Leeds Shopping Guide

The Corn Exchange, Leeds, Yorkshire
The Corn Exchange, Leeds - © Paul Glazzard

The Leeds Shopping guide provides travellers with a concise guide on the shopping facilities in and around Leeds in Yorkshire. The city has been known as the Knightsbridge of the North a testament to up market department store Harvey Nichols opening the first store outside of London back in the mid 1990s. Leeds is known for its affinity with fashion and style, this sharp image is reflected in the wealth of shopping facilities the city has to offer.

Leeds is a shopper’s paradise, it is particularly popular for the fashion conscious and fashionistas with a wealth of designer shops and boutiques to choose from. Those on a budget can also find shops catering for their needs too.


Shopping Facilities


Victoria Quarter is among the most exclusive places to go for exclusive clothing and fashion. There are 75 of the leading names in fashion that include Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Agent Provocateur and Louis Vuitton among many others. Most famously it is also home to Harvey Nichols, whose presence dubbed Leeds the 'Knightsbridge of the North.' The Victoria Quarter offers wonderful architecture housing restored Edwardian and Victorian buildings, the surroundings make it a great place to enjoy shopping and a stroll. There is plenty of drama in the building with a huge strained glass roof that adds to the overall effect.

The Victoria Quarter is open 7 days a week, however individual store times vary.


The Light shopping centre houses some of the best known names in fashion & retail and offers shoppers much more than just shops. The Light also offers a range of cafes, bars and restaurants including Starbucks, Nandos, Cafe Rouge and Tiger Tiger. In addition there is also a multiplex cinema offering the latest films and a chance to relax. There is also a health club and hotel, making it a place for all the family. Followers of fashion can enjoy the shopping experience on offer here while others can go to the cinema or chill out in one of the bars, cafes or enjoy a great meal from a range of cuisines at one of the restaurants.

The Light is open 7 days a week, however individual stores may have varying opening hours. The leisure facilities are open on the whole longer than the shops however it is wise to check for individual requirements.

Car parking facilities are available in the car park, the car park is also useful to use when visiting other Leeds shops in the city centre.


St Johns is located in the heart of Leeds. The shopping centre is spread over two floors and offers shoppers a good choice of shops. There are over 30 shops for shoppers to choose from that vary from clothing and fashion, to jewellery to music to accessories.

St Johns is open 7 days a week, however opening hours for individual stores do vary.

There is an NCP car park providing car parking facilities for the centre.


White Rose is located to the south of Leeds and offers shoppers with a wide array of shops. The shops here cater for a range of shoppers offering clothing and fashion, health and beauty, cards & gifts, electrical products, music, toys and travel. There are also plenty of places to enjoy a snack or meal with fast food on offer along with pizza/pasta, sandwiches etc.

By car the White Rose is assessable off the M62 at junction 28, there is car parking available.

White Rose has its own bus station and benefits from regular service buses from Leeds city centre and also from other routes around Leeds.


The Corn Exchange is a visually stunning Grade I listed building, housed inside are a range of independent designer shops and boutiques for clothing & fashion, gifts and accessories and jewellery. The building has been restored to the glory it once enjoyed, it was once one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture, the building is now restored and makes for a spectacular sight for visitors.

There are a number of cafes where visitors can relax and enjoy the surroundings. The corn exchange also is home to a range of shows, events and exhibitions. With further plans to ensure the corn exchange becomes a centre for luxury shopping, dining & entertainment, it is a place of note for visitors to Leeds.


Maps


Use the Markets Search map to find the location of shops and shopping centres in Leeds. The markers on the map show the shopping facilities mentioned above. You can also use the local search for restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Coffee Shops, Tourist Attractions and more. There is also a place finder and phonebook to help your search. To view click on the Leeds Shopping search link below and ensure your browser is pop up enabled: Leeds Shopping Map



Tips & Other Considerations


There are variations on the hours shopping centres and individual shops are open for depending on the shops and the particular day of the week.

Visitors will hopefully enjoy their shopping experience in Leeds, however you should be aware of crowds and follow common sense measures to ensure your safety and that of your valuables.

Always be aware of your belongings especially your wallet/purse and valuables and ensure they are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to snatch your bag.

Do not leave your bags/shopping bags unattended to minimise the chance for losing them and theft.

If you are travelling by car ensure you park in designated car parks or official street parking. Check the parking rules carefully & ensure you understand them. If you are unclear of the rules it is safer not to park there, beware of possible fines and other sanctions that can be used if you park illegally or not in accordance with the rules.




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