Leeds is one of the UK’s best shopping destinations; you’ll find all your favourite high-street names and luxury brands here, but it’s the independent shopping and markets that really sets Leeds apart. Inspiring Independents Leeds Corn Exchange is an icon in the city. The beautiful Grade I listed building is home to a wide range of choice independent retailers and tasty eateries.
Under the stunning domed roof of Leeds Corn Exchange, you'll find a large number of independent stores ranging from Northern Acoustics and The Plant Point to The Great Yorkshire Shop. Just across the road you’ll find an equally vibrant and jam-packed independent scene within the historic Leeds Kirkgate Market. As one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, Kirkgate is the independent shopper’s paradise. From fresh food, drink and fashion to jewellery, flowers, hardware and haberdashery. It is home to some of the most characterful traders in the city, with businesses spanning generations and representing a wide range of nationalities. It is also where Marks & Spencer was born - Michael Marks opened his Penny Bazaar there in 1884.
All about the Arcades Leeds is home to a number of stunning arcades, which house shops and eateries; many of which are independent. The Grand Arcade is one of the oldest shopping Arcades in Leeds City Centre, and it's a true haven for anyone who wants to shop somewhere different, and find something not available on the traditional High Street. 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. High Street Treats Housed under a giant iconic glass roof, Trinity Leeds is located in the heart of the city and is the biggest shopping and leisure destination with over 120 shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and an Everyman cinema. 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 and The Headrow where you’ll find more big names. And, for all your essentials, a visit to the Merrion Centre or St. John’s Centre is a must. Designer Indulgence Combining the Victoria Quarter’s elegant Grade II listed Victorian arcades and the glamorous, modern Victoria Gate, Victoria Leeds is one of the country’s most beautiful shopping destinations. This award-winning centre houses over 80 of the most desirable shops, including Harvey Nichols, John Lewis & Partners, Aspinal of London, Gant and many more, as well as stylish restaurants and bars.