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.