High Street Treats
Trinity Leeds is the city’s newest and biggest shopping and leisure destination with over 120 shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and home to north England's first Everyman cinema. Trinity Leeds has been named one of the UK’s coolest brands by CoolBrands; the influential annual list of the UK’s coolest brands.
Housed under a giant iconic glass roof, Trinity Leeds is located in the heart of the city between Briggate and Albion Street. Covering 3 floors and open 7 days a week you can shop late night until 8pm from Monday – Saturday and then go on to enjoy dinner and a drink at over 20 superb bars and restaurants late into the night.
Then venture onto Briggate, Leeds' main pedestrianised high-street; where you'll find fashion powerhouses like House of Fraser, Debenhams and ZARA.
If you want one off fashion pieces, vintage delights and quirky gifts then head to the Corn Exchange. The beautiful Grade I listed building is home to a wide range of choice independent retailers and tasty eateries and also regularly hosts vintage markets and record fairs.
Under the stunning domed roof of Leeds Corn Exchange, you'll find a large number of independent stores ranging from Northern Acoustics, Mad Elizabeth Vintage to Village Bookstore. With vintage, craft, record and food fairs taking place regularly, there is always something new to discover.
Shopping in the city isn’t complete without a visit to Leeds’ historic Kirkgate Market. Leeds Kirkgate Market, part of which is a Grade I listed building dating from 1875, is one of the largest covered markets in Europe and is open 6 days a week. There are over 400 stalls inside and a further 200 outside. Traders offer freshness, variety, and value for money with a friendly service in a vibrant atmosphere. Kirkgate Market is also where Marks & Spencer was born - Michael Marks opened his Penny Bazaar there in 1884.
Victoria Quarter is the place to go for luxury buys, as a designer destination bathed in Victorian splendour. The beautiful architecture of the Victoria Quarter’s Grade II* arcades make a spectacular setting for a shopping spree.
The shopping arcade is home to some of the city’s most beautiful architecture, Europe’s largest stained glass window and more than 75 designer brands, including Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton, Ted Baker and The Kooples. Leeds’ Harvey Nichols, the first outside London, also calls the Victoria Quarter home.
Excitement in the city is building, as autumn 2016 will see the opening of a new shopping experience, Victoria Gate. This exciting addition to the vibrant shopping scene in Leeds will be the home to John Lewis and offer a range of high quality designer brands for shoppers to enjoy.
All about the Arcades
The Grand Arcade is one of the oldest shopping Arcades in Leeds City Centre, and it is well worth a visit as it is full of Independent Retailers. It's a true haven for anyone who wants to shop somewhere different, and find something not available on the traditional High Street.
Along with Grand Arcade, the centre boasts three more arcades ready for you to peruse...
With an array of cool independent shops Queens Arcade is the perfect place to browse. You'll find a wide range of great jewellery shops and clothing boutiques inside, amongst other interesting shops.
Thorntons Arcade, first opened in 1878 is a treasure trove of gifts and tasty treats, make sure you look up to spot the famous clock.
Central Arcade is the most modern of the four. Full of shops to make sure you look your most glamorous for that special occasion, whether you need a gown or the hat to go with it.
To find out more about Leeds, go to the Visit Leeds website – www.visitleeds.co.uk