Al fresco dining

The longest day has been and gone which means summer’s officially here, bringing the odd day or two of pleasant weather so I thought I’d compile a list of places where you can indulge in a spot of al fresco dining. My feeling is we have to make the most of it when the opportunity arises.

Shears Yard – the younger sibling of Arts Cafe, this place likes to bring seasonal, local ingredients prepared and cooked in a modern British style. Paired with a good bar selection it’s a nice choice for dining outside if you prefer being away from the direct city centre hustle.

Cielo Blanco – come here for good Mexican market and street food and cracking cocktails. Found in Trinity shopping centre, there’s plenty of semi-outdoor tables (covered by Trinity’s roof) to try something from their menu, maybe one of their sharing boards. Also there’s seating on the terrace for drinks. 

Candle Bar – with wrap around outdoor dining space, you can have a view of a canal barge or two in the peace and quiet of Granary Wharf. The wood fired pizzas are a good bet for a decent feed here, on the drinks front being owned by Ossett Brewery helps no end in this department. Non beer drinkers need not worry either as they have a well thought out wine list and cocktails too. 

Belgrave Music Hall‘s roof terrace is perfect for this, with its mix of garden sheds, garden furniture, white picket fences providing quirky hipster cool vibes. Not only that, there’s a great view of the city and with the lure of street food from Dough Boys and Patty Smith’s you’re spoilt for choice. Any sign of sun and warmer temperatures the terrace becomes a people magnet! 

Pintura – with a few well placed outdoor tables and seats, slightly hidden by decorative plants and outdoor heaters. This could be well suited to those who need a break from the shops, wanting some Basque influenced pintxos and maybe one of their gins. 

Livin’italy – found in Granary Wharf, their pizzas, stuzzichini or one of their classic dishes paired with wine from their comprehensive wine list, an Italian beer or perhaps an Aperol Spritz would go down a treat. 

La Bottega Milanese – their Bond Court outpost has a courtyard area that’s perfect for their great coffee and something from their food counter like their antipasti platters, salads or pasta dishes. 

Bundobust – this popular bar not only serves some of the city’s best street food to compliment their high quality drink offerings, but the partially covered outside space provides a little bit of peace and quiet, even though you’re right in the centre of town.

I must also add there’s some fantastic outdoor spaces in and around Leeds where you can just have a picnic too, such as the beautiful surrounds of Kirkstall Abbey, Roundhay Park, Golden Acre Park, Chevin Forest Park, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and many more!!!

Can you recommend any other great spots for a bit of al fresco dining?

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