Whether you’re after fresh fruit and veg, tasty street food or locally-produced arts and crafts, you’ll find a market in Leeds that has just what you need.
Leeds has a surprising number of markets, so before you set out on your next shopping trip, let us introduce you to all the intriguing options that await, both in the city centre and further afield. Because you can get everything from your weekly shop to art, street food and gifts from local traders who make personal service a priority.
If it’s traditional Leeds markets you’re after, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find five of them in the city, each of which offers a proper market experience.
The biggest covered market in Europe, Kirkgate is the jewel in Leeds’ shopping crown. It’s filled with independent traders, selling everything from tea, cakes and all your essential cooking ingredients to wool, fabric and sportswear. Expect traders that have been around for generations, with the likes of Neil’s Fruit and Veg, Malcolm Michaels and Ramsden’s Fishmongers all offering the same great service today as they did all those years ago when they first opened.
Kirkgate Market is currently undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration that will make it an even better place to shop and give you even more choice, with new eateries and stalls joining the already impressive ranks – all in a beautifully historic setting.
Runs from 8am to 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday at 28-34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Every Friday, Yeadon’s Town Hall Square comes to life, as local traders congregate to sell their wares. If you’re after fresh fruit and veg, seafood or meat, you’ll find it comes with a friendly smile and any advice you might need – look out for Leeming’s fish van, an all-time favourite. It’s not just food though, you’ll also find cards, gifts and home essentials here.
Runs from 9am to 4pm every Friday at Town Hall Square, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7PP.
Pudsey Market is a small affair that’s stayed true to its roots. It was, after all, a Victorian market town. These days, you’ll have to seek it out, it’s hidden away, just around the corner from the bus station. Here, locals traders sell everything from second hand books to haberdashery and of course, a host of fresh produce.
Runs from 9am to 4pm every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at Market Square, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 7BE.
A lively market town, Otley is a great place to go for a spot of shopping. Their bustling market boasts over 100 stalls packed with handmade jewellery, gifts and crafts, as well as all manner of meat, fish and veg. You can pick up something to wear or something for your home, all while taking in Otley’s Victorian streets – and of course, the drive here will take you through some beautiful countryside too.
Runs from 9am to 4pm every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at Otley Market Place, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 3AQ.
It’s a traditional market, but here, those traditions are taken from slightly further afield. The Asian Bazaar, which takes place every Wednesday and is a celebration of Asian culture and it’s full of cool little buys. From colourful silk saris to traditional Indian delicacies, exotic spices and speciality food, it’s completely different from the usual ‘British’ market but equally intriguing and a great addition to your shopping trip, whether you’re looking for something to wear or stocking up on ingredients for dinner.
Runs from 10:30am to 5pm every Wednesday at Kirkgate Market, 28-34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
If it’s fresh local produce you’re after, you’ll want to head out to the city’s farmers’ markets – and there are plenty for you to choose from.
Briggate Farmers’ Market
One of the most popular farmers’ markets in Leeds, Briggate offers a multitude of delights from hog roasts and freshly baked brownies to locally grown veg and locally reared meat. You can also pick up cracking gifts like pots of chutney, chilli plants and more. Definitely a highlight of Sunday shopping trips to Leeds.
Runs from10am to 4pm on the first and third Sunday of every month on Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.
Headingley Farmers’ Market
Headingley Farmers’ Market has grown from a small affair to a hugely successful monthly event that attracts up to 24 stalls selling an impressively diverse range of products. Alongside local favourites, with cheese from Gusto Italiano, bread, cakes and chutneys from Headingley Country Markets and top quality meat from Swillington Farm, you can try a few new things – like Yorkshire Dama Cheese, who make halloumi in Huddersfield. Plus, they usually have live music to entertain you while you shop.
Runs from 9am to 12:30pm on the second Saturday of every month at Rose Garden, North Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3JJ.
Chapel Allerton Farmers’ Market
It may be smaller than some of the others, but Chapel Allerton Market is well worth seeking out. You’ll find a small but tantalising selection of local produce here, from the likes of Tancred Farm Shop in York, as well as handmade items from social enterprise, Groundwork Leeds.
Runs from 9am to 1pm on the last Sunday of every month at The Three Hulats Pub, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3NB.
Oakwood Farmers’ Market
A nifty little event that brings together a host of regulars that will keep you stocked up with all your favourite local produce, Oakwood Farmers’ Market is a great little find. It boasts top notch traders with the likes of Swillington Farm bringing their fresh meat, Straws Bakery adding their tempting loaves into the mix and the Lincolnshire Poacher filling out your cheese collection. Also, look out for guest traders like Gusto Italiano and the Sawley Kitchen.
Runs from 9:30am to 12:30pm on the third Saturday of every month at Oakwood Clock, 484 Roundhay Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.
Otley Farmers’ Market
Otley comes alive when the farmers’ market comes to town, attracting folk from far and wide to explore the 50 or so stalls that let you pick up tasty ingredients and delicacies straight from the people who make them. You can expect a whole host of tantalising titbits to sink your teeth into, with bread, pies and cakes, as well as cheese, chutney, spices and more. In the past, we’ve seen the likes of The Yummy Yank, Gusto Italiano and Wharf Bank Brewery setting up stalls here.
Runs from 9am to 1pm on the last Sunday of every month at Otley Market Place, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 3AQ.
Horsforth Farmers’ Market
This lively suburb has its own farmers’ market, boasting a host of well known names. The Twisted Chilli has been known to pull up a pew here, as has Dogburgs coffee roasters and The Pickled Porker with their slow roast and booze combo. They’ve got a fair few regulars too, with the likes of Leeds Bread Co-op, returning every time. As well as a tempting array of locally produced ingredients, baked goods and sweet treats, you’ll also find a range of activities, to keep the whole family entertained.
Runs from 9am to 12:30pm on the first Saturday of every month at St Margaret’s Primary School, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5BL.
Farsley Farmers’ Market
One of the more recent additions to Leeds’ offering is Farsley Farmers’ Market. It opened in March 2014 and has gone from strength to strength, bringing together a host of local producers. You can pick up everything from cheese and deli meats to cakes, pies and chutneys, giving you a tasty meal to take home and tuck into.
Runs from 9am to 12:30pm every fourth Saturday of the month at Farsley Parish Church, New Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5DJ.
Kirkstall Deli Market
Not only is Kirkstall Deli Market one of the most popular shopping events in Leeds’ calendar, but it’s also a beautiful place for a wander. So on the last weekend of the month, head out to pick up a few kitchen, home and fashion essentials in the shadow of one of the city’s finest landmarks. You’ll find a vast array of stalls, with the likes of Cryer & Stott, Auntie Emily’s and the Little Yorkshire Pie Company, alongside Stickey’s Honey, Karen’s Jewellery and Jim’s Ice Cream.
Runs from 12pm to 3pm on the last Saturday of every month at Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3EH.
Street Food & Arts Markets
Over the last few years, street food has flourished in Leeds, and we’ve also added a number of arts and craft fairs to our ranks, so if you want something a little bit different, try one of these.
Briggate’s street food extravaganza sees the city’s busiest shopping street come to life with an eclectic array of cuisines cooked fast and fresh for you. From hummus filled pittas to loaded burgers, hot-as-you-like curries and a unique twist on fish and chips – you can make your next shopping trip a little more adventurous and try something new every time you visit.
Runs from 10am to 4pm on the fourth Sunday of every month at Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LX.
You’ve probably encountered it as you’ve made your way through the city on a busy Saturday – Artsmix Market is hard to miss as 20 local arts and crafts traders take over Albion Place. You’ll find everything from tweed ponchos to bath bombs, scented candles and earrings, all handmade and sold by the crafters themselves.
Runs from 10.30am to 6.30pm every other Saturday at Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL.
Brandon Street Night Market
For those of you who like to do your shopping later in the day, with a beer in your hand, Brandon Street Night Market is a dream come true. It takes place at Canal Mills, where for one night a month, it’s transformed into a shopping hotspot with beer and cocktails running freely. Expect a host of street food to tuck into, as well as live art and music to keep you entertained.
Runs from 6pm to 12am on the last Friday of every month at Canal Mills, Brandon Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2EB.
Since its initial launch, Belgrave Feast has grown and developed to meet the insatiable hunger of Leeds’ shoppers and revellers. Now it’s one of the most popular markets in town, bringing together some of the finest street food vendors the North, and indeed the UK, have to offer. On top of that, they put on live music and run their own little arts fair, giving you the chance to pick up a one-off after tucking into something tasty.
Runs from 11am to 8pm on the second Saturday of the month at Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
For more ideas, check out our guide to shopping in Leeds.
Belgrave Feast image courtesy of Giles Smith. Brandon Street Night Market image courtesy of Justin Gardner.