All the new openings and those coming soon to Leeds | April 2023

And there’s at least one new place a week to check out.

Leeds must be on some kind of roll at the moment, it really feels as if we can’t keep up with all the new openings in and around the city. From The Savvy Baker’s third cafe concept – this time based inside a gym (and yes, that means protein brownies are on the menu) to gastropubs and old cinemas coming back to life, there’s plenty to checko out this month.

Keep reading to find all of our must-visit news openings, as well as a glimpse of what’s opening around the city centre this spring and beyond.

Now open…

All the places we’ve been trying out for the first time in Leeds this month

Threes A Crowd

North Lane, Leeds city centre | Open 12pm-12am

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Known for serving high quality British gastropub grub to the people of Harrogate, Three’s A Crowd expanded and opened up a new site on North Street, Leeds earlier this year.

The lunch menu consists of bigger plates, sides as well as smaller plates which are perfect for sharing amongst friends over a crisp glass of wine.

A standout dish was the steaming hot bowl of mussels served in a creamy leek and garlic sauce, served with the welcome addition of some homemade focaccia bread to mop up the juices.

Find out more here.

Rudy’s Headingley

Otley Road, Headingley | Opened Monday 13 March 2023

Rudy’s Pizza Napolentana, one of Leeds’ favourite pizza joints, is opening its third Leeds restaurant.Now we’re not short of places to grab a slice in Leeds, but this is certainly a new opening that will have foodies queuing at the door.

The new site will see a new foodie hotspot appear on Otley Road in Headingley, and there will be ample opportunity to taste test the authentic Neapolitan classics. The relaxed neighbourhood pizzeria with over 100 covers in the bustling heart of the area offering interior and al-fresco dining.

Find out more here.

The Empire Cafe

Fish Street, Leeds city centre | Open Wednesday – Saturday

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Promising a blend of old school hospitality and new-wave gastronomy, No. 6 Fish Street, in Leeds old Shambles spot is going to truly bring a culinary feast to the city centre. Just a stone’s throw from Leeds Victoria Quarter and the markets, owner Sam Pullen and his partner Nicole Deighton plan to elevate local ingredients with barbecue flavours, right in the heart of Leeds.

The menu focuses on local produce brought to life by a ‘wall of flame’ rotisserie. Rotisserie chickens will be spinning around the clock, available to sit in, or takeaway, dredged in house made butters and aioli’s.

Find out more here.

Untold Bar

Kirkgate Leeds city centre | Open Wednesday – Sunday

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Untold Bar is a brand new Ibiza-style bar that promises to bring a taste of the Mediterranean to Leeds city centre where visitors can expect a party atmosphere where they can enjoy Untold’s signature cocktails whilst catching some of the best live music the city has to offer.

Taking over the much-loved space of former P A S T E L bar which closed over winter, the new owners have kept the pastel-coloured theme alive but also added some new touches to make their Ibiza-themed space their own.⁠

Think rattan chairs, turquoise walls adorned with striking neon signs and plush pink soft furnishings to nestle down in- the interior alone makes you feel as though you’ve hopped on a flight to the Balearics.

Find out more here.

The Savvy Baker Fuelled

Ultra Flex Gym Leeds North | Now open

The Savvy Baker is opening their first ever ‘Fuelled’ cafe inside a brand new gym in North Leeds, focusing on protein packed, vegan and gluten-free goodies. Their focus will be on protein-filled treats such as protein brownies, energy balls, flapjacks as well as shakes and smoothies.

There will also be a range of healthier bakes including gluten free goodies and vegan bakes, all served alongside delicious coffee from North Star Coffee Roasters. Of course there will also be a range of their original bakes for when gym-goers are on their cheat day and looking to indulge.

Find out more here.

Opening in the next month or so…

POCO Sicilian

Lands Lane, Leeds | Opening ‘around Easter’

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Located slap bang in the heart of the city, the new POCO will take over the former Yorkshire Bank unit and bringing copious amounts of pizza al taglio to the masses in the process.

The team never fail to have a huge selection of eat, including pizza slices with flavours that change by the day: the vegan slice with mushrooms, peppers and copious amounts of spinach is a standout favourite, but there’s everything from ham and potato slices to fennel sausage to choose from.

Find out more here.

Canvas Yard

Holbeck Village | Opening April 2023

The site for Canvas Yard.
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Canvas Yard is an exciting, cultural collaboration between Moda Living and New Citizens. This dedicated event space will be based in city centre and is the first instalment in the plan for the site to become a vibrant new neighbourhood in Leeds.

Canvas Yard will span over 103,000sqft and will have a whopping capacity of up to 5,000 people. It will be the largest open-air events space in the city and will attract world renowned artists and creators.

Find out more here.

Blue Rinse Outlet

Merrion Centre, Leeds city centre | Opening ‘around Easter’

Image: Blue Rinse

A haven of old school Levi’s, tartan shirts, trinkets, and nearly-untouched pieces from the 70s, the original three-floor Call Lane store has been a mainstay for vintage lovers in the city for decades.

Since moving to its new Leeds location just over the road last year, Blue Rinse continues to showcase the best of its vintage selection across a whopping five floors, each with their own unique style and plenty of one-off pieces waiting to be rediscovered and reloved. Now adding a brand new store to Leeds, the popular vintage fashion store is set to open a city centre outlet inside the Merrion Centre in Leeds’ Arena Quarter.

The 3,679 square foot store has its eyes on opening at Easter and is set to include a vintage collection named ‘Remade in England’, stocking range of upcycled and repurposed vintage garments and feature exclusive reworked clothing lines and one-off pieces.

Find out more here.

Chow Down reopens

Temple Arches, Leeds city centre | Opening Thursday 6 April 2023

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One of Leeds’ most talked about open-air bar concepts is back for 2023 – and this year is set to be its biggest yet.

The Temple Arches venue is set to host a brand-new Urban Garden space, perfect for soaking up the summer sun. The new addition will make Chow Down ‘the largest garden in the city centre’, with the jam-packed events calendar lasting all summer long.

Sell-out successes like Bingo Lingo, Camp Presents Drag Brunch and DJ nights will return for the 2023 season, and there’s been a huge injection in new food festivals and days and nights out in the city centre that’ll have people across Leeds and beyond heading down to the arches.

Find out more here.

Hyde Park Picture House

Brudenell Road, Leeds | Opening Spring 2023

Outside of cinema.
Image: Hyde Park Picture House

Bringing back the last remaining gas lit cinema in the country, doors will open in spring (hopefully mid-to-end May 2023) following an extensive renovation to introduce modern amenities that bring the building into the 21st century whilst preserving and protecting its history for generations to come to appreciate.

Find out more here.

Opening later this year…


Kirkgate, Leeds city centre | Opening date unknown

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At a hearing on Tuesday 11 October 2022, it was said that the opening of the Caribbean restaurant would help cultural and economic growth and as it is a food based offering, will not cause significant noise disruption. There were no objections at the hearing and in conclusion, the restaurant will be allowed to sell alcohol until 10.30pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends.

Whilst we wait for Jamrock to open on Kirkgate, you can grab a selection of Caribbean treats from the Trinity Kitchen pop up street food truck.

Find out more here.

Golf Fang

Redcote Lane | Opening date unknown

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This may be a golf-first opening, but the street food options here are set to attract plenty of attention in its own right.

Set to open in late autumn 2022, the Liverpool-born entertainment-street food-crazy golf concept will land just moments form the city centre and set up on Redcote Lane, Kirkstall. The will be a full 18 hole course to get through, with ample opportunity to see some familiar faces, like TV’s Jeremy Kyle on the course as well as some of Gold Fang’s best known holes like the Teddy Picker and Tunnel of Love on their themed courses.


Otley Road, Headingley | Opening date unknown

Image: TADA

There’s a huge array of eateries and cuisine in and around Headingley, and now with new kids on the block TADA joining Otley Road, you’ll be able to dine on Japanese cuisine as well.

The restaurant will be split across two floors. The bottom floor will serve as a traditional sushi bar and the top will serve grilled yakitori skewers and bowls of comforting ramen alongside a carefully curated list of trendy cocktails, sakes and Japanese whiskeys. Set to open this summer, we can’t wait to try it out.

You can find more new opening in Leeds on our TikTok here.

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