You should check it out this month (Nov 2010) there's pop up shops all around the top floor and events every weekend.
Leeds Corn Exchange
218 Bradford Road, Batley, West Yorkshire WF17 6JF
31 reviews of Leeds Corn Exchange in English
Lovely building, the last time I went before this month was a few years back when there were random jewellery shops and whatnot upstairs - apparently between then and the recent it was killed, all shop owners were kicked out with means of it being a food hall -
HOWEVER You should check it out this month (Nov 2010) there's pop up vintage shops all around the top floor and events every weekend e.g. acoustic bands, craft fair SUN 6th NOV... Check out www.vintagefair.co.uk
I really liked the place though it seems that it used to be much better. I like the idea to have lots of different small nice foods shop such as bakery, cake, chocolate, deli etc. It is rather expensive but very nice to browse. I went to deli and got a beautiful pink grapefruit marmalade. I normally do not like the marmalade but this is the one I really enjoyed it all the time. If you are looking for some nice foods, this is good place to go. I also love the cafe, they sell some sweets from the shop but i think a cuppa for nearly 3 pounds are far too expensive for the shop.
This place used to be great and full of interesting shops! Now it’s been taken over and currently being refurbished. I’m disapointed that it’s going to be turned into a food emporium!
Bring back the Old Corn Exchange!
This place was great, use to have so many shops, unfortunately shops have been closed apart from Grin. There was talk of turning it into an art gallery which i hope doesn’t happen. It use to be the alt heart of leeds, anything from a condom shop to a gothic one lol.
this place was the heart of leeds. WAS! was the place you could go when you had no idea what to buy somebody for Xmas. You could always find something.. even if you had no intention of buying something, walking out of that place with nothing was a hard task to do.
The corn exchange used to be the heart of Leeds with it’s collection of small, alternative shops where you could always find something that little bit different from the same old stuff on the highstreet. But alas the corn exchange as we used to know it is no more and has been turned into an upmarket foodhall. God knows why, greedy building owners methinks!
The surrounding streets still have a few secondhand/alternative shops on them but the corn exchange was definitely the jewel in the crown and now that’s changed beyond recognition Leeds just doesn’t offer me the same shopping experience anymore. I’d rather go to Manchester to shop, if I wanted food I’d go to McDs!
EDIT: Apparently the Corn Exchange I knew and loved is no longer! All the cool shops have been replaced with a food hall. So the review below is a little out of date! :
If consider yourself in any way Alternative, Emo, Goth or Indie then you should definitely visit the corn exchange if you are anywhere near Leeds. The building is amazing and the inside has been transformed from it’s former life as a Corn Exchange (funny that!) to a load of fantastic little indie shops selling a great range of clothing, gifts and novelties.
I have bought several items from there in the past, al have been of great quality and a refreshing change from the usual junk you get in regular chain shops.
Everyone is really friendly and the place has a great atmosphere.
knibbd, 22 November 2008:
Check other reviews - it’s changed, big style!
knibbd, 9 November 2010:
Unfortunately, I rarely get to Leeds now that my children are all fully qualified (Leeds Met being the reason for many visits). I will make the effort sometime in the New Year as I love the city....ust don't tell any of my scouse mates!
Worth a visit if you’re in Leeds. Interesting architecture and a good range of “alternative” shops, make a refreshing change from the usual bland high street atmosphere of many city shopping areas.
There is a good cafe and bar in the basement
If you are looking for something a bit different than the regular high street shop the corn exchange is a good place to head. At the bottom of Leeds City Centre in a big circular old building is a collection of small independent shops which sell a large range of things. There are a few clothes shops, a few stalls, some art shops and shops selling weird and wonderful things. There is also a couple of places to eat. It has a beautiful celling inside. A good place to support independent shops. Quite relaxing and all inside so nice and warm too.
This used to be a really good place to go for all the goth and punk and alternative clothes but slowly and surely they have all closed and now its a shell of what it used to be. Everyone used to come from allover just to shop in the corn exchange because it was famous for the gothness, etc. Now the exchange is full of food shops and a big food court but to me they arent using it to the best advantage. Bring back the clothes shops. There is one shop left selling a bit of tat and thats it. The corn exchange is a lovely old building full of character and the original features. You can now sit on the top floor and look over the balcony at the food court and it is a marvelous view. If you look up at the ceiling the architecture and design is gorgeous. Lovely and spacious but needs some life putting back into it.
This place is a must visit for serious shopaholics. It has such a variety of different shops and stalls that you could spend a day here quite easily. Something for everyone, and I don’t like shopping - I’m a man!
Updated: This is desecration! One of my favourite shopping places and they’ve taken out the shops - where’s the sense in that? I can only hope that “they” are planning on refilling this wonderful building with more interesting shops - as it used to be, in fact.
Templar, 10 September 2008:
I love the corn exchange…
sharnad, 23 September 2008:
Does it still have Dark Angel selling lovely clothes at the top and the gy selling bamboo plants downstairs and is the spray tattoo person still there
knibbd, 23 September 2008:
I’d like answers to this as well! Haven’t shopped in Leeds for a couple of years due to son finishng Uni. He’s a lawyer now.
Templar, 23 September 2008:
Dark Angel was still there last time I was but it is a while ago now.
knibbd, 25 May 2009:
Now just a food place - friends say it’s a waste of time now[ just a very expensive cafe with silly cake and sweet shops!
One of the most beautiful buildings in Leeds but with very little in it. Initially I must admit I wasn’t terribly enamoured with the shops that the building contained and a refurb of the sort of businesses inside seemed a decent move. But mow there is next to nothing and it’s a real waste of a prime space. Having some shops in there is surely better than having the place close to deserted!
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