Leeds: A Tour Of Good Coffee

There are A LOT of awfully good coffee shops here in Leeds (and I'd definitely be lying if I said that wasn't part of the reason I decided to move here for university...) and I knew I'd have my work cut out for me trying to narrow them down for this post. However, when I started trying to compile my list I realised that amongst the many good coffee shops I've visited there was only one real contender for the top spot on my Good Coffee List - Laynes Espresso.


If you live in Leeds you've probably wandered past this coffee shop on your way into town and if not you've probably seen me post a lot of their latte art on Instagram. Their main coffee shop is nestled away near the train station (but painted a zesty orange shade so it's not hard to miss!) but they've also recently branched out and now serve their signature coffees at both the Belgrave Music Hall and the Sheaf St Cafeteria, which are both great places to hang out and get brunch. The usual roast - Red Brick, part of the Square Mile coffee roasters - is absolutely beautiful. It's smooth, with undeniable fruity notes and is always served at the perfect temperature. They've also really nailed it when it comes to the mugs they use. I want to buy seven of them. At around £2.70 for a latte it's not the cheapest of places but the quality is definitely reflected in the price! It's also very important that you try the freshly baked Salted Caramel Brownies because they are to die for. Honestly. I'm salivating just thinking about them.


I visited Sheaf St Cafeteria today for the first time and I definitely wasn't disappointed. I was able to sample the same delicious Laynes coffee (and a cheeky brownie) that I know and love but in a more open and vibrant environment, as opposed to the more relaxed feel of their main coffee shop. The Cafeteria was created in partnership with Duke Studios which provides workspace for independent creatives and this is really reflected in the colourful interior. There is also a much larger brunch menu on offer which I'm very eager to try out including brioche french toast and the 'Sheaf St Salad'! It has a huge open front and is a right little sun trap, making it the ideal place to meet up with friends and hang out or get some work done - whichever you're in the mood for. It's also dog friendly so you can pet a pooch whilst you're there! What's not to love?

Although Laynes is a firm favourite of mine and my number 1 recommendation I thought I'd include another few coffee gems in case you're looking for a bit of variation. Enjoy the coffee tour!

I discovered Moments Cafe recently after browsing Trip Advisor for some new coffee places and I think it's a bit of a hidden gem!! Not only do they serve HUGE syrupy coffees, they're also experts at making the perfect breakfast which is served all day! They also do a range of salads and burgers, as well as cakes and pastries, so you can fill your tummy with yummies the entire time you're there! This coffee shop has a much more personal feel to it, probably because it's more family orientated and the staff (particularly Agne, the owner) make you feel really at home. It's the kind of place you could easily become a regular at. It's a lot more spacious than the previous ones I've mentioned but the cosy element isn't lost at all, with huge plushy sofas dominating the front area of the shop. All in all a great place for eating out at as well as stopping for a coffee! It's also much more reasonably priced than others - my giant latte was only £2.15!


La Bottega Milanese is a must visit if you're after authentic Italian coffee and pastries. They have two locations in Leeds - a 'pop up' style bar in The Light and a larger, more traditional coffee shop in Bond Court with a lovely outdoor seating area. Both places are modern, sleek and have a good mixture of high and low seating, so you can either people watch or tuck yourself away and enjoy your drink without distraction. The presentation of the coffees is always spot on - really beautiful latte art and served in compact glasses instead of mugs, which gives a modern twist to an Italian classic - and the blend is strong enough to give you a good buzz without being bitter. The mochas are also very, very good!

This one is a busy 'un so it's best to get there early in order to get a seat, but Mrs Atha's is a great place for both tea and coffee lovers alike. The coffee is amazingly strong and there is a large variety of teas, which can both be accompanied by the tempting range of cakes and pastries on offer! The upper level is lit by hanging bulbs that add to the cosiness of the coffee shop and the basement floor is an ideal place to hide away from the hustle and bustle of Leeds town centre. I've seen people describe Mrs Atha's as "borderline hipster" and that's undoubtedly the aesthetic they were going for but the friendly staff make it feel welcoming and unpretentious. The coffee is averagely priced and the food is a little more on the expensive side but I have it on good recommendation that the breakfasts here are amazing, so definitely one to check out if you're in Leeds!

Please let me know if you've ever been to any of these places, I'd love to hear about your experiences! If you have any other recommendations of coffee places that I might like then please leave them in the comments too. I'm going to London next week for a couple of days to visit some galleries so they don't necessarily have to be in Leeds or the surrounding area either! :) Hope you're all well!
Love, Hails.

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  1. I loved Mrs Athas when I went but the food was very expensive I agree! also I walk past Laynes almost all the time and have never gone in but I'm so desperate too looking at them brownies, drooool.

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    1. I'll take you on a date to Laynes, I'm that passionate about how good it is hahah, you neeeeed to try it!! :)

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  2. You should try caffeine & co if u get a chance! It's a recently opened coffee shop just on the Leeds doc (next to the armouries) and I think you'd love it! Great coffee, food (especially the breakfast) and atmosphere if u ask me x

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    1. Omg how have I never seen that?! I'll definitely check it out, thank you for the recommendation! :) x

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  3. I loved Laynes and Mrs Athas, thank you for the recommendations! The coffee was outstanding (and beautiful) at both, I can't decide if the dim lighting was a bit too much or whether it was cosy. Anna x
    http://www.collectionsofimperfections.com/

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    1. Any time, I'm glad that you enjoyed them!! :) I think the dim lighting in Mrs Atha's is more bearable if you sit downstairs, upstairs it can feel a bit cramped! xx

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  4. This makes me wanna come to Leeds!! If you could spend a year in Leicester for me scouting out the great coffee shops I'd appreciate it, I can't seem to find any like the ones you've written about!

    Lovely post :-)

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    1. You're welcome to stay with me any time if you'd like to come and visit!! Thank you :) xx

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  5. Hails, I loved this post. It's honestly one of the cutest posts I've read lately, and you sound like a proper coffee expert! We definitely need to sip a coffee and have a Salted Caramel brownie at some point!

    Love you little fairy queen xxx

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    1. Aww thank you Lisa! On a technical level I know nothing about coffee haha I just know what I like the taste of :') If you're ever back in the UK I'll definitely take you out, you'd love Laynes! xxx

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  6. This has to be the best blog post idea I've ever seen! I love it! This post is SO well written, and your photographs are really lovely. I'm so so so impressed! You're really talented!
    Now I really want to go get a coffee!
    Robyn x - http://thefashionconsciousfeminist.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Ahh thank you so much!!! I was a bit scared about posting it because I didn't know if it would interest anybody haha. Thank you for being so lovely! :) If you're ever in Leeds and wanna grab a coffee let me know xxx

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  8. Hi, Hayley I read your post and its really informative. You have described everything about your trip and Leeds in good way. Color of your blog and pics that you have used are really wonderful and describe what you want to tell. Great, thanks for sharing this article post.

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