Leeds is truly a shoppers’ paradise, with its perfectly walkable compact city centre. Leeds City Centre, which is named as an ultimate shopping destination in the UK, has up to 1000 shops. Leeds is wonderfully diverse which houses high-street retail and high-end luxury. Hence, Leeds has something to accommodate everyone. With shops placed in attractive arcades and buildings, Leeds provides memorable shopping delight like no other city in the UK.
High Street Retail
Located under the magnificent glass roof, the Trinity Leeds is placed in the heart of town between Albion Street and Briggate. Stretching 3 floors and opened all days, Trinity really houses around 120 bars, shops, and restaurants. You can shop from Monday to Saturday till 8pm and enjoy the drinks and dinner at 20 excellent restaurants and bars late at night. Trinity Leeds is a tax-free, fully operating shopping hub where most of the businesses use Premier Tax or Global blue.
The Merrion Centre is yet another shopping paradise which is longest in city and an ideal place to shop all your essentials.
Venture into the main pedestrianized high-street, Briggate where you can find leading fashion brands like ZARA, House of Fraser, and Debenhams.
Spot the Stalls
Your shopping in Leeds cannot complete if you skip the Victorian Kirkgate Market. A part of it is Grade 1 listed architecture which dates back to 1875. It is open 6 days a week and is Europe’s largest covered market. It has around 400 stalls within and over 200 outside. It is known for vibrant environment where traders strive to offer variety, freshness, and value for money.
It is where Michael Marks initiated Penny Bazaar in 1884 and Marks & Spencer was started. Briggate also hosts the Farmers & Craft Market where you can buy fresh and organic produce and all your craft produces on the first and third Sunday per month.
Head to Victoria Leeds if you are in search for something lavish, where you can spot the latest retail hub Victoria Gate and Victoria Quarter.
Victoria Quarter is the best destination for luxury shopping and is overwhelmed by the Victorian majesty. Victoria Quarter’s Grade II arcades are known for exotic architecture which makes a great setting if you have a shopping spree. It also houses largest stained glass façade in Europe and over 75 designer brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, The Kooples, and Ted Baker.
Innovative Independent Shops
Venture to the Corn Exchange to grab vintage delights, fashion pieces, and quirky gifts. This stunning Grade I listed complex houses huge range of select delicious restaurants and independent retails and hosts record fairs and vintage markets.
Under the breathtaking domes of Leeds Corn Exchange, there are independents from Mad Elizabeth Vintage and Northern Acoustics to Village Bookstore. With craft, vintage, food fairs and records are happening every once in a while, you can always discover something new.
Or visit Grand Arcade, one of Leeds City Centre’s oldest shopping arcades. It is definitely worth a visit as it has no lack of Independent Retailers. Bored of shopping at typical High Street? Grand Arcade is an ultimate haven for you.