|The Essential Guide to Shopping & Shops in Leeds, West Yorkshire.|
|Shopping in Leeds|
|Dubbed the Knightsbridge of the North, Leeds is a place that prides itself on a sharp, stylish image and nowhere is this reflected more than in the city's shops. The credibility of this was reinforced in 1996, by the opening of the first regional store, outside London, of fashion emporium Harvey Nichols. Cutting-edge British designers, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood also have stores in the handsome Victoria Quarter, a series of ornate shopping arcades. Leeds has 4.5 million square feet of retail space within five miles of shopping streets, including eight indoor shopping centres, one of the country's largest pedestrianised shopping areas and a whole range of speciality shopping attractions.|
Opened in March 2013, Trinity Leeds is a £350 million state-of-the-art shopping centre and leisure complex situated in the heart of Leeds' largely pedestrianised shopping core. Connecting three of the busiest shopping streets in the UK (Briggate, Albion Street, and Commercial Street), Trinity houses many major high street brands and flagship stores, including Topshop, Next, H&M, Mango, Oasis, Marks and Spencer, New Look, River Island, Primark, Apple, Hollister, Urban Outfitters, Superdry, and the first Victoria's Secret in the UK outside London, to name just some of the 120 shops on offer!
More than just a shopping outlet, the 1 million square foot retail space is an entire leisure complex and entertainment destination in itself, with its captivating LED lit domed glass roof, interactive digital screens, pop-up street food traders, the first Everyman 'boutique' cinema outside London, and over 20% of its trading space taken up by bars, restaurants, and dining outlets. Alongside the typical casual dining of the likes of Nando's, TGI Friday's, Wagamama, YO! Sushi, and Carluccio's, there's a whole host of upmarket eating and drinking options, including two bespoke rooftop restaurants by the globally acclaimed D&D London.
The Corn Exchange
A stunning unique Grade I listed building which houses independent designers of clothing, jewellery and gifts. Admire the award winning architecture and marvel at the dramatic roofscape whilst you sip a cappuccino at one of many open cafés. A centre for culture - it also hosts exhibitions, shows and music events. A recent 're-evaluation exercise' concluded that the building should become a central destination for premium dining, food and drink.
Over 800 traders regularly attend the recently renovated Kirkgate Market, housed in impressive Edwardian buildings famous for their ornamental dragons. Almost every type of foodstuff from the mundane to the exotic is available and it was recently named as the best market in the North, and one of the best in Britain, by a panel of chefs, food experts and authors.
Another highlight of Leeds' strong Victorian roots, this arcade was completely refurbished in 1994 and a mosaic floor was installed. As with the other arcades in Leeds, Queens Arcade is home to some of the best independent shops in the city.
A £100 million development on the Headrow, home to some of the best known names in fashion and designer retail. The Light combines shopping with up-to-the-minute bars and nightclubs, a wide variety of eateries and restaurants, a 13-screen cinema, the Virgin Active Health and Fitness Club and a Radisson Blu Hotel.
The Core shopping centre is a prime 200,000 sq ft block of retail real estate centrally located within Leeds City Centre, and home to big, high street names such as Sports Direct, JD Sports, USC, Cotswold Outdoor, Waitrose and more. Subject to a major refurbishment programme in 2009, the Core also provides direct access to a 317 space multi-storey NCP car park and accommodates a 4th floor gym open 24 hours a day.
Victoria Quarter is the fashion and lifestyle destination of the North. VQ's mix of exclusive fashion, beauty and lifestyle stores, cosmopolitan vibrancy and breath-taking Victorian architecture combine to give a unique shopping experience. Home to more than 70 top names such as LK Bennett, Vivienne Westwood, Gieves and Hawkes, Jigsaw, Ted Baker, Karen Millen, Reiss, Molton Brown, TM Lewin, Diesel, Jo Malone, Space NK and, of course, Harvey Nichols.
White Rose Shopping Centre
The award-winning White Rose Shopping Centre is conveniently located on the south side of Leeds close to the motorway network off junction 28 of the M62. Spanning two floors with major tenants including Bhs, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Next, Primark, Sainsbury's, W H Smith, Zara and over 100 other stores, the centre has 4,800 free car parking spaces. The Upper Circle, the centre's food court, also contains all the usual names from McDonald's, KFC, Subway and Pizza Hut, to Nando's and Graveley's famous Yorkshire Fish and Chips.
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