This is the most famous street in York and the only one to be listed in the Domesday book. It's quaint and very picturesque with its narrow cobbled streets known as "Snickelways" and the timbered shops leaning so close they nearly touch each other. The street probably gets its name from the low wide shelves called 'shammels' on which the butchers displayed their meat. Now it's a street of souvenir and coffee shops.
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.
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.
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.
Just a stroll from Micklegate Bar Museum is the French House antique shop. It's deceptively larger than can be imagined when you first enter through the front door from Micklegate. The main showroom is full of interesting antiques and on display is everything from china to furniture, as one might expect. On continuing down the passage, the visitor will be pleasantly surprised to find that it opens out into another much larger room which specializes in antique bedsteads. Overhead are many different chandeliers, lamps and light fittings including some excellent examples in the Art Nouveau style, a style that has now become very much in demand again. Downstairs, in the basement, are even more exciting finds to be discovered by the discerning buyer.
Warehouse is a very fashionable shop aimed at older girls and young women. There is a marvelous selection of brightly colored stylish clothes, including dresses, skirts, t-shirts and trousers, some are even decorated with sequins. Fabrics such as satin are used to create stunning evening wear. All the clothes are very pretty, very feminine and great fun. Warehouse also sells accessories such as bags and necklaces. They are more than happy to refund or exchange items if you have a receipt.
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.
Located down one of York's oldest and most popular streets, this is an outdoor gear store with an eye for fashion. The store has a particularly attractive selection of footwear, which includes everything from sandals to boots, and the prices are fairly reasonable. The range of shirts and shorts will suit anyone who is an outdoors fan. You can also find stock camping accessories such as bags and mugs.
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.