Shopping in Leeds is by no means for the faint-hearted, though those who love this pastime will not be let down by the city in any way. In fact, Leeds City Centre is the one and only place to buy anything from haute couture to high-street offerings, with a plethora of choices.
If you love your designer labels, then head straight to Victoria Quarter. This is one of Leeds’ most-envied shopping destinations and provides an array of high-end shops, from Louis Vuitton and Harvey Nichols to some of our favourite high-street brands like Karen Millen and All Saints. Not only is Victoria Quarter a fantastic place to shop, it is also one of Leeds’ most beautiful and historic buildings, bringing together a number of pre-war structures with eye-catching modern architecture.
While Victoria Quarter serves as a nexus of wonderful boutiques and top designers, the streets surrounding this unmissable destination provide some excellent high-street staples, particularly Briggate. This wide, pedestrianised road is home to Topshop, House of Fraser, Debenhams, American Apparel and Zara, as well as numerous shoe shops, cafés and specialist stores. From here, you also have access to half a dozen arcades, each with private sellers waiting to surprise those willing to take a look at their fantastic offerings.
Not all of us are bowled over by the idea of shopping, so if you are in search of more history, why not visit The Corn Exchange, a stunning Grade I listed building which houses independent designers alongside jewellery and gift shops. The Corn Exchange examples breathtaking architecture through its glorious domed interior and is placed next to Leeds Kirkgate Market, the largest covered market in Europe.
If you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, or you just want to avoid bad weather, the White Rose Centre is a wonderful huge indoor shopping
mall on the outskirts of the Leeds and provides free parking. There are tons of high street shops to visit, whether it’s River Island, Wallis, New Look or the massive Debenhams outlet. On top of this, the upstairs area houses a huge food court that serves everything from jacket potatoes to pastries, giving you a nice area for some respite.
Leeds also has some beautiful hidden gems when it comes to shopping; local boutiques, which example couture and vintage styles, are mindblowing. If this is the type of shopping you prefer, then Leeds is the place to be; Aqua Couture gives you the chance to buy beautifully-designed dresses, while Each to Their Own showcases the latest male and female collections. Both of these stores are young, hip and trendy, and would be the perfect place to head when searching for that all-important party outfit. Meanwhile, vintage is getting much bigger on the Leeds scene and both Blue Rinse and Pop Boutique offer some wonderful bargains.
Ultimately, Leeds has a lot to offer and is the capital of fashion for the north, above rivals such as Manchester and Newcastle. What are you waiting for? Visit Leeds and come and see for yourself!