Best cafes around Leeds to mingle with other students
Whether you need to chew the fat over a joint project with a fellow student or catch up with your bestie over a quality cup of coffee, Leeds has got a wealth of fantastic cafes spread throughout the city centre and beyond. And, not one of them will attempt to spell your name badly on your cup, we promise!


Situated just near Leeds University on Back Blenheim Terrace, Miro is a student favourite due to its cosy surroundings, funky wall art and cracking sarnies and pastries. Oh, and the fine Italian coffee they brew is not only rich and authentic, but almost half the cost of your local Starbucks. Winner.

Café Lento

Taking inspiration from European cafés, where the focus is on taking things at a slower pace, this neat father and daughter business venture has been a real winner in Headingley and a mecca to the local student population. Unwind with one of their quality, fair trade coffees whilst you peruse their small, but perfectly formed food menu.

Out of the Woods

Priding themselves on their locally sourced products, Out of the Woods has expanded to two fine coffee shops; one in Granary Wharf and one in Holbeck. Their coffee is brewed using Dark Woods Roasters from Huddersfield, and their breakfasts are to die for. Expect delights such as waffles with Nutella, banana and Greek yoghurt, as well as other continental treats, all given their own unique twist.

Outlaws Yacht Club

By night, this trendy hipster bar just near Leeds Bus Station drops choice beats and serves craft ales by the bucket load, but by day, it’s chilled out vibe and shabby chic sofas are perfect for a coffee and a chin wag. This unique bar is also an art lovers dream, as the walls are adorned with graffiti, as well as exhibitions by local artists and photographers.

Yum Yum Deli

This Oliver Award winning deli is tucked away in Brewery Wharf, and serves the best homemade cakes and pastries you’re likely to find in Leeds. As well as a fine selection of coffee and tea, they also rustle up some cracking hot food daily and serve Vedett on tap. This unique bar.

Dare Café

This unique bar has been in business since 1993, but there’s nothing dated or stale about this joint. During the day, they serve up coffee using only the finest Arabica beans, as well as an extensive menu of Italian snacks. By night, they also serve authentically delicious Mexican food, with 241 on mains every Monday.

Mint Café and Retro Shop

Mint Café is easily one of the most unique independents you’ll find in Headingley, offering a tasty menu of Lebanese and Mediterranean food alongside its incredibly reasonably priced coffee and teas. The only problem is that you may leave having spent more than you bargained for as they also sell some supercool vintage threads, vinyl and collectables.  
Published on: 26 Aug 2021