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Shopping in Leeds | Why Leeds

Shopping in Leeds | Why Leeds

Posted by admin on May 28, 2015

Leeds The captial of the North | Perfect for living | Great for Shopping

Leeds is easily one of the best places to shop, other than London. This is simply because they have a range of shops that offer a unique style that is complimented by the traditional architecture. You will also find that Leeds has been dubbed as the Knightsbridge of the North, as it prides itself on a stylish and sharp image that isn’t matched by other cities. This idea was supported in 1996 when the 1st regional store was opened by Harvey Nichols. With cutting edge designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith opening stores as well, Leeds has become very successful in terms of shopping opportunities and high street stores. Leeds also has over 4.5 million sq ft of retail space with eight shopping centres available.  Trinity Leeds is a shopping centre that is worth over £350 million. It also has a leisure area that is situated in the middle of the shopping core. This connects three of the biggest and busiest shopping streets in the UK, with many high street brands housed such as TopShop, Next, H&M, Marks & Spencer and even River Island. This is just a small insight to some of the 120 shops that are currently situated in Leeds, and with over 1 million square feet of retail space, it is truly a remarkable sight.

You will also find that there is 1 million square feet of retail space, which is home to an entire leisure complex. This is an entertainment destination in itself, with a domed glass roof, LED lights and even pop-up street vendors. Leeds is also home to the first Everyman boutique cinema outside of London, with over 20% of space used by bars, restaurants and dining outlets. Some of the many dining outlets include Nando’s, TGI Friday’s, YO! Sushi and Carluccos. There is also two rooftop diners owned by the globally recognised D&D London.

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols on Briggate is most of the time a shopper’s first destination when in Leeds. Harvey Nichols has nearly every designer you could ever want, with a range of beauty products also available. There are also experts on-hand who would be more than happy to help you find what you need. With four floors, you can pick up the latest outfits and accessories in no time at all from designers across the world.

Briggate

Briggate is on Leed’s original high street. You can stroll down and you’ll have access to all the shops you need. There are entrances to H&M, Zara Debenhams, House of Fraser and so much more. You’ll also find a range of coffee shops so you can sit back and relax after your shopping trip without having to worry about finding any seating. Whatever you need, Leeds certainly has it all and more so you can really reap the benefits by choosing it as your shopping destination.

Debenhams

This department store is every shopper’s dream. It has everything you could ever need and everything you could ever want. It has clothing, beauty products, home ware, gadgets, toys, books and so much more. It is the ideal place if you need a range of goods, not to mention that it is also relatively close to various other shopping stores as well so you’ll never need to travel far to get what you need.

The Corn Exchange

This Grade I building is home to many independent designers, it also has a range of jewellery, gifts and clothing, with award winning architecture. You will also find that it has a dramatic roofscape, so you can admire the view while sipping on a cappuccino at one of the many local cafes. This building also hosts music and show events, and its central destination makes it easily accessible from a range of different locations.

Blue Rinse

If you love vintage shops, then the Blue Rinse is for you. With new shops popping up all the time in Leeds, this store truly adds some contrast to the scene. This store is almost historic when compared, but that only means that it adds value to the local scene. Vintage is really coming back into fashion, and many vintage items are incomparable and truly one of a kind. You will also find that vintage clothing is incredibly well made, and nothing beats running through the rails of a vintage shop. You’ll never know what you are going to find, and this only adds to the shopping experience. You never know, you might find Chanel 2.55 round the corner!  Whatever your preference, the vintage shops in Leeds truly add character and they remain to be a great shopping experience for everyone regardless of age, preference or style.

Lower Briggate and Call Lane

Call Lane

Call Lane remains to be one of the best vintage shops in the city centre. If you want vintage shopping while in Leeds, then go to the Blue Rinse, Mad Elizabeth, Best and the Pop Boutique. You’ll also find many second hand shops in the local area, which are full with hidden gems and other vintage wonders. It doesn’t matter whether you like vintage toys, clothing or even accessories, because Leeds has it all and more. There are also many charity shops in Leeds, where you’ll find plenty of designer gear at a fraction of the retail price.

Kirkgate Market

The Kirkgate Market is home to over 800 traders. The Kirkgate Market has also been recently renovated, and it is housed in an Edwardian building for added originality. These Edwardian buildings are very famous for their ornamental dragons, with nearly every type of food genre you can think of on the market. In fact, Kirkgate Market was recently named as one of the best markets in the North, by some of the best chefs in Britain.

Queens Arcade

This is another example of the strong Victorian roots that hold Leeds together. This arcade was refurbished in 1994, with a mosaic floor to honour the traditionalism that Leeds has to offer. The Queens arcade is again one of the best independent shopping centres in Leeds, so you can be sure to find everything you need and more in one convenient location.

The Light

The light has recently undergone a £100 million development. The Light is home to some of the best known names in fashion, as well as being home to many designer retail names. It combines shopping with bars, nightclubs and even eateries, with a 13 screen cinema also available. It has a fully functional hotel, and so much more, making it an ideal place for both shoppers and vacationers.

The Core

The Core shopping centre has over 200,000 sq feet of retail real estate space. It is located in Leeds City centre, and it is home to huge names such as JD Sports, Cotsworld, Sports Direct and even Waitrose. The Core underwent a major refurbishment in 2009, and it has a huge 317 multi-storey car park. You will also find that it has a 4th floor gym, which is open 24 hours a day for the local residents.

Victoria Quarter

If you want fashion and beauty stores, then this is the destination for you. Here you’ll find exclusive fashion stores and breathtaking Victorian architecture, providing a truly unique shopping experience to all. The Victorian Quarter is home to over 70 names such as Gieves, Vivienne Westwood, Jigsaw, Ted Baker, Harvey Nichols, Jo Malone, Space NK and even Karen Millen.

White Rose Centre

The White Rose shopping centre has won many awards. It is located on the south side of Leeds, and it spans two floors with major tenants. Here you’ll find Next, Primark, Sainsburys, W H Smith, Marks & Spencer and so much more. It has over 4,800 free parking spaces with your usual food court giants, from KFC to Subway, McDonalds and even Pizza Hut.

Online Shopping on the Virtual High Street

If you want to find a bargain in Leeds, then why not shop on the virtual high street? Leeds has a range of local and well known retailers available online.

Leeds Arena

The First Direct Arena opened in July2013. Here you’ll find a huge range of concerts, events and so much more that are planned months in advance so you can always get tickets to the shows you want to see.

You can make most of your time in Leeds by visiting the many shopping centres in the area, before attending the arena afterwards to see your favourite shows.

If you want to buy tickets for any of the shows at the arena, simply visit the website at www.firstdirectarena.com.

Venue Information

The First Direct Arena is located in Leeds City centre. They host live music, events, sports shows and so much more. You will also find that the First Direct Arena has been voted the Best New Venue in the World, so it is truly a must-see if you are in the area.

Since the arena opened in 2013, it has been home to various international artists, from Elton John to Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Lee Evans, Ed Sheeran and even The Who. This impressive list continues with Queen + Adam Lambert, Lionel Richie, The Script and even Michael McIntyre. The super theatre is fully optimised to enhance the sound experience, with all of the seats faced toward the stage and with quality acoustics also installed. It has also been noted that this area provides some of the best sound in the UK, and with a capacity of over 13,000, there are plenty of ticketing opportunities available. The First Direct Arena is owned and operated by SMG Europe, who are the current world leader in event management and marketing.

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