When you’re bored of your bedroom and the library is offering nothing in the way of inspiration, settling down in a café with your laptop can be a great way to get some work done.

Once you have slowly nursed your coffee, you could then take a long, slow lunch (savouring every bite of your sandwich), securing your table guilt-free, for a few hours at least, without spending a fortune. What’s more, because you are out in public, there’s no getting away with staring, glassy-eyed at a wall for ages, so you really do have to crack on with the learning.

Here’s our guide to the best Leeds’ cafés to study in…


Mrs Atha’s

Mrs Atha’s is a bit of an institution and there are often queues out the door of people waiting for coffee and cakes. If you manage to bag a table though, the friendly hubbub is perfect, and we are sure you could write a brilliant few pages over one of their peanut butter Oreo brownies, or perhaps a savoury waffle with beef brisket and chilli jam. Yummy!

This cosy café, in Central Road, is a Leeds student must-visit and it prides itself on good produce and traceable provenance.


Stage Espresso & Brewbar

This café in the corner of George Street has plenty of tables and a chilled-out atmosphere, which is perfect for getting some work done. There are sofas, a large co-working table, and some cosy nooks where you can get your head down without being disturbed. For the coffee aficionados among you, they have a changing menu of single estate coffees from a range of top coffee roasters, and a brilliant breakfast menu with vegan and veggie options.


Café 164, Munro House

If your creative juices aren’t exactly flowing, you could head for Café 164 at Munro House. The café has an in-house gallery, exhibition and event space, so there’s plenty of creative folks around to help inspire you. It’s also situated in the middle of one of Leeds’ most cultural areas, near the BBC, Leeds Playhouse, Yorkshire Dance, Leeds College of Music and Northern Ballet.


Café 1846 (Leeds School of Art)

In a similar vein is Café 1846 at Leeds School of Art. It’s run by Leeds Beckett University, so it’s full of working students with relatively friendly prices. The food is prepared fresh each day and all the profits are reinvested into the university. It’s one of Leeds Beckett University’s 10 food outlets across the city centre and Headingly area, so if you’re a student living in Leeds, then you are bound to come across some of their offerings.


Tiki Café

There are plenty of places in Leeds to get your sourdough and halloumi fix, but sometimes you need to keep it simple. When only a sausage roll, or a cheese pasty will do, head to Tiki Café at the Leeds Beckett Student Union. There’s plenty of the fancy stuff too, like granola and Italian flatbreads, but the café is brilliantly down to earth, and you can sit with your laptop or a textbook for as long as you like.


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