Global Tribe Cafe

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18 Swan St, Leeds, England, LS1 6LG

A vibrant vegetarian cafe located above a crystal shop and has a separate entrance. Has vegan, gluten-free, and raw food including vegan raw cakes. Some dishes can be made vegan on request. Dairy milk and spread used but customers are always asked for their preference. Open Mon-Wed 10:00am-5:00pm, Thu 10:00am-9:00pm, Fri 10:00am-5:00pm, Sat 10:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Raw, Western, Take-out, British

35 Reviews

First Review by ViolaineB

Gorgeous - Edit

Lovely vegan/vegetarian cafe, great food, lovely atmosphere. Very welcoming, relaxing and homely.

Pros: lots of vegan options. vegan and gluten free optio

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Mind, Body and Soul - Edit

A chilled out, whole-foods café in the heart of Leeds, easy to find, just upstairs of an alternative crystal shop. The environment was really relaxed, due to the atmosphere, staff and décor, which made a welcomed change from the bustle of the city a few paces away. Although this café is vegetarian in nature, there is a strong emphasis on veganism which is clear in the set menu, and specials. There is a brilliant choice of eclectic dishes for vegans, something for everyone, and the staff were very accommodating with our request to alter one of the menu items.
My mum ordered the Mezze - Hummus and Pita, Roast Vegetables, Superfood Salad and Scrambled Tofu (not on Mezze menu, requested). My partner ordered the soup of the day, and I ordered the South Indian Thali. All was cooked fresh for us, in the open kitchen which was really exciting to see them all working, and arrived promptly. Everything was cooked to absolute perfection, this was our first time trying scrambled tofu, and whilst never having scrambled eggs before transitioning due to my egg allergy, I was told it tasted authentic, and it was really delicious to me. My dish of the thali was sensational, a gorgeous mix of items was presented beautifully, so many scrumptious items to eat! I loved how wholesome and nourishing the food was for all of us. It’s great to not just think the food is tasty, but for it to look amazing, and be so healthy made this place one of my favourites yet. Food for the mind, body and soul – exactly the ethics of the Global Tribe Café.

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-20

Pros: Deliciously flavoured and healthy, Fresh and wholesome ingredients, Friendly, helpful staff

Cons: Accessible only by stairs

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Need a hearty breakfast? - Edit

I came here for the first time to celebrate finishing my exams for the summer. I orders the vegan breakfast. Amazing! So tasty. The scrambled tofu was yummy, a smoky flavour and the hash browns were delish. A very generous portion. I could hardly move after.

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Fantastic Breakfast - Edit

What an amazing breakfast. I'm so glad we came here eventually to sample their delightful unique breakfast. We were lucky to get straight in as it was packed on a Saturday morning but luckily a table came free as we arrived. Looking forward to visiting again.

Pros: great breakfasts, friendly

Cons: can be very busy

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i love this place!! - Edit

i love the vibe of this little cafe and the food is really tasty, i've visited leeds twice now and on both trips i've popped in here for something!

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vegan-shmeegan - Edit

food so fantastic that non-vegans are fully fed & most satisfied. Menu always has Gluten free & vegan foods. Could happily enjoy a 3 course meal here. As a gluten free vegan this is a rare find. Menu changes often enough to not get bored of seeing the same thing. Menu retains favourites. Cakes are to die for. For the Peanut butter & chocolate cookies i have no words. you'd have to try them yourself to see what i mean.

Pros: lots of gluten free vegan options, always something new/different on the menu, totally feels like they love what they do and i co

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lovely place - Edit

First time here but will defo come again. Lots of vegan options and most is organic too.

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Good food but crap service - Edit

I ordered the carrot fritters which were good. My partner got the American burger and gingerbread smoothie and really enjoyed both, but the service was not good.

We had to go up and ask the staff after waiting for ages to get the menu for drinks. Then after that, once again we had to wait for ages before we could order drinks. This meant the meal really dragged on, so definitely not the best place to go if you're in any kind of a hurry!

Pros: Lots of vegan options clearly marked

Cons: Slow service

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Quite pricey but - Edit

Ive actually been to global tribe cafe a few times now and each time has been a different experience!
The first time I went i ordered a take out soup and sandwich (because staying in was so expensive!!) but it was really delicious- i had a gorgeous curried sweet potato and cauliflower soup with a spiced carrot fritter sandwich on focaccia bread. I highly recommend both of these, and the portion size was huge so I was able to save half the sandwich for later! This time 10/10.
The second time I went the food was good, but they had run out of about 10 things on the menu- without exaggeration- so our choice was a little limited. Also the food took ages to come and as i was starving this was a little annoying! This time 6/10.
The final time I went the other day I got a mezze platter with 4 items and that came with free pita and salad, so ended up being slightly better value for money! Everything that i had was nice, although some of it was really oily- the hummus in particular i couldn't finish because it was dripping in oil. Also the salad was very heavy on the dressing and would definitely have been nicer without! This time 6.5/10.
Overall I would say that it's a little bit hit and miss here, and considering that the prices aren't exactly chap then its got to be a risk you are willing to take. Also I don't think the food is particularly healthy, but it is obviously great to be at a place that is fully veggie and vegan with lots of options to choose from (if they haven't run out!). The staff are very friendly and the overall atmosphere is nice and chilled out, so it is a cute place to sit and i probably would visit again.

Pros: Friendly staff, Lots of choice, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Problems with service, Quite oily, Very expensive

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very good but... - Edit

Food is all really good, a few many substitutes on the menu for my liking. Some of the food is a bit too pricey like my smoothie £4.50 and tiny. However the service is so slow and poor, first of all your confused table service or to the counter, then ages to order the food came quick but waiting for almost an hour for plates to be taken away and had to go to the counter for dessert. Our lunch turned into a two hour affair when we only wanted to be half an hour. So yes food really good, service absolutely shocking really, don't worry about a tip!!!

Pros: good food

Cons: service appalling

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Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Edit

Well not quite Los Angeles but Leeds is a good enough match for me. This great Yorkshire city is one I have loved ever since 1995 when I bought a bass guitar from the legendary Northern Guitars on Call Lane during my university days. As is usually the case, I digress. I've known about Global Tribe cafe for quite a while and in fact we have been there to pick up a vegan cake once but today's visit was a craving for a post night out breakfast and breakfast is exactly what we had. We had the vegan full english as follows: scrambled tofu, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans and toast. The second breakfast was the Global Tribe special as follows: aubergine bacon, scrambled tofu, avocado, mexican beans, toast and cashew nut sour cream. Both were £7.50 and served with either a cafetiere or a pot of tea. Both were delicious. Aubergine bacon!! Yes indeed. The staff are friendly, all deserts are vegan, the place is fragrantly pleasing and it's just a great way to start your day. Don't expect to get seated straight away particularly at weekends. Seating is quite limited so be patient.

Pros: Amazing breakfasts, Friendly staff, Open kitchen area

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Small Space, Big Food - Edit

Known by many locals as 'the Hippy cafe' Global Tribe is something of an institution. I've been going here for years and on a trip into town my partner and I are almost guaranteed to have the debate 'global tribe or roots & fruits?' Situated above a crystal shop of the same name Global Tribe serves some of the best food available in the town. Offering Vegetarian or Vegan options and a whole host of drinks you are always spoilt for choice.

The main meals are hearty and on a recent visit I discovered the vegan beans and cheese on toast. Have it on granary. Its amazing. The only downside to this place is its popularity. If you're visiting on a weekday it is very difficult to get a seat. Around lunchtime you might as well not bother. It's 'first come first served' and if you don't get there early there's no chance. Over time we've started to avoid lunch completely and go much later in the day. This seems to work well. Being upstairs means that you can't see how busy the place is from the street. This means that while you're sat you may experience a sudden draft as the door is opened at the bottom of the stairs. Not a problem in summer but in the winter this can be perishing (especially if an inconsiderate punter leaves the door open).

So in summary: Avoid lunchtimes and make sure you're hungry because the food and the service are superb.

Pros: Excellent Food - The vegan milkshakes are especial, Friendly and fast service

Cons: Almost impossible to get a table at peak times

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Served me food with cashew nuts in, despite telling them I am allergic to them! - Edit

I have heard good things about Global Tribe so was eager to try it. However I was incredibly disappointed. Firstly, my boyfriend ordered a burger with no salad or sauce. It came with all the salad and sauce just with no bun, we explained to the waiter "I think you've a misunderstood, we said a burger in the bun, just with no salad or sauce". They then brought it back to us in the bun... But with salad and sauce. The waiter was quite unhelpful and not very friendly. He was obviously English and spoke well so it's not like there was a language barrier.

The worst thing that happened was that I explained to the waiter than I am allergic to cashew nuts and he assured me that the burger did not contain any and also checked with the kitchen staff. So I ordered the burger and when it came I ate some of it and started having an allergic reaction (I am not severely allergic, thank goodness, but it meant that my lips and throat were swollen for about an hour afterwards and I had crippling stomach pains all day). Turns out that the burger actually did have cashew nuts in it. They gave us our meal for free, but I was very hungry and my reaction meant that I couldn't eat anything for a good few hours and it ruined my day completely.

Also, non of the waiters/kitchen staff wear hair nets and there were at least two hairs in my food.

Pros: To be honest, I can't think of any

Cons: Unfriendly and not very helpful staff , Didn't serve us what we ordered , Clearly not considerate of people with allergies

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Price/ quality is not great - Edit

The cafe has nice smoothies and it's in the centre of Leeds. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy my food too much and found it a bit pricey, and so did my friend.

Pros: Location, Smoothies

Cons: Overpriced, Food, Place is small and packed

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Recommended - Edit

I had the burger here which was great, the kale chips were also amazing. It was good food for a good price and I'd highly recommend a visit. The atmosphere was nice and friendly. Plenty of vegan options. The cake was to a high standard!

Pros: Good food, Nice atmosphere

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Lovely food- if they have it! - Edit

Went here for the second time last weekend, it always seems busy- which is a good sign! Staff are lovely and laid back. Friendly atmosphere. Unfortunately they had run out of a lot of options on the menu so I opted for the curry although I had wanted to try something new; but I did enjoy it. Plenty of vegan options and the best iced coffee, also, nice selection of tea

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Great little place! - Edit

Fantastic range of options, good quality food, reasonably priced, friendly and helpful staff. I'm vegan and I often feel I'm troublesome but not here. I arrived recently on a rainy day with a group of 9 and they had no trouble seating us even though the place is small.

Pros: Excelent food, Really friendly waiter!, Lovely place

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Interesting & tasty food - Edit

Have been a few times now and always enjoyed the food. Only complaint would be that they seem a little bit disorganised, for instance on one occasion they didn't have a dish one of our party ordered but they didn't actually come to tell us this for a long time after we'd placed the order. The kitchen staff seem a little bit TOO relaxed and unhurried! Which is nice in some respects but slightly annoying when you're waiting for food and you can see them standing around not doing much :)

Pros: Delicious healthy food, Great for "raw" food

Cons: A bit disorganised & laid back!

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LOVE it - Edit

Staff are lovely and food is incredible. Feels like a little retreat.

Pros: Friendly staff, Amazing food, Beautiful decor

Cons: High demand, sometimes lack seating

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Lovely stuff - Edit

My friend and I came here for lunch and we're not disappointed!! The staff were welcoming and friendly and the cafe itself was bright and clean.
We got the full English breakfast which was very nice indeed and which came with a choice of milks for the refillable tea! I also got a vegan carrot cake to take away. Really lovely cafe! Will definitely be back soon!

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Cute and quirky - Edit

Hidden away unless you know where to look, great little menu.
I've only eaten lunch here but it was lovely.

They have a great choice of cakes. Mmmm...cake.

Pros: Independent, Good value

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Lovely place, interesting menu - Edit

I eat here regularly - the menu is more creative and interesting than most other veggie cafes. The food is very reasonably priced also. It's also busy when I'm there, which is a good thing of course, but wish they could expand it somehow! :)
Updated from previous review on Sunday December 14, 2014

Pros: Loads of vegan options, Interesting menu, Great prices

Cons: A bit squashed for room!

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Great! - Edit

I have only eaten here once, but will go back again at some point! Good food, nice environment! It's close to the Leeds City Varieties theatre and is perhaps the most central (location wise) of all the vegetarian cafe's in Leeds.

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Great café in the centre of Leeds - Edit

This café was my first restaurant in Leeds, and I really enjoyed the experience. The location is central and easy to find, the place is fun and pleasant and the staff is friendly and helpful.

I had lunch here and ordered the soup of the day (that was made of lentils, carrots and oranges) served with delicious bread slices and vegan butter, the caramelized red onion and zucchini pie with roasted vegetables on its side (excellent taste!) and, since I've found portions relatively small, I finished with their raw portobello burger. This one was really good even if I'm not very fond of raw food. I also had a beautiful strawberry vegan shake and I took a great cake to take away. On the whole, this place is one of the best for vegan in Leeds!

Pros: plenty of vegan options, great choices, good food and pleasant place, friendly staff, central

Cons: small portions

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great food - Edit

Went here for the first time today. Great selection of vegan and veggie food which was really tasty. Great vibe and friendly staff, highly recommended!

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PERFECTION - Edit

This place is almost perfect. There's a big variety of vegetarian, vegan and also raw options-in my opinion the best ones. I've been there three times and everytime went out satisfied. The best thing I've eaten was a raw rasperry cake- LOVE. Generally, everything seems to be healthy, done with passion, nicely served,the waiter (owner?) is also lovely and helpful. Good atmosphere as well. Definitely worth visiting if you're in Leeds.
Can be pretty hard to find as you can't enter it straight from the main street.
Updated from previous review on Thursday August 22, 2013


Pros: excellent food, friendly stuff, good location-centre

Cons: sometimes there are no cakes left :), can be hard to find

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Food hygiene - Edit

Called in for breakfast with my daughter. The lady who took our order was friendly and efficient, the atmosphere was nice, the cakes on display looked yummy. Other reviewers have praised the cakes and lunches and certainly the photos look good.
But avoid if you want a nice breakfast. The sausage sandwich was a leathery, bland, commercially produced tvp sausage in two giant slabs of dry old granary bread. The teacake was similarly commercially baked with no taste and little fruit. Orange and apple juice both uninspiring and served from glass bottles.
I recommend a food hygiene course. Both women working in the kitchen, which is in full view in an open plan room, had hair flying all over the place but neither wore hair nets or caps. No-one wore protective gloves or aprons while handling food, despite breaking off from time to time to handle money. One even took a break to remove and re-apply her lipstick and went straight back to work without washing her hands.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Very poor standards of hygiene, Unimaginative, bland breakfast menu

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