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Where to Shop in Leeds - Arts, Crafts, and Designer Styles in Arcades, Malls, and Markets

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Looking for the latest designer fashions for men and women? You won't have to look far in Leeds, where big-name brands vie for your attention in gleaming malls. You can seek out original bargains in arcades and shopping centres that have been restored to their original Victorian grandeur and are full of quirky independent stores. You'll find inventive arts and crafts in artisanal markets and sophisticated galleries.

Victoria Quarter

 

The first stop for any serious shopper visiting Leeds must be Victoria Quarter. The district's grand 19th-century arcades are now home to timeless trendsetters like Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, and Louis Vuitton. Iconic department store Harvey Nichols is VQ's anchor emporium. Here you'll find brands like Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Alexa Chung, and the store's stylish café is favoured by local "ladies who lunch". Looking for a quintessentially Yorkshire treasure to take home? W. Hamond sells polished treasures hand-carved from Whitby jet sourced from the region's North Sea coast.

 

  • Harvey Nichols, 107-111 Briggate, Victoria Quarter, Leeds LS1 6AZ; Tel: +44 113 204 8888; Website: Harvey Nichols
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  • W. Hamond, 10 Queen Victoria Street, Victoria Quarter, Leeds LS1 6AZ; Tel: +44 113 234 6538; Website: W. Hamond

Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre

 

If you like shopping for brands like Apple, Fossil, Hollister, and Diesel, you'll enjoy browsing in Trinity Leeds. There are more than 120 stores selling fashions and accessories, plus 30 places to eat and drink, from sushi spots to champagne and cocktail bars. This shiny mall also offers an innovative food court, Trinity Kitchen, where you can sample snacks from around the world. You'll find pop culture accessories, movie merchandise, and designer trainers at Pulp. Serious runners can shop for state-of-the-art running shoes at ASICS, one of the iconic Japanese footwear brand's few UK outlets.

 

  • Pulp, 59 Commercial Street, Leeds LS1 5AT; Tel: +44 344 332 5908; Website: Pulp
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  • ASICS, Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AT; Tel: +113 234 0547; Website: ASICS

 

Leeds Corn Exchange

 

Leeds Corn Exchange is a Victorian retail emporium packed with independent retailers. Connoisseurs of vintage clothing for men and women, arts and crafts, and antique accessories will find temptation here that will prove hard to resist. Shops like Alice Found Treasure are full of pre-loved and handmade clothes and other treasures. At Simcha Gallery, textile maker Anne Roper and jeweler Stephen Roper sell their own work as well as ceramics and glass by local craftspeople.

 

  • Alice Found Treasure, B5e Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BR; Tel: +44 7817 967776; Website: Alice Found Treasure
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  • Simcha Gallery, B1b, The Balcony, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BR; Tel: +44 7967 750 588; Website: Simcha Gallery

 

Grand Arcade

 

Grand Arcade, one of Leeds' oldest shopping arcades, has been reimagined for the 21st century and is once again full of independent stores. Carefully chosen retro and vintage goods and arts and crafts set the tone here. You'll find more than 100 retailers in Grand Arcade's Handpicked Hall, selling an eclectic mix of treasures from coloured beads to textiles, ceramics, and old-style gents' shaving products. Looking for an art deco print or poster to brighten a room? Visit The Deco Press to find images gleaned from French flea markets and antique stores.

 

  • Handpicked Hall, Grand Arcade, Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PG; Tel: +44 7718 110486; Website: Handpicked Hall
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  • The Deco Press, Grand Arcade, Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PG; Tel: +44 113 7879 847 166; Website: The Deco Press

 

Arts and crafts

 

Leeds has a vibrant arts and crafts community that bubbles with local talent. Street markets like Albion Place Handmade Market sell prints, paintings, and ceramics made by artisans from Leeds and from all over Yorkshire. Leeds Craft Centre & Design Gallery, next to Leeds Art Gallery, has 300 designer pieces on display and for sale at any one time. The centre also has special pre-Christmas shows where you can buy unique or limited-edition gifts and stocking fillers.