Shopping in Leicester

Leicester boasts many boutiques, markets and specialist stores, as well as all the high street names, offering a unique shopping experience.

The Lanes, St. Martins Square and Arcades
Located just across the road from the King Richard III Visitor Centre, The Lanes, St. Martins Square and Arcades are the ideal destination for an alternative shopping experience if you’re looking for exciting, independent, boutique shopping – in some of the oldest parts of Leicester. The area includes a treasure trove of emporiums and niche stores, plus award-winning bars, restaurants and traditional tea rooms.

Just a short walk from the Visitor Centre, visitors can enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in the heart of the city centre – with some of the biggest names all under one roof, including the four-storey branch of John Lewis. Highcross also incorporates dining experiences from around the world and a 12-screen Cinema de Lux.

Leicester Market
This historic, colourful market, steeped in over 700 years of history is Europe’s largest covered market. A hive of activity, selling fresh food, fabrics, plants, computer games, homewares and more – everything from apples to zips! The opening of a brand new food hall in summer 2014 brought this historic area of the city into the modern era.

Also, look-out for the vibrant, regular food and drink festivals and monthly vintage fair.