5 Must Try Cafes in Headingley

As Estate Agents in Headingley we have our fair share of experience visiting our local cafes. Known for its trendy bars, independent shops, and ever-growing student population, it seems only fitting that there is a magnitude of quirky cafes to finish off Headingley’s high street line up. Offering lattes, flat whites and more milks than you ever thought imaginable, whether you’re in need of a Monday morning pick me up, wanting a catch up with friends or need of a cappuccino to complete that last assignment; Headingley has the perfect spot for you. We’ve put together a list of some of the must-try cafes in the Headingley area, see how many you can cross off your list.

Manning Stainton


Man drinking coffee in a cafe in Headingley

Once known as Sebbys, the cafe underwent a transformation in 2021 when a local couple took charge. Rebranded as LOAF, this cosy establishment has become a true home-away-from-home, complete with delectable food, top-notch coffee, and delightful homemade cakes.

Whether you're in the mood for a scrumptious brunch, a satisfying lunch, or a variety of mouthwatering sandwiches, LOAF has got you covered. To complement their delicious light bites, they also boast an exciting drinks menu to perfectly accompany your meal.

Fika North

Barista making a coffee in a cafe in Headingley

Fika North brings a Swedish twist to the café line up in Headingley. Serving specialty coffee, artisan pastries, cakes and even a selection of beer, Fika is one of Headingley coolest hangouts. We’ve all heard of the chilled out vibes that makes Sweden one of the happiest places to live in the world. Fika aims to bring a slice of that vibe to Yorkshire, through its modern décor, delicious food and relaxed atmosphere. Everyone’s welcome at Fika North, bring the kids, colleagues or your beloved dogs and take time out from your busy schedule to enjoy Fika.

Bare Coffee

Lady drinking coffee in a cafe in Headingley

Bare Coffee doesn't overcomplicate things, they focus on making good coffee and good food using fresh, organic produce. They sell top class coffee and sweet treats, as well as delicious, locally sourced fresh sourdough and organic groceries. This means they have something for everyone and are the perfect one stop shop for healthy quality products!


Coffee on the table in a cafe in Headingley

Bowery is a café with a difference. Don’t’ just enjoy a latte; why not learn a new skill at the same time at Bowery. Offering a range of short courses from sewing, illustrations or writing workshops, Bowery is much more than just a café. That being said, they offer a delicious range of salads and plates, only to be finished off with one of Bowerys home-baked cakes. If you don’t just enjoy drinking coffee but think making it could be for you, why not attend one of Bowery’s coffee schools to give you an insight into the basics of being a barista!

Assembly Bar & Kitchen

Barista poring milk into a coffee in a cafe in Headingley

Located at Heart Headingley, Assembly Bar and Kitchen is a café with great spirit, ethos and of course great food! Their menu is filled with a mix of light bites or heartier meals - perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Start the day with eggs your way, or have a lunchtime treat of a fish finger sandwich, all to be washed down with a choice of soft, hot or alcoholic drinks. Assembly hosts a range of events from Oxfam quiz nights to live music, so make sure you check out their event calendar to see what’s on in the coming months!And that’s just scratching the surface of Headingleys café selection…Whether you want a creative workspace or just somewhere to grab a morning coffee with friends, Headingley has it all, why not give them a try and let us know what you think!

For more ideas of places to eat and drink in Headingley or to check out things to do in the area, check out our Headingley Area Guide.