Friday, 13 May 2016

A very vintage day out in Leeds

A city bustling with vintage finds in sometimes the most unexpected areas of the city centre, Leeds has really come into it's own for vintage finds over the past few years. Known for it's picturesque Corn exchange, the looming dome greets you as you make your way into the city centre, but there's so much more to Leeds than it's stunning buildings.

A city which is undergoing a re-vamp of late, with a new shopping centre taking over the main streets towards the city centre, this has had somewhat of an effect on the cities vintage quarter but one which certainly won't deter away any determined shopper. Deep in the sultry underbelly of the city vintage lifestyle is certainly alive and well, you'll definitely find plenty to do in the city.

But where to start? With so many areas to shop around you'll be spoilt for choice, head towards the Corn exchange on Call Lane for a selection of vintage shops in perhaps one of the prettiest buildings you'll find, a stones throw away is Memphis Belle a darling little boutique full of vintage inspired clothing and accessories.

Just tucked behind the Corn exchange is Upstaged - updated Feb 2016, now unfortunately closed, on the surrounding streets you'll find plenty of vintage stores worth a visit for any hidden gems from Pop boutique on Central Road to Blue Rinse on Call Lane.

A visit the the Victoria Quarter is also a must, an elegant grade II listed building which is home to an abundance of shops from designer to boutique. Worth a visit to peek at Jeffery West's taxidermy displays and the Illamasqua store alone.

If a day of just shopping doesn't tickle your fancy you may want to pay a visit to Fabrication at The light, where you can get crafty from learning the art of millinery to bodices and blouses, if you ever wanted to make a 40's inspired shirt this is the place to learn how to, you'll find plenty of workshops year round to choose from.

After all that you may feel a touch parched, you can find the likes of Patisserie Valerie on Albion street & St Paul's street for a spot of tea and cake, or if you prefer a classic diner Ruby Jeans at Nation of shopkeepers on Cookridge Street does a tasty selection of sliders, burgers and 'dogs. Primo's gourmet hot dogs at the Corn exchange also does a great selection of hot dogs and shakes.

Leeds truly comes into it's own in the night time, if you fancy a longer stay you'll find a branch of Dr Sketchy's and The wet spot holding monthly burlesque events. You can indulge in a spot of tipple at 51% bourbon at Hirst's Yard, holding an impress selection of bourbon's and whiskies to The wardrobe which has an impressive cocktail menu.

There's certainly plenty to do in the city, with regular fairs popping up year round and plenty of boutiques and department stores around the city. Simply take an exploratory walk around the city and see what you can find.

Images: Corn Exchange Leeds & 51% bourbon

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