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The RWRD Guide To The Best Coffee In Leeds

Leeds is the unofficial capital of Yorkshire, a city at the heart of the action, filled with vibrant and creative communities, alongside a thriving independent food and coffee scene. Take a look at some of the best speciality venues in the area that we definitely recommend visiting.


Opposite Cafe was launched by Lou Henry in 2006 with a focus on serving speciality coffee & excellent food, with a city centre spot ‘opposite’ Leeds Uni (temporarily closed) followed by a second location in Chapel Allerton.

Opposite has been dedicated to ethical sourcing and using their role in the chain to make decisions that help align quality with sustainable business and source their coffee locally from North Star Roasters.

?4 Stainbeck Ln, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3QY

Out of the Woods

With two sites on opposite sides of the River Aire, Out of the Woods is an established favourite among locals, offering a cosy & welcoming woodland theme.

Having launched in 2006, the team takes pride in great coffee and creating exciting, healthy and delicious food and drinks with an emphasis on using fantastic local suppliers.

?113 Water Lane, LS11 5WD
?Waterman’s Place, Granary Wharf, LS1 4GL


House of Koko

House of Koko is an independent coffee and tea house in Chapel Allerton, offering hand-pulled Northstar coffee and a wide range of loose teas. With a menu decorated in interesting flavours of toasties, pancakes and bagels, you won’t go amiss popping in for a spot of lunch. The team takes no reservations, and operates on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure you get in early!

Check out House of Koko at

?62 Harrogate Rd, LS7 4LA

Stage Coffee

Stage was opened in 2017 by two brothers and is passionate about serving the best coffees to showcase the hard work of the people behind the scenes. The team offers a changing menu of single estate coffees from a range of top coffee roasters to showcase some truly exciting flavours.

​Alongside their hot drinks menu, they offer a great offering of locally made cakes from Porterhouse Cake Co, a tasty brunch menu and a great selection of soft drinks, craft beers and wines.

?41 Great George St, Leeds LS1 3BB

The Union Coffee House

The Union Coffee House is an independent business, known for cracking coffee, cozy vibes and tasty treats.

You heard it from us, try one of their brownies! Gather together your colleagues for a Friday lunch, where they serve selected wines and craft beer alongside a seasonal menu to tantalise your taste buds.

?51 Great George St, LS1 3BB

Archive Leeds

Archive boasts an impressive airy events space in the heart of Leeds city centre. Plug sockets are en masse and laptops are encouraged during the day whilst enjoying a delicious breakfast.

Cure your hangover with their famous Bloody Mary & Full English for just £15 every weekend!

Check out their instagram for more details.

?94 Kirkstall Rd, LS3 1HD

KRA:FT Koffee | Wakefield

Before you say it, we know Wakefield isn’t actually Leeds but we couldn’t be in West Yorkshire without mentioning this dreamy spot!

A pop-up turned permanent independent in the heart of Wakefield, Antony and his skilled team of baristas take great pride in the speciality coffee they serve up.

Ethical, sustainable, speciality (plus dog friendly) – what’s there not to love?

?12 Wood St, Wakefield WF1 2ED

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