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 nowhere better to sip an Aperol Spritz and watch the sun go down.
Issho – This seriously stylish Japanese restaurant is popular with the locals so it pays to book ahead. In addition to its izakaya-style menu and Japanese-inspired cocktails, it also boasts a huge terrace for al fresco dining. Pop in for a lunchtime sushi session or go for dinner and try dishes like katsu chicken bao buns, prawn tempura, and robata-grilled miso lamb cutlets.
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 lobster with garlic butter? Or ribeye steak with triple cooked chips? With the added bonus of a wraparound terrace with stunning city views, it’s easy to see why this is one of Leeds’ most popular dining destinations.
East 59th – Boasting panoramic views from the top of Victoria Gate, this NYC-inspired bar and grill serves American classics with a modern twist. Expect superb steaks and burgers, alongside familiar favourites like fish and chips and tempura prawns with spicy mayo. For an extra £15 a head, you can get the party started with bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Marys.
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, grab a table on the terrace for drinks in the sunshine.
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Updated April 2021.