Five of the best outdoor spots to meet with friends in Leeds

As coronavirus restrictions start to ease and spring arrives in full bloom, now is the perfect time to meet with a few friends for a much needed catch-up.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 6:00 am

Grab a takeaway coffee from an independent cafe and take advantage of the many beautiful city sights that Leeds has to offer, before the crowds return for good and the hustle of the city centre resumes.

Visit Leeds has rounded up the best outdoor spots to share a coffee with friends that can be enjoyed within the stunning Leeds city centre.

Remember: You can meet outdoors with groups of up to six people, or two different households, but you should practice social distancing.

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Kirkstall Abbey

Millennium Square

Millennium Square is known and loved by every Leeds local and it’s easy to see why.

The square has played host to many events, spanning everything from mouth-watering food festivals that fill the air with aromas of different cultures, right through to summer concerts that have seen reggae, disco and classical performances.

Located in the heart of Leeds city centre, Millennium Square is the perfect place to grab a cuppa from an independent cafe to enjoy while basking in the spring sunshine.

Roundhay Park

Leeds Waterfront

The picturesque banks of the Leeds and Liverpool canal boasts of a number of vibrant waterside cafes and bars, with a wide variety of delicious food and drink options to choose from.

Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, this gorgeous local spot won’t fail to disappoint.

Be sure to grab a coffee from the award-winning, North Star Coffee or a delicious Mezze platter from Dock 29, and enjoy the waterfront views with a friend.

While you’re there, why not catch a ride on Leeds’ very own water taxis, Twee and Drie, to the city centre for a spot of retail therapy.

These cheeky yellow boats run between Leeds Docks and Granary Wharf every 15 minutes and cost £1 to ride.

Kirkstall Abbey

The Abbey in Kirkstall is one of the best preserved monasteries in the country, founded over 800 years ago. Set in a stunning public park, Kirkstall Abbey is a popular space to relax, with its beautiful surroundings and stunning views.

Enjoyed by dog walkers, fitness enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, and with the River Aire glimmering nearby, the Abbey has something to offer everyone.

While you’re there, be sure to pay a visit to Kirkstall Road for a variety of refreshment options.

The Abbey also hosts a deli and street market on the last weekend of every month so make sure you keep an eye out for when the market returns - this is one not to miss.

Roundhay Park

If you’re looking for a peaceful, green space away from the hustle of the city centre, then Roundhay Park is for you.

Located across 700 acres of rolling parkland on the north-east edge of the city, Roundhay Park is one of the biggest city parks in Europe.

Offering woodland trails or a more circular walk around the lake, this park is perfect for families, friends, or a peaceful stroll on your own during the weekend.

Awarded the ‘Best Public Park’ by The Royal Horticultural Society, Roundhay Park is the perfect space to watch the ducks swim past with a coffee from Roundhay Park’s very own Lakeside cafe.

City Square

Conveniently situated on the steps of the train station, City Square is the ideal location for a quick catch up between tasks on a busy day. While you’re there, don’t forget to grab a coffee from independent favourite, Laynes Espresso, to keep you going.

So there you have it, five of the best outdoor spots in Leeds for you to enjoy. Why not put on your best pair of walking shoes, grab your favourite sunglasses and head to one of these outdoor spots for a much needed catch up and coffee with a friend.

For more options, make sure to check out Visit Leeds’ full list of 11 outdoor spots here: Leeds’ 11 best outdoor spots to share a coffee with a friend

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