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.

Visitor guides

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Independent Shops in Leeds

Looking for some non-corporate gifts and presents? Fight the system and choose one of Leeds’ many independent shops – here’s our special selection of the best out there

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Markets in Leeds

West Yorkshire is jam-packed with market towns, and all kinds of weird and wonderful markets. Here’s our guide to the best markets in and around Leeds

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Vintage Shopping in Leeds

It’s the 21st century, we all love a bit of vintage. (Does faux-vintage count? It’s a question for the ages.) Here’s our well-worn guide to the best battle-scarred clothes and gifts in Leeds

Culture Guides

Cinema

New venues and new movies. Liven up your November with our latest guide to the best in cinema.

Judy Chicgo at BALTIC, Gateshead – Exhibitions in Manchester and across the North

Exhibitions

One of the most important feminist artists of the last 50 years, Judy Chicago’s first major UK retrospective tops our pick of exhibitions this month.

Family things to do. An art installation at Lightopia.

Families

Check out our latest top picks of family things to do and enjoy some quality time together this autumn.

Jade Montserrat

Literature

There are plenty of magical live literature happenings in the run-up to, during and even after the festive season – and lots of book-buying opportunities, perfect for presents for friends and family, or even yourself.

Music

From Irish hip hop to Afrobeat, absurdist punk to post-metal, this month’s music guide is a real melting pot.

Theatre

With a distinctively festive feel, the temperature outside may have dropped but our theatre guide to Manchester and the North is sizzling hot with unmissable performance.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and the North. Taking in bars, restaurants and everywhere to go to eat, drink and get merry.

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Tours and Activities

Learn a new skill with November’s crafty guide to the Tours and Activities of Manchester.

Things to do right now

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Activity 12 October–23 November 2019, from £14.5

Silent Adventures Silent disco tours

The Shadow at HOME
Dance 22–23 November 2019, from £12.00

The Shadow at HOME

Activity 26 March–26 November 2019, from £17

Tours of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and The Pankhurst Centre

Guitar Lessons
Activity 25 September–27 November 2019, FREE

Guitar Lessons for Beginners at Partisan

Cinema 22–28 November 2019, from £7.50

Marriage Story at HOME

Cinema 15–28 November 2019, from £7.5

The Irishman at HOME

lived-in rooms
Exhibitions 22 November–1 December 2019, FREE

Lived-In Rooms at Tenancy house