Take a trip to Leeds Victoria Quarter which is famously known as a fashion and lifestyle destination. The Victoria Quarter is home to many prestigious big stores such as Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith, Mulberry and of course Harvey Nichols. If High Street style is more your thing then head to Trinity Leeds. Trinity offers customers everything from Topshop and Oasis to Swarovski and Victoria Secret. There is also Briggate for those shoppers who enjoy being out and about in the Christmas period. Take a walk down Briggate and enjoy all the Festive lights and main department stores to find those perfect last minute gifts in true Christmas commotion. For those personal bespoke gifts, tak advantage of Leeds’ extensive choice of independent shops and boutiques, which offer shoppers an alternative way of shopping. Christmas is a special time for Leeds – it holds the largest UK winter illuminatations and its choice for shopping, drinking and dining is endless.
Bird’s Yard, 83 Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7DJ
Birds Yard is three floors of Vintage heaven. the stylish boutique opened its doors in 2010 and has since given customers the opportunity to explore the independent and creative side of Leeds shopping. From handcrafted and bespoke gifts to all things vinatge, Birds Yard offers its customers contemporary high end style!
The Kooples, Victoria Quarter, Manchester
Eccentric duo behind fashion brand The Kooples have just celebrated their first birthday with their store in The Victoria Quarter. The pair who design for both men and women focus their pieces on high-quality and elegance. Taking away from anything else on the High Street the french pair can offer you a perfectly tailored staple wardrobe.
Where to Stay: park plaza
Boar Lane, City Square, LS1 5NS
Located in Leeds city centre, The Park Plaza is the perfect place to relax after an afternoon of fine dining and extensive Christmas shopping. With Trinity Leeds shopping centre on your doorstep, Park Plaza is convenient for all your weekend requirements. The modern deluxe rooms and penthouse suites live up to the Hotel’s four star rating. Located on the ground floor of the Plaza is the Scene lobby bar, the perfect retreat for those wine and cocktail enthusiasts. The Park Plaza will offer you an enjoyable, relaxing stay.
Where to Drink: Cuvée Cellar
Waterman’s Place, Granary Wharf, Leeds, LS1 4GL
Located on the waterfront, this contemporary wine bar is the perfect pit stop after a busy afternoon of shopping in the city of Leeds. With an extensive wine list this independently run bar can offer customers a warm and friendly environment to drink in. As well as specialising in wine, Cuvée Cellar offers spirits and a cracking selection of beers. To really get you in the festive spirit, the team have created a list of winter warmer cocktails. Bar manager, Matthew McCormack assures us that customers will receive a personal experience with their small team. So enter the winter wonderland in this unique city bar.
Where to Eat: Lockwoods
83 NORTH STREET, RIPON, HG4 1DP
One of those lovely, best-kept-secret restaurants run by a passionate owner, Lockwood’s has been serving up Bistro food in the market town of Ripon for eight years. Come along for one of Matthew Lockwood’s popular tapas nights and enjoy rich Andalusian stew, unbelievably tasty carrot salad and deliciously creamy deep-fried montenebro goat’s cheese with chestnut honey. The rosewater and cardamom ice-cream is a lovely palate cleanser, too. Once you find it, you’ll be returning to this hidden gem.