Whether you’re new to the city or spend every week walking around the familiar streets of Leeds, it’s a known fact that you always end up strolling around the local market. And there’s no problem with that, markets are the soul of a town and bring together a community through a mutual love of food.
Open markets and traders are critical for our economy and community, as well as our lifestyles. Where else will you find a variety of affordable street food vendors only a step away from one another? Or find amazing deals on organic and fresh produce, meat and fish? Not only are you getting good value for money, you can expect to be investing in the highest quality food from the friendliest, helpful people. Everything you could possibly need can be found in most markets in and around Leeds.
Markets are at the heart of Leeds, supplying the communities with everything they need from fresh produce, high-quality meat, baked treats, cafes and street food. So forget the weekly shop and head down to your local market!
After becoming the largest indoor market in Europe from first opening in 1857, Kirkgate Market has thrived in the city and become one of the leading trading sites in Yorkshire. Other than the traditional stalls selling clothing, confectionary, baked goods and organic products, you will find gastropub The Owl, an art gallery and a diverse selection of street food in the market kitchen.
Kirkgate Market is also known for their specialist markets which take place within the market throughout the year. Their 5 specialist markets include: Advintageous, Artsmix, Asian Bazaar, Record and Book Fair and World Feast. Find out more about these specialist markets here.
Opening over a century ago in 1880, Morley Market quickly became the heart of the small town and for decades has provided its people with a variety of food, confectionary and a bakery. Other than the traditional food you expect to find in a market, Morley Market have also incorporated fashion stalls, homeware furnishings, aromatherapy, vinyl records and every other stall you could think of.
Headingley Farmer’s Market
Headingley Market was only launched in 2006, but takes place every second Saturday of the month. It’s guaranteed anything you pick up from this market will be organic, fresh, and sourced within a 30 mile radius of Leeds. Over 20 stalls gather together to feed the community of Headingley, as well as having live music from local musicians. Pop down to their next market on July 10th at Rose Garden, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3JJ.
Leeds Farmer’s and Craft Market
Why shop anywhere else when you’re surrounded by specialist and seasonal food. Located on Briggate every first and third Saturday of every month, you’ll find some of the finest handmade pastries and locally farmed meats. As if the range of food wasn’t enough, they also have craft stalls where you’ll find memorable gifts and natural beauty products.
Sometimes people forget about the local markets that take place every month, but we need to support our local suppliers and their businesses!
Images: The Nut Shop at Kirkgate Market, Morley Market, Leeds Farmer’s and Craft Market on Briggate