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Kris' Favourite Coffee Spots

La Bottega Milanese


You may not know it, but Leeds and fine Coffee Shops is like Belgium and Chocolates or Denmark and pastries (or should that be bacon?).

Yes - there are the usual chain coffee shops such as Costa, Nero’s and Starbucks, some of which are in magnificent buildings (the Starbucks on Commercial/Albion Street is set in a former bank with its lofty ceilings and upstairs seating area with huge wooden doors). But what Leeds really excels at are its Independent Coffee shops. Let me share with you some of my favourites……

La Bottega Milanese on Bond Court is in the thriving business area of Leeds and benefits from having a public square outside where one can sit and watch the world go by or even play a game of Boulles. Welcoming to everyone (including dogs!) their house blend is roasted here in Yorkshire and they offer a wide range of coffee styles and guest blends. Their Mantra is, ‘If it’s not from Italy, it’s from Yorkshire’. All of their cakes and fine meats are imported, their pastas and hot dishes cooked by local Italian chefs using Italian produce. Their peanut brownies are a personal favourite.

Laynes are serious about their coffee and their food. A firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. Their coffee shop, close to Leeds Rail station has been recently extended and now offers a delicious menu from breakfast through to afternoon offerings. The “Laynes Breakfast” - which happens to be vegetarian - is one of the best around and the perfect accompaniment to their range of top rated coffees. Their lattes come in one size: the perfect size for a latte, not an over inflated milky drink you may be offered elsewhere, but the perfect combination of coffee and milk. And for something different why not try a split shot tasting tray? Their sweet treats, baked at the Noisette Bakehouse, are some of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted and keep me coming back for more.

The Union Coffee House, close to Leeds’s Iconic Town Hall overlooks the Grade I listed Clarendon Wing of the Leeds General Infirmary, does things a bit differently. No flash décor or sleek seating. Instead it has gone down the vintage route with antique furniture, curios and mis-matching tables which all add to the charm of this unique coffee house where everything is for sale! As well as the usual coffee styles that you would expect, they have a range of manual brews such as V60 and Aero press along with a regularly updated sandwich menu. Come for a coffee and leave with a one off ornament or seat!

These great Leeds coffee houses show the different styles Leeds has to offer, but this just scratches the surface. There are literally dozens of other independents worth looking out for. Here are some other great places to grab your caffeine fix when you’re next in Leeds. One thing's for sure you’re never far from excellent quality coffee when you Visit Leeds!

La Bottega Milanese, 2 Bond Court, Leeds LS1 2JZ

Laynes Espresso, 16 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL

The Union Coffee House, 51 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB.

200 Degrees, 31 Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.

La Bottega Milanese, Unit 11a, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL

Kronos Coffee, 61 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB.

North Star Coffee and General Store, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ

San Co Co, 12 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU

Out of the Woods, 113 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WD.

Opposite Cafe, 26 Back Blenheim Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9HD


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