Each of Yorkshire's 7 cities have their own, completely unique shopping experiences. You'll find plenty of easy ways to spend your cash at any one of them - here we give a run down of some of the highlights:
High Street essentials: For some retail therapy of the High Street kind, you'll find all your favourites at the indoor Kirkgate Centre or outdoors at the Forster Square Retail Park. From fashion and sports to those bathroom cabinet essentials, there are plenty of bargains to be found as you mooch between stores, departments and coffee shops.
Independent boutiques galore: If you're looking for something a little bit different, then there's a wealth of exciting independent shops to tickle your fancy. Home to some of the best Asian shops in the country, you'll find yourself surrounded by all the beautiful fabrics, sparkling jewellery and pretty shoes you could wish for. You simply can't afford to miss out on the treasures in the vibrant quarter known as the World Mile.
Shopping in Hull is an eclectic experience in every sense. On one hand it's a delightful mix of student bargains, High Street favourites and independent boutiques down Saville Street and George Street. On the other, it's a hub of delicious food emporiums and entertainment, drawing you in with tasty treats and movie magic. It'll keep you busy!
Don't miss St Stephen's, Hull's most stylish shopping destination. With glamorous brands at your favourite stores, like Cult, H&M, Zara, Jane Norman, River Island, Top Shop, Next & USC, there's more than enough choice to keep you shopping for hours and when you need to relax, why not take time out in one of our restaurants or cafes - Nando's, Prezzo or Starbucks. You could even make a whole day of it and see the latest film releases at Reel Cinema Screen.
The vibrant and eclectic independent retailers of Leeds have a new champion - Independent Leeds. Leaving no leaf unturned, Independent Leeds is dedicated to showcasing the city's hidden gems from all corners of the independent sector. Featuring businesses in fashion retail, food & drink, arts & culture, health & beauty, nightlife & entertainment and specialist retailers, the website has become both a helpful ‘hub' and promotional platform for these independents, as well as a great resource for anyone seeking a unique and truly independent experience or purchase.
Victoria Quarter, Leeds - A beautiful shopping centre known as the premium shopping centre in the North of England showcasing top brand names, including the famous Harvey Nichols.
Corn Exchange, Leeds - A unique shopping experience, offering the very best in creative, innovative and independent retail enterprises, within a truly striking building.
Upstaged, Leeds - Specialising in authentic vintage original items, some as old as the Victorian age right up to the best of the 1980s. There's also a particularly rare selection of genuine 1930's, 1940's and 1950's dresses and accessories.
The Light, Leeds - The Light combines great shopping with a wide selection of places to eat, stylish bars, a 13-screen cinema, deluxe 4-star hotel and a premier health & fitness club all under one roof! What's more, it also hosts a fantastic variety of events across the year, from stylish fashion shows and wedding fayres to mouth-watering cookery demonstrations and live music shows.
St Johns, Leeds - for everything you need... With over 30 shops including leading high street fashion brands, food, gifts, entertainment, and everyday essentials.
Small city, big shopping! You'll find mooching around Ripon's shopping streets lined with mediaeval and Georgian buildings a truly pleasurable experience. With a diverse range of stores from independent boutiques to High Street chains offering trendy fashions and traditional gifts, there's something to suit every age and budget.
Plenty fresh from the oven. If you have a nose and a palate for good quality local food, then you're in for a treat. Traditional butchers and bakers are in abundance here, and you'll want to stock up on Thomas the Bakers' award-winning Yorkshire curd tarts and the homemade breads from Davill's Bakery.
Just off the market square in the idyllic city of Ripon in North Yorkshire you will find a handpicked collection of independent, local makers, artists, growers and retailers waiting to share their treasure with you. That place is Handpicked Hall. Here the offer the opportunity for small businesses to have a high street presence. They like to see them grow and grow until they get too big for their stall and need a shop all of their own!
Sheffield Antiques Quarter is a vibrant quarter with over 35 businesses selling Vintage, Retro, Arts, Antiques Salvage and Militaria. There are 6 Antique Centres with over 150 traders and many bustling independent shops and cafes. Some of the highlights of this vibrant quarter are:
Dronfield Antiques - A veritable tardis of ten rooms crammed with an eclectic mix of constantly changing stock. Est. in 1968 and still under the same ownership we have probably the largest selection of all types of 1860s to 1960s furniture, large and small, in the Antiques Quarter. We cater for most tastes and our policy is to ‘pile it high and cram it in' so there's all sorts in there.
Vintedge is a growing arcade dedicated to selling and providing vintage goods and services. There is a growing number of traders selling vinyl, retro/kitsch, antiques & collectables and vintage fashion as well as a retro hair salon!
Heeley Bank Antiques Centre is perfect if you're looking for something special for a loved one, or just wish to treat yourself, "What's new" will give you a taste of the fantastic range of antiques and collectables on display.
Jameson's Cafe & Tea Rooms in Sheffield is an Elegant Tea Rooms upstairs at The Sheffield Antiques Centre. Join them for Afternoon Tea, Specaility Teas, Fresh Filter Coffee and Lovingly Handmade Cakes. They also offer event catering and vintage crockery hire.
High Street meets independent boutiques! Butchers, bakers, designer candlestick makers. When it comes to great shops, Sheffield's got bags of them. But it's more than just quantity, it's quality that counts with a choice of everything from up to the minute High Street stores to one-off trendy boutiques waiting to be discovered down Ecclesall Road and the city's über cool Devonshire Quarter.
If you're all shopped out, quench your thirst in one of Ecclesall Road's trendy wine bars before exploring its plethora of chic designer offerings. And before you go, be lured by its marvellous patisseries.
Wakefield city centre boasts plenty of high street shops and ample parking - not to mention Trinity Walk shopping centre which included Debenhams and the well established Ridings shopping centre, making the district a shoppers' paradise. Cross Square, Cross Street and Northgate in Wakefield and Ropergate in Pontefract offer a wealth of independent clothes stores and boutiques including Frank Bird, Monkey, Jolie Maison and many more.
One stand out place is jam. jam is a vibrant and friendly design-led gift, greeting card and fashion accessories store located in the cathedral city of Wakefield and were delighted to recently be awarded Independent Gift Retailer of the Year 2012 (the North & Northern Ireland) by Progressive Gifts & Home.
York - Wander the web of shopping streets to browse the amazing array of independent boutiques, vintage stores and popular high street names. Try Stonegate, which is an attractive old street full of interesting little shops, or The Shambles, which is Europe's best preserved Medieval street, and the UK's most visited - now a wealth of shopping and restaurants.
Also, try the Coppergate Centre which is York's main shopping centre within the ancient city walls. Coppergate is home to the famous Jorvik Viking Centre and many big-name highstreet shops, café's, galleries and museums. Coppergate has an on-site multi-story car park and the central bus stops and railway station are only a short walk away. Coppergate's outdoor area is used to host music performances, theatre productions and some of York's most popular annual events such as the St Nicholas Fayre Christmas market.
Käthe Wohlfahrt - Ten amazing rooms over two floors in a beautiful Tudor fronted building on Stonegate in the heart of York. This all year round traditional German Christmas shop has everything you need to make a perfect Christmas. Whether you are looking for hand crafted wooden nutcrackers, smokers and hanging ornaments, quirky formed glass decorations and traditional baubles, music boxes, snow globes, advent calendars and more, it is all there under one roof. Your visit isn’t complete without seeing the genuine Cuckoo clocks made from wood from the Black Forest.