Shopping in Leeds

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

From the big names in high fashion to independent shops based in historic arcades, and all your favourite high street brands, Leeds mixes these worlds together in a retail cocktail best served long. Leeds’ shopping district, housed within the city centre’s contrasting Victorian and modern architecture, you can easily walk between the grandeur of Victoria Gate to the DIY approach of Leeds’ famous indoor markets. The high street mecca that is the Trinity Centre is not to be overlooked either with its range of familiar names and late opening hours. However, what elevates the experience of shopping in Leeds is the quality of its independent retailers. From craft and makers cooperatives to the core of vintage and remade clothes shops surrounding the iconic corn exchange. Leeds is a place that encourages style and independence whilst still retaining a wide choice for those who prefer the high street or high-end fashion.

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