Shopping in Leeds
With everything from high street favourites to designer stores and independent boutiques, Leeds is truly a shopper’s paradise.
Leeds’ compact city centre means that you’ll find high street shops, designer stores and individual boutiques just a stone’s throw away from one another.
Whether you’re looking for something in particular or just intend to window shop, we guarantee you’ll be getting the train home with a lighter purse or wallet after visiting some of these popular shopping areas…
Leeds’ newest addition to the retail scene is also its biggest. The Trinity Leeds shopping centre is home to a whole host of your high street favourites including Marks & Spencer, Next, Topshop and Mamas and Papas. There’s also Pulp, one of the UK’s fastest-growing retailers which focuses on music and pop culture-inspired alternative fashion and homeware, and teen favourite Hollister, renowned for its young, fun fashion pieces and the dark ambience of its stores.
There’s also a wide range of eateries and coffee shops if you need a break from retail therapy, including Notes speciality coffee shop and Trinity Kitchen, arguably the UK’s coolest food court, hosting a unique mix of temporary food vans and permanent restaurants offering a variety of exotic cuisines.
The Victoria Quarter
Leeds city centre is dotted with a number of unique shopping arcades, each of which has its own distinct personality.The Victoria Quarter is the largest and arguably most exclusive of these and is home to a number of high-end brands including All Saints, Hobbs, Mulberry, Jo Malone, LK Bennett and Louis Vuitton. Sitting in the heart of the centre is department store Harvey Nichols, which chose Leeds for the site of its first store outside London back in 1996.
Even if you’re on a budget, it’s certainly worth taking a stroll through the Victoria Quarter to admire the elaborate architecture and decoration including the dramatic stained glass roof and mosaic panelled floors.
Leeds Corn Exchange
If you’re looking for quirky, individual items then look no further than Leeds Corn Exchange which is home to a host of independent shops, all in a beautiful setting.
Village Bookstore specialises in art, design, fashion and photography books and magazines from established and independent publishers as well as self-published zines from global artists. Yellow Sunrise offers a range of unique homeware and soft furnishings.
Looking for a place to eat? Lucy from LNER has the local insights:
"In Leeds I'd head straight to Bundobust on Mill Hill (right by the train station) for an Indian street food feast. It's inventive, has a great casual dining vibe and they do great craft beer. The bundo chaat, bhel puri & okra fries are to die for."
"Next door is Tharavadu, an equally amazing but more formal Keralan restaurant, with some delicious Inidian seafood dishes."
"My Thai is just down the road which is affordable and super tasty."
Leeds Kirkgate Market
No shopping trip to Leeds would be complete without a stroll through the historic Kirkgate Market, one of the largest indoor markets in Europe. Whether you want to stock up on fresh meat, fish, fruit or veg from quality providers, indulge your crafty side with a visit to a traditional haberdashery or pick up some exotic foodstuffs at the Chinese supermarket or weekly Asian Bazaar, you’ll be able to find what you need in this vast market and probably at a bargain price.
And, if you don’t want to carry bulky items around while you do the rest of your shopping, you can take advantage of the innovative Shop and Drop scheme which allows you to store food items in a special chiller until you are ready to pick them up.
Have a fantastic day shopping in Leeds.