Leeds' status as a shopping mecca was confirmed when the prestigious Harvey Nichols opened its first northern branch in this elegant location. Harvey Nichols' four floors are truly "Ab Fab", with international designer wear for men and women, cosmetics, perfume and footwear. The food market and wine shop are perfect if you want to throw a dinner party that will dazzle. After all this retail therapy you may be in need of refreshment. Why not relax in the Espresso Bar@Harvey Nichols a pavement cafe, admiring the Victoria Quarter's award-winning stained glass roof or sample at the Fourth Floor restaurant and bar.
Those with a taste for haute couture will find no better place to spend a few hours than the elegant Victoria Quarter. Home to some of the biggest names in fashion, including Vivienne Westwood and Karen Millen), the Victoria Quarter has become one of Leeds' main shopping attractions. If you can tear your eyes away from the colorful window displays, take a glance at the ceiling, which features the largest stained-glass window in the country. After a day of shopping, recharge your batteries in one of the Quarter's excellent cafes. It is open all seven days a week.
Dating back to 1875, the Leeds Kirkgate Marketis one of the oldest operational indoor markets in Leeds, and the largest in Europe. Trade in Leeds during the early later 19th Century flourished with the opening of the Leeds Kirkgate Market. A total of 800 stalls operate under one roof here. From eatables to clothing, jewelry and accessories, to even electronics, flowers and books, the stalls here stock them all. It was here where the first Marks & Spencer outlet was established. The market has become has integral part of Leeds' history.
Debenhams is one of the biggest department stores in the city center. In a bid to appeal to the more upmarket customer, the shop offers designer labels, such as Jasper Conran, alongside high street names. The store sells a broad range of goods, from accessories and fragrances to footwear and home furnishings. The Café Venue on the ground floor serves hot drinks and snacks, while the fourth-floor Night and Day Cafe serves a more substantial range. Those looking for style at a reasonable price are sure to love this store.
Robert Smart Menswear sells not only formal and casual wear, but also designer labels through the next door Mannix outlet and even has one Robert Smart Tweed Shop next door. Amongst the casual wear can be found US import Gant, Camel and a comprehensive selection of John Smedley's fine knitwear. Shirts by Eterna and Dickens & Browne can be complemented by accessories such as cuff links by Taggs.
The open-air market has survived in York for centuries, although not always in the same location. Now bordered by the Shambles, Parliament Street and Church Street, it is at the very heart of the city. Although the individual stalls do vary from day to day, you can be sure of color, variety and a relaxed shopping experience. Butchers and fishmongers have their spot by the Patrick Pool entrance. Whilst one stall sells specialty cheeses, another sells Italian bread and cakes, and along with fruit, vegetable and flower stalls, they all offer fresh produce and excellent value. Rolls of fabric, various clothing stalls and a hat seller can be found just off the Shambles. Bric-a-brac, second-hand books and handicrafts also have their place.
This shop boasts a superb collection of bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses for sizes 6 to 30. There is lots to choose from, with something to suit all pockets. Prices start at around GBP100 and go up to GBP2000. If you'd prefer to have a dress that's a bit more individual, you can always take advantage of the shop's dress design service. As well as dresses, Angel Brides has an excellent collection of accessories; including jewelery, shoes, gloves and tiaras.
Established in 1948, E.J. Freeborn & Son sell gifts and furniture using a variety of wood. Large items such as tables are made to personal specification, and also offered is a complete renovation service. Gifts include droughts and chess sets, picture frames, recorders and bowls. Trinket boxes in red and green are particularly pretty and more unusual items such as sculptures of pears, dolphins and mushrooms complete the range. A good range of wood treatment is also available, as is a selection of period brass fittings.
In business since 1976, the Japanese Print Gallery specializes in Japanese woodblock prints. However, where most similar galleries feature 17th- and 18th-century work, the Japanese Print Gallery goes for later periods, from 1868 onward. There's a strong selection, mostly prints, but also some artwork. There are also a fine number of Russian paintings, which have been a feature since 1990. It's a small place with just a single room; but packs in a lot with reasonable prices, and proprietor Percy Barkes is an acknowledged expert in his fields, more than happy to chat and answer questions. It's an eye-opening experience of the Sino-Japanese worldview.
A family-run shop that was established in 1993, Lucius Books specializes in modern first editions, especially for crime fiction and children's literature, but covers the entire gamut, including poetry and military history. Lucius Books is actually more than books, though, also offering original artwork for sale, mostly book-related, and there's also a strong selection of music memorabilia, including rare and collectible vinyl, as well as posters in all genres. The bookshop aims squarely at the collector market, rather than the general buyer, and the prices reflect that. With a strong online presence to back up the shop, visitors can return to purchase even after they've left York.
Sahara mixes the weaving craftsmanship of the East with Western style to create fashions for women that go far beyond the High Street. The York store opened in 2009, selling clothing made from many natural fibers that are complemented by the work of several European designers. It’s a boutique, but a beautiful one, and the staff (known as style advisers) are happy to help customers put together a perfect outfit – or two – that will really stand out. Add to that a full range of accessories, bags, belts and jewelry, and there’s everything needed in a clothing store.
Unlike most other jewelery shops that sell items that have been brought in, TCJ Designs specializes in the design and creation of custom jewelery. It’s an easy place to miss, with just a small medieval frontage on Stonegate, York’s busiest shopping street. The designers will help a customer realize their dreams into a piece of jewelery for any occasion and with the materials they desire. The shop also offers full restoration of pieces, as well as remodeling old jewelery and the shaping of unique wedding bands. It’s jewelery, yes, but not quite like any other shop around. Independent jewelery at its best.