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Shopping in Leeds

What really sets Leeds apart from its neighbours are the opportunities to shop. From the main high street chains to the smaller designer stores and boutiques, shops in Leeds are among the city’s best assets. There are two miles of pedestrianised streets in the city and over 1,000 shops in total.

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Another place well worth a visit, if only to marvel at the incredible architecture, is the Corn Exchange on Call Lane, which is home to lots of one-off shops and independent traders, mainly clothes and accessories. It was formerly a corn grading and trading market (hence the name), the roof was designed so as to prevent direct sunlight falling on the grain so it could be accurately judged, and is a work of art in itself. The Light, a new development on the Headrow, and Clarence Dock, Armouries Drive, also offer a wide selection of designer brands.

Markets

Leeds’ farmers market is held at Kirkgate open market, George Street, on the first and third Sunday of every month. Granary Wharf offers some of the best independent shopping in Leeds, thanks to the Pannier Market held on the last Saturday of every month, featuring more than 50 stalls selling fashion, arts, antiques and more.

Shopping centres

The latest addition to the city, opening in 2013, is Trinity Leeds covering three floors and offering over 100 stores from international brands to boutique designers. It is spread over three streets - Briggate, Albion and Commercial Street. The Harvey Nichols store on Briggate is the city's flagship shop; it was the first Harvey Nics outside London and the Fourth Floor Cafe inside is popular with the hip and fashionable set. The renowned Victoria Quarter, also on Briggate, houses over 70 top names from Vivienne Westwood to Ted Baker and Karen Millen. Other shopping centres in Leeds include: the White Rose shopping centre, St John’s Centre and Leeds Shopping Plaza.

Opening hours

Most of the larger department stores are open from Monday to Saturday 9am to 7pm or 8pm and from 10.30am or 11am til 5pm on Sundays.

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Quebecs

A Grade II listed boutique hotel with 45 rooms, this proper offers refined, classic and contemporary furnishings. Built in 1891 as the former liberal club, it offers a distinctive terracotta facade, wrought iron gates, Corinthian columns and stained glass windows. It's been voted one the world's top 80 hotels by Conde Nast Traveller.

Oak Villa B&B

This charming friendly B&B is situated close to Headingley Cricket Ground and is set in the heart of a pleasant wooded conservation area. The Victorian house has free parking Wi-Fi and a licensed bar. Some rooms have en-suites and there are different sized rooms. The hotel is just 1.5 miles from the city centre.

Malmaison

In a grand former bus and tram office, the Leeds branch of this popular chain offers stylish and contemporary rooms that all come with CD and DVD players as standard by the River Aire. There are 100 stylish rooms while British classics feature strongly on the menu.

Travelodge Leeds Central

This hotel offers good value, functional rooms at a convenient location that's close to the train station.

Queens Hotel

For location, this landmark hotel is unbeatable. Adjacent to the railway station and overlooking City Square, it's a stone's throw from all the action. With 215 rooms, an executive floor and two dining options, it is a large hotel with plenty of amenities and top notch service.

Met Hotel

This fabulously-ornate Grade II listed building has recently been refurbished and offers guests elegant, spacious rooms, a terracotta exterior and ornate furnishings. It's located in the business district but is still close to all the restaurant, shops and nightlife action.