After a successful pop-up café at Carousel last year, Sunshine & Smiles have launched a slightly more permanent establishment, called Café 21 Co. in Headingley, offering work experience and training opportunities for young adults in Leeds who have Down Syndrome.
The café is set out with the Gallery and shop predominantly at the front, selling an array of products such as greetings cards, ceramics, artworks, jewellery, soaps, and the latest Sunshine & Smiles Calendar. The seating is in the centre, providing bistro tables as well as some comfy seating and the counter is to the rear.
Adjacent to the seating area is another area specifically designed for young children, filled with books, toys, cushions and a chalkboard; which proved extremely popular with my mini Mumbler. This designated area is a fantastic concept allowing young families to visit the café without too much upset to other patrons.
The Cafe is open: Thursday 8.30am-3pm; Friday 8.30am-5pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm.
21 Co. Headingley Central, Otley Road, LS6 2UE
Extremally spacious and secure children’s play area, giant sandpit and outdoor picnic area.
Pop up family events will be running throughout the year.
Family friendly cafe.
Garden shop & plant nursery.
Christmas Shop and stockist of Stockeld Park Christmas Trees
Accessible site with plenty of parking.
Tel: 0113 378 9985 Facebook
The site is close to the A64 end of Thorner Lane. If you turn off the A64 onto Thorner Lane, it’s the second turning on your right (after the cemetery).
We had a trip up to The Milk Churn cafe and gelateria in Scarcroft as an after school treat and it did not disappoint!
Based on the working farm of T.D Goodall all the gelato is made fresh on the farm, from the milk and cream from their own cows. With a wide selection of gelato* and sorbet flavours that change regularly, you are spoilt for choice. The staff were really helpful and let us have a taste of a few flavours to help us make our decision, cookies and cream was a big hit with the Mini Mumblers! You can also choose from a selection of cones (including chocolate dipped ones!) or tubs.
*A single scoop cone cost £2.50.
As well as gelato the cafe also serves hot drinks, smoothies and the cakes looked amazing!! (will certainly be returning to give these a try) They also serve a range of paninis over lunch (12-2pm).
There is plenty of indoor seating and a lovely grassed area with benches outside which look out over the farm and gorgeous countryside surrounding the farm.
There is a small play area outside which has a climbing structure, swings and plenty of space for children to play in. The play area is probably best suited to children up to 8 years of age. The youngest Mini Mumbler had a great time watching the tractors come and go on the farm as well! They have plans to offer farm tours during the summer holidays as well.
Toilets and highchairs available.
Opening Hours: Monday- Sunday, 10am – 5pm, lunch available 12-2pm
T.D Goodall Dairy, Beech Grove Farm, off the A58 in Scarcroft. (LS14 3HQ)
Aromas is a new coffee house on Moortown Corner, offering Breakfast, Lunch; Coffee & Cake!
1 Corner House Shops, Moortown Corner. Tel: 0113 246 8860
Babyccinos has all the perks of a child-friendly café but its key unique selling point is it puts parents are the forefront.
Providing delectable drinks, treats and mouth-watering meals, with comfortable seating, and table service for the parents.
There is a Baby Garden in the main café area and a Toddler Forest room, where, depending on your child’s abilities, you can leave while you watch via CCTV and eat and drink next door.
They have The Meadow Room, where they have weekly classes, cinema club, themed discos and you can even hire out for birthday parties.
There is also a Pamper Room where you can book in treatments on different days with a nail technician, hairdresser and masseuse, whilst the fully-trained team look after your little ones.
Furthermore, Babyccinos also offer a service in conjunction with the NHS where you can access mental health services and support. Appointments usually last around 45minutes, and again, they offer a free creche so you can focus on you. Referrals must still be made through the normal NHS channels.
Babyccinos is open: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm & Saturday 9am-12pm.
The nearest parking is Station Road Car Park, just around the corner, and you can park for up to 3 hours
132 Huddersfield Road, Mirfield WF14 8XS
Great for breakfast and lunch and good with kids.
71 Street Lane, Roundhay, LS8 1AP, Tel: 0113 2265768
Great Italian suitable for all the family.
Choose Casa Mia for an informal breakfast, coffee with mums and toddlers, lunch or dinner and experience the Italian ‘cafe’ atmosphere right on your doorstep in Chapel Allerton.
10 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3QY, Tel: 0113 2661269
Great quality café, restaurant, deli, children’s corner with toys and books and a nice gift shop. Extensive menu for coffee and cakes, lunch and breakfast.
Otley Road, Cookridge, LS16 7NH, Tel: 0113 2303618
A unique and beautiful vintage tearoom on Boston Spa high street. You can enjoy everything from delicious afternoon teas to sandwiches, wholesome soups, homemade cakes and scones.
Dulce Butterfly specialises in afternoon teas including children’s afternoon teas.
148 High St, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 6BW. Tel: 01937 845200
With excellent food, daily specials, and a huge selection of drinks it’s the perfect place to spend some time with friends or family. Meals are locally sourced when possible, freshly prepared and can suit many dietary requirements. Host monthly quizzes and weekly live music. Are child friendly and have a lovely outdoor space.
Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre, Bennett Rd, Leeds LS6 3HN. Tel: 0113 275 4548
A Cafe, Bar & Restaurant in Oakwood, Leeds. Here to bring you fresh and exciting food and drink from first thing in the morning through to late in the evening.
Child and dog friendly.
466 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, LS8 2HU, Tel: 0113 2498777
House of Koko is an independent coffee and tea house in Chapel Allerton. Offer hand-pulled Northstar coffee and a wide range of loose teas. Have an ever changing seasonal menu curated by head chef that focuses on healthy, locally sourced produce.
“Lots of choice for lunch with delicious food and friendly helpful service.” – North Leeds Mumbler
“Great breakfasts and really child friendly” – North Leeds Mumbler
62 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, LS7 4LA, Tel: 0113 2621808
Super friendly staff and a great menu suitable for all.
Not open Monday’s
27 Chelwood Drive, Roundhay, LS8 2AT, Tel:0113 2302200
Friendly service and lovely food.
99 Lidgett Lane, Roundhay, LS8 1QS
We are based in a historic textile mill with decades of industry behind it and a reputation for quality; the same ethos is reflected in our café – using great raw materials, and traditional methods, to produce the best results we can. Extensive children’s menu available.
Sunnybank Mills, 83-85 Town St, Farsley, Pudsey LS28 5UJ
Tel: 0113 257 1417
Multiflight Café Bar provides an excellent venue for you to meet, eat, party or relax, whether for breakfast, lunch or for a longer break with family and friends during the day. Children are entertained watching the planes!
Southside Aviation Centre, Leeds Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7UG. Tel: 0113 238 7100
Munch is a modern cafe in Headingley, they offer all day breakfast, lunch, snacks & event catering.
Friendly service, great food and child friendly!
Serving great coffee, breakfasts, excellent soup, lovely sandwiches and a healthy range of light lunches and salads. Individual children menu available. Crayons and craft items available for children.
117 New Rd Side, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4QD
Tel: 0113 258 1002
Friendly café with great coffee, cakes and vibe.
4 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3QY, Tel: 0113 2662895
An extremely child friendly cafe, gift shop and creative space rolled into one! There’s space to play, relax and create, whilst enjoying great cafe food and service.
Open Mon-Sat with a weekly rolling timetable of activities, including for babies and toddlers.
Open every Monday. 10am-2pm.
The menu uses food that would otherwise have been discarded from supermarkets, restaurants, and other independent food suppliers to produce meals that are sold on a “pay as you feel” basis.
There are highchairs and a small selection of toys for little ones.
St. Margaret’s Parish Centre, Church Lane, LS18 5LA.
Refresca is the family friendly coffee shop where you can enjoy your favourite hot drink with family. Kids can enjoy the ‘Little Explorer’ back packs; containing colouring and a Kindle Fire tablet (in kids’ mode). They have high chairs and plenty of space for buggies.
Refresca 1 Tredgold Avenue, Bramhope, LS16 9BS. Tel: 0113 2673400
A family friendly little café deli selling award-winning coffee, homemade cakes and fresh, made to order sandwiches. Extensive breakfast/brunch menu served until 4pm.
90-92 Otley Road, Far Headingley, Leeds, LS6 4BA. Tel: 0113 230 2012
SYLVA offers a family and dog-friendly café bar on the ground floor, serving breakfast and brunch (until midday Mon- Sat and all day Sunday), extensive lunch menu and children’s menu.
Louis House, Princes Avenue, Roundhay,Leeds, LS8 2FA. Tel:
Nice café for breakfast and lunch with kids toys to keep them occupied.
482 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, LS8 2HU, Tel: 0113 3456319
Contemporary coffee bar in Moortown offering breakfast, brunch (all day on a weekend), afternoon tea, cakes, lunch and evening meals. (Also serve wine and beers).
There is a Little VIP menu for children, they also did half portions of dishes (Pancakes in Mini Mumblers case!) from the main menu.
Activity and colouring sheet provided for children and there was also a range of family board games to choose from.
Highchairs. Pushchairs were allowed in next to tables.
Pre-booking on an evening recommended.
412 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 6DN. Tel: 0113 293 0543
A social enterprise coffee shop located in the scenic surroundings of Meanwood Valley Urban Farm. Care about serving quality coffee and building local community. Whether you’re looking for a place to meet friends, enjoy a family outing, or a quiet mid-week spot to work or relax in, they offer you a warm welcome. Family friendly, with children’s menu options and comfortable seating, and provide free wifi. Open daily 10am – 4pm.
Also hire the space after hours or for Children’s parties.
The Barn Coffee Shop, Sugarwell Road, Leeds, LS7 2QG
Have a walk in the park and then choose from the enormous menu for brunch or lunch.
Roundhay Park, LS8 2JL
Offering light breakfasts, lunch, cake and coffee with very a very child-friendly offering!
Enjoy the daily storytime at 11am (closed Sundays)
47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD. Tel: 0113 212 3465
This little cafe is definitely worth a visit for homemade cakes and lunches. It is child friendly with a full toy box, children’s platters and has a relaxed atmosphere.
6 Victoria Street, Calverley Leeds LS28 5PQ. Tel: 0113 255 8520
Family friendly coffee shop serving food from local suppliers wherever possible. Also serves afternoon tea. Open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm.
The Well cafe offers a range of services; from sit-in or takeaway of our deli sandwiches and breakfasts with fresh coffee and cakes to outside catering for larger functions and events.
169 Stonegate Rd, Meanwood, LS6 4PU. Tel: 0113 269 8974
A modern bar, bistro & cafe with a difference. Luxurious comfort, contemporary styling, comfortable ambience. Serving breakfast/brunch, lunch, homemade cakes and drinks.
A great place to come and relax – whether it’s just for a drink or to work on your latest project.
We also stock coffee by The Blending Room and tea by Bird and Blend. With a small selection of cakes baked by local independent bakeries.
24 Otley Road, LS6 2AD