Opposite Café sell themselves as having “the finest coffee in the North”, a pretty bold claim considering the high standard. However, after tasting the cappuccino, it’s a claim that’s hard to argue against. If you’re a student at Leeds University, this is perfect for you as the cafe is opposite the Parkinson Building (hence the name). Originally created to bring affordable fair-trade coffee to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it, Opposite’s popularity has grown enormously. They have now just opened a second cafe in the Victoria Quarter. They market this as their new ‘grown-up shop’ and serve up seasonal espresso and single origin filter coffees for true connoisseurs. The homemade brownie is famous for being the perfect accompaniment and no visit is complete without it.
There are a lot of great cafes in Leeds and most of them focus on great coffee, which is fine as there are a lot of coffee lovers out there. However, England is the land of tea. Just Grand! Vintage Tearooms is the place to go for a truly spectacular cup of tea. Selling themselves as being ‘quintessentially British’, Just Grand! offer a step back in time to experience the best afternoon tea in Leeds. The tearoom is designed to make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. There’s even mismatched vintage crockery and parlour furniture to help complete the image. All scones and cakes are baked on premises and the business is family-run so there really is a homemade feel to the place. The tea is excellent and the baked goods really delicious. With a choice of 90 different loose leaf flavours, there really is no excuse not to visit. They even offer out knitted blankets and hot water bottles during the cold winter months to really help you get cosy.