Discovering the Tiled Hall Cafe, Leeds

One of my blogging goals for 2018 is to share experiences closer to home as well as in far away places. I didn't realise it at the time, but setting this goal has encouraged me to explore more of the city I live in. In my quest to uncover more corners of Leeds, I recently visited The Tiled Hall Cafe in Leeds City Museum.

The grand Victorian Hall is covered in original turquoise and coloured tiles which were completely covered up with shelving the 50’s and 60’s. It wasn’t until 2007 that the museum pulled down the boards and resorted to hall to its former glory. It's crazy to think that these beautiful walls were hidden away for almost two decades. Interior styling has now gone full circle and these original tiles are once-again, makes this hall such a special place. The hall is now a buzzing cafe which serves teas, coffees, soup, sandwiches, cakes and all the usual treats. Sunlight pours in through the tall arch windows, making it a really light and colourful space. After spotting the plug sockets that were dotted around, I thought how nice it would be to pitch up with my laptop and spend the afternoon working there.

This is definitely one of the most beautiful interior spaces I have found in Leeds (perfect for working on your photography skills or having a little shoot for the 'Gram). If you're coming to Leeds any time soon, make sure you pay a visit to the magnificent Tiled Hall Cafe and the Leeds City Museum (entry is free).

When was the last time you discovered somewhere new in your own city?

The Tiled Hall Cafe
Leeds City Museum
16-18 The Headrow
Leeds LS1 3AB

Have you visited The Tiled Hall Cafe or have these photos inspired a visit for you? I'd love to know what you think of this local hidden gem and where your local gems are, so please leave a comment in the box below. Jess x

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Photos by Leeds-based photographer Matt McCormick.

Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.


  • travelingwiththyme

    It’s a beautiful gem indeed! Would love to visit some day 🙂

  • It really is a lovely space and the photos have captured it beautifully!

  • Okayyyyyy so you look absolutely STUNNING in these snaps girl! I’m completely with you on discovering more of your home town, I also made the same vow last year, and to even just spend more time in the UK as there’s so much beauty right here! I’ll note this one down for my next trip to Leeds!

    Hayley xo

    • Oh you sweetie thank you! Glad you’re on board with this too! I’ve realised over the past year or so you don’t need to travel to the other side of the world to have an adventure or see somewhere new! Variety is the spice of life 🙂 Definitely one for next time you come to Leeds xxx

  • It looks really pretty inside. It’s so good when your discover these places on your doorstep isn’t it!

    • Thanks Laura! It’s such a gorgeous space, and so nice to know it’s close to home. I’ll definitely be spending more time here, great for meetings and coffee dates! Xx

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