Leeds is a mecca for shopping, with its compact city centre which is perfectly walkable, the city is a shopper’s paradise. Named the best shopping destination in the UK by the rough guide to Britain, Leeds City Centre has over 1,000 shops. Wonderfully diverse, Leeds combines quirky boutiques with high-end luxury and the big name high street brands, so there really is something for everyone.
With shops housed in beautiful arcades and listed buildings, and a centre that can be covered on foot in a few hours, Leeds offers a shopping experience like no other UK city.
High Street Treats
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. Trinity Leeds is now a fully operating tax free shopping centre, the majority of businesses use Global blue or Premier Tax.
Explore the stalls
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.
Plus, on the first and third Sunday of every month, Briggate plays host to the Farmers and Craft Market; fresh, organic produce and all your craft supplies.
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. It's also home to 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
The newest addition to Leeds' retail scene is Victoria Gate. Home to the largest John Lewis department store outside London and a range of luxury and designer brands, including 17 new to Leeds, the opening of the new premium shopping destination means Leeds jumps up to the third largest shopping destination in the UK outside London.
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.
Or head to the wonderful Grand Arcade. 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.
All about the arcades
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 occassion, whether you need a gown or the hat to go with it.