13/03/2016

Markets & Coffee

Last year was the first time I'd ever been to Leeds and it was only for an hour or so - just a chance for a quick look around although it was enough to make me want to go back. So when the opportunity for a girly weekend presented itself, I knew just the place to go! As hard as it is having my closest friends living far away, it really is the perfect excuse to go all out when we have the chance.

We arrived in dribs and drabs but after Jill arrived at 9 on Saturday morning we didn't want to waste any time so headed straight into town and started with a quick visit to the Corn Exchange.

How beautiful is that building! its always good to see old buildings being reused for something new; its now full with cute independent boutiques and cafe's. 

We continued the theme of the morning on our next stop of the day at the Leeds Market.


It was still relatively early so there were only a few people wandering around as the stalls were finishing setting up for the day.


I mean ribbons, sweeties and flowers all in one place, what more could you want?

Right of course the home of Marks & Spencer, who knew it all started in Leeds?



I think the sweets and the smell of coffee started to get the better of us so we went off in search of some fuel.

Filmore & Union was just the spot! In the Victoria Quarter, where the gorgeous buildings are linked by a glass roof, there are a few tables, heaters and blankets (just incase you're really cold) in the middle of the shops which is where we decided to stop.


Four cappuccinos, and some cake couldn't come soon enough and they were wolfed down pretty fast. You wouldn't even know they were gluten free!


It was pretty quiet for a Saturday morning but I'm not complaining, it started to fill up a little more as we were leaving, I can imagine that later in the day it gets really busy.


We walked on up passed the pretty shops (read expensive, haha) and headed for the Trinity Centre.

On our way we bumped into an Ewok and Stormtrooper, I couldn't resist snapping a photo with them, who doesn't love a bit of StarWars.


We spent the majority of the day shopping stopping only briefly to re-fuel with burrito's and Margaritas - well it would be rude not to right?




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