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The Corn Exchange

Leeds Corn Exchange is full of independent, quirky shops and you’re always guaranteed to find a bargain. Whether you’re looking for vintage wear, oriental homewear or even a nice cup of a coffee, there’s something for everyone. I would recommend checking out Humpit for something healthy to eat, calling into Culture Vulture if you love collecting vinyl and Yellow Sunrise if you love japanese gifts and furnishings. I’ve been visiting Corn Exchange since I was 13 years old and I never get bored of it. The building is beautiful to walk around.

The Victoria Quarter

The Victoria Quarter is one of my favourite places to shop in Leeds and I love walking around the Victorian Arcades. If you love the finer things in life and prefer upmarket shopping, the Victoria Quarter is the place to visit. There’s everything from Jo Malone (for fragrances) to Mulberry for luxury handbags. Cutler and Gross also sell the most wonderful eyewear and the Ted Baker store is beautifully laid out. Every now and then the Victoria Quarter host customer events where you can get generous discounts or see new collections before everyone else.

Filmore and Union

When visiting the Victoria Quarter, call in at Fillmore and Union for brunch or a quick drink. Filmore and Union resides in the heart of the Victoria Quarter and it is the perfect place for a light and healthy snack. They sell gluten-free and vegan as well as wholesome smoothies and shakes. I have friends that eat gluten-free and I’m vegetarian so Filmore and Union is a regular haunt of ours. The prices are reasonable, the food is out of this world, the atmosphere is great and the location is beautiful.

Royal Armouries

I’m a bit of a history geek and love visiting museums on my travels. The Royal Armouries is a free-to-enter museum and has lots of exciting galleries for you to browse. It’s a bit of a walk out of the city centre, but easily sign posted and on a nice day you can stroll along the riverside to get there.

Zaap Thai

One of my favourite restaurants in Leeds is the newly opened Zaap Thai next to the Grand Arcade. The prices are really cheap – you can get a two course meal and a drink for two people for less than £30 – and the atmosphere is incredible. Zaap Thai is run by Thai people and is decorated to replicate a Bangkok street market, so if you’ve been to Bangkok like myself, this place will bring back so many happy memories. And if you haven’t been to Bangkok, this little restaurant will give you a taste of what the real thing has to offer.

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