Leeds offers fantastic shopping opportunities and here’s some of the best places to shop. Victoria Gate, which opened in 2016, has been central to the city’s regeneration. The £150 million development has at its heart a flagship John Lewis store – the biggest outside of London.
The Victoria Quarter was built around 1900 and is an upmarket shopping centre situated off Briggate, the main pedestrianised shopping street in the city. The most famous is Harvey Nichols, which was the first branch outside London when it opened its doors in 1996.
Trinity Leeds transformed the city centre when it opened. Included at this destination are all the famous high street brands, such as Topshop, Marks & Spencer, Boots and Primark, budget beauty brands Kiko and NYX.
In the Queen’s Arcade, don’t miss Accent Clothing for casual fashions for men, women and children, or Mary Shortle’s range of more than 500 dolls and teddies. Thornton’s Arcade runs parallel, on Lands Lane. Opened in 1878, its three storeys contain an abundance of quirky shops for gifts and delicious treats, including the renowned OK Comics and skate store Don’t Mess With Yorkshire, along with Welcome Skate Store for skateboards.
The Grand Arcade is the home of several independents, including the Traditional Shaving Company. Built in 1897, it is situated in the Northern Quarter, around the corner from the Grand Theatre.
Leeds Corn Exchange is a historic retail hub. This Grade 1-listed structure is home to around 30 independent design and specialist retailers, health and beauty and piercing shops as well as food outlets. Women’s fashion stores include Little Pink Wardrobe or Precious Proms and Pearls – for that special occasion – and for men there is MKI and the All Blues Co.
27 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5AT
At Trinity Leeds, there are 120 national and international brands under one roof. Trinity is home to flagship retail stores for Apple, H&M, New Look, Next, Primark, Urban Outfitters and Decathlon (opening early 2021). Trinity Leeds has also attracted many a new brand shop, giving the city the likes of Everyman, Victoria’s Secret and Rox before any other Northern city. Hungry shoppers are in luck with a range of more than 40 top restaurants, from quick-grab coffee and snacks to sophisticated seafood. Trinity Kitchen, a unique mix of vibrant restaurants and street food vans boasts eight permanent restaurants, which include Vietnamese noodle bar Pho, Tortilla and Rola Wala, and five new street-food traders every two months. Visit website
30 Lands Ln, Leeds LS1 6LB
For an authentic 19th-century shopping experience with a modern twist, look no further than Thornton’s Arcade. With its beautiful Victorian facades, breathtaking glass vault roof, and Ivanhoe-inspired mechanical clock, Thornton’s Arcade provides a truly unique and visually entertaining shopping experience. Situated on Briggate, one of the oldest streets in Leeds – which is also home to the über-fashionable Victorian Quarter – Thornton’s Arcade has become synonymous with style and sophistication, and is a must-see for any self proclaimed shop-a-holic or lover of historic architecture.
13 Eastgate, Leeds LS2 7LY
Hobgoblin Music was established in 1976 and is Leeds’ folk and acoustic music shop. You can find the shop in central Leeds near the Headrow. Hobgoblin has a huge range of guitars, banjos, ukes, squeezeboxes, Celtic musical instruments, a big world percussions section and a specialist violin department. Visit website
Victoria Quarter, 65 Vicar Ln, Leeds LS1 6BA
Loake Shoemakers have been making traditional English shoes for longer than anyone can remember. The first Loake factory was opened back in 1880 – today, five generations and more than 130 years later, the Loake association with fine, hand-made shoes lives on. The Goodyear welted construction for which Loake is renowned is an intricate process with origins going back over 300 years, only the very highest quality materials are used. Each pair takes eight weeks to make and it’s still believed there is no finer way to make a gentleman’s shoe. Visit website
Queens Arcade 11-13 Queens Arcade Off, Leeds LS1 6LF
Accent Clothing is a multi-award-winning, family run, independent retailer specialising in premium labels for men, women and juniors with two floors of wall to wall designer jeans, jackets and fashion. Based in the bustling Queens Arcade for over 30 years and proud winners of the best National Draper’s Independents Awards 2017 and Best Fashion Destination in the Leeds Lifestyle Awards 2016, Accent has family as its foundation, and customers at its core. Visit website
Merrion Way, Leeds LS2 8NG
The Merrion Centre is located in the heart of Leeds Arena Quarter directly opposite the First Direct Arena. Through the day, you can visit the Chilli Shop (Leeds’ only shop dedicated to chillis!), Leeds United Club store, or choose one of your favourite grab and go eateries including Burger King, KFC or Sticky Sisters. In addition to its range of health and beauty outlets (and popular 24hr PureGym), it’s on an evening that the Merrion Centre really comes to life with a choice of top restaurants and entertainment venues! Visit website
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