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

markets in leeds

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

Indian independent cinema, shadowy film noir, cult queer classics and trip under the sea. Film fans are spoilt for choice this month.

Exhibitions in Manchester and across the North

Exhibitions

Like the 58th Venice Biennale which opened earlier this May, our latest pick of exhibitions across the north also has a strong ecological bent.

RNCM Young Explorers event. DJ Switch is shown by turntables in front of an orchestra. Included in family things to do guide.

Families

Avoid the post summer holiday blues with our latest top picks of family things to do. Enjoy some quality family time together this autumn.

Artist Dan Berry and writer David Gaffney.

Literature

The books are back in September with one-off reading events, some much-anticipated launches and the return of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference as we gear up for Manchester Literature Festival in October.

Music

Manchester’s Autumn months are always chock-a-block with great gigs, and this year is no exception.

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

The English National Ballet, Emma Rice’s Wise Children, Liverpool’s LEAP Dance Festival and much more feature in our new theatre guide.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.

Tours and Activities

Tours and Activities

Explore the mindful tours and activities Manchester has to offer in this month’s Tours and Activities guide.

Things to do right now

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Cinema 15–18 September 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: Sunset Boulevard at HOME

Visual Arts 20 September 2018–19 September 2019, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

Red Dust Road at HOME
Literature 11–21 September 2019, from £10.00

Red Dust Road at HOME

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry
Theatre 13–21 September 2019, from £12.50

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry

Cinema 13–22 September 2019, from £9

The Shock of the Future at HOME

MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
Cinema 6 July–29 September 2019, FREE

MIF19: David Lynch at HOME

Exhibitions 6 April–29 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Rights of the Child at Quarry Bank