Shopping in Bradford

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Although Bradford’s city centre became famous for the gaping hole left in it by developers, that commercial gap has now been thoroughly filled and the city is once again an excellent destination for some retail therapy. With independent shops scattered among markets and high street brands, you can be sure to have a varied experience. Family run Bombay Stores is the largest Asian department store in the UK. A self-described one stop wedding shop, you can also find a fashion sections with the latest looks from runways as far away as Nairobi and Karachi. Further towards the city centre, Artz-i are bringing the best in Islamic fine art and craft to their galley showroom. It’s the perfect place to find a statement piece for your home, or a thoughtful gift for a loved one.

Call into Plant One On Me for houseplants galore, accessories and most importantly a big warm welcome from the owners. Explore their small jungle of rare and well loved domestic plants before kicking back with a coffee and some old records. As with all Northern cities the retail scene wouldn’t be complete without a seriously good record shop. The Record Cafe on North Parade also sells awesome beers and decadent charcuterie, and with this trilogy of joy, how can you go wrong? While en route between shops you should definitely treat yourself to a warm beverage from The Little Teahouse. Their specialty teas and coffees are perfect to enjoy in the shop, or bought as a bag to take and brew at home.

Read on to discover more alternatives to high street shopping in Bradford.

  • 1. The Record Cafe

    the record cafe

    The Record Cafe, The Record Cafе 45-47 North Parade, Bradford, BD1 3JH - Visit now

    A hive of hipster heaven on North Parade, The Record Cafe serves beats, meats and beers of the finest quality in their trilogy of delights.

  • 2. Bombay Stores

    Bombay Stores, Bradford
    Image courtesy of Bombay Stores, Bradford.

    Bombay Stores, Bombay Buildings, Shearbridge Rd,, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1NX - Visit now

    As the UK’s largest Asian department store, Bombay Stores is the place to go for everything in women, mens and kids fashion, home hold, weddings and more.  

  • 3. Plant one on me Yorkshire

    Plant one on me
    Plant on me

    Plant one on me Yorkshire, Oastler Shopping Centre, 29 John St, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 3SR - Visit now

    A local horticultural haven which also serves great coffee, call into plant one on me to discover a new photosynthesising friend.

  • 4. Artz-i

    Artz-i
    Artzi Gallery

    Artz-i, 8 Longside Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DF - Visit now

    Artz-i is changing the way we shop for art, explore the gallery style layout of the shop floor to find a perfect new piece of islamic art for your home or office. 

  • 5. Little Tea House

    little tea house
    Creative Tourist

    Little Tea House, Oastler market,, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 3SH - Visit now

    Enter a cave of brewed delights in Bradfords Little Tea House, with inventive hot drinks made in front of you as well as beans and leaves to take away. 

  • 6. Salt Pots Ceramic Studio

    Salt Pots Ceramic Studio
    Image courtesy of Salt Pots Ceramic Studio.

    Salt Pots Ceramic Studio, 97 Bingley Rd, Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 4SB - Visit now

    Paint your own ceramics with Salt Pots in Saltaire; their mindful crafts are the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon or enjoy a special occasion.

  • 7. Grove Bookshop

    Grove bookshop
    Grove Bookshop

    Grove Bookshop, 10 The Grove, Ilkley, LS29 9EG - Visit now

    Grove Bookshop has been an integral part of Ilkely town centre for decades, feeding the town’s enthusiasm for literature.

  • 8. Radstudio

    radstudio
    Radstudio

    Radstudio, 2 Victoria Road, Saltaire, BD18 3LA - Visit now

    Radstudio in Saltaire is the place to go for design focused gift buying. Every item in the shop has something intriguing and unique.

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