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The Best Shopping Centres & Retail Parks in Leeds

· Andrew Emery · Style

Get some retail therapy at the best shopping centres in Leeds.

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You’re spoiled for choice with the range and variety of places to shop in Leeds. Where are you going to enjoy your next shopping spree?

We all know that Leeds is one of the best shopping cities in the UK. But sometimes it’s hard to fathom just how much is on offer here. The city boasts stylish shopping centres full of luxury boutiques and all the high street brands you could want under one roof as well as retail parks that put convenience first. Whether you’re shopping for clothes, homewares or the latest tech, your city has everything you need.

Victoria Gate

Victoria Gate, Leeds

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Victoria Gate has to be one of the most striking shopping centres in Leeds. There’s a sense of luxury which extends from the architecture to the brands you’ll find here – and the restaurants above. It’s anchored by the flagship four-floor John Lewis store, but you’ll also be able to dip into Anthropologie, The White Company, & Other Stories and more for designer clothes and quirky stuff for the home. The scent of coffee wafts through the doors of the Nespresso shop, and you’ll find a rich range of places to grab a bite to eat.

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

Victoria Quarter

Victoria Quarter

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One of the pride and joys of the city, the Victoria Quarter rewrites the rules for what a modern shopping centre can be. For starters, it’s simply gorgeous. From the wonderfully tiled floor to the largest stained-glass roof in Britain, it’s a masterpiece in how to refresh Victorian architecture. The shops are equally high-end, with Louis Vuitton, Molton Brown, Charbonnel et Walker, Paul Smith, numerous jewellers and the multiple floors of Harvey Nichols all making a home here. It’s the perfect place for window shopping or really putting your credit cards through their paces.

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

Crown Point

Nike Crownpoint

Just on the south side of Leeds, Crown Point is the closest retail park to the city centre. It’s a great place to visit, with a variety of well-known names lined up for you to explore. Book a holiday at Tui, browse the Wren Kitchens showroom and see how you stand up to the pester power of your kids when you take them along to Smyths Toy Superstore. There’s a brace of bed specialists – Dreams and Benson – an M&S Foodhall and branches of Next, Nike, Pets at Home and Hobbycraft. Yep, it’s got it all.

Crown Point, Junction Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1ET.

Trinity Leeds

Trinity Leeds

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Trinity Leeds continues to wow, with its imaginative use of space and wide range of shops. There’s Lego and The Entertainer to keep the kids happy, a large Apple Store, the sweet temptations of Lindt and that’s before you’ve even got round to the fashion offering. With Urban Outfitters, Next, Hollister and Victoria’s Secret here, there’s something for everyone. Add in the brilliant Trinity Kitchen street food hall with its mix of permanent and pop-up vendors, the Everyman Cinema and seasonal events, and it’s the perfect modern shopping centre.

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

Grand Arcade

Grand Arcade Leeds

Considering its relatively small stature, the Grand Arcade definitely packs plenty in. It’s full of places to eat and drink – this is where you’ll find the hidden entrance to The Domino Club tucked away inside Lords’ Barbering, and the quaint Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom. It’s also home to The Brotherhood sports bar, superb street food spot Zaap Thai and Better Days, the first wellbeing-focussed bar in Leeds. Shopping-wise, you’ve got the crafty goodness of Our Handmade Collective and two floors of fabulous wedding dresses and accessories at The Bridal Emporium.

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

White Rose

exterior of White Rose shopping centre

The White Rose shopping centre in South Leeds is still going strong. You’ll find a brilliant mix of stores here, with staples such as Boots, Claire’s, Clintons, WH Smiths, Argos, Primark and JD all present and correct. Your kids will love the Build-a-Bear Workshop, The Entertainer and Disney Store, while you can make a real day of it here with a multi-screen Cineworld, loads of family-friendly restaurants and even an escape room. Just how many of the more than 120 shops do you plan on nipping into?

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

The Springs

The Springs at Thorpe Park

One of Leeds’ most recent retail parks, everything at The Springs in Thorpe Park feels shiny and new. Get your shop on at Boots, The Range and EE, while there’s an M&S Foodhall too. H&M, JD, Card Factory, The Works, The Entertainer, Mountain Warehouse, Next, TK Maxx – it’s a place that covers a lot of ground. If you want to make a day of it, dine at Nando’s, Burger Priest or Gino D’Acampo then try out the mini golf at the first Puttstars centre in the UK. All this and a 10-screen Odeon Luxe cinema too.

The Springs, Thorpe Park View, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8GH.

Merrion Centre

Jumbo Records in Merrion Centre

The Merrion Centre is a city centre stalwart that remains one of the most interesting and diverse places to go shopping in Leeds. It’s home to Jumbo Records, perfect for all your musical needs, while footie fans can make a pilgrimage to the official Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos stores. It’s a great mix of popular names – Morrisons, 3, Wilko, Iceland – and indie brands such as Chilli Shop and The Bookish Type. Get your groceries, get your wardrobe sorted, get your hair cut and get a great dinner – you can do it all at The Merrion Centre.

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

Leeds Corn Exchange

Leeds Corn Exchange

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Leeds really knows how to do shopping centres with character. This Grade I listed building from 1863 might not see any corn traded these days, but it’s a drop-dead gorgeous place to shop, dine and soak in the atmosphere. It’s the place to go if you want to support independents, with start-up clothes shops, vintage treasure troves and vendors of the unusual all to be found here. Bag some vinyl at Released Records, one-of-a-kind trinkets at Dion Smith Jewellery and find fashions both contemporary at All Blues Co. and from the past at The Alt Box.

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

St Johns Centre

St Johns Shopping Centre Leeds

A Leeds fixture for decades, St Johns has three entrances, two levels and is home to the Post Office and Poundland. Step inside and you’ll find over thirty eateries and shops, the location making it an ideal spot to pick up some essentials or something to eat during your lunch break if you work nearby. Get your nails refreshed at Magic Nails, your eyebrows threaded at Browline and grab a culture fix at the branch of HMV on the lower floor. Peckish? There’s a Subway, Taco Bell, Icestone Gelato and more besides.

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

Kirkstall Bridge

Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park

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Northwest of the city, Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park is a great location if you want to kill lots of birds with one stone. Want some new furniture to take home? Get to The Range. Is the fridge a bit bare? There’s one of Iceland’s Food Warehouses. Pet toys, food and more are in ready supply at Pets at Home and you’ve also got a Shoezone, Smyths, JD and a Trespass if you plan on living your best life outdoors. You can even aim for the body beautiful with a PureGym and Tanning Shop there too.

Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park, Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BL.

The Core

The Core

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You can’t miss The Core – it’s got a prime position on The Headrow right in the heart of Leeds. Sneaker freaks will love the Footasylum here, one of the best places in the city to grab some new footwear. The same goes for those who love the great outdoors, with branches of Blacks and Cotswold Outdoor. Gasp at the gadgets in Red5 then seek out bargains in Poundland and Matalan. There’s an on-site gym and yoga studio, good places to work off the Graveley’s Fish & Chips or Roosters Piri Piri chicken you can feast on here.

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