Best coffee in Leeds

The Best Coffee Shops in Leeds

I am the kind of guy who got a taste for coffee when he was 18 and haven’t gone a day without it since. Trust me I tried, the headaches were unbearable. So where does someone like myself go for coffee in the city of Leeds? We’ve compiled a list of what we believe are the top places to grab a quality coffee in Leeds. These places not only serve some of the best coffee you’ll ever taste but they do so in a great environment with brilliant staff. First up…

1. Laynes Espresso

Laynes Espresso Map

Laynes Espresso, located conveniently just around the corner from Leeds Train Station on New Station Street is ideal for grabbing a quick coffee on the way into work or for sitting in and people watching out of the front window as the world goes by.

Laynes offers some of the best coffee available in the UK with guest blends featuring regularly. ‘In house’ made sandwiches and a wide variety of sweets are always on offer. Although a small unit in size the quality of coffee makes up for it and there is also additional seating downstairs, coupled with some great prints hanging on the wall. Definitely worth checking out.

16 New Station St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 5DL

07828 823189

  • Monday to Friday from 7am
  • Saturday from 9am
  • Sunday from 10am

2. Opposite Cafe (Victoria Quarter)

Opposite Cafe Map

Opposite CafeA purveyor to the original Opposite Cafe, opposite the Parkinson Building, the Victoria Quarter edition offers up the same fresh coffee as Opposite. Uniquely placed in a small kiosk in one of the city’s more upmarket shopping centers, this is most likely set to be the smallest coffee shop that you will visit in Leeds. That aside the unit offers an impressive seating area surrounded by a lovely indoor water feature. The coffee is just fantastic. I like my americanos strong and that’s exactly how they do it. Rich, powerful, pumped full of caffeine, you’ll be buzzing for hours and then coming back for more. The guys who work there are enthusiastic and are real coffee nuts.They also offer a good selection of food with freshly made sandwiches available throughout the day. Prices again are competitive and what you would expect to pay for a quality coffee in the city. It is worth also checking out the original Opposite Cafe if you are towards that end of the town, they offer a slightly bigger selection of food and much more seating including a nice outdoor decked area.

Victoria Quarter, Queen Victoria Street, Leeds ,LS1 6AZ

07818 433 082

  • Mon-Fri: 9am – 5pm
  • Sat:        9am – 6pm
  • Sun:       10am – 5pm

3. La Bottega Milanese

la bottega map

When Milan born Alex Galantino moved to Leeds he noticed a lack of quality, authentic espresso and cappuccino available in the city. With his background working in multiple Milan Espresso Bars and his passion for coffee Alex decided to do something about it, opening his first, La Bottega Milanese in a quiet corner of Leeds, The Calls on the 9th December 2009. It went down well. Very well. Gaining coverage from Grazia Uk and the Jamie Oliver magazine, Alex didn’t stop there, opening a second larger store in August 2011 in a much more central location, The Light. The coffee as you would expect is superb as is the ever changing food offering. Always experimenting with new ideas, La Bottega offers freshly made salads and sandwiches alongside a whole host of seasonal and unique offerings such as traditional gelato served in espresso cups. La Bottega is quite simply my favorite coffee shop in Leeds. Great staff, incredible food and coffee and you can’t help but get that continental feeling whilst sitting in.

la bottega food

The Light the Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 8TL

0113 245 4242

  • Monday – Tuesday 07:30 ’til 20:00
  • Wednesday 07:30 ’til 22:00
  • Thursday 08:00 ’til 21:00
  • Friday 08:00 ’til 22:00
  • Saturday 08:30 ’til 21:00
  • Sunday 10:00 ’til 20:00

4. Mrs Atha’s

Mrs Atha's Map

mrs atha'sAlthough a relatively new establishment, opening quietly in Winter 2012, you’ll be hard pushed to find a day where it isn’t packed full of punters. Probably the most trendy out of all the places featured on this list, Athas is dimly lit, cool, and often packed full of laptops.

The decoration inside has an industrial, rustic feel with huge walls of exposed brick and big steel beam supports complemented by a lick of matte black paint. They’ve done a great job of keeping the character of the building whilst bringing it up to date. The main bar is home to a very impressive wooden unit and there is ample extra seating downstairs as well as the open kitchen where fresh food is produced daily.

The coffee is glorious. There’s always plenty of guest blends on and their house selection is as good as it gets. The cakes, sandwiches and sweets they offer never fail to impress. Staff are all very friendly and always up for a chat.

With the recent addition of a small outdoor seating area and a great city center location this is fast becoming one of my most frequented hang outs.

18 Central Rd, Leeds, west yorkshire, LS1 6DE

  • Monday 9-6
  • Tuesday 9-6
  • Wednesday 8-6
  • Thursday 9-6
  • Friday 9- 6
  • Saturday 9-6
  • Sunday 10-5