09 October 2015

A Day In Leeds - 6 Things You Must Do!

Hi there, Just Emma readers! I hope you’re all well & are enjoying that Autumn chill we’ve been having recently. I don’t know about you, but Autumn is my favourite time of year… Crisp falling leaves, spiced Yankee candles & thick cosy scarves is definitely the way I roll. Anyway, if you don’t know me, I’m Claire The brains (kinda) behind xclaireabella.com which is my little slice of internet for fashion & beauty ramblings.

Today on Just Emma, I’m doing something a little bit different for me, I’m writing a lifestyle post (if you read my blog you’ll know that these are far & few between) about my new hometown! When I say new, I mean we moved here last year, but it still feels really new to me & moving from a village to a city I find myself discovering hidden gems all the time.

Today I’m going to be discussing a few things you need to do if you’re spending the day in Leeds! (Leeds Leeds)… Ooops, only people from Leeds will get that reference.

The Corn ExchangeOnce used for trading cereals and grains this architecturally stunning grade two listed Victorian building now holds some of Leeds finest independent creative retail enterprises. It’s definitely worth a look, whether you’re into interior & architectural design or you just love a good shop! The Corn Exchange plays a host to clothing retailers, restaurants and even events such as record fairs & textile fairs. The corn exchange is a fantastic place if you want a more chilled out shopping experience, it’s certainly a treasure trove, with some amazing deals to be had. My favourite place for spending my pennies is OutrageJewellery, a fabulous little store that specialise in sterling silver jewellery with semi-precious stones.
Leeds City Museum. I’m not the brightest bulb out there I really enjoyed visiting Leeds City Museum! Firstly lets take a moment to admire the building, isn’t it absolutely stunning! It was built in 1862 & designed by the same guy who did The Corn Exchange, which is fab – You can certainly see my favourite architecture styles can’t you. There’s some fab exhibitions currently at the museum such as Voices of Asia & one I was very much looking forward to seeing, Tailored: A Very British Fashion. The exhibition is on till 3rd January and includes items worn by Ringo Starr as well as pieces from Vivienne Westwood & Alexander McQueen.

Five Guys. A relatively new eatery for Leeds, Five Guys is an American styled burger restaurant perfect for a quick bite to eat before heading out to explore the city some more. Five Guys use peanut oil to fry their chips & only use fresh prime beef in their made to order burgers, which let me tell you, are flipping delicious! What I love most about Five Guys is that their burgers come with 15 available toppings, all free of charge (woop) & their super extensive range of drinks… Anything from cherry coke to strawberry fanta to peanut butter milkshakes! It's soooo tasty!!


Leeds Kirkgate Markets. Leeds is home to a huge array of market traders, bringing colour & life to the city since 1857. With both indoor & outdoor markets at the scene it’s really easy to spend a blissful hour or so exploring the treats Kirkgate Markets has to offer. There’s fruit & veg stalls, butchers, hairdressers, even a Jamies’ Ministry of Food! Many of the market stalls have been passed through the generations which is lovely to see, there’s a passion you witness within the stall holders that you can’t get anywhere else.


Shopping. I can’t talk about Leeds, without mentioning the shopping the city has to offer! There are numerous shopping centres in Leeds, all within short walks of each other offering designer labels as well as popular high street names. Victoria Quarter plays host to high end stores such as Vivienne Westwood, Reiss, French Connection & The Kooples. Briggate, the main high street acts as the entrance to Trinity, an ultra modern, multi floored shopping centre with high street stores such as Topshop, River Island, Next & Primark, just to name a few. Leeds city centre is every fashionistas’ dream!

Pieminister. After a long day of exploring the city, my inner Northerner screams out for some good hearty food. For me, there’s no better place to pig out than Pieminister. As the name suggests Pieminister is the home of a great pie, with quirky titles such as the Moo, Beer & Deer or the Deerstalker pie, this is a place not to be missed. Along with amazing food, Pieminister also offers up some cracking interior design… The walls are very raw, furniture is industrial & the lighting is so unique, it’s just a great atmosphere to be around & enjoy some good food in.

This concludes my list of things to do if you’re spending the day in Leeds. If you’ve been to Leeds recently, I’d love to hear what you got up to, have you tried any of the restaurants I’ve suggested? Have you found any treasures in the Corn Exchange? What have you enjoyed doing? Thank you so much for reading my post & thank you to Emma for letting me guest post on her beautiful blog. I’ve had so much fun writing something a little out of my comfort zone & I hope you’ve enjoyed reading!

Lots of love 
| xclaireabella.

6 comments:

  1. Leeds is somewhere I seem to be hearing more and more about recently! It must be growing in popularity!
    I've never been nor never thought to go but it looks a lot different to what I expected. I love some good architecture and museums!
    Those indoor markets remind me of the Granger market we have in Newcastle :)

    Danielle xo
    www.underlandtowonderland.com

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    1. Hi Danielle :-) We recently moved from Middlesbrough to Leeds, and the difference is just astounding. There's always something going on in the city centre and new restaurants opening up here there and everywhere. It's fab! They are quite similar to Granger markets actually :-) similar size too.
      Claire.x
      www.xclaireabella.com

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  2. I think if you can the Royal Armories and Roundhay park should be on that list too! But 100% agree with the shopping, oh and the christmas markets!

    helen x

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    1. Hi Helen.
      I've never actually been to the Royal Armouries before, I always see signs for it though so I could probably do with visiting. I like Roundhay Park too, I just thought it was a little far out to include on my city center list.
      Claire.x
      www.xclaireabella.com

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  3. Beautiful photos :)
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    Maria V.

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    1. Hi Maria.
      That's lovely, thank you so much.
      Claire.x
      www.xclaireabella.com

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