Shopping in Leicestershire is as varied as the county itself and here are some of the best places to shop. For big names and popular brands, head to High Street where you will find Highcross Leicester, the city’s premier shopping centre. It houses around 100 stores, including John Lewis.
The Leicester Lanes area, just off High Street, is the place to go for independent shops. Try Button Boutique, in the Malcolm Arcade, for a range of craft materials. Or head to Crafty Sew & So in St. Martin’s Square, where you can shop for colourful fabrics. If jewellery-making is your preference, visit Mosaic on Loseby Lane.
For a souvenir of your visit to Leicestershire, visit Wistow Gallery, which showcases the work of local artists and designers. East of Wistow is the village of Kibworth Harcourt, home of Kibworth Antiques Centre. Established in 2012, this is Leicestershire’s largest antiques and interiors centre, showcasing the wares of more than 60 dealers.
Leicester Market dates back to 1298. In former centuries the market was more extensive and bordered by the Town Walls on its north-east and south-east sides. Today it is the largest outdoor covered market in Europe, selling a variety of goods. Head to the main hub of the market for a cornucopia of the best seasonal produce, including sweet ripe fruits, farm fresh vegetables and beautiful blooms. On the outer edges you will find affordable clothing, fabrics, cosmetics, fashion accessories and second-hand items.
Along Belgrave Road and Melton Road you will find what is known locally as Leicester’s Golden Mile. This is a chance to immerse yourself in the city’s Indian culture. The area sells an exciting range of produce including flavourful spices, beautiful sarees and unusual gifts. It also has the largest selection of Indian jewellery shops outside India. During your shop you can enjoy a selection of authentic Indian curries, savoury snacks and sweets.
34 Silver St, Leicester LE1 5ET
Cocoa Amore is passionate about producing chocolate sustainably and delivering a unique experience. This flows through everything the company does – from an exceptionally-high level of service to the wonderful quality of the award-winning hand-made products. The team are there to help you create beautiful, bespoke gifts for your clients, whatever the occasion or audience. They are dedicated to providing you with hand-crafted, tailor-made packages to make the perfect impression. Visit website
62-66 High St, Leicester LE1 5YP
The romance of creating a ring and choosing the diamond that is as unique as the love you share, that is a truly special moment. At Lumbers, they can make your dream ring come true. The Love Lumbers Collection has created a personal approach to creating your perfect ring size and to budget. From the selection of the perfect stone to setting it in a way that makes even the most subtle sentiment shine through, the Lumbers team of experts will guide you from start to finish. The onsite workshop will set and size your ring within two hours of purchase. This ensures you can walk away with a personalised and custom-made ring, on that very same day. The onsite workshop allows Lumbers to offer this unique and special service. Visit website
29 High St, Oakham LE15 6AH
At CoCo you will find a fantastic range of ladies footwear and accessories from brands such as Paul Green, Peter Kaiser, Unisa, Kanna, Ipanema and handbags by Abro. Visit website
Crown Park, Station Rd, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray LE14 3NQ
The Belvoir Alehouse sells a range of high-quality bottled and cask beers expertly brewed on the premises as well as a range of fine wines, lagers, spirits and soft drinks. There’s have a range of brewery merchandise available in the shop from clothing to branded glasses. All of Belvoir’s beers are available to drink at home, in bottles (individually, in gift packs or by the case), plus four-pint jugs, five litre mini kegs, 18 and 36-pint polypins or four and a half and nine-gallon casks. Visit website
St. Martin’s Square
St Martins Square, Leicester LE1 5DG
St. Martin’s Square is home to the best independent retailers in the heart of Leicester city centre since 1984. Whether you need a quality hair salon or barbers in a hurry, or require the services of a professional make-up artist for that special evening out, St. Martin’s Square has you covered. Alberico, Flappers and Gentlemen, Shorty’s and Artistreet offer a range of services to suit all styles and pockets. Once you’ve upgraded your look, you’ll want a wardrobe to match and you’ll be spoiled for choice by the unique ranges on offer at Beau Nouveau, The Vintage Scene and Just… Fairtrade. If you fancy a bolder change, head to Black Market Tattoos for something a little more permanent! St. Martin’s Square boasts some of the best places to eat out in the city. Of the top three establishments on TripAdvisor, two of them are located within the friendly and welcoming square. The centre offers much more than just traditional retail and quality eateries. Put your wits and skill to the test at Leicester’s original escape room, Escape Asylum. Learn new skills and more with workshops held at Crafty Sew & So and Cocoa Amore. Immerse yourself in a world of inspirational interior styling with Harriman & Co. Visit website
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