Leeds has been considered a market town since 1207 and generations of independent, risk taking business men have been drawn to the city to trade their cloth, leather and food goods ever since.
Nowhere can this be enjoyed more today than at Leeds Kirkgate Market which attracts over 10 million visitors a year and is the largest covered indoor market in Europe.
With more than 600 stalls and 250 businesses, Kirkgate Market is a shopper’s paradise, with everything from fresh food, drinks and fashion to jewellery, hardware and haberdashery.
Since 1857, the markets have been home to some of the most colourful traders in the city, with businesses spanning generations. Over 135 years ago, Michael Marks opened his Penny Bazaar in the markets, and after partnering with Tom Spencer began the British retail institution Marks & Spencer, which remains in the venue to this day.
Today Leeds Kirkgate Market oozes with atmosphere, and the imposing and glamorous main Edwardian space is a sight to behold – boasting ornamental wrought iron castings and grand stone archways.
After undergoing a multi-million-pound renovation, the Market now features a pavilion performance space for plays and live music, and regular events and themed bazaars from Asian cuisine to vintage vinyl records.
With an almost endless array of street food vendors offering everything from crepes to cockles and Yorkshire puds to fine patisserie, hungry shoppers will be spoilt for choice. For authentic Indian cuisine, head to Manjit’s Kitchen. This award-winning street food is entirely vegetarian and completely delicious!