From hangover Sundays to sneaking out of work for that ‘morning meeting’ here at House of Coco HQ, we’ve tried and tested brunch in almost every country. With the restaurant scene in the North of England expanding almost every week, we thought we’d help you navigate around the city of Leeds’ hottest breakfast locations. Our Lifestyle Writer Jenna is an advocate for Avocado on Toast, so we got her to rate the best five in the city…
1. LS6 Cafe, Hyde Park
Known as the ‘beacon of Hyde Park’ to the locals and alumni of Leeds Universities, LS6 has been serving up amazing breakfasts for as long as most can remember. Their menu is diverse, their interior is eclectic and they’ve got damn good ethics too. All their ingredients are locally sourced, their eggs are free range and they’ve even teamed up with NorthStar to create their own unique blend of coffee. From American style pancakes to classic Yorkshire Breakfasts, word on the street is that they’re even bringing out a Bottomless Prosecco Brunch later this year. An absolute gem of a place and 100% worth a visit if you’re around the trendy suburb.
Insider tip: You have to try the Eggs Benedict with extra Hash Browns. It’s a hangover killer!
LS6 Cafe, 14-16 Headingley Lane, Leeds, LS6 2AS
2. Laynes Espresso, City Centre
Known for their amazing coffee, gorgeous Avocado on Toast and modern flair with breakfast classics, Laynes is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Located a stones throw from the Train Station, Laynes is my go-to for Brunch after travelling. I’ve spent many a hangover sat in the window watching the world go by. They serve up fast, fresh food which is totally Instagrammable.
Insider tip: Laynes gets B-U-S-Y so arrive early to get a seat by the window, it’s worth it trust me.
Laynes Espresso, 16 New Station Street, Leeds, LS1 5DL
3. Manahatta, City Centre
Manahatta knows how to do a boozy brunch, and they do it well. Both their city centre locations (Merrion Street & Greek Street) serve up Bottomless Brunch between 11am and 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Pick from a selection of Eggs Royale, Avocado with Poached Eggs and many more classics. Inspired by the NY brunch scene, you can go Bottomless with any brunch dish for just £22.95 – perfect for a Sunday morning de-brief with the girls.
Insider tip: Try their bacon & fried chicken pancakes – you won’t be disappointed.
Manahatta, 11 Merrion Street, Leeds, LS1 6PG
Manahatta, 27 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 5PS
4. Shears Yard, City Centre
For a unique brunch, you have to try Shears Yard. Modern fine dining is at the heart of everything they do and their Brunch menu changes every single week. Choose from an array of dishes spanning from Sea trout risotto with cockles,shrimps, capers & lumpfish caviar to pork & leek sausages & local black pudding with French style peas. You can also have Bottomless Prosecco, Cocktails or Beers for 90 minutes – winner.
Insider tip: Their Brunch is pre-booked only and they get booked up FAST. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, The Calls, LS2 7EH
5. Angelica, City Centre
Known for their ‘Sunday B-Eats’ Brunches, Angelica combines great contemporary Brunch dishes with chilled out house music. From DJ’s to live music, they provide the perfect backdrop to any Saturday morning treat. Their brunch offering is definitely extra and you’ll most likely be shoulder to shoulder with some of the city’s socialites. Not a brunch to go to in your scruffs, but definitely great for when you’re feeling chic. Be sure to try their Caramelised Banana and Praline Pancakes, they are out of this world.
Insider tip: Their ‘Frittes’ section of their Brunch menu is definitely worth a gander. Champagne and Lobster brunch? YASSSS please.
Angelica, Trinity 6th Floor, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1