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.

Our top picks

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.

the record cafe

Bombay Stores

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.  

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

Plant one on me Yorkshire

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.

Plant one on me
Plant on me

Artz-i

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. 

Artz-i
Artzi Gallery

Little Tea House

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. 

little tea house
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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.

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

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.

Grove bookshop
Grove Bookshop

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.

radstudio
Radstudio

Where to go in Bradford

radstudio
Saltaire
Shop
Radstudio

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

Salt Pots Ceramic Studio
Saltaire
Shop
Salt Pots Ceramic Studio

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

Grove bookshop
Ilkley
Shop
Grove Bookshop

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

little tea house
Bradford
Shop
Little Tea House

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.

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Bombay Stores, Bradford
Bradford
Shop
Bombay Stores

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.

Artz-i
Bradford
Gallery
Artz-i

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.

the record cafe
Bradford
Shop
The Record Cafe

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.

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