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. Each independent is grown from a passion for high quality specialist products and a sense of duty to the community, whether that be in the form of importing fine fashions or friendly plants. Here’s some of our suggestions of places to check out when shopping in Bradford.

Family run Bombay Stores is the largest Asian department store in the UK. As a self described one stop wedding shop they cater for all wedding needs from the bridal sari to the decorations. You can also find 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. How can you go wrong with a shop such as this, but that also sells awesome beers and decadent charcuterie. This trilogy of joy can be found at The Record Cafe on North Parade. 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. There is also usually a friendly shopkeeper around, ready to inform your decisions and craft something that perfectly fits your taste.

Check it out for yourself below and discover an alternative to high street shopping in Bradford.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The Record Cafe

    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.

  • 2. Bombay Stores

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    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.  

  • 3. Plant one on me Yorkshire

    Plant one on me
    Plant on me

    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.

  • 4. Artz-i

    Artzi Gallery

    Artz-i, 8 Longside Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 2AB - 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. 

  • 5. Little Tea House, Bradford

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    Little Tea House, Bradford, 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. 

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