Kirkgate Market sells everything you could possibly want to buy. It is great for everyday fruit veg, meat, cheese or fish shopping. These stalls have a great range – every part of an animal is still sold at the butchers, the cheese selection competes with up market cheese shops. You can buy basic bread, visit an East European speciality stall or purchase from an artisan baker.
Everyone knows that Marks and Spencer’s started in Leeds market but to find out a bit more you can sometimes take a Market History tour or a longer Leeds Food History Tour that ends at the market (both bookable on Eventbrite).
After walking and shopping you will be hungry. The market offers an amazing array of food options from the upmarket Owl Restaurant to street food stalls from around the world. The bottom area of the market is laid out with benches to eat whatever you buy from the stalls. My favourites are the mackerel sandwiches from Mr Mackerel (only £3!), the daily thali from Manjit’s Kitchen or a Tunisian bread wrap from Sweet Saeeda. You could choose food from Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico , the Middle East, Colombia, Japan, Pakistan, China or you might want to keep it local and go for a Yorkshire Pudding Wrap or fish and chips.
On Saturdays you might find a record, book or vintage fair near the food stalls.