You can start by getting a serious shop on at Trinity Leeds, the biggest shopping center in the city, which has one of its many entrances just on Briggate. A huge indoor/outdoor shopping centre, the Trinty has everything you need, from your food shop to all the best high-street fashion stores along with some great places to eat and drink. The Alchemist do some incredible and highly original cocktails, while food options range from good old Nando’s to more original establishments like the Trinity Kitchen. Whatever you chose to do, there’s something for everyone in Trinity Leeds, offering more than enough to keep you entertained from morning to evening.
Have a pint at The Ship, a charming historic pub in the heart of Leeds. Tucked away down a little alley, this is a pub proper, offering pints, roast dinners and a warm welcome. Drinks here are unsurprisingly taken very seriously – fine wine can be drunk by the bottle or glass, while The Ship’s Casque Ale Marque demonstrates this is a pub that serves well-kept and well-served real ale, sourced from the local areas of Ilkley, Ridgeside and Kirkstall.
Opening hours: Mon 12-11pm; Tue-Wed 11am-11pm; Thur 11am-12pm; Fri-Sat 11am-2am; Sun 12-10:30pm
Get a feel for Briggate’s past with a walk around the restored Victoria Quarter, a shopping mall with elaborate, glass-roofed Victorian arcades. Admire The County Arcade and gaze at Victoria Street’s glass roof, which now functions as another arcade. All the shops here have stuck in line with the original Edwardian design of Frank Matcham, providing an original setting for shopping, and overall the place has a quaint and historical feel.
Experience a classy atmosphere with a trip to Harvey Nichols, the famous department store. Harvey Nichols indulges customers with high-end brands and world-class products. Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, it’s worth just nipping in to experience the luxury of this department store institution. You can also go for an elegant dining experience in their café, bar, and espresso bar,
One of the best things about Briggate is the people that frequent it – not only the friendly locals come here to hang out, but the area also showcases some incredible talent in the form of street performers. Many buskers come here to play their music, be it classic covers or orginal material. The street fills up with performers on the weekend, where a whole mix of artists and human statues will entertain you as you pass by.