Leeds, the London of the North, is a city that almost has it all. Beautiful historical buildings, enchanting parks and countryside and a mass of places to eat and drink. With the buzzing student community, and an increase in tourists, the brunch scene is more than catered for, so read on to discover 10 of the best brunch spots in this fantastic city.
The Food Academy
Located at Leeds City College’s new Printworks Campus, The Food Academy has only been open to the public since 2013. A working piece of culinary art, the food academy doubles as a training ground for students wishing to enter the culinary profession, and was even inaugurated by the famous chef, Rosemary Shrager. With a philosophy of learning and creating, they specialise in good quality food and theatrical kitchen demos. Brunch is served 8:30am-11:30am and includes a range of benedicts, a classic and vegetarian Full English and baked goods created on site.
Academy Bldg, Gower St, Leeds, UK, +44 113 284 6260
The Greedy Pig
Located on North Street, The Greedy Pig is a welcoming, rustic little café with huge amounts of charm. It opened back in 2011 and quickly made a name for itself as one of the best brunches in the city, with a menu that appeals to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The food is all exceptionally high quality, with English classics as well as more unique offerings. Brunch runs until 3pm on weekdays and 1pm on Saturday, so it’s well suited to anyone planning a lazy day.
58 North St, Leeds, UK,+44 113 245 3596
One of the city’s unappreciated offerings, Riveresque is a simple but extremely charming little riverside café with fabulous views. Forget greasy fry-ups, and opt for Riveresque’s freshly prepared sandwiches or cooked breakfasts. The Full English is even offered in a choice of sizes to suit every visitor. This little haven away from the bustling shopping streets is a tranquil choice for a brunch stop.
15 Bridge End, Leeds, UK,+44 113 244 5846
A cool and trendy café not far from the University, LS6 is a stylishly decorated and well priced, attracting masses of students for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. The building is deceptively far bigger on the inside than it appears from the outside, with the ability to seat 120 people. It retains its small and unique charm, though, with several little nooks and crannies providing little seating areas. Enjoy a popular brunch menu consisting of cheese wraps, fresh salads and even nachos.
16 Headingly Lane, Leeds, UK,+44 113 294 5464
A sign of life in Call Lane, which is a bustling and lively street by night, but relatively quiet by day, Graze is a homely and welcoming little café. The popular breakfasts include everything from the traditional full English to granola, and is served until 11:30am. The relaxed ambience includes comfortable and inviting cushions, a rustic wooden counter and pictures adorning the walls, making it an ideal place to relax before a day in the centre.
43 Call Ln, Leeds, UK,+44 113 245 0295
True to the name, coffee is very much the focus at Laynes Espresso. All the coffee is freshly ground and brewed, with options to suit every taste. The café also serves a variety of cakes, sandwiches and breakfast items throughout the day, ideal for those looking for an accompaniment to their caffeine.
16 New Station St, Leeds,UK,+44 7828 823189
A popular, family-run café, Mrs Atha’s specialises in a friendly and comfortable environment with excellent food. A genuine local favourite, if you ask a resident of Leeds for their brunch recommendation, Mrs Atha’s will likely be top of their list. Breakfast is served all day and features tempting bacon sandwiches, muesli and freshly brewed coffee.
Central Rd, Leeds, UK
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