Leeds cafes: Here are 10 of the best independent coffee shops in the city

There’s nothing like a hearty cup of joe to kick start your day and luckily Leeds isn’t short of a cafe or two to ensure you don’t go thirsty.

Saturday, 17th July 2021, 4:45 am
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If you’re struggling to choose, or are looking for somewhere new to try, we've rounded up some of the best independent coffee shops in the city. Take your pick:

Located in Wellington Place in the city centre’s financial district, this light and modern coffee shop is a popular working space and doubles up as a bar in the evenings. Soya milk, flavoured syrups and extra milk are available free of charge.
Out of The Woods has two cafes just outside the city centre, in Granary Wharf and Water Lane. The cafe’s ethos is to provide good-quality food and drinks ‘on-the-go’, offering coffee from Dark Woods Roasters and local organic milk from Acorn Dairy.

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This independent coffee shop and bakery group is a favourite with students, with a focus on Northern Italian bread and specialty coffees. The Munro House cafe rotates its seasonal guest coffee blends, as well as serving a selection of teas and hot chocolate.
Laynes is an espresso bar in the heart of the city centre, boasting an impressive coffee menu using carefully selected and freshly roasted beans. You can expect old favourites such as a cappuccino, latte or an americano, as well as a ‘split shot’ coffee with half-caffeinated and half-decaffeinated espresso.
This coffee, bar and kitchen in Lawnswood serves artisan wood-fire roasted coffee and extensive brunch menus, including babyccinos for kids. A selection of teas from The Teasup Collection are available, as well as iced lattes to cool down on a hot day.
Boasting three coffee shops in Call Lane, Vicar Lane and York Place, this quirky Leeds cafe group serves specialty coffee with house espresso from North Star Coffee Roasters.
As well as serving tasty coffees and sweet treats, this Hyde Park cafe also offers 1-2-1 virtual barista masterclasses - so you can discover how to make the perfect brew from home.
Flamingos is Leeds' first late-night LGBTQ+ friendly coffee house, serving a wide variety of hot and cold drinks and locally-sourced food in sustainable packaging. Pictured is owner James Greenhalgh outside the Central Arcade cafe.
This popular Milanese-style espresso bar in Bond Court prides itself on its high quality brews, which include its custom La Classica house blend and regularly featured guest coffees.
As well as their own micro-roastery, North Star boasts its own coffee shop in Leeds Dock where visitors can sample their signature blends and pick up a treat or two to enjoy at home.