The streets of Leeds are awash with retailers offering an assorted range of services and goods. With its roots steeped in trade, Leeds is now one of the top shopping destinations in the UK.
High street chains nuzzle against independent retailers, delivering an eclectic mix of opportunities for those working in retail and benefits for those enjoying the retail experience.
Nowhere is this better embodied than the recently rejuvenated Leeds Kirkgate Markets. Merchants trade only a stone’s throw from Victoria Leeds, the high-end developmentboasting luxury brands.
Victoria Gate, opened in October 2016 and anchored by a John Lewis store, compliments Trinity Leeds, The Light, The Core, Merrion Centre, St Johns Centre, Leeds Corn Exchange. With central high streets and secluded shopping lanes thrown in the mix, the city now attracts regional and international visitors.
“The streets of Leeds are awash with retailers offering an assorted range of services and goods. With its roots steeped in trade, Leeds is now one of the top shopping destinations in the UK.”
Established in 1971, Jumbo is an iconic indie destination for all things musical in Leeds. Make a beeline here for all your vinyl, CD, and gig-ticket needs. Gift vouchers are available for the musos in your life or, alternatively, check out their range of magazines, books, t-shirts, record mags, slip mats and other assorted goodies.Address:1-3 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8NG
Like Trinity, Victoria Leeds is now one of the best-known retail hubs in the city centre. John Lewis became the flagship store for Victoria Leeds (encompassing Victoria Gate and Victoria Quarter) in 2016. It sits alongside brands like All Saints, Aspinal of London, COS, REISS, Ted Baker, Oliver Sweeney and more. Whether you’re into designer brands and fashion or fancy some window shopping in this exquisite space, Victoria Leeds is a top retail spot.Address:George Street, Leeds LS2 7AU
With brands such as Apple, Bose, Next, H&M, Primark, Superdry, and DKNY, Trinity is the go-to place for retail. Trinity Leeds has a packed calendar of promotions and a wide choice of eateries including Trinity Kitchen for resident and pop-up street-food vendors. Check out their website for the latest events.Address:Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AT
Since Harvey Nichols first opened in Knightsbridge in 1831, it has become an iconic brand for designer retail and jaw-dropping window displays. Leeds is one of seven stores within the UK and Ireland. Visit for their trademark luxury brands, food market, café and sophisticated top-floor brasserie.Address:107-111 Briggate, Leeds LS1 6AZ
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This stylish store serves as an independent bookshop and stationers, specialising in art and design journals, artwork, and gifts for the creative. Rifle through attractive notebooks and cards made by local designers and makers, or leaf through quirky books and magazines. Alongside the shop is a beautiful gallery space available for shows, signings, launches, and workshops.Address:Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds LS9 8AG
Leeds Corn Exchange
Full of independent stores and creative event spaces, Leeds Corn Exchange is a breath of fresh air after the international chains on the high street. Grab a coffee or a snack and sit in awe of the incredible architecture above. Eclectic shops include the Great Yorkshire Shop, The Plant Point, Northern Acoustics, Fabrikk, Dion Smith Jewellery, and All Blues Co.Address:Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BR
This Victorian arcade is three storeys high with an intricate glass roof. It is now home to some larger stores like Dune shoes, but also indie shops such as OK Comics (voted top ten comic stores in the UK) and Welcome Skate. Head there on the hour and see its original mechanical chiming clock with sculpted figures from Ivanhoe and Robin Hood!Address:Vicar Lane, Leeds LS2 7HY
Opened 1822 and the founding location of M&S, the market is home to over 800 stalls. Incredibly, the Market attracts over 100,000 visitors each week. Known for bargain hunting, food and drink, and its splendid architecture, Kirkgate now has a flexible events space and offers a range of quality street-food.Address:Vicar Lane, Leeds LS2 7HY
Our Handmade Collective
Ranked #1 on TripAdvisor, Our Handmade Collective is a partnership of crafters, makers, designers and artists, open for business since June 2013. This shop provides a total gift-shopping experience and also offers lots of creative craft classes and events. Opening times vary so check their website for details.Address:19 Grand Arcade, Leeds LS1 6PG
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