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Fresh beginnings at Kirkgate Market, Leeds, the biggest indoor Market in Europe

Kirkgate Market in Leeds is without doubt one of the most recognisable and best loved landmarks in the city. The majestic Grade 1 listed building dates back to 1857, boasts the first covered retail street in Leeds and is home to the birthplace of one of Britain’s biggest global brands Marks & Spencer which still has a presence. This is Europe’s biggest indoor Market.

As soon as you enter this impressive Victorian masterpiece you feel alive! It’s not just a Market but the best showcase of theatre and performance in the city, and one that you can be a part of. There isn’t anywhere like this in the UK. Recently voted ‘Britain’s Favourite Market’ at the Great British Market Awards, Kirkgate’s new combined fresh food hall is set to open this summer and is a completely new concept for the market.

As the first phase of the £13m refurbishment programme draws to a close, for the first time in its history, the market will bring together meat, fish, game and other fresh food and premium produce in one defined area. As you explore the eclectic mix of stalls you can discover what else is on offer.

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It’s not all about food but the vast array of shopping available including superior quality fabrics, jewellery, clothing and homeware. Delve even deeper and you will come across the new events space which will also open this summer forming the new ‘heart’ of the Market.

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This is a space where people will linger and dwell, meet their friends, have lunch, watch a performance and shop. It’s a destination within a destination, an experience you won’t get anywhere else. There’ll be a fantastic high quality, unique and independent F&B offer with fixed street food and pop up cafes, plenty of seating and free WiFi. There’s a fantastic range of events and specialist markets planned which will include street theatre and performances, music, dance and farmers/craft markets, sporting demonstrations and product launches. These smart new spaces complement the stunning architecture and traditional market layout of the Victorian and Edwardian halls.

But this Market isn’t just about architecture and heritage; it’s about people and businesses. It houses the largest collection of independent businesses in the city. Businesses spanning generations trading alongside world food stalls and cafes including the infamous Café Moor a Glastonbury award winner. It’s the character of these traders and stall-holders working in such an historic setting that creates the evocative atmosphere of this unique and unrivalled shopping and dining experience.

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Kirkgate Market - Credit Diana Jarvis