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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
This is formerly called the 'Arndale Centre'. The shopping Centre has over 60 shops including a restaurant upstairs and a couple of other cafes. There are a variety of High Street and Independent shops plus some travel agents.
This is my nearest shopping centre to where I live but I tend to go to Seacroft Shopping Centre or Leeds City Centre more.
What to buy: A variety of items
What to pay: Cheap to Moderate
I have a fascination for piercings especially ears one. I've decided to get an ear piercing so after doing some research I visited the Red Tattoo and Piercing Studio to get it done.
I've got a pinna ear piercing and it cost me 9 gbp (January 2013). This is considered good value for money as it can fluctuate in cost at other studios. The body piercer was very friendly and professional. What impressed me is that I had to fill in a consent form and they wanted to go through with me my medical history including current medication. They also provided me cleaning/care instruction information sheet. This gave me the confidence for having my ear piercing done there then and in the future.
I would recommend them for piercings and I would consider them if I ever decide on a tattoo.
What to buy: Body piercings and tattoos (consultations/appointments are required for tattoos as these are custom designed)
Sells body jewellery and a variety of fashion accessories.
What to pay: Piercings vary from 9 gbp to 100 gbp per session.
Leeds takes pride in having many independent shops and boutiques in the city centre and Birds Yard is no exception. I had a look round one afternoon and also had coffee in its informal cafe.
According to its flyers it promote itself as:
'Winner Leeds most stylish shopping destination'
'Winner Leeds most stylish vintage boutique'
'Winner best uk shop'
What to buy: Birds Yard sells vintage and eclectic items and also has an informal cafe area.
What to pay: Prices vary although more expensive than average. Refreshments are reasonably priced in the cafe.
Not a shop but a network of Victorian arcades, full of great little boutiques but brimming with major names too... Harvey Nicholls opened it's first Northern branch here (I could spend a day just in the food section!) and there's Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, Karen Millen to name a few. Stop off for coffee and and sandwich at Harvey Nicks coffee shop and watch the world go by.
P.S Don't be put off by the website, it's actually really rather nice shopping here!
What to buy: Shoes! But I would say that...
What to pay: Entirely up to you, there's LK Bennett, there's more designery stuff at HNs or there's Office and Faith for the more fashion conscious.
Leeds has the best shopping in the North. You can find nearly any goods you want in the vast shopping arcades. All I did was browse, which is an enjoyable activity.
What to buy: Anything you like.
What to pay: Everything in the UK tends to be expensive. One exception is books.
Built by Cuthbert Brodrick in 1865, this is a Grade 1 listed building. It was originally a farmers' market, but now carries a wide range of merchandise. It also has monthly trade fairs and other events.
What to buy: All kinds of merchandise.
What to pay: A lot, as you will anywhere in Britain.
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
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.
Christkindelmarkt Leeds is held every year between Mid November to Mid December at Leeds Millennium Square. The German Markets offer chalet stalls selling continental and handicraft festive goodies and German delicacies such as gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, schnitzels, stollen, gingerbread, cookies and roasted almonds.
As well as the market stalls there is a small funfair including a carousel.
Usual opening times:
Monday to Saturday from 10.30am-9.30pm
Sunday from 10.30am-7.30pm
What to pay: Varies
Shopping has always draw visitors from other parts of the North to Leeds. With shops to suit every budget, form designer shops such as Harvey Nicols and Vivien Westwood to Leeds famous...