Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

With the big day only one month away, we’re kicking off our Christmas blog series with some present ideas! It’s hard every year to think of something original to buy your family and friends, but our list of local shops in Yorkshire will provide those special and unique gifts that you can guarantee nobody else will have!

Leeds

  • Great Yorkshire Shop, Corn Exchange: Support Yorkshire producers by purchasing your Christmas presents here! They sell Henderson’s Relish, leaf tea from Sheffield’s Birdhouse Tea Company, and natural skincare products from Whitby’s Sweet Cecily’s
  • The Traditional Shaving Company, Grand Arcade: For all your bearded friends, pick up an old school wet shave kit or some top-notch products to keep their beard in place
  • Chirpy, Chapel Allerton: a creative design store and workshop where you can find some unique home accessories and even take part in some workshops to learn how to do it yourself!

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  • Little Leeds Beer House, Corn Exchange: A haven for craft beers with an extensive selection of the finest beers from Yorkshire and beyond!
  • On The Wall, Boar Lane: You can find everything here from classic film posters to artsy prints, trendy t-shirts to incredible canvases
  • OK Comics, Briggate: Know a comic fanatic? Get yourself to OK Comics where they offer an impression selection of classic comics and graphic novels
  • Armadillo Toys, Chapel Allerton and Horsforth: The best independent toyshop in Leeds and a child’s dream! You’ll find a vast range of old school and modern toys to keep children entertained over Christmas
  • Yellow Sunrise, Corn Exchange: When you step into this magical shop you’ll want to buy every single one of its Japanese and Moroccan goodies!

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York

  • The Inkwell, Gillygate: A hipster’s paradise with old-school vibes, filled with vinyl records and pop culture oddities
  • Fraser & May, Bridge Street: A shabby chic boutique providing the perfect unique gifts for Christmas including furniture, jewellery and vintage prints
  • Monkbar Chocolatiers, Shambles: Your chocolate-loving friends and family will appreciate the delicious handmade chocolates from one of the most well-establish chocolatiers in the city

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  • Rafi’s Spicebox, Goodramgate: Your foodie friends will love anything you buy them from here! A family run businesses with a tantalising selection of spices and ingredients to make authentic Indian dishes
  • Snowhome, Gillygate: You can be sure nobody will have whatever gifts you buy from here, with stunning homewares from small manufacturers and emerging designers
  • Burgin’s Perfumery, Coney Street: Step into the past in this traditional perfumery offering 2000 makes from designer brands to independent businesses
  • The Yorkshire Soap Company, Blake Street: Give someone the gift of relaxation with handmade soaps and bath salts in an array of sumptuous scents
  • The Imaginarium, Blake Street: Next to the YSC you’ll find a store full of bizarre and fascinating trinkets you can guarantee nobody else will have!

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Sheffield

  • Collard Mason, Devonshire Street: A dark and moody boutique selling clothes, jewellery and homewares from independent designers
  • Sheffield Antiques Centre, Broadfield Road: A truly traditional antique shop with an awesome range from trinkets to furniture, all at great prices
  • Starmore Boss, Sharrow Vale: For the one who loves a tipple, you’ll find an amazing selection of wines, beers, whiskeys and South Yorkshire’s largest range of tequilas
  • MoonKo, Division Street: A bright and quirky independent shop where can find the perfect gifts from home to fashion pieces

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  • The Record Collector, Fulwood Road: A true institution in Sheffield, pop in for new and second-hand CDs and vinyls, and if you’re lucky you might even catch one of their signings!
  • The Famous Sheffield Shop, Ecclesall Road: Celebrating everything that it great about Sheffield, with stunning metalwork pieces, and shop owner Paul who has an impressive knowledge of all things Sheffield
  • Hilary & Flo, Ecclesall Road: Venture into the jungle that is Hilary & Flo for quirky interior design pieces from all over the world. Even make a gift yourself in one of their DIY workshops
  • Sheffield Skincare Co, Crookes Road: Treat family and friends to some of the incredible skincare products homemade from natural ingredients by founder Megan

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Embrace city centre living in Leeds!

Embrace city centre living in Leeds!

Have you always dreamed of living in a stylish city centre apartment? Do you want to have easy access to everything the amazing city of Leeds has to offer? Then you don’t want to miss out on this stunning one bedroom apartment just 10 minutes walk from Leeds city centre!

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The stylish one bedroom apartment comprises of a spacious lounge, which features a set of French doors that lead out onto a private balcony and create a bright and airy living space. Against the rear wall of the space is the contemporary kitchen which is fitted with sleek black units and complete with integrated white goods including oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, providing everything you need in one convenient space. There is also a cupboard located in the hallway providing extra storage space. The two area are separated by carpet in the lounge area and laminate flooring in the kitchen.

The double bedroom has fitted carpet and a large window, letting in plenty of light, and offers plenty of space for storage. The bedroom also benefits from BT and TV points. The beautifully finished, modern bathroom is fitted with sleek grey tiles and a white three-piece including shower over bath, as well as large mirror and electric shaver point. The apartment also features a secure telephone entry system and gas central heating with combi-boiler.

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Location

This apartment in the modern Cypress Point development is ideally located just 10 minutes walk from Leeds city centre, ideal for young professionals living in the city or those seeking to embrace the excitement of urban living. This property is just across the road from Lovell Park, and has many great eateries and shops on the door step. The apartment is close enough to the centre to easily access everything it has to offer, but is just far enough from the hustle and bustle. Leeds city centre has many great shopping venues including the new Trinity centre, as well as a thriving restaurant and bar scene, great entertainment and live music venues, with the First Direct Arena and Belgrave Music Hall both being just a few minutes walk from the apartment.

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Highlights

  • Lovell Park
  • First Direct Arena, Belgrave Music Hall and O2 Academy
  • The Grand Theatre & Opera House and West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Jar Mills Studios, The Dance Studio Leeds and Temple of Boom
  • The Brunswick, The Reliance and The Greedy Pig
  • MOJO, Manahatta, Bar Soba and Verve
  • Grand Arcade – The Pit, Roots & Fruits, The Traditional Shaving Company and Lord’s Barbering
  • Shopping and restaurants on Briggate, The Headrow and Trinity Centre
  • Leeds Kirkgate Market and Corn Exchange
  • Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute
  • Restaurants, bars and cinema in The Light and Merrion Centre

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City Centre Living in Leeds

City Centre Living in Leeds

A fantastic one-bedroom apartment situated in the Iceworks development at the heart of Leeds city centre, just around the corner from the Corn Exchange, perfect for those who love city living. 8FrontView2

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The spacious, open-plan living area is the perfect place to eat and relax, with a large floor to ceiling sliding glass door that creates a bright, open space. The modern kitchen is fitted with white high gloss units, with plenty of cupboard space, as well as integrated oven and hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. This room and the hallway are fitted with original wooden flooring, creating a homely feel and also make for easy cleaning!23Kitchen1

The cosy, double bedroom is fully carpeted and features a large walk-in wardrobe, with a fitted clothes rail and sliding door. The clean-finished, tiled bathroom has a white three-piece suite with shower over the bath, as well as fitted mirrors and shelving above the sink. This city centre apartment has gas central heating, a secure door intercom system and communal satellite dish.

Location

This stylish apartment offers the best of city living in Leeds, located just off Kirkgate and around the corner from the Corn Exchange. You’ll be right in the heart of the action, with the Trinity Centre, shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues all within walking distance.

Delve into the delights that the Kirkgate Market has to offer such as fresh food, flowers and fabrics. You’ll have a multitude of restaurants at your doorstep such as Las Leeds02Iguanas, Zizzi, Red’s, Pizza Express and Shear’s Yard, as well as plenty of pubs and bars including Oporto, Chilli White, Smokestack, Fibre and Black Swan, amongst many more. This apartment is also conveniently located down the street from a Co-op, the post office, Leeds bus station and just round the corner from a gym, and a short walk to the train station.

You can shop to your heart’s content with the Trinity Centre on Briggate just a few minutes walk away, with all the shops you need! Leeds city centre also has some great entertainment venues within walking distance of Iceworks, including West Yorkshire Playhouse, O2 Academy, First Direct Arena, Belgrave Music Hall and The Key Club.

If you love Leeds city centre, and want to be in the middle of all the action with everything at your door step, than this apartment is ideal for you!

Bars and restaurants

You are spoilt for choice in Leeds with excellent eateries whatever your taste and budget. Here are some must-visit restaurants within walking distance of the apartment that won’t break the bank. Red’s True BBQ is a must visit for meat-lovers, and just round the corner from Iceworks! Tuck into juicy brisket, succulent ribs or smoked chicken, all drenched in their signature dirty sauce. For a cheap meal head round the corner to Primo’s in the Corn Exchange, serving gourmet American-inspired hot dogs, with a hot dog meal coming to just under £7!

Close to home is also Safran, a Persian restaurant which, despite its modest appearance, serves excellent quality, traditional dishes, and you can get two courses for two people for just £20. If you love Thai food, then My Thai is a must visit, serving South East Asian delights such as Bangkok pad Thai and green curry. Tuck into the best, but reasonably priced, veggie meals in Leeds at Roots and Fruits, or try the Sela Bar for deliciously cheap stone-baked pizzas with an array of toppings. An unexpected choice is that bar/music venue The Wardrobe, which surprisingly serves up some of the finest Caribbean food in the city, with their lunch menu starting from under a fiver.Leeds Guide Photography by Barnaby Aldrick

You’ll never get bored of the Leeds nightlife, and what’s even better is you won’t need a taxi home living at Iceworks! For cheaper drinks, go for the various happy hours such as Friday’s at Distrikt from 5-10pm where selected beers, wines and spirits are half price. Brooklyn offers drinks from £3 between 4-8pm, every day of the week, whilst Cabana has 2-4-1 cocktails from 12-7pm and 10pm to closing every day of the week! Head to the Bavarian basement bar Bierkeller from 4-7pm Monday to Friday for happy hour deals, or Rev de Cuba if you prefer cocktails, which are 2-4-1 from 5-9pm Monday to Friday. Instead of 2-4-1, The Liquorist serves their infamous cocktails for just a fiver each from 4-9pm every day!

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  • Great British Food festival – 28 to 20 May – Harewood House
  • Slam Dunk Festival – 28 May – Millennium Square
  • Love Leeds Cocktail Festival – 6 to 12 June – Leeds bars
  • Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival – 18 June – Leeds Town Hall
  • The Tetley Weekender – 25 to 26 June – The Tetley
  • Gin Festival – 1 July – Leeds town hall

Suburban & City Living in Chapel Allerton, Leeds

Suburban & City Living in Chapel Allerton, Leeds

This contemporary two-bedroom apartment, located in the up and coming suburb Chapel Allerton, boasts a bright open-plan layout and fully equipped kitchen. Close to the local shopping centre and just 10 minutes from Leeds city centre, this apartment gives you the best of both city and suburban lifestyles.

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The open-plan layout of this modern, first floor apartment creates a bright and spacious living area, accentuated by the large windows that let light flood in. The kitchen area is well equipped with all the integrated mod cons you need including a tall fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and stainless steel oven with hob.

The bedrooms are just as bright and spacious as the rest of the property, are fully carpeted to create a cosy space, and offer great storage opportunities. The modern three-piece bathroom suite features an over-the-bath shower to meet all your needs. The property has gas central heating, a secure entry system and parking within communal grounds. This lovely little apartment has everything you need, and is situated in the perfect location…

Location

The “urban village” of Chapel Allerton is the place to be in Leeds right now. The vibrant inner suburb has its own mini town with grocery shops, plenty of pubs, bars, takeaways and lovely restaurants, banks, independent shops, a library, and even two art galleries for those seeking a bit of culture. The property is also close to Potternewton Park, and not too far away from the well known Roundhay Park.

Whilst you have all this within walking distance, the appeal of this suburb is its close distance to Leeds city centre and all it has to offer. You have the new Trinity centre and plenty of other shops down Briggate and along the Headrow, a multitude of quirky bars and eateries, cinemas, museums, art galleries, a buzzing nightlife; the list is endless!

This apartment’s great location means you can enjoy the relaxed and peaceful suburb, as well as explore the exciting city life of Leeds- you are spoilt for choice. Leeds city centre is easily reachable via regular bus services that go right past the apartment development.

Places to eat & drink

Where to start! To eat during the day, Crust & Crumb and Sunshine Bakery will become your go to locations, whilst Seven, and independent arts space, café and bar, offers something a little different and even puts on regular exhibitions, films, theatre and comedy.

The restaurant scene offers cuisines for every taste; Sukothai serves the best Thai food in Leeds, for Mexican head to Pinche Pinche or El Bareto, Chapel A foodand Arti or Aagrah serve tasty Indian cuisines. If you’re more of a pizza/pasta person, Casa Mia is your go to, then for Mediterranean food try The Olive Tree, and North African cuisine in Sami’s.

The best bars in the area include Zed Bar, The Manor and The Hub, as well as Further North; the smaller, cheekier version of Leeds’ North Bar. If you prefer a good local pub then The Mustard Pot, The Regent and The Bay Horse Inn are all classically British pubs.

And when you head to Leeds city centre you are absolutely spoilt for choice with places to eat and drink. A few of many places to eat include: Shears Yard, Roots and Fruits, Filmore and Union, Café Moor, Fuji Hiro and The Foundry– you and your taste buds will have a great time discovering the culinary delights of Leeds. And to drink: Roland’s, The Social, Bilbao Bar, Smokestack, The Living Room, Friends of Ham, The Brewery Tap and Brew Dog. Check out leeds-list.com for everything you need to know!

Shopping

Chapel Allerton shopping provides a handy alternative to Leeds, and specializes in unique, independent shops. Casablanca, Chirpy, Angels and The Pink Banana stock a range of unusual, quirky items and great gift ideas. Chapel Allerton caters for all your shopping needs with fashion boutiques, butchers, a florist, a hardware shop, an interior design shop, cake shop, bookshops and jewelers, alongside high street supermarkets and bakeries.

If you’re looking for a wider range and big name brands, just travel the ten minutes to Leeds city centre for a plethora of high street namesTrinity, designer brands and independent stores, with Trinity shopping centre along the main high street, and White Rose on the outskirts of the centre. Leeds is also a lovely city to wander round, with beautiful architecture and plenty of delicious places for a quick lunch or snack.

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