Independent & designer

Browse an amazing array of shops and boutiques in stunning locations.

If you like a little history with your shopping, York’s oldest medieval area, The Shambles is packed with independent stores and designer boutiques or head just out of town to York Designer Outlet for modern day shopping. Flemingate, a new retail destination in Beverley, adds a new dimension to an historic day out. Savour the elegant glass arcade of the Victoria Quarter in Leeds, lined with small independent stores.

A particular highlight in Sheffield is the Devonshire Quarter, widely regarded as the chicest area of the city with a wealth of upmarket independent stores. The Forum Shops & Boutiques is Sheffield’s only independent shopping centre offering a selection of 10 shops all under one roof attracting everyone looking for the unique trends, fashions or lifestyle accessories. A unique blend of lifestyle, tattoos, fashion, accessories, one off pieces, reworked and recycled clothing, and pure, untapped creative talents.

Thanks to its overwhelming population of artists, writers and other fascinating people, Hebden Bridge’s vibrant streets are overflowing with independent book and craft shops and inspiring galleries - including Artsmill Gallery, showing work from both international and local artists.

Thirsk’s Joseph Turner is a menswear and womenswear clothing brand who pride themselves on quality clothing and exceptional customer service, where the beautiful Yorkshire countryside which surrounds them greatly influences the colour palette of each collection.

Over in Malton, Smash Clothing is a little treasure trove full of fashionable goodies comprising clothing, jewellery, handbags and all those other little accessories that you may require. Alternatively, why not try shopping in the lovely old Yorkshire market towns of Helmsley and Beverley which are full of fashionable goodies, mooch around the independent shops in The Piece Hall in Halifax or explore a wide range of pretty boutique-style shops along Huntriss Row in Scarborough and Skinner Street in Whitby.

This article is taken from our 2016 Stylish Breaks guide.