Vintage shopping might not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks of Leeds. However, if you're partial to nabbing a retro bargain then the vintage scene in Leeds is something you shouldn't miss. From retro nineties items to one-of-a-kind antique jewellery, follow this guide to discover the best vintage shops in Leeds.2022 October 07
With so many incredible aspects to the city, such as its epic music scene, ample shopping opportunities and lively nightlife, Leeds may not be known for its incredible array of vintage shops. However, if you love snagging a beautiful vintage bargain piece, look no further than Leeds. Leeds has an abundance of vintage shops dotted throughout the city and plenty of vintage sales throughout the year. So now you know that Leeds is a top hotspot for vintage shops, let’s show you where to go to bag the best vintage clothes when you come to visit.
Perfect the blend of vintage, upcycling and streetwear, Best boasts a collection of what it calls premium vintage clothing. Now more than 10 years old, Best has marked its spot as one of the best vintage clothes shops in Leeds. Each piece of clothing in the store is handpicked to ensure its authenticity and quality and to minimise waste. In the name of sustainability and style, any cool pieces that the Best team find that aren’t in a good enough condition to sell, they give to the in-house seamstress, so they can work their magic and create a cool, sellable piece of clothing! We love this idea! If you’re looking for cool graphic tees, pre-loved designer sweatshirts from the 90s and wacky print shirts, Best is the place to go!
Best, 22-24 New Market St, Leeds LS1 6DG
A vintage shop in Leeds with a twist, Aladdin’s Cave specialises in vintage and antique jewellery. This family-run vintage jewellery store has so many beautiful pieces of jewellery, that date all the way back to the Victorian Era. Their collection also heavily includes jewellery from the Edwardian and Art Deco eras as well as modern pieces. If you’re looking for a unique piece... then you’ve found the best spot. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for yourself or a loved one, or something a bit more pricey (I’m thinking of those wanting to propose soon...) then you’ll be spoiled for choice at this aptly named Aladdin’s Cave.
Aladdin’s Cave, 19, Queens Arcade, Leeds LS1 6LF
A little bit out of the city centre, but definitely worth a visit if you’re a big fan of vintage clothing, is Vintage Boutique. Just a short bus-journey or a leisurely walk from town (via the leafy green Hyde Park), you’ll be greeted by one of the best vintage shops in the whole of Leeds. Not only does this impressive store offer vintage clothes but the ground level is an Aladdin’s Cave (not to be confused with the Aladdin's Cave mentioned above!) full of vintage bric-a-brac, antique furniture, an exhaustive record collection and more! If it’s clothing that you’re after, then you’ll be thrilled to see rails upon rails of well-stocked, iconic retro pieces, from dungarees to leather jackets and from fur coats to edgy sports sweaters. The best (and worst) thing about this place is that you’ll be looking for one cool vintage item in particular and come out with 10... but with decent prices, it’s not too much damage to the ol’ bank account.
Vintage Boutique, 8-10 Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2A
A true Northern legend in the vintage world, Pop Boutique began in Manchester in 1985 and after opening stores in Liverpool and London, opened Leeds’s very own Pop Boutique over 10 years ago. With two floors bursting at the seams (pun intended!) with vintage clothing from across the decades, you can easily spend hours in Pop Boutique. Whether you’re looking for an authentic pair of seventies flared trousers, the perfect sixties shift dress, some eighties athleisure tracksuit or some nineties oversized denim jackets, you won’t be left disappointed at Pop Boutique. Like Best, they have an own-brand collection made up of more modern looking garments created with recycled vintage fabrics so you have the best of both worlds.
Pop Boutique, 12 - 16 Central Road, Leeds LS1 6DEA
Last but certainly not last is Cow Vintage. Cow Vintage is one of the newer additions to Leeds strong vintage scene, having only opened in Summer 2020. However, in such a short space of time, Cow Vintage has really made its mark. It has sustainability at its heart, from having 90% of its custom interior being made from recycled materials to countering fast fashion with amazing vintage pieces that are all ethically sourced. If you want to find iconic retro pieces from throughout the years, from funky flannel or paisley shirts to classic Levi denims and from very on-trend Y2K looks to pre-loved designer pieces such as Calvin Klein, then head to Cow Vintage... but be prepared to spend a while there, they have an impressive collection!
Cow Vintage, County House, 82 Vicar Ln, Leeds LS1 7JH
… and there you have it - the top 5 best vintage shops in Leeds! For those on the hunt for some incredible vintage pieces in Leeds, these four vintage clothing shops and the antique jewellery shop should keep you very busy. However, if you want even more, don’t forget to check out the vintage stores and, most importantly, the regular vintage clothing kilo sales and market stalls that pop up in the Corn Exchange - a popular independent retail venue in the city.
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