Whether you’re running errands with the pooch in tow, need a venue for a doggy date, or want to add a snack onto a successful morning’s dog strolling, Leeds has a cafe to keep you both happy. With all the caffeine you could ask for (and absolutely none for the wigglier member of the family), plus excellent canine customer service, these West Yorkshire cafes make an art of allowing dogs inside.
1. North Star
Address & map: 33, Leeds Dock, The Blvd, Leeds LS10 1PZ
Mention “coffee” plus “Leeds” in the same sentence and good-caffeine maths will immediately lead you to North Star. It’s something of a local legend in the city’s bean scene, with its own coffee academy that appreciates coffee varieties like a wine-lover would do grapes. Staff aren’t just fluent in types of coffee, however, but also in dogs. The dog-crazy team is on first-name terms with many of their regulars’ furry friends, and provided that dogs are clean or have their own blanket, they are welcome to take a seat, human-style. There’s even a ‘dog of the week’ board, which customers travel specifically to try to be featured on. When your dog isn’t dealing with their new-found fame, they will be scrounging outrageously for the regularly changing food menu that includes French toast, lemon meringue pie crepes, rhubarb and rose pancakes, and ham hock eggs benedict. There’s also an in-café shop, selling soaps, hand creams and ceramic homeware. Talk about a destination that keeps everyone–and every woof–happy.
2. Mill Kitchen
Address & map: Sunnybank Mills, 83-85 Town St, Farsley, Pudsey LS28 5UJ
A fantastic place in the centre of Farsley, around a 20-minute drive west of Leeds’ city centre, Mill Kitchen benefits from outdoor seating (a perk for muddy dog paws) and a no-fuss atmosphere inside that is fully welcoming to dogs. With large tables, this former textiles mill is a popular haunt for families and groups–creating a buzzy, bustling vibe that won’t make you feel self-conscious if your pup doesn’t sit statue-still while you eat. Food is yummy brunch plates: sourdough crumpets with roast rhubarb and yoghurt, vegan and vegetarian full English brekkies, salad bowls, and some dangerously addictive baked goods. There’s coffee by North Star, and milkshakes made with Leeds-based vegan ice cream, Northern Bloc. A tip: the best seats are beside the window, which turns into a divine suntrap on a warm day. Perfect for a post-walk curl-up.
3. Salami & Co
Address & map: 10 Market Pl, Otley LS21 3AQ
In Otley, beside the popular dog-walking spot of Otley Chevin Forest Park, the dachshund logo above Salami & Co café hints that this place might be dog-friendly. In fact, it’s dog heaven. Named after the not-so-big boss, Salami the sausage dog (who’s now been joined on the board by a junior member, Bagel), there is no better place to patiently sit and wait for treats. As well as a seasonally changing menu for owners (think: smashed butternut squash, banana bread, and granola), there’s a designated Hound Menu, featuring dog tea, pupcakes, doughnuts, biscuits, venison sausage, and Frozzys dog-friendly frozen yoghurt. When your pooch isn’t rocking a puppuccino milk-tache, there are dog mats for cosy naps, as well as a doggy retail section selling treats by Yorkshire brand, The Innocent Hound, plus brightly illustrated collars and leads by Harrogate’s Peach & Pooch. Yes, your dog has clocked your credit card.
4. Tandem Leeds
Address & map: 574 Meanwood Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4AZ
Near the ball-chasing favourite, Meanwood Park, Tandem is a bohemian cafe, lifestyle store, and art gallery in one. This former bike shop is run by interior-design lovers, Hannah Slater and Hatty Crallan, who work ‘in tandem’ (see what they did there?) with local artists, designers, and makers to showcase their wares in the cosiest of settings. The owners also love dogs, with regulars like Gizzy, a rescue whippet, striding inside to get warm after walkies. Food is real soul-hugging stuff: vegan baking, such as banana, coffee and walnut cake, hot chocolate, or poached eggs. And there’s plenty to keep your eyes occupied once the tailed-one has nodded off, with greetings cards made by local illustrators, one-off pieces of pottery, handwoven rugs, and houseplants. The latter is not an invitation for the dogs to start eating that type of greens, however.
Address & map: 60A Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4AP
You can’t miss this teal-blue building in the centre of Horsforth–a hipster, urban-styled café with exposed brick walls, chipboard floors, classic movie posters, and fresh flowers on the tables. Dogs are allowed anywhere inside this pooch-welcoming eatery, with water available, plus tickle-based attention for the well-behaved. Expect excellent coffee from North Star, brewed nice and strong like a morning wake-up should be. Plus, sandwiches, omelettes, smoked salmon bagels, and baked treats from Tarte & Berry–hello, crème egg brownies. *Someone* is not going to be happy that chocolate is strictly off-limits for dogs. Still, cuddles help.
6. Fika North
Address & map: 94 Otley Road, Far Headingley, Leeds LS6 4BA
Bringing the Swedish concept of fika to Yorkshire, the Scandi ritual of pairing a coffee break with good conversation and something sweet, Fika North is a buzzy modern social space with punchy caffeine, cool art, and cute pooches. We’re talking specifically about Nelly, the café’s in-house mascot, an eight-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who is so tiny that she’s still mistaken for a puppy. You stop that ageing clock, girlfriend! Rumour has it that customers come in just for a nuzzle with Nelly, though regular clients will spot a few other familiar dog faces, too. There’s Hugo the French bulldog, Luce le Floof–a Cypriot rescue pup whose breed can only be described as part-fluff, part-scruff, and Spike, another senior Jack Russell. This dog-loving venue provides water and treats for the canine chums, while humans are well-catered for, too. Expect Swedish specialities such as Selma buns, a cardamom-flavoured cake filled with almond paste and cream, and Skagen–a savoury toast topped with prawns, dill and crème fraîche. There’s also craft beer, organic wine, cocktails, and kitchen takeovers from local chefs. Pawfect.
Leeds is a brilliant city for dogs, with more and more cafes allowing the furry ones inside. But if your plans or your venue mean that your dog simply can’t join you, Rover.com’s trusted dog sitters will take the worry out of leaving your dog at home on their own. They can cover their exercise quota, too: Rover’s team of dog walkers in Leeds practically have dog-walking routes built into their DNA.