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    The Corn Exchange: Retro and classic shopping

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 26, 2012
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    Designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, a young Hull architect best known for Leeds Town Hall, this Grade I listed structure was completed in 1862 and opened on 28 July 1863. Leeds Corn Exchange is now just one of three Corn Exchanges in the country which still op erates in its traditional capacity as a centre for trade, albeit no longer for trading in corn.
    In 1985 the building was first cohverted to a shopping centre and then in 2008 following a major restoration project, Leeds Corn Exchange re-opened as a boutique shopping destination for creative independent retail enterprises. The entire 13,200-square-foot (1,230 m2) ground level is now occupied by a new restaurant venture, with the upper levels home to a number of retailers.
    The centre is open from 10.00 to generally 18.00 but the restaurant is open much later - see the website for detials.

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    County Arcade: Most Beautiful Arcade in Leeds

    by spidermiss Updated Feb 21, 2012

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    County and Cross Arcades are probably the most beautiful arcades in Leeds. Designed by the London Coliseum designer, Frank Matcham, around 1900 and undergone an extensive restoration in the 1990s. It's worth just visiting the arcades for the stunning arcade architectural interiors. Both arcades mainly house designer and upmarket shops which link to The Victoria Quarter.

    What to buy: Upmarket and Designer shops with some designers opening first stores outside of London.

    What to pay: Expensive

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    Thornton Arcade: Thornton's Arcade

    by spidermiss Updated Feb 21, 2012

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    Thornton's arcade was built in 1878 for Charles Thornton who was a successful business man at the time and owned the Varieties Music Hall (Now Leeds City Varieties). The arcade was designed by George Smith.

    The north end of the glass roofed arcade is a clock with four figures from Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, Richard Coeur-de-Lion, and Friar Tuck who strike at the hours, and Robin Hood and Gurth the Swineherd who strike at quarter past, half past and quarter to the hour. At the other end of the arcade is a woman's head which resembled Duchess of Devonshire from a painting.

    Alongside other Leeds Arcades, it was refurbished in 1993.

    What to buy: There are a number of independent shops but there is a Starbucks cafe at the south end of the arcade alongside other smaller shops.

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    Bow and Crossbones: Vintage Gifts

    by mickeyboy07 Written Feb 21, 2012

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    Humerous coaster

    A quaint little stall situated in Leeds Corn Exchange building selling gifts with a vintage nature.Jewellery,postcards,Birthday cards,coasters etc,most with a humerous style and 50's look.Quite reasonable prices and lots of choice.I bought a funny coaster which was made for me.See Photo.

    What to buy: Vintage,Rockability,Tattoo inspired jewellery and accessories.

    What to pay: Depends on the item but all are reasonble prices.

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    Corn Exchange: Grab a bargain

    by mickeyboy07 Written Feb 21, 2012

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    This Victorian building in the City Centre was designed by 'Cuthbert Brodrick' and completed in 1864.It is one of three Corn Exchange's in the country that still operates in its traditional capacity as a centre for trade,albeit no longer for trading in corn.
    In 1985,Speciality Shops plc won the contract to re-develop the building as a shopping centre.The refurbishment process designed by 'Alsop and Lyall' was completely restored to its current state,with new staircases to allow shoppers access to the balcony and basement levels.It opened for trade in 1990.Many other old buildings in the area were also restored,now known as the Exchange Quarter.The Corn Exchange as played hosts to such events as the Fashion Show and various music events.There are plenty of stalls selling everything from Jewellery,Clothes and gifts as well as food shops and hair salons.Downstairs is a cafe and public toilets.
    Open 10am till 6pm-mon,wed,sat.10am till 7pm-thu,fri.10.30am till 4.30pm-sun.

    What to buy: Clothes,Jewellery,gifts,cards,food.

    What to pay: Depends on what you buy

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    Victoria Quarter: Elegant shopping

    by mickeyboy07 Written Feb 20, 2012

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    The Victoria Quarter is an upmarket shopping area in the city centre.It consists of three blocks situated between 'Briggate' and 'Vicar Lane',comprising the County Arcade,Cross Arcade,Queen Victoria Street and King Edward Street.
    This development was built around 1900 and designed by the theatre architect 'Frank Matcham',and originally included his Empire Theatre Palace,but this was torn down in the late 1960's.The exteriors are largely of faience from the Burmantofts Pottery Works,and the interiors of the arcades contain a number of mosaics and plentiful use of marble.The Quarter was restored in phases between 1990 and 1996,during which a glass roof was also erected over Queen Victoria Street.Many upmarket stores are located in the arcades such as 'Harvey Nichols,Lacoste,Mulberry,Kurt Geiger and Quiksilver to name a few.
    Open seven days a week,individual stores will have different closing hours.

    What to buy: Clothes,Jewellery,Confectionary,Cosmetics,Household goods etc.

    What to pay: Depends on what you buy.

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    Victoria Quarter: Expensive and upmarket!

    by spidermiss Updated Feb 11, 2012

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    Victoria Quarter is an upmarket shopping area and housed in Grade 2 Victorian building where there are three arcades (County Arcade, Queen Victorian Street and King Edward Street). Victoria Arcade (Former name) was built in 1904.

    Victorian Quarter is home to over 70 designer and leading lifestyle brands and fine shops. These include Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry, LK Bennett and Harvey Nichols, the first store to be opened outside London.

    Frank Matcham (London Coliseum designer) designed the aracades at the beginning of the 20th Century and the the quarter was restored in 1996 including a glass roof over Queen Victoria Street.

    What to buy: Designer items. It's worth wondering around the quarter for its architectural and structural gems.

    What to pay: Expensive

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    Grand Arcade Leeds: Grand Arcade Leeds

    by spidermiss Updated Feb 11, 2012

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    In 1897 the New Briggate Arcade Company Ltd built this shopping arcade. There were originally two arcades that joined together but one of the have been converted to a shop and an entertainment centre. The Grand Arcade mainly consists of independent shops but there is a lovely vegetarian cafe, Fruits and Roots, which has an extensive menu (Please check my tip)

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    Queen's Arcade: Queen's Arcade

    by spidermiss Updated Sep 23, 2011

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    This arcade was built in 1889 and built on the site of the former Rose and Crown Hotel. The arcade was named in honour of the Queen Victoria and the golden jubilee. The arcade was renovated in 1994 where it was restored to its former glory. The arcade mainly houses independent and designer shops.

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    Leeds City Market: Leeds City Market

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 29, 2011

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    Leeds City Market (Inside)
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    Leeds Kirkgate Market has over 600 stalls indoor and out selling a wide variety of goods including fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. There are stalls that sell international fayre such as the Polish, Greek and Caribean delicacies. What's unique is that the market is one of Europe's largest and it's nice to wander round and admire the Victorian roof architecture inside. This is also where Marks & Spencers. a successful UK chain store, was born where Michael Marks had his penny stall and then at the end of the 19th Century he joined up with Tom Spencer in partnership and formed Marks & Spencer.

    I don't like shopping but I can appreciate and respect the Market for what it was and what it is today!

    What to buy: There are a wide range of goods offered at the market from fresh food to second hand goods!

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    Simpsons: A delightful Deli

    by traceyspacey Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is not actually our local shop, although it isn't far. It has wonderful Deli, BBQ goodies and some unusual general food. Their beer and wine selection is great and they do sell bottles of wine for £4.99. Free wifi is available. I have heard that their pizza's are good, we have yet to try them. It may not be the cheapest shop around, but we go there once in a while for a treat or a bottle of wine. The staff are chatty and friendly. Also helpful for local knowledge. They are environmentally friendly, which is something that I like.

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    Harvey Nichols: A little bit of London in Leeds

    by alyf1961 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    HARVEY NICHOLS, LEEDS

    Harvey Nichols Leeds was the first Harvey Nichols to be opened outside London. It opened in Leeds in 1996 at the Victoria quarter.
    It has five floors and has become a landmark in Leeds.
    The store houses premium designer labels by the likes of Alexander McQueen and Gucci. The food hall sells luxury food and there is a restaurant, which is very popular

    What to buy: It is not a question of what you want to buy in Harvey Nichols but what you can afford.

    What to pay: expect to pay between £800 and £4000 for a dress.

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    The Light

    by tim07 Written Apr 11, 2009
    The Light

    This is a cosmopolitan shopping & leisure centre in the heart of Leeds. Here you'll find shops, bars, restaurants, a health club & a multiplex cinema. The centre is also connected to the four star Radisson SAS hotel.

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    Victoria Quarter

    by tim07 Updated Mar 24, 2009
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    The beautifully restored Victorian & Edwardian buildings that make up the Victoria Quarter are a delight to walk through. There are more than 70 shops here, many of the world's leading brands.

    If you don't do any shopping, you can admire the fountains, floor mosaics & the stained glass roof.

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    Post Office: Where to post your postcards etc back home

    by traceyspacey Written Jun 2, 2008

    I found myself wandering around Leeds City Centre trying to find the post office as I had a card to Spain. It made me think, if I was a visitor to this country this would be something that I would like to know.

    There are a quite a few Post Offices in the centre. One is in the St John shopping centre before you reach the Merrion Centre (31st Johns, Merrion Street. There is another by the train station, in the city square. I think that they are the easier ones to find.

    What to pay: Large postcard to Spain 50 pence.

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