The city of Leeds is not only known for its breathtaking architecture and vibrant nightlife, but also for its bustling shopping scene. Leeds has plenty of large shopping centres, historical arcades, pop-up markets, and designer shops, where you can find anything from high street fashion to vintage clothing.

    Whether you want an all-in retail experience at the malls or you want to explore the independent stores housed in Victorian buildings, this city has all this to offer you and more. Here are the best places to go shopping in Leeds.



    Unique retail experience in a prime downtown destination

    • Shoppers
    • Food
    • Nightlife

    Trinity is known as the premier shopping destination in Leeds, boasting a wide range of over 120 high fashion boutiques, chain stores, restaurants, and a 4-screen arthouse cinema. Complementing your shopping experience is the award-winning architecture of the place, with its glazed roof and unusual layout that makes each visit unique and exciting.

    Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, enjoy a breathtaking dining experience at the rooftop terrace or grab a drink at the cocktail bars in the basement. You can also hop over to the Trinity Kitchen, the first indoor street food venue in the country, where you can enjoy the best street food from all over the world.

    Location: 27 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5AT, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1133 942415


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    White Rose Shopping Centre

    Family-friendly shopping destination in South Leeds

    The White Rose Shopping Centre is the place to go to when you want to get away from the bustle of the city but still want to get your shopping in. Have your pick of high street fashion from a choice of over 100 boutiques, grab a meal at any of their family-favourite restaurants, or catch the latest movies at the 11-screen Cineworld.

    If you’re bringing your kids with you, there’s a free canopied play area outdoors called The Village, where they can swing, climb, slide, and play on the see-saw.

    Location: Dewsbury Rd, Leeds LS11 8LU, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1132 291234


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    Albion Place

    Visit this unique pop-up market for some great finds

    • Shoppers

    Albion Place is a pop-up market that hosts a vibrant display of handmade goods every Saturday. Located in Leeds City Centre, you can find around 20 stalls featuring the handiwork of local artists and craftsmen.

    Have your pick of paintings and photographs to bring with you as souvenirs from Leeds or shop for fashion items and jewellery to add to your wardrobe. There’s also an array of foodstuff to snack on as you shop. And if you’re quite lucky, you might even find bespoke grooming products such as beard wax and the like.

    Location: Albion Place, Leeds LS1 6AD, UK

    Open: Saturday from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm


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    Grand Arcade

    Travel back in time in this Victorian arcade

    • Shoppers
    • Photo
    • History

    One of the city’s renowned Victorian shopping arcades, the Grand Arcade in the Northern Quarter boasts an illustrious history that stretches way back to 1897. Despite its transformation into a lively retail space, it still retains much of its old-school charm while housing independent stores and local businesses. Take a break from shopping and admire the grand Victorian architecture of the place, with its glass roof, arched windows, and animated clock.

    If you’d like to enjoy a cup of afternoon tea, drop by the vintage tearoom, Just Grand! The shop features period furniture, music, and clothing for a complete traditional British experience.

    Location: 20 Merrion St, Leeds LS1 6PG, UK

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 3 am

    Phone: +44 (0)1132 758758


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    The Light

    Shop, eat, and have fun in this leisure destination

    The Light is home to many local, national, and international brands as well as a 14-screen multiplex cinema. There are also many fine restaurants and bars to keep you fed as you spend the day indulging in retail therapy.

    For those who want to squeeze in a workout, there’s the Nuffield Health where you can sweat it out in the gym or swim a few laps in their indoor pool. Alternatively, you can have your playtime at the Junkyard Golf and Escape Hunt.

    Location: The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 6 am to 12.30 am, Saturday–Sunday from 8 am to 12.30 am

    Phone: +44 (0)1132 182060


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    Blue Rinse

    Vintage and retro items for the hipster within

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    Found just across from the Corn Exchange in Call Lane, the Blue Rinse is a vintage clothing shop that offers a wide range of retro clothing and reworked items. Find that weathered leather jacket and vintage sports gear you’ve been looking for, or complete your hipster outfit by perusing the store's collection of shirts, trousers, coats, dresses, and skirts.

    Be sure to check out the second floor for bag and belt accessories you can only find in the  Blue Rinse. Also, keep an eye out for its kilo sale to get all the clothing you want at a bargain.

    Location: 9-11 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7DH, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10.30 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1133 208000


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    Kirkgate Market

    Grab a tasty lunch in the beautiful Edwardian market building

    • Shoppers
    • Food
    • Budget
    • History

    The Kirkgate Market has been housed in a charming historical building in Leeds City Centre since 1857. It now spills out across the square behind it so that it spans a huge total area. Conveniently right next to the bus station and a short walk from the train station, it’s an especially good place to find a lunchtime snack.

    The market contains around 200 stalls, with fashion, jewellery, hardware and haberdashery vendors alongside the fresh local produce and snack bars. It’s as diverse as the city itself, with a Chinese supermarket alongside curry and kebab stalls and old English butchers.

    Location: Vicar Lane, Leeds LS2 7HY, UK

    Open: Monday - Saturday from 8 am to 5.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)113 378 1950


    Leeds Victoria Quarter

    See why Leeds is called "the Knightsbridge of the North"

    • Shoppers
    • Photo
    • History
    • Luxury

    The historical grandeur of Leeds is nowhere better demonstrated than in its grand shopping arcades. There are several around the city, but the best is Victoria Quarter. A palace of luxury shopping, it's home to big-name outlets like Harvey Nichols, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton.

    Even if you’re only window-shopping, Victoria Quarter is worth a visit. Its dramatic wrought-iron and marble structure is home to some first-rate restaurants and cafés. To complete the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the Victoria Gate Casino is just a short walk away.

    Location: 10 Queen Victoria St, Leeds LS1 6BE, UK

    Open: Monday - Saturday from 8 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)113 245 5333


    Leeds Corn Exchange

    Check out alternative fashions in a traditional setting

    • Shoppers
    • Photo
    • History

    Leeds Corn Exchange is another beautiful example of Victorian-era construction and was almost certainly one of the most ostentatious farmers’ markets of its time. It is one of very few exchanges in the UK which is still primarily a place for shopping, but the goods on sale now include fashion, homeware and musical instruments.

    The Corn Exchange is renowned as an ‘alternative’ place, featuring mostly independent stores and very few big brands. Keep an eye out, in particular, for Humpit. It’s a dedicated hummus restaurant and is widely regarded as one of the top places to eat in all of Leeds.

    Location: Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BR, UK

    Open: Monday - Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)113 234 0363


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    The Springs

    Spend the day shopping, dining, chilling at this retail park

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    The Springs hosts a number of high street brands, major fashion retailers, concept stores, and restaurants for a one-stop shopping and dining experience. A vibrant retail and leisure park in East Leeds, it also houses the 10-screen ODEON Luxe cinema for an immersive viewing experience and gym operator PureGym for your health and fitness needs.

    There are regular events to watch out for, like workshops, activity packs, and free tastings. This retail park is easily accessible by public and private modes of transport.

    Location: The Springs Thorpe Park View, Leeds LS15 8GH, UK

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm, Friday–Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1134 675079


    Our Handmade Collective

    Find bespoke wares in this quaint gift shop

    • Shoppers

     Our Handmade Collective specialises in bespoke designs, unique hand-crafted trinkets, cards, and wares. The store proudly showcases the works of over 70 local Yorkshire artists, crafters, makers, and designers. If you’re in the market for a special personalised gift, this award-winning store is a good place to start your search. 

    If you want to try your hand at crafting, the gift shop hosts weekly Creative Craft Classes. They take place in the evening after the shop closes, making for a relaxed crafting session with cake and chat.

    Location: 19 The Grand Arcade, Vicar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6PG, UK

    Open: Monday from 10 am to 1.30 pm, Tuesday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1134 182304


    Colours May Vary

    Independent shop for beautiful and practical wares

    • Shoppers

    Colours May Vary is an independent design and print shop that features a wide array of stationery, journals, prints, photobooks, cards, homeware, and gift items. The collection is sourced locally and internationally to ensure variety. From time to time, you may find some commissioned pieces from local independent makers, which could make for a great addition to your home.

    If you’re looking for a gift for someone into graphic design and typography, this is a good place to begin your search. This shop also has an event space where workshops, exhibitions, and other events can be held.

    Location: Unit 1a, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds LS9 8AG, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1132 442704


    The Great Yorkshire Shop

    The place to find the finest Yorkshire goods

    • Shoppers

    ocated in the Victorian building of Leeds Corn Exchange, The Great Yorkshire Shop features an eclectic collection of the county’s finest handmade goods and products. It offers local teas, foods, homewares, beauty products, toiletries, and arts and crafts. The products are all handpicked to make sure only the best of Yorkshire is displayed in this store.

    The Yorkshire collection of teas is a bestseller, and the Yorkshire Brew Tea is especially recommended for its sweet, beery hops flavour. Also try out their locally-sourced cinnamon balls, chocolates, parkin, and chutney.

    Location: Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7BR, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5.30 pm, Sunday from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1132 434305

    Geri Mileva | Contributing Writer

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