5 Best Coffee Shops in Leeds

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Leeds is brimming with independent coffee shops, so much so that it can be pretty hard to make an informed decision when you need that fix. We’ve rounded up five of the best options – so whether you fancy a quick morning brew or a chilled out Sunday cuppa, take a read of this and see where takes your fancy. Do you agree with our list? If you’ve got any additions, let us know!

1. SingleShot

SingleShot on Central Road is the ultimate hipster hangout – we’re talking record store in the front and coffee shop in the back. That’s right, you can root through vintage LPs whilst waiting for your flat white to be made. All of their beans and equipment come from The Caffe Society, and what’s more, their drinks – and records – are surprisingly affordable. The SingleShot boys are just about to celebrate their first birthday, and one year in, they’re definitely going strong. 

2. Laynes Espresso

Lovely Laynes Espresso is a great choice for coffee lovers. They have a huge array of beans, including blends from Square Mile, Origin and Grumpy Mule. It’s not just delicious coffee they have on offer – their head chef Dan Triplehorn has built a menu of wonderful light bites, putting Yorkshire twists on some classic brunch dishes. We recommend experimenting with a split shot and their ham hock & black pudding hash. Incredible.

3. Opposite Cafe

You can find two Opposite Cafes in Leeds, one on Back Blenheim Street and one on Steinbeck Lane. Both of their venues are perfect when you’re in need of that comforting caffeine hit. Opposite pride themselves on doing things differently, and they offer great food and seasonal espresso to coffee-lovers and students alike. What better than a toastie and a latte on a brisk winter’s day? 

4. Sociable Folk

Sociable Folk is situated in Wellington Place and serves arguably some of the best coffee in the whole of Leeds. Due to their location, their key audience base is business people, making it an excellent choice for client meet ups and morning brews. Their coffee is made on by local roasters North Star, so you know that what’s in your cup is fresh. We recommend going for a flat white and a wrap, finished with a brownie if you’re feeling naughty. 

5. Casa Colombiana

Casa Colombiana is a Latin American restaurant, but it serves a cracking brew. Based in the Grand Arcade, the restaurant serves Colombian food – from ceviche to chicken and steaks. In terms of the coffee, their freshly-ground Colombian beans are roasted in-house, making it something pretty special. Why not visit in the evening, enjoy a meat feast and some live salsa dancing then finish it off with an espresso.

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