Leeds-List: The Best & Most Insightful Guide to Leeds

Shopping Centres in Leeds

· Ali Turner · Style

The city's shopping centres are one of the main reasons why Leeds is the third best place to shop outside London.

Trinity Leeds

Whether it’s clothes, homeware or tech you’re after, Leeds has a shopping centre with everything you need – the question is, which will you go to?

You’ll find shopping centres in all shapes and sizes in Leeds. From big, custom-built affairs outside of town to city centre developments and historic buildings that have been transformed into independent hubs, there really is something for everyone, if you know where to go.

Victoria Gate

John Lewis Leeds

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The most recent addition to Leeds’ thriving shopping scene, Victoria Gate is a lavish, modern shopping centre that has attracted loads of big brands to the city. You’ll find whole host of designer names here, think Tommy Hilfiger, Cos, The White Company and Hackett to name but a few. Not to mention the North’s flagship John Lewis store, which boasts four floors of homeware, tech, clothing and jewellery as well as a Clarins Spa.

Victoria Gate, 26 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.

Trinity Leeds

Trinity Leeds is filled with all the stores you love, including Topshop, Urban Outfitters and of course, the Apple Store. In fact, it’s attracted many a new brand, giving us the likes of Everyman, Victoria’s Secret and Rox before any other Northern city. As well as the shops, which will keep you busy all day, you’ll find a modern food hall with street food vendors that change on a regular basis and a whole host of restaurants and bars – head up to the top levels for drinks with a view. As Leeds’ shopping centres go, this one has it all.

Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.

Merrion Centre

Merrion Shopping Centre Leeds

The Merrion Centre is a bustling shopping hub where big brands rub shoulders with one-off independents. Musos can explore Jumbo Records, a huge independent vinyl shop, while footie fans can pick up the latest strips at the Official Leeds United Store. They sit alongside household names like Superdrug, Morrisons and Home Bargains. It’s not just shops though – you can find some of the city’s best bars and restaurants here, including Bulgogi Grill, My Thai and The Key Club.

Merrion Centre, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.

White Rose

White Rose Shopping Centre

The biggest and best shopping centre outside of Leeds, White Rose is the ideal choice if you don’t fancy going into the city centre. They’ve got oodles of parking and it’s free to stop, so you can make the most of all the shops, cafes and restaurants inside. You’ll find all the usual brands here, with the likes of River Island, Superdry and Jack Jones alongside Argos, Next and WH Smiths. If you’ve got kids in tow, nip into Build-a-Bear Workshop to make your own teddy, visit the Disney Store for the latest movie kit or try Claire’s for those first time ear-piercings.

White Rose Shopping Centre, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8LU.

St Johns Centre

St Johns Shopping Centre Leeds

It doesn’t get shouted about as much as some of the other shopping centres in Leeds, but St Johns is a staple that’s been serving the community for generations. It opened back in 1985 and now has over thirty shops and eateries, spread across two levels. There are national brands like Card Factory, Poundland, and of course, the Post Office, as well as a few places that are well worth a post-shopping pit stop – we’re talking Taco Bell and Icestone Gelato.

St Johns Centre, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LQ.

Victoria Quarter

Victoria Quarter

The most sophisticated kind of shopping centre, the Victoria Quarter was the city’s original retail hub. The stores that are now packed out with designer brands once held butchers, greengrocers and more. The old open streets have been covered by Britain’s biggest stained glass roof, but the arcades below are just as important to shoppers as they ever were. You’ll find all kinds of high-end and designer stores within – think Vivienne Westwood, Reiss, Louis Vuitton and Molton Brown to name but a few. They also boast an impressive array of jewellers, so don’t be surprised to see couples window shopping for rings.

Victoria Quarter, 4 Cross Arcade, Victoria Quarter, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.

Leeds Corn Exchange

Leeds Corn Exchange

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The historic Corn Exchange is still used for its original purpose – selling all manner of lovely things from local traders. With shops, salons and eateries for you to nip into on your day out, all under that impressive domed roof – you’re in for a treat. The double circle of independent stores, one on the ground floor and one on the first, promises an eclectic mix of products. So whether you’re after something vintage, something handmade or just something a little bit different, you won’t be disappointed.

Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Grand Arcade

Grand Arcade Leeds

The Grand Arcade is full of interesting little independents that you’ll surely want to explore. They’ve got more cafes and bars than shops, but you’ll also find some of the city’s finest indies within, including Our Handmade Collective, The Bridal Emporium and Lords’ Barbering. While you’re there, be sure to nip into Roots & Fruits for a plate of vegetarian loveliness, experience Brotherhood’s vintage sports bar or try the Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom for a traditional afternoon tea experience. This Leeds shopping centre practically demands you make a day of it.

Grand Arcade, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.

The Core

The Core Leeds

Smack band in the city centre, you’ll find The Core – a shopping centre with a variety of well known shops and eateries. You can buy new kicks from Footasylum, tech gadgets from Red 5 and the latest hits from HMV. There’s also two specialists outdoor stores – Blacks and Cotswolds Outdoors. If you get hungry, you can grab a quick bite from Subway or Graveley’s Fish & Chips, and if you’d rather burn off calories than consume them, you’ll find a gym and a hot yoga studio upstairs.

The Core, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JE.