It’s time to visit the places you’ve not been into before and discover the city’s best-kept secrets.
Even if you’re a regular city-goer, there’s no better feeling than discovering somewhere new. It’s time to get in-the-know and uncover these gems for yourself. From a tiny shop dedicated to ridiculously hot condiments to a plant-lover’s haven filled with pieces that’ll brighten your home, they may have slipped under the radar but they’re well worth seeking out.
Chilli-Shop is a tiny store that packs an almighty punch. Often overlooked on the bustling Merrion Street, you’d be forgiven for walking straight past it, but step inside and you’ll discover a chilli emporium that sells hot-as-hell products in all shapes and sizes. It has towering shelves rammed with everything from chilli peanut butter to the Hot Ones sauces from the famous YouTube channel of the same name. They also have a corner dedicated to fiery crisps, nuts and sweets. If you can hack it, try their sweat-inducing tasting samples.
Chilli-Shop, 70 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.
Hidden away on the top floor of Leeds Corn Exchange, Plant Point is a haven for plant-lovers, filled with decorative greenery – even the doorway is swamped by giant leaves. Inside, they have a corner filled with cacti, shelves stacked with plant pots and glass bottles filled with miniature gardens. From draping string of pearls to Swiss cheese plants, they have everything you can think of and you can even pick up helpful plant-care tips from the staff.
Plant Point, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
You have to venture into Central Arcade to find Yellow Sunrise, a fair-trade gift shop filled with knick-knacks from around the world. It has an unmistakable smell of incense and its walls are covered with bohemian-style decorations, from mosaic mirrors to light-catchers. They also have a cabinet of gemstone jewellery, a collection of Himalayan salt lamps and a pile of up-cycled Indian rugs at the back of the shop, so it’s the perfect place to pick up a stand-out gift.
Yellow Sunrise, Central Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DX.
Next time you hit the shops, take a detour down Albion Street to seek out Fabrication Crafts, a gift shop that doubles as a social enterprise. It’s a mecca of trinkets, soft furnishings and wall art, made by over 70 independent designers from across Yorkshire. You’ll find everything from handmade ceramic bowls to colourful bath bombs on the shelves, but if you’re looking for a unique gift-card, have a browse through their extensive collection in the corner of the room.
Fabrication Crafts, 79 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AP.
Tucked away at the top of Leeds Corn Exchange, Released Records is a tranquil little treasure-trove filled with old-school vinyl. You can rifle through their huge collections, which cover everything from 80s soul to new wave, 70s rock ’n’ roll and even 00s house. They also have cassettes dotted around the room and CDs by the window. In the centre of the shop, you’ll find vintage armchairs, so you can sit down and flick through their stash of music magazines.
Released Records, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.Cover image credit: © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Max Wailes