Leeds is identified as the principal shopping district for the Yorkshire region. As one of the UK’s top shopping destinations, Leeds boasts over two miles of traffic-free shopping set in the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian arcades and modern purpose-built shopping centres. You’ll also be able to find an eclectic mix of high street favorites, exclusive boutiques and vintage stores.
You can find the leading high street shops, including Topshop, Zara, Primark and many more on Briggate, a pedestrianised street in the city centre. A selection of shops, bars and restaurants can also be found in the Trinity Leeds complex. The Victoria Quarter is a stylish shopping arcade where you’ll find brand names such as Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood. Victoria Gate has also just opened, adding a uniquely modern shopping arcade to the mix.
Food & Groceries
The city offers an extensive array of places to eat and drink, whether you’re looking for hipster cafes, takeaway places, or a nice restaurant for a fancy dinner! La Bottega Milanese is what you want if you’re looking for a delicious coffee fix, while Tiled Hall Café, next to the Leeds Art Gallery, boasts splendid surroundings to dine in. Popular takeaways in Leeds include Wok&Go, which offers a 1-for-1 discount every Tuesday, and Charco’s, which is much like a budget-friendly version of Nando’s! Anthony’s Restaurant and Brasserie Forty 4 are just two of the best foodie finds in Leeds and well worth a visit as well.
Additionally, many restaurants and cafés have special deals for students or early- bird menus ideal for a student budget. The Leeds Singaporean Society has also negotiated discounts for our members at several eateries in Leeds, including Noodle House, Charco’s and Thai Edge! So do try them out!
If you want to stay in and cook, the Kirkgate Market has great offerings for fresh produce. Whether its fresh fish, meat or seasonal vegetables, the friendly grocers will help you pick out whatever you’re looking for! The Kirkgate Market is also where Michael Marks opened his penny bazaar (which becomes present-day Marks & Spencer), and is today one of the largest indoor markets in Europe and has recently been recommended in Jamie Oliver’s Food Guide for The Sunday Times.
There are also several supermarkets that are easily accessible in the city center, such as Morrison’s, a student favorite, Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s. Right next to these, we also have SingKee, an Asian mart where you can satisfy your cravings for food reminiscent of home! We also have a partnership with SingKee, so be sure to show your membership card at the till. 🙂