Shopping at the Corn Exchange Leeds

September 17, 2015

Amy Trumpeter

This week, I visited the beautiful Northern city of Leeds and shopped at the Corn Exchange. Corn Exchange Leeds is a historical place of interest and a fantastic place to shop.

How to get to the Corn Exchange Leeds

From the train station, turn right, follow the road round and walk down Boar Lane. Keep walking down Boar Lane which then becomes Duncan Street. You will see the Corn Exchange at the end – the large round Victorian building.

Corn Exchange Leeds

History of the Corn Exchange Leeds

The Corn Exchange is a Grade 1 listed building that was built in 1864. It was designed by Cuthbert Broderick. The Corn Exchange was the heart of the Leeds trading community and used to be used for trading of corn and flour.

Corn Exchange in Leeds Today

Today, the Corn Exchange is a popular place for tourists and shoppers alike. Inside, the shops are let to a variety of independent retailers and traders.

RED Tattoo Corn Exchange Leeds

Some of the most popular shops include MKI Menswear, Alice Found Treasure Vintage Boutique and RED Tattoo and Piercing. The Corn Exchange Leeds is very popular with the alternative and vintage fashion scene.

I really loved Culture Vulture, the alternative gift shop. It was full of Manga, My Little Pony and ‘Pusheen’ gifts, to name a few!

Culture Vulture

Corn Exchange Leeds Craft and Gift Fair

There was a craft and gift fair on downstairs in the Corn Exchange which had plenty of recycled and ethical gifts on sale.

Something Different

I met Carol Inglis, who makes jewellery out of old antique cutlery! She had some beautiful spoon and fork bracelets and rings on her display. If you would like to see more of these, you can visit her Facebook page ‘Something Different‘.

I also met Lucas and Lindsey selling Brazilian handicrafts…

Sabor Art

You can order Sabar Art jewellery on Etsy… 

Where to Eat at Corn Exchange Leeds

Vanilla Cafe on the upper level is a lovely place to stop for a coffee and cake.  They had gorgeous carrot cake when I went. Also, the ingredients used are fair trade, and they sell Divine Chocolate.

Vanilla One
Vanilla One Cafe, Corn Exchange Leeds

For lunch, I highly recommend Humpit, the vegetarian cafe. Humpit is so called because it mainly serves Hummous and Pitta.

Humpit Vegetarian Cafe upstairs in the Corn Exchange Leeds

Go for the sensational Half and Half on Wholemeal bread!

Half and Half Humpit
Half and Half on wholemeal at Humpit
Image Credit: Humpit Facebook Page

Have you ever been to the Corn Exchange Leeds? What did you love the most?

You might also enjoy reading about Travel Hacking UK and Bicester Village.