Victoria Leeds: The seven new openings coming to the shopping district including high-end Ikaro restaurant

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A new high-end restaurant is set to open in Leeds this autumn.

Ikaro, a seafood, grill and champagne bar, has recently opened its first restaurant in Manchester – and its second venue will arrive in Leeds in November.

The restaurant is taking over the former East 59th premises in Victoria Gate’s rooftop restaurant level, after the New-York style bar and grill closed down suddenly earlier this year. Ikaro promises a classy late-night offering, and is expected to open until midnight for drinks.

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It’s one of seven new arrivals in the Victoria Leeds shopping district this autumn. Joining the new restaurant will be Mediterranean bakery and patisserie brand Le Blé – described as perfect for “Instagrammable brunching”. It’s known for its carefully-curated coffee art and freshly baked Mediterranean-inspired goods, from desserts and sandwiches to cakes and croissants.

There are seven new arrivals to the Victoria Leeds shopping district this autumn (Photo by Bevan Cockerill)There are seven new arrivals to the Victoria Leeds shopping district this autumn (Photo by Bevan Cockerill)
There are seven new arrivals to the Victoria Leeds shopping district this autumn (Photo by Bevan Cockerill)

Much-loved London jewellery brand Monica Vinader will also open in the Victoria Quarter this autumn, located in a prime spot on Briggate. It will be the brand’s first full-price standalone boutique outside of London.

Italian brasserie brand Caffe Concerto will bring a stylish restaurant and fine-food experience to the city. Leeds is the brand’s second location to open outside of London and will be positioned within Victoria Gate with outdoor seating onto Harewood Street.

Online lingerie, nightwear and beachwear specialist Pour Moi will open its first brick-and-mortar store in Victoria Gate, promising luxurious and supportive garments in a large range of sizes that add a touch of glamour to customers’ lingerie collection.

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Environmentally conscious eyewear courtesy of Ace and Tate can now be found on King Edward St, following the opening of its new Leeds store in Victoria Quarter. Its pieces are esigned in-house by a team in Amsterdam.

The seventh new arrival is eco-conscious and award-winning tea company Bird & Blend Tea Co, which opened its Leeds store this month, bringing a range of more than 100 blends to the Victoria Quarter.

The new brands will sit alongside more than 85 other household names who already call Victoria Leeds home, including the newly-opened Phase Eight, Whistles, The Whisky Shop, Jimmy Fairly and Townhouse Nails, and household names such as Harvey Nichols, Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton, John Lewis, Jo Malone, COS and Molton Brown.

Jo Coburn, the shopping district’s senior general manager, said: “Victoria Leeds continues to buck the trend in the retail space by welcoming yet another wave of fantastic new brands to our beautiful arcades. It’s where premium brands and those with something special to offer find their home.

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“We’re really broadening what we have to offer our visitors. As well as great shopping, you can truly spend a whole day here dining, people watching, engaging with friends and family in games and entertainment, as well as attending to your own self care with an abundance of beauty services and a specialist yoga studio.

“I’m really proud of how Victoria Leeds has continued to go from strength to strength over the last few years and we’re looking forward to what is still to come.”