Saturday mornings call for breakfast dates in my book; the most recent one being Mrs Athas Coffee Shop in Leeds City Centre.
Tucked away around the back of House of Fraser, nestled between Pop Boutique and a selection of hairdressers and restaurants, Mrs Athas is an "independant, family run Coffee Shop with an emphasis on good produce and traceable provenance"
After some digging on their Instagram feed, it was confirmed they did all day breakfasts (perfect for when you're desperate for a lie in!) so off we headed. Mrs Athas is a very cool place indeed. The decor, is super stylish and the selection of cakes on the counter are mouth watering! We ordered pancakes with blueberries, a bacon sandwich and two orange juices. (Help yourself to glasses on the shelf behind you if you want them, fyi)
We sat downstairs, which was very cosy, with old desks acting as tables and art work on the walls. The small kitchen was also downstairs enabling us to watch our breakfasts being whipped up! I was busy admiring the wall tiles and my friends travelling pics when the breakfast was served. The kitsch mixed match crockery and cutlery were very cute and the breakfast was yummy, not totally amazing but exactly what we wanted none the less.
The staff at Mrs Athas were all very friendly and incredibly cool, and at times I wondered whether we were even cool enough to be there, but we were made to feel welcome regardless. It was a very relaxed, not very try-hard environment.
I would like to try some more of the food at Mrs Athas, (though I wish their menus were available on their website!) and it seems likes a great afternoon stop off, especially if I'm after some peaceful study time instead of the standard chain coffee shops. I can also confirm, that after taking some of the brownies home for later, they were possibly the softest most "succulent?" Brownies I ever did taste - especially washed down with some super juicy strawberries (how big are they?!)
After breakfast we took a diverted walk past the Grand Arcade to check out some of the bars and restaurants I have been desperate to try in Leeds but just haven't got round to .. (IT Bar, The Social and Belgrave Music Hall I'm looking at you!) and also past the new First Direct Arena which despite its opening several months ago I haven't actually seen in the flesh until now. I'm fascinated by how it has just fit seamlessly into the centre of town and it makes me excited for the future developments coming up in Leeds - Eastgate and The New Dock in particular - with the success of Trinity shopping centre and talk of many more exciting things to come, I am definitely proud and excited to be a true Loiner!