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13 of the best cafes in Wakefield

The best cafes in Wakefield is a very varied list filled with fantastic little community hubs, modern European style eateries and quaint cosy corners. You might think cafes are full of the usual affairs, boring sandwiches with uninspired fillings you’ve been having for years. But fear not, we’ve handpicked a guide of cafes each with their own unique twist, there’s literally something for everybody.

From little gems in the centre of Wakefield out to its picturesque outskirts. So whether you need your morning caffeine fix or a light bite after a day of shopping, trust us, we’ve got you covered.

Cafes in Wakefield City Centre

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Doboy Donuts

Doboy Donuts have been taking Yorkshire by storm since 2020 so you may already be aware just how good they are. But, for those in the dark, Doboy sells handmade doughnuts from their Insta famous shipping container. And these aren’t just the same donuts week after week, oh no. Bringing you new flavours and seasonal spins regularly just to keep the donut game fresh. There’s vegan options too!

109 Dewsbury Road, Wakefield, WF2 9BL
Willowbridge Ln, Castleford WF10 5NW

Hepworth Cafe Wakefield - healthy lunch dish

Hepworth Cafe

The Cafe at the Hepworth is just about as well renowned as the fantastic contemporary art they display upstairs. Though a fair bit more pleasing on the palete. Tranquil is the best word to describe the Hepworth Cafe. Following the sleek, modern design of the gallery overlooking the river makes for some fantastic light shows when the sun reflects off the water. Their cafe manager is extremely passionate about showcasing locally sourced, seasonal Yorkshire produce. Truly one of the best cafes in Wakefield.

Gallery Walk, Wakefield, WF1 5AW – 01924 247 360

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Marmalade on the Square

Marmalade on the Square is located on the Bull Ring, Wakefield’s main square. It’s the perfect space for a break away from shopping or a nice spot for some lunch whatever the day. Serving all your favourite cafe classics but done to their absolute best with homemade scones, cakes, pastries or try a warming soup. You can even pick up some gifts from vintage home wear to high-end design.

21 Bull Ring, Wakefield, WF1 1HB – 01924 200 203

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KRAFT Koffee

KRAFT does coffee extremely well, that’s the focus here. Just like their sleek, no-fuss interior, their output is very similar. Homing in on what makes coffee perfect and doing just that. Ensuring to stock only the best beans around from independent suppliers. They apply this to everything else too, with fantastic bakes and hearty soups with rustic bread in the day, then switching up to serve some great cocktails at night.

12-14 Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 2ED

Mocca Moocho Wakefield cafe

Mocca Moocho

Mocca Moocho is a quaintly stylish city centre cafe offering all your standard staples but knocking it out of the park with comforting homemade classics. That’s the focus here and with good reason. Enjoy a huge selection of sweet and savoury treats, from towering steak pies, tasty looking quiches and big hunks of beautiful scones.

10 Cross Square, Wakefield WF1 1PH – 01924 361 755

Cafes in Wakefield District

Blacker Hall Farm Shop Cafe in Wakefield

Barn Cafe at Blacker Hall Farm Shop

Blacker Hall Farm Shop say that their mission is “to be a must-visit location for fresh, seasonal and local food”. Well, they’ve succeeded, and this same ethos retains in their eatery, The Barn Cafe. Using only the best in locally sourced and farm-fresh ingredients.

They’ve got all the classics plus more than you could possibly want from farm to table. Highlights include Yorkshire fry up with two of everything, Eggs Benedict, breakfast sandwiches, afternoon tea and a great choice of light dishes, classics and salads served throughout the day.

Branch Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, WF4 3DN – 01924 267 202

Graft and Grind Cafe in Wakefield, Castleford

Graft and Grind, Castleford

Venturing out of the city you’ll find a fine selection of gems worth the journey. One of these is Graft and Grind, you need only scroll through their Instagram to see why they’re so good. Crafting some fantastic breakfast and lunch items from across the world. Expect sweetcorn fritters with eggs, halloumi and sweet chilli sauce, shakshuka eggs swimming in tasty tomatoes and French toast drizzled with cream and fruits.

They make fantastic use of one of Wakefield’s finest exports, rhubarb! Crafting some beautifully pink creations with their rhubarb latte or their moon milk which you take home to enjoy as part of your night-time power down. It’s the innovation and imagination of Graft and Grind that makes them one of the best cafes in Wakefield.

44 Smawthorne Lane, Castleford, WF10 4EW

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The Weston at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

In terms of location, there’s very little that can compete with The Weston at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The site was designed to seamlessly blend into the gorgeous landscape that surrounds it which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a recharge after walking through nature. On location alone, this is one of the best cafes in Wakefield. But if that wasn’t enough, the restaurant inside has a gorgeous open kitchen lavished in a Scandinavian inspired interior.

Most noteworthy are their selections of brunch, nibbles, light bites and afternoon tea, opting for the regular afternoon tea you’ll be treated to beetroot cured salmon with rye bread, whipped North Yorkshire goat cheese tartlet and many many more. Or opt for the vegetarian garden afternoon tea for those veggies out there.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG – 01924 832 631

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Moo Cafe at Farmer Copley’s

Farmer Copley’s Moo Cafe use only the finest local ingredients on an ever-changing menu that reflects the seasons. Either start the day off right with the huge farmer’s breakfast or anything from their fantastic grill and rotisserie section.

There are many places to enjoy the great food at Moo Cafe, looking for something intimate and private for a special occasion? The Stable is the perfect place for you. Or looking for a cosy, heated outdoor cabin? They have that too.

Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract, WF7 5AF – 01977 600 200

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Lakeside, Newmillerdam

No introductions are needed for Newmillerdam, a staple of Wakefield’s nature scene, the perfect place to walk alongside tranquil waters. What better way to finish off a great stroll than with an even greater cafe? That’s where the Lakeside comes in. With fantastic food served with a modern twist.

Lap up some delicious open sandwiches, slathered with some of everyone’s favourites, rump steak and Yorkshire blue or goats’ cheese and tomato relish. You’ve got to try one of their Lakeside pies too, choose from either chicken and leek or steak and ale, all served with chunk chips and mixed greens. After you’re done I’m sure you’ll agree with us that Lakeside Newmillerdam is one of the best cafes in Wakefield.

671 Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 6QG – 01924 251 241

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Rich & Fancy, Horbury

Serving great quality food in a cosy, warm environment is Rich and Fancy’s ethos. Whether it’s sandwiches using fresh locally baked bread, bruschetta’s, sharing platters, soups, or their choice of either cream or afternoon teas, you’ll never be disappointed by their choices.

Personally, we’d recommend trying their sweet treats. Describing themselves as extremely passionate about serving some of the best in cupcakes and cakes around with so many flavours to choose from; blueberry shortcake, sticky toffee pudding and lemon meringue just to name a few.

13 Queen Street, Horbury, Wakefield, WF4 6LP

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Courtyard Cafe at Nostell Priory

If period history, long luscious green lawns and pure luxury is more your vibe then boy do we have the place for you. Located in the gorgeous grounds of Nostell Priory is one of the best cafes in Wakefield, the Courtyard Cafe. Taking locally sourced to the next level, the café and kitchen garden teams work in collaboration to create the best in seasonal produce, so much so that they were awarded the Soil Association Food for Life award for sustainability. With an ever-changing menu of some of the best ingredients around you’d be silly to miss out here.

Doncaster Road, Nostell, WF4 1QE – 01924 863 892

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Cafe vie The Bistro, Ossett

Cafe vie The Bistro is a lovely, stylish, and modern little cafe. Great food is top of the bill here and what keeps the customers coming back. They truly have something for whatever mood you’re in that day, looking for something a little European? Well, their fantastic bistro menu has you covered; with classics like; chicken liver parfait with thick cut bread, baked camembert, or mussels mariniere.

Fancy for a light lunch? Well, they have that too. With a great range of French croques with either; the classic croque monsieur, croque salmon or their vegetarian option croque mushroom! Take a trip to the continent without flying there by heading to Cafe vie The Bistro.

Thompson’s Yard, New Street, Ossett, WF5 8BH – 01924 271 100


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