It was banking holiday during my stay in Leeds. And after leaving behind the madness at Leeds festival (it was cray-cray), I wanted to spend my Monday eating my way around the city. Managed to do so, but a few places were closed. So I had to come back the next day, and eat some more before I took the bus towards Manchester. I was completely stuffed when I got on the bus (I think that was the first day of my ‘I gained waaaay to much holiday weight’ day). But hé, enjoyed every minute of it. And I enjoyed Leeds as well. So many universities, so many architecture (visit the library), and the view..yeah the highlands look like mountains comparing to the Dutch landscapes. Oh, and so many vegan options to find, don’t know why I was surprised by that, but veganism is growing. Let’s spread that vegan love around #winning.
Below a few places I visited during my short stay in Leeds. Oh, can someone take me back?
My first stop in Leeds was a Lebanese restaurant called La Cafetiere. As I walk towards the city from my airbnb, I passed the restaurant and walk in for a nice lunch. Beautiful restaurant, I loved the purple, and really vegan friendly. I had the falafel menu, with extra fries and a fruity mocktail, freshly made with mango and blueberries. The restaurant is located a bit out of the city center. But when you’re in town, do not hesitate to drop by. Great staff and quick service!
| Monday – Sunday 10 am – 11 pm |
Roots & Fruits
I forgot about the fact that it was bank holiday until it was Monday morning and quite a few places were closed. So I went back the next day. And as disappointing it was that my phone was once again stammering, the venue, service nor food was anything but disappointing. I had the carrot and coriander soup with some bread and vegan spreads, really tasty. Combined with a rose lemonade and a cup of thee and my lunch at Roots & Fruits was complete. But they also serve several types of salads, a delicious looking burger, nachos, spicy jackfruit and even a vegan version of the ‘fish’n chips’. The restaurant is located at the Grand Arcade, a must visit on its own. When you’re in town, step by.
| Monday – Saturday 11 am – 7 pm | Sunday 11 am – 4 pm |
Global Tribe Café
I had my last cup of coffee with cake in Leeds at the Global Tribe, but they offer so much more. I had to make choices where I wanted to eat, so I ordered a chai tea latte and a slice of coconut cake. Yes, they had coconut cake . It’s a really small yet cosy venue and I was lucky enough to find an empty spot for myself and my packed bag before I left the city. The atmosphere is very laid back, the staff is very friendly and they have many vegan options on the menu. Also, they sell many different types of cake, most of them are vegan. So if you’re craving some sweets but don’t know what to take, visit the café and see what the kitchen staff prepped that day.
| Monday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm | Sunday 12 am – 5 pm |
Oh, this spot! Hidden gem this lounge. I was seated here with a dear friend of mine during lunch time. The staff is amazingly friendly, as it was a nice and quiet afternoon that gave us plenty of time to catch up and go over some ideas while enjoying our soups and drinks. I don’t know if you have traveled a lot, but hotel lounges are venues people seem to forget about while traveling, and looking for a really cozy spot to focus for a few hours. You don’t have to actually stay overnight in these hotels to get some work done with a pen in one hand, and a good coffee in the other. You can just walk in, ask for a table in a quiet corner, and start working. As much as I love to visit and support local cafes and restaurants while traveling, sometimes a fancy lounge is the ice on the cake. Because fancy lounges are ‘watching people spots 2.0’, I just love it. Plus, from the napkins till the coffee cups and sugar bowls, isn’t it just fancy?
| Monday – Sunday 6.30 am – 10.30 pm |
Stage Espresso & Brew Bar
I came across this espresso bar while I was on my way towards my bunk bed and dorm room. It officially became the trip that included me staying for the last time in a hostel, ’cause I just can’t. When I decide to travel again, then I rather spend a little more money on finding either a nice AirBnb or descent hotel room, instead of going crazy of all the snoring and sharing a bathroom. But back to Stage Espresso bar. It’s a tiny corner bar, that serves several vegan options and delicious coffee. And if the weather allows, choose takeout and enjoy your meal in a park nearby.
Monday – Thursday 7.30 am – 5 pm |Friday 7.30 – 7 pm | Saturday 9 am – 5 pm |
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Caffe Nero, The Headrow
Caffe Nero is yet another franchise chain that you can find throughout the United Kingdom and in many other cities around the world. But where Leeds offers loads of historical and authentic architecture buildings, this Caffe Nero spot is located within one. Close to the universities, courthouse and main shopping street. Also, it has cozy corners to crawl away with a good book and a sweet cup of tea :).
Monday – Friday 06.30 am – 7 pm |Saturday 07.30 am – 7 pm | Sunday 8 am – 6 pm
Pret A Manger, 10 Infirmary St
Since my very first visit to the U.K years ago, I became a fan of the Pret franchise chain. I love their coconut lattes and chai tea. And since the vegan scene is growing and growing, whenever I visit the U.K, I’m able to try at least one new delicious wrap or sandwich on their sweet menu. You can find Pret across the United Kingdom, as well some other cities around the world. I loved this spot in Leeds since it open pretty early and it has loads of tables to sit down and open your laptop to check your emails or write about the next chapter in your life.