2017, opening his own permanent shop in Leeds. Noiseisforheroes is the result and it’s got just about everything you could want, whether it’s classic pop, rock and indie or hip-hop, dance and soundtracks. He’s also got a selection of second hand record players if you want to kick start your collection.
Noiseisforheroes Records, 75a Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
Refresca is a labour of love for founder Mark Frankland. He wanted to recreate the continental coffee experience he’s so often enjoyed on his travels, and so he opened a cafe that brings together quality coffee, premium service and ethical produce. He’s teamed up with Baildon coffee supplier Casa Espresso to serve up a fantastic brew using beans they roast in house. The food is worth shouting about too, whether it’s Smashed Avocado on Toast for breakfast, one of their ciabatta sandwiches for lunch or a sweet treat from The Baking Biker to go with your cuppa, Refresca has the lot covered.
Refresca, 1 Tredgold Avenue, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 9BS.
44. Victoria Gate Casino
2017 saw Leeds welcome the biggest casino in the North and the third biggest in the UK as Victoria Gate Casino flung open its doors. At a humongous 50,000 square foot, it’s got everything you need for a great night out – think 140 slot machines, 75 electronic gaming terminals and 24 gaming tables, as well as a poker room that can hold up to 100 people.
Victoria Gate Casino, Victoria Gate, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.
45. The Soap Factory
The Soap Factory has opened on the ground floor of the new Novotel at Whitehall Quay. It takes its name from its predecessor, Soapy Joe’s Soap Works, which stood on the site from 1861 to 1987 (although by then it had become Elida Gibbs). The venue is a minimalist affair with concrete walls, leather couches and huge glass panels. Choose from wine, beer and cocktails before tucking into a menu of American classics, like Pulled Ham Bonbons, Soapy Joe Burger and Pickin’ Lickin’ Chicken Wings.
The Soap Factory, 4 Whitehall, Whitehall Quay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4HR.
46. George’s Great British Kitchen
The Light’s latest addition is George’s Great British Kitchen in Leeds. It’s been decked out in seaside chic, so take a pew in their Yorkshire themed beach huts and prepare for an almighty feed. They’re renowned for their gourmet fish and chips, but that’s not all you can look forward to. The menu features everything from George’s Runny Yolk Scotch Egg to Wild Ocean Hake in Onion Bhaji Batter and Slow Cooked Caramelised Pulled Lamb.
George’s Great British Kitchen, 52 The Headrow, The Light, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
47. The Domino Club
There’s a hidden jazz club in Grand Arcade and it’s called The Domino Club. Look for Lords Barbering – there’s a staircase in the back that will lead you down to the bar. Decked out in parquet flooring, wood panelling and leather booths, it’s a cool find you’ll want to come back to. They have 24 different cocktails for you to choose from, as well as a host of premium spirits – ask for their cost-price whisky to try something new for less. And the music? They have their own in-house band playing everything from jazz to blues, funk and soul.
The Domino Club, Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
48. The Place
The Place is a cool little bar, kitted out in industrial style. They’ve got an extensive wine list for you to work your way through, with tipples from all over the world, as well as a slew of beers and spirits. Hungry? They serve a simple food menu, full of easy dishes to fill a hole, think Classic Sausage and Mash, Fish Finger Butty and Chilli Con Carne.
The Place, 6 Wellington Place, Whitehall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AP.
49. The Cave
New shop, The Cave, specialises in one-off homeware and furniture. They hand-pick cool, quirky items to help you brighten up your home or office. Head into their store to browse an eclectic mix of stuff, with vintage Chesterfields, retro storage boxes and arty sculptures, alongside all manner of ornaments, trinkets and luggage. There’s plenty to rummage through, so take your time.
The Cave, 122 Long Row, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5AA.
50. Marco’s New York Italian
The Merrion Centre has been through some changes in recent years and one of the big new additions is Marco’s New York Italian. With a menu from celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White, it brings together the best American-Italian cuisine – tuck into the likes of Baked New York Italian Meatballs, Penne Arrabiata and Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs.
Marco’s New York Italian, The Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ.
Great George Street is now home to a Scandinavian-inspired cafe. Fettle is a bright, airy cafe with trendy light fittings and long wooden benches. Head in before 11:30am to take advantage of their breakfast menu – the Full English is an instant winner, but we’ve been persuaded by the Smashed Avocado on Sourdough too. Come lunchtime, they switch over to a menu of tasty treats, like Saffron Cream Pasta and you can try out their fine dining offering from Thursday to Saturday, for Fine at Fettle.
Fettle, 73 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
52. Taco Bell
It’s finally here. American fast food giant Taco Bell has opened in St Johns Centre and it’s going to be a popular little spot. They specialise in quick and easy Mexican food. Tuck into tacos stuffed with seasoned beef, slow cooked pork or spicy chicken, before topping it off with the likes of pico de gallo, Mexican rice and guacamole. Want more? From the fajita burrito to the churros with chocolate dipping sauce, Taco Bell is your one-stop Mexican fast food favourite.
Taco Bell, St Johns Centre, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LQ.
Sisters Cassie and Alex Rogerson have opened a new pizza bar at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley. Grumpy’s has earned rave reviews and it’s easy to see why. They serve up great coffee or if you’re after something a little stronger, they’ve got a great line-up of craft beer, wine and spirits. The cherry on top, however, is the food menu, which offers up an array of delectable 10″ Roma style pizzas as well as cheeseboards, bar snacks and desserts.
Grumpy’s, 2 Sunny Bank Mills, Paradise Street, Farsley, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
Ian Hargreaves has transformed the old Pickled Pepper in Holbeck into a new lunchtime hotspot for the local business community. He’s working with the likes of Maude Coffee, Leeds Bread Co-op, Swillington Organic Farm and Love Rouge to give you a right good feed. Choose from a selection of sandwiches, salads and hot dishes at lunch, or grab a cake to get you through the afternoon slump.
Taste, 3 Butcher Street, Saw Mill Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WH.
55. Live Bar
The city’s newest (and arguably best) sports bar is Live Bar – and you’ll find it in Victoria Gate Casino. There are 12 HD screens above the statement circular bar, so you’ll never miss another goal – and that’s not even the best bit. Their main screen is 32ft wide, and because it’s made up of 21 55-inch screens, you can watch multiple games simultaneously. They’ve got all the channels, with Sky, ESPN, BT Sports and At The Races, so whatever you’re into, you can watch it 24/7.
Live Bar, Victoria Gate Casino, Victoria Gate, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.
56. Bluebird Bakery
Bluebird Bakery added Leeds to its list of Yorkshire venues in 2017 with a new unit in Leeds Kirkgate Market. They pride themselves on making ‘real’ bread, using long-fermentation methods and local ingredients to impressive effect. They’ve got everything from sourdough to rye, wholemeal and white, with bloomers, baguettes and granary loaves on the shelves too. Hell, they even serve up cakes if you’ve got a sweet tooth.
Bluebird Bakery, Kirkgate Market, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
57. Bengal Brasserie
On the back of hugely successful venues in Burley, York and Harrogate, Bengal Brasserie has now taken up residence in the city centre. It’s another addition to Merrion Centre, with its 120 cover restaurant feeding the city’s curry-loving masses. Delve into their selection of Indian and Bengali dishes, including everything from Lamb Sylheti to Naga Chilli Chicken, Multani Chicken and Murg Mohoni.
Bengal Brasserie, 11 Merrion Way, Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT.
58. Be at One
Leeds now has a second Be at One with a new bar on Boar Lane following on from Millennium Square. The menu is absolutely huge, so you’ll never have to have the same cocktail twice. Choose from 150 different concoctions, with classics like the Singapore Sling alongside new creations like the Tang Dynasty and the You So Sake. It’s cocktail heaven.
Be at One, 19 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6EA.
Manahatta now has a second venue on Greek Street. Taking its inspiration from the Big Apple, it’s got an extravagant feel, with sweeping booths, neon lights and a statement bar. Throw in an incredibly tempting cocktail menu, with the likes of New York Elixir, and a food menu featuring everything from Miso Marinated Cod to the Broadway Burger, and you’ve got an instant winner.
Manahatta, Minerva House, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.
60. Howl Bar
Vicar Lane’s newest bar is Howl, an alternative drinking den that plays the best of punk, rock and goth music while you’re sipping your drinks. They have a slew of top beers on the bar, including Brooklyn Lager, and rather fittingly, Iron Maiden’s Trooper ale. This is a no frills venue where you can get a decent drink and enjoy decent tunes.
Howl Bar, 112 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
61. Stage Espresso & Brewbar
Stage Espresso and Brewbar is the brainchild of two coffee-obsessed brothers, Martyn and Matt Jakeman, who’ve brought single origin coffee to Leeds. It’s a small but welcoming little cafe that forgoes blends in favour of beans from individual or a small group of farms. You can taste the difference in their latte or the split shot, which is a single shot espresso paired with a single shot cortado. Topped off with a range of handmade sandwiches and Tarte and Berry cakes, this is one for the coffee lovers.
Stage Espresso & Brewbar, 41 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB.
62. Water Lane Boathouse
Water Lane Boathouse has taken the place of the old Pour House venue. It’s now owned by the people behind Headrow House and Belgrave Music Hall, so don’t be surprised if it feels familiar. They’ve stripped it back to the original brickwork, coupling it with a minimalist decor and a bar full of craft beer. Small Victories have taken over the kitchen, and they’ll be dishing out delectable pizzas, sarnies and salads.
Water Lane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.
63. Shedload of Vinyl
Shedload of Vinyl isn’t your standard record store. It’s actually tucked away in the back garden of owner Mick Carter – he’s transformed his shed into a mini vinyl emporium. It’s only open Saturdays, so you have a small window to go and delve through the racks of vintage LPs. There’s everything from rock to hip-hop, soul and punk tunes here – you could spend hours trawling through them.
Shedload of Vinyl, 5 Wells Road, Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS20 9AE.
64. Hyper Reality Experience
The team behind Tick Tock Unlock has launched the first ever virtual-reality-powered game experience. Hyper Reality Experience can be found in Trinity Leeds and it promises 15 minutes of mind-blowing fun. Using virtual reality, you’ll be transported to a different world, but it’s not just the headsets that create the world – they have actors and props in the room with you, as you set out on an adventure with your team.
Hyper Reality Experience, Trinity Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.
One of three venues in Victoria Gate Casino, Curve is the city’s newest champagne bar and it’s a cracker. They’ve got 150 premium spirits and champagnes behind the bar, so take a seat on their 36 foot S shaped sofa and enjoy the view. Be sure to look up while you’re here, because the ceiling creates an optical illusion, making you feel like it’s moving.
Curve, Victoria Gate Casino, Victoria Gate, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.
Weetwood Hall has a brand new restaurant. Convive is a high end Mediterranean restaurant from Martin Pickles, the former owner of the original the Flying Pizza. The bright, airy restaurant offers up Sea Bass Gremolata, Iberico Pluma and Confit Duck Legs, alongside a menu of pizzas, pastas and risottos. Why not wash them down with something from their impressive wine list?
Convive, Weetwood Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PS.
Hessian is a smart, minimalist cafe in Oakwood. The menu of contemporary British food is worth tucking into. Try their cheese board, it’s packed with halloumi, mozzarella, mac & cheese and melted goat’s cheese. You can stop by for drinks in the evening, with wine, spirits and cocktails to choose from, just be aware that you need to order food too, even if it’s just a small plate.
Hessian, 466 Roundhay Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.
Parapark is one of the original escape games – and it’s arrived in Leeds. They’ve brought one of their most popular games to the city. 9th Gateway will see you team up with your mates to see if you can escape the room, solving a series of interactive clues and puzzles along the way. You’ve got 60 minutes to get out – can you pull it off?
Parapark, 110 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
69. Pizza Fella
From street food truck to a permanent venue, Pizza Fella has made itself right at home on Vicar Lane. They’ve got a simple venue, decked out in old wooden tables and cork-board walls that will welcome you in. Browse the menu of eight Neapolitan pizzas, taking you from the classic Margherita to a tasty mix of ‘nduja sausage, caramelised onions and cacaocavallo cheese.
Pizza Fella, 114-116 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
70. Cantinho do Aziz
Name one thing Lisbon and Leeds have in common – Cantinho do Aziz. Earlier this year, they opened their second restaurant, and it’s a fair distance from their first in the Portuguese capital. You see, they’ve set up shop in Beeston, where they serve up a slew of Mozambican inspired dishes, from Moqueca to Frango a Cafrael and Yuca Miamba, you’re in for a treat here.
Cantinho do Aziz, 350 Dewsbury Road, Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 7BU.
It’s the club Leeds has been pining for – Popworld has finally opened. They’ve transformed the old Baa Bar venue on Millennium Square into a 90s loving treasure trove. It’s all about indulging your guilty pleasures here, so get ready to boogie on down to classics from Spice Girls, S Club 7 and 5ive, while drinking cheap and cheerful cocktails until the early hours. It’ll be like the past decade never happened.
Popworld, 43-51 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.
Cantina is the latest addition to The Old Red Bus Station – and it’s the city’s first 100% vegan cafe. Run by Head Chef Sam Thomas, it offers up a menu of totally vegan eats made with ethically-sourced, local produce. Tuck into a surprisingly diverse menu, with mains like the pulled jackfruit burger with smokey whiskey BBQ sauce, Rainbow Slaw and Sweet Potato Fries or the slow-cooked Cantina chana masala with fresh roti and chive yoghurt.
Cantina, The Old Red Bus Station, 104 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
With views across the gaming floor of Victoria Gate Casino, V is a restaurant with a difference. Stop by for a bite to eat before you place your bets or come for the food alone – they serve a menu of British classics and Asian fusion dishes that will make it worth your while. Whether you’re tucking into Szechuan Spicy Beef or Steak and Ale Pie, it’s all made with Yorkshire sourced produce.
V, Victoria Gate Casino, Victoria Gate, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.
Chop’d has opened in Central Square and it’s their second opening outside of London. The focus here is on food that’s tasty but good for you. There’s a range of freshly prepared salad boxes and hot dishes, but you can also build your own salad or pasta dish, choosing from their fresh bar filled with meat, cheese, veggies, toppings and sauces. And if that’s not enough to tempt you, they also offer an array of stews, sarnies, protein packs and breakfast items.
Chop’d, Central Square, Whitehall Road East, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4HG.
75. Dakota Deluxe Hotel
Down came the old stacker car park and in its place stands a swanky new hotel from Dakota. It has 90 luxurious rooms spread across 10 floors, and it’s just a stone’s throw from the train station, so you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s going to be popular. The new hotel also has its own grill restaurant and bar on the ground floor, if you fancy having a nosey without staying the night.
Dakota Deluxe Hotel, 8 Russell Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RN.
76. Edo Sushi
Sheffield favourites Edo Sushi have brought their authentic Japanese cuisine to Candlebar. They’re famed for serving up premium sushi, specially sourced and hand-prepared by their chefs. Tuck into the likes of Seared Hokkaido Nigiri, Dynamite Rolls and their signature Godzilla Rolls (prawn tempura, grilled eel, flying fish caviar, spring onions & two different sauces). Not up for sushi? They have a menu of hot Japanese dishes too, including Pork Gyoza Curry, Chicken Katsu and Beef Teriyaki Rice.
Edo Sushi, Candlebar, Candle House, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GJ.
Tattu has finally opened in Minerva House and it absolutely oozes cool. It blends new and old, in a dark, but atmospheric setting. The menu is incredibly diverse. Want dim sum? You got it. Fancy trying a few small plates? No problem. Ready to try a classic Chinese dish, with a twist? That’s their speciality. Think Teriyaki Pork Ribeye, Caramel Soy Beef Fillet and Salt and Pepper Lobster.
Tattu, Minerva House, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.
Limeyard has made its way to Leeds, opening up a new restaurant in White Rose Shopping Centre. It’s their first outside London, and their all-day Californian kitchen will give you a taste of the laid back West Coast lifestyle in Leeds. The menu is jam-packed with tempting dishes like Buttermilk Chicken, Coca-Cola Glazed Ribs and Grilled Swordfish. You can also head over for breakfast before you go shopping, or for drinks after.
Limeyard, White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8LU.
Issho is a brand new concept from D&D London. They’ve taken over the rooftop venue at Victoria Gate and turned it into a cool, modern restaurant that takes inspiration from Asia. Led by Executive Head Chef Ben Orpwood, it promises everything from Sushi to Duck Breast with Pickled Nashi Pear and Spring Onion Sauce, fusing together Japanese flavours in new ways. It has an open kitchen, its own Kori bar and a 700 square foot roof terrace, making Issho a very welcome addition to Leeds.
Issho, 3rd Floor Rooftop, Victoria Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
80. Kaspa’s Gelato and Dessert House
Got a sweet tooth? Make a beeline for Kaspa’s. It’s a national brand, and one that’s earned the adoration of dessert lovers across the country. They do everything from sundaes, milkshakes and smoothies to crepes, waffles and cakes. Whether you’re celebrating or just want a delicious challenge, try the Birthday Extravaganza – a giant platter that comes with 15 scoops of ice cream on a bed of waffles with whipped cream, syrup, sprinkles and wafers.
Kaspa’s Gelato and Dessert House, The Core, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JB.
81. Hemingway’s Bar and Kitchen
The old Sandbar has been transformed into a Cuban bar and cantina, named after one time Cuba resident and literary genius Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway’s will give you a little taste of Cuba in Leeds – the menu centres around street food and grills, but trust us when we say that you’re going to want to try their cocktails. Throw in live music, and you’ve got Horsforth’s new go-to bar.
Hemingway’s Bar and Kitchen, 15 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5LJ.
82. The Lock
The City Cafe is no more and in its place stands The Lock. It’s had a complete makeover, and now boasts an industrial-style decor. The food menu is packed full of classics, from Sea Bass Fillets to 8oz Hanger Steaks, Grass-fed Beef Burgers and Salmon and Cod Fishcakes. They’ve got loads of craft beers too, with wine and cocktails to boot.
The Lock, DoubleTree by Hilton, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.
83. Colby’s Coffee
Right behind Leeds Town Hall is a new cafe called Colby’s Coffee. It’s a pretty straightforward affair, with plenty of seating and free wifi. You can get everything from espressos to affogatos if you need a caffeine boost, with a range of regular, fruit and herbal teas on offer too. Hungry? They do sandwiches, paninis and platters with a hot special that changes everyday.
Colby’s Coffee, 40 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3LA.
Estabulo is a Brazilian steakhouse where you can enjoy all-you-can-eat meat, carved at your table by their passadores – and they’ve just opened their second restaurant in Leeds, in The Light. Their meats are cooked in the traditional Gaucho style, over an open flame, and they have everything from picanha (cap of rump) to filet mignon (beef tenderloin) and barriga de porco (pork belly). Turn your card to green whenever you want more and don’t forget to fill your plate with sides from the salad bar.
Estabulo, The Light, 22 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
Love those shoot ‘em up video games? Then you need to get yourself down to iCombat, the latest tactical laser game to open in Leeds. This one is very much aimed at adults – it uses realistic sets and props, including replica infra-red M4 guns. They’re the same size, shape and weight as the real thing, it even has a kick to it, so you’ll feel like you’re firing a real gun. The aim is to get the most kills and you’ll be competing against your mates to do it, so get locked and loaded for a fun day out.
iCombat, 164 Armley Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2TY.
86. Firehouse Fitness
If you want to make your workout regime a little more interesting, head to Kirkstall, because they’ve got a gym with a very unique concept. Firehouse Fitness combines a traditional gym with all the less conventional workout techniques you’d find in a real firehouse. They integrate hoses, casualty dummies and breathing apparatus into their classes, with sleds, tractors tyres and even sledge hammers in the gym. Oh, and did we mention it was created by real firefighters?
Firehouse Fitness, Centaur House, 91 Great George St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3LA.