6 New Places to Eat & Drink in Leeds This Spring



Leeds is like an abundant and ever-changing season. As we see the flowers bloom, we watch as the city continues to expand, and welcomes new faces to the street front. Whilst we leave behind the winter and welcome new spring, we can reflect on changes happening in the city and discuss where we should invest our time eating, drinking and socialising this coming season.


In the heart of Kirkgate Market is this new and exciting food stall. Inspired by its surroundings and the seasons, OWT features an ever-changing weekly menu, using only produce sold within Kirkgate itself. This is to reach their goal of reaffirming the relationship between traders, customers and themselves; a tradition associated with markets across the world. Whilst OWT is located in the centre of Leeds making it a perfect spot for lunch, they also offer a breakfast menu until 12pm. All their meals also come with a complimentary coffee!




This new coffeehouse, eatery and event space lends its name from its location of a former TV archive on Kirkstall Road. Their goal is to offer a unique space to eat, drink and kickback for both the local community and the media industry alike. They achieve this by serving fresh, locally sourced food, the finest coffee alongside a selection of beers and soft drinks. The location of PRIME STUDIOS also helps their goal with a roster of high profile TV dramas being filmed there, such as The ABC Murders and music videos for the likes of Nicki Minaj; perhaps you may spot a celebrity enjoying a flat white inside Archive on your next visit.


Yard & Coop

The home of buttermilk fried chicken brings its street-food style menu to Merrion Street. The order is simple, you pick the cut and sauce and they’ll fry you up some buttermilk chicken, just how you like it; shared around with some hearty sides.


The Vanguard

Cafe by day, bar by night, this adaptable establishment on Duncan Street aims to please the masses with its variety. With both breakfast and lunch menus available, alongside great coffee within cafe hours; and a large range of spirits and craft beers available in the evening, The Vanguard is a great choice for all times of the day. With the cafe being open until 16:30 and the bar being open until 23:00, there is plenty of time to check out them out.


Blue Sakura

This restaurant, on Merrion Way, offers a unique all you can eat concept of Japanese sushi and Asian style grill. The buffet style allows for its guests to get acquainted with hundreds of delicious cold and hot traditional Japanese Sushi dishes and can be easily ordered via touchscreen technology. Being ideal for both larger parties and intimate evenings alike, Blue Sakura’s Japanese decor fits the bill for the authentic oriental experience.


Dough House

The minds of LIVIN Italy, bring this Cocktail Hideout and Gourmet Pizzeria to Cloth Hall St. With quality Italian street-food, artisan gelato, craft beers, captivating cocktails, and (of course) gourmet pizza on the menu, their mission of delivering an honest representation of Italian living brings a refreshing variety to the streets of Leeds. The restaurant is homely in design in order to take you on a journey of growing up in Italy, reminiscent of where the family business began in ’80s Milan.




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