What better way to start a lazy weekend than with a cracking cup of coffee watching the world go by? And if you’re booked in at Roomzzz in Leeds, you’re going to be spoilt for choice. Whether you love a long, lingering latte or need an espresso fix to kick start your day, we’ve tracked down some of the best coffee in Leeds so you don’t have to.
La Bottega Milanese, The Light
Tucked away in The Light shopping centre, you might miss La Bottega Milanese unless you’re in the know, though you can’t walk by without the smell of coffee drawing you in. Serving up excellent coffees in every combination, Mediterranean-inspired sandwiches, cannoli and a range of delicious cakes, it’s the perfect place to fuel up if you’ve had a busy morning exploring the shops. It’s not the biggest, so you might have to grab a seat wherever there’s one available, but you’re up north so no-one minds. If there isn’t a seat to spare, head down to La Bottega’s second outlet, just a few minutes’ walk away in Bond Court, in the city’s financial district. With a changing monthly coffee menu featuring
artisan local roasts, it’s well worth the effort.
Laynes Espresso, 16 New Station Street, LS1 5DL
Turn right out of the train station and you’ll find one of Leeds’ most popular coffee spots. With its cool, industrial interiors and huge picture windows, it’s the perfect place to watch the world go by while you get your bearings. They rotate their coffee menu monthly bringing in beans from some of the world’s best growers and roasters, offering espresso and brew-based drinks to cater to the more discerning coffee drinker. The food menu’s pretty special too, with breakfast, brunch and lunch options including Turkish eggs, sweetcorn fritters with halloumi and salsa verde and buckwheat pancakes with strawberry Eton mess and white chocolate cream. It gets super busy so you might have to wait for a table but, believe us, it’s well worth the wait.
Café 164, Duke Street, LS1 4BU
A little off the beaten track, Café 164 is always buzzing with chat and activity – partly due to its proximity to one of the city’s theatres and a growing number of creative workspaces. Serving up local North Star coffee in every form you can think of, with or without milk (plus plenty of plant milk options, if that’s your thing), it’s a firm favourite with the city’s creative crowd. They do a great range of sandwiches, cakes and freshly cooked pizzas, all served in a cool urban setting with neon signs, natural wood and metal bar stools. It’s perfect for a pre-show caffeine fix or as a stop off after exploring the city’s newest shopping attraction, the gleaming Victoria Gate. Want to pick up a unique souvenir of your time in Leeds? Pop across the foyer to cool art, craft and bookstore Colours May Vary after your coffee.
200 Degrees, Bond Street, LS1 5BQ.
Set on the edge of Leeds’ pedestrianised shopping area, 200 Degrees is a coffee geek’s dream, serving up every style you could imagine, from cortado to nitro cold brew. You can even sign up to their barista school and learn everything from cold brewing to latte art, so you can take your coffee-making skills home with you. Decked out in dark wood and brass, it’s a cosy place for a pitstop on a cold, wet Yorkshire day, and only a matter of minutes from all the city’s main attractions.
Here on business and need somewhere to hold a meeting? 200 Degrees has a 16-seater meeting room you can hire, with direct access to great coffee to keep the ideas flowing.