Being a Northern girl at heart (transplanted from America), I am constantly drawn to the different cities around Northern England. Although there’s plenty to love about London, there’s so much more to see, eat and buy outside the Big Smoke. Manchester is one of my favourites for shopping, with Liverpool followed closely behind, but I wanted to explore another capitol of the North, I wanted to find another city to love and devote my pounds to. That city is Leeds.
The Trinity Shopping Centre is one of the biggest indoor shopping malls in the country. If it’s high street brands you’re after, you’ll find them all under this one very large roof. Unlike most shopping centres this size, Trinity Leeds is right in the middle of the city, making it one of the most accessible places to find what you need. Whether it’s Debenhams and John Lewis, Topshop and Zara or jewellers, shoe shops and restaurants that you want, you’ll find them all here.
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Looking to get away from the main street and shop independent? The Leeds Corn Exchange is the perfect place to head. You’ll find vintage clothes, antique jewelry, restored old cameras and records from decades long gone. There’s an art gallery, a local craft beer bar and if you come at the right time, a vintage furniture market. One of the best things for me is the stunning old building that houses the Exchange. Whether tourist or local, there’s a lot to love about a visit to the Corn Exchange.
If it’s the high end side of town you want, head to the Victoria Quarter. This Grade II listed arcade is home to Louis Vuitton, Ted Baker and Harvey Nichols, to name a few of its 75 vendors. Here you can enjoy high tea overlooking the old style architecture and the oldest stained glass window in Europe!
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Home to the very first Marks and Spencer and now one of the best shopping markets in town, Kirkgate Market is worth a visit even if only to snap a few photos of its Grade I listed architecture. It’s a beautiful piece of Leeds history and now houses over 250 stalls selling everything from farm fresh produce to flowers. There are butchers slicing up top quality meats next to fish mongers selling the morning’s catch. It’s not just for the local shoppers though, you’ll also be able to grab freshly baked sweets, steamy lattes and perhaps a few pieces of vintage jewellery.
I can’t believe how much there is to see (and how many places there are to shop!) in Leeds. It’s a city I’m pining to get back to, one that’s full of unique shopping experiences and exceptional architecture.
Have you ever been to Leeds? What’s your favourite city for shopping in England?
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