Leeds has been named as a top 3 retail destination to visit in the UK and we’ve picked three of the best places in Leeds to celebrate!

As a top 3 retail destination Leeds was placed third outside of London – Glasgow at number one and Manchester in second place.

With the arrival of Trinity Leeds and the First Direct Arena in recent years, Leeds City Centre has gone from strength to strength. The centre currently consists of eight indoor shopping centres and over 1000 stores.

This latest accolade further strengthens Leeds position as a premier retail destination, with an estimated 1.9 million people living within 30 minutes’ drive of the city centre and a total shopping catchment population of nearly 3.2 million people regionally.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for transport and the economy said:

“I am delighted with Leeds going up the league of premier shopping location in the UK. In the last few years a number of new and exciting developments have sprung up in the city including the Trinity Leeds shopping centre, the arrival of the first direct arena and the start of work to the new Victoria Gate scheme.

“Over the last 10 years almost £2.7billon of major property development schemes have been completed in the city with a further £178million of schemes under construction at the end of 2013.

“Leeds is thriving and will continue to do so as developments continue to be built in the city centre.

Here are our three best places to shop in Leeds!

Trinity Leeds

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Trinity Leeds

At Trinity Leeds, you’ll find more than 120 national and international brands under one roof. Hungry shoppers are in luck with a range of over 30 top dining destinations, cafes, bars and Trinity Kitchen – a unique mix of vibrant restaurants and street food vans. Lying in the heart of the city, Trinity Leeds is easily accessible by all modes of transport.

With 120 national and international brands under one roof. Find your favourite stores with their interactive map here. Pick your favourite eatery from their range of over 30 top dining destinations, cafes, bars and Trinity Kitchen – a unique mix of vibrant restaurants and street food vans.

Come and chat to their friendly and knowledgeable Customer Service Hosts. They are there to help with anything from finding that must-visit store, to travel advice or what’s on in Leeds.

The Customer Service Lounge is located on the first floor opposite H&M and open during their normal shopping hours.

Leeds Kirkgate Market

At a time of self-serve checkouts and chain stores, Leeds Kirkgate Market has been keeping the traditional market alive and vibrant for generations. And to make it even easier, they’ve introduced a number of incentives that make shopping local more accessible and convenient than ever before.With Shop & Drop, you can truly savour the market and appreciate the expertise and service the traders provide. You can learn the ins and outs of fresh fish at Ramsden’s, put together a new outfit at Pocket Friendly Fashions, or taste test the range of specially blended teas and coffees at Teapot.

Dedicated to supporting local, independent businesses, Leeds Kirkgate Market is the most unique shopping experience in the city. With something for everyone amongst their eclectic range of traders, it’s never been easier or more convenient to shop local.

Victoria Quarter

The Victoria Quarter is an upmarket shopping area in Leeds, England. It consists of three blocks situated between Briggate and Vicar Lane, comprising County Arcade, Cross Arcade, Queen Victoria Street and King Edward Street. The Victoria Quarter has a number of stores that have made their out-of-London debuts – including Firetrap, Agent Provocateur and more! The area also boasts a Harvey Nichols, a Louis Vuitton and a Paul Smith store!