Independent shops can define the character of a city and create little communities of their own. Leeds has some iconic names in the centre and suburbs; we asked the #Leedsrecommends community for them.
Ben Linley. I’m a big fan of Blackbird, which is off Harrogate Road between Chapel Allerton and Moortown. Lots of eclectic vintage items, you can really find anything in there.
Helena Mirch. The new greengrocer, Ruby’s, in Horsforth, is great for fresh produce. There’s so much choice, including exotic fruit and veg from around the world. You can order online too.
Alys Doran. I love Millies, on Vicar Lane near the Corn Exchange. It’s a little bit out of the way but it’s a really good health food and nutrition shop. They have a lot of supplements and gluten-free, vegan products.
Maya Timms. Retro Boutique in Hyde Park. It’s such an Aladdin’s cave of treasure. I’ve found so many unique bits and bobs there.
Mike Holby. OK Comics on Briggate is pretty niche. Great example of knowing exactly what its target customers want.
Oliver Brace. Thornton’s Arcade is the best for indies. The skate shop is the best in the city and the bookshop is pretty good too.
Abi Glynn. Anywhere in the Corn Exchange. They have so many kooky little shops.
Tom Kay. I love photography, so West Yorkshire Cameras in the Coen Exchange is an emporium for me. Great selection of equipment.
Alex Ross. Chevin Cycles. I usually go to Otley but the Skipton branch is good too. It’s simply a mecca for cyclists. So much choice.
Lydia Grassington. As someone who loves needlework and crafts, Baa Ram Ewe in Chapel Allerton is a wonderful place. It’s more than just a shop, it’s a hub of the knitting community and I travel from quite far away to shop there. They do classes too.
Leah Sprall. My children love Armadillo Toys in Chapel Allerton. It’s nice to have the experience of shopping in a traditional toy shop rather than somewhere like Toys R’ Us.
Tim McCall. Chimp in Thornton’s Arcade. An iconic menswear store which stocks great pieces and is always ahead of the curve.
Alison Ngwena. It’s a cafe as well, but sandwich shop Ira B’s in Roundhay. Reminds me of a New York deli and it’s a unique vibe there.
John Lowe. I really miss the old independent bookshop in Kirkstall that closed recently. It was a real gem and the owner was so knowledgeable.
Ffion Finlay. Chirpy’s in Chapel Allerton - a bit hidden away but a treasure trove of quirky vintage gifts.
Alastair Pendray. The Little Leeds Beer House in the Corn Exchange. Huge selection of bottles from all over the world, you’re guaranteed to find some you’ve never heard of.
Jessica Manning. Colours May Vary is a beautiful stationery and gift shop that also sells some quite unusual items. They had a pop-up at the railway station too for a while and I hope it returns.
Matthew Morgan. Ruby’s in Roundhay - such good quality fruit and veg, most of it locally grown, and with some less common varieties you can’t find in supermarkets.