Leeds is home to some incredible rooftop dining destinations, serving everything from cocktails and sashimi to pizza and craft beer. To help you choose where to dine, we’ve rounded up some of the best rooftop spots in the city.
SkyLounge – Situated on the 13th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton, SkyLounge offers the full package – fantastic food, killer cocktails and spectacular views. It’s open from dawn to dusk, so you can visit for brunch with friends, a low-key lunch, or a romantic dinner for two. After a long day, there’s nothing better than sipping an Aperol Spritz and watching the sun go down.
Issho – This seriously stylish Japanese restaurant opened in June and it’s already a hit with the locals. As well as a menu created by Ben Orpwood (ex-Zuma and Sexy Fish) and a bar serving Japanese-inspired cocktails, it also boasts a huge terrace for al fresco dining. Pop in for a lunchtime bento box or go for dinner and try dishes like soft shell crab with wasabi mayo or robata-grilled miso lamb cutlets. We’re big fans of their Bao & Bubbles brunch, too.
Angelica – There’s a lot to love about Angelica, from its laid-back buzz to its dangerously drinkable signature cocktails. There’s something for everyone on their all-day menu – how about crab cakes? Or steak frites followed by a cheesecake Martini? With the added bonus of a wraparound terrace with stunning views across the city, it’s easy to see why it remains one of Leeds’ top dining destinations.
East 59th – This Manhattan-inspired bar and grill is the latest addition to the Leeds’ rooftop dining scene. Boasting panoramic views from the top of Victoria Gate, it serves American classics with a modern twist. Expect superb steaks and burgers, alongside familiar favourites like baby back ribs, firecracker shrimp, and a Reuben piled high with pastrami. Book ahead for their popular weekend brunch – complete with bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Marys, if you’re in the mood.
Belgrave Music Hall – Situated in the Northern Quarter, Belgrave Music Hall is home to two bars, two kitchens, and a huge roof terrace offering views across the city. You can pop in for regular live music, comedy and art exhibitions, or just soak up the sun with a frozen cocktail in hand. The food’s good too, with Dough Boys slinging pizza by the slice and Patty Smith’s dishing up dirty burgers and fries.
Headrow House – Back in 2015, the Belgrave Music Hall transformed this former textile mill into a multi-floor drinking and dining destination. There’s a huge beer hall, a grill restaurant called Ox Club, and two rooftop terraces – Redondo Beach and Kennedy Meadows.
Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Restaurant – If you need to refuel after a hard day of shopping, head to the stylish bar-restaurant on the fourth floor of Harvey Nichols. You can enjoy the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows while enjoying dishes like roast lamb loin with Provençal vegetables or confit salmon with crab salad. For a real treat, linger over traditional afternoon tea or grab a table on the terrace for drinks in the sunshine.
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