The North of England's not just about Manchester, you'll also find an abundance of alternative style and culture in one of Yorkshire's busy cities, Leeds. From the infamous Corn Exchange, to some wonderful hidden vintage finds across the city.
So what do you do when you find yourself in Leeds with 24 hours to kill? and how do you hunt out the alternative side to the city? Well look no further than our alternative guide to Leeds.
The train station brings you right in the heart of the city, with the cities alternative shops a mere short walk away, the coach station is also conveniently just on the other side of the city's market near Call Lane, so either route you won't have far to walk to stumble upon some alternative shops.
To start, why not head up towards Call Lane to find the Corn Exchange on Call Lane, a lot's changed since it's hey day, but there's still a selection of alternative and independent shops tucked away inside, from Giant Kitten - was Culture Vulture, a haven for kitsch finds, and alternative clothing, to Alice found treasure, where you'll find plenty of vintage finds, and The halls landing, where you'll find an abundance of items from independent designers.
Just behind the Corn exchange, you'll find Upstaged at White Cloth Hall for some vintage clothing and accessories (update 2016 - Upstaged has now unfortunately closed), with Blue Rinse just a stones throw away back on Call Lane for even more vintage finds. You'll also find Soho's nearby for an abundance of alternative clothing finds from gothic, to rockabilly, and even some select vintage pieces mixed in.
From there you'll find yourself near the market for Memphis Belle, a sweet little boutique full of rockabilly and pin up clothing and accessories, with Pop boutique just around the corner for more vintage and inspired clothing - Update 2017 - Memphis Belle has now unfortunately closed.
The rest of the cities alternative shops from there are spread across the city centre, from Illamasqua's flagship Leeds shop at the Victoria Quarter in Cross Arcade, to No.15 in Thornton's Arcade for a selection of alternative jewellery and accessories, to Pulp in the Trinity centre for more alternative clothing - Update 2018 - No.15 has now closed.
After all that shopping you'll need a good sit down, Leeds is full of independent coffee shops and cafes to visit, like the Arts cafe bar on Call Lane and Mrs Atha's on Central Road if you like your coffee with a vintage, artsy flair. If you prefer something heartier, visit Ruby Jeans at Nation of Shopkeepers on Cookridge Street for diner inspired food, or Primo's at the Corn Exchange.
If you fancy doing something a little different whilst your in the city, swing on by Le Keux Vintage Salon on Lands Lane for a vintage up'do or a pastel coloured dip dye, certainly a fun way to spend an hour or two - Update 2020: Their Leeds salon has now closed. You could also take up a new craft and pay a visit to Fabrication at The Light, and learn how to make a corset, upcycle some old clothing, or even do a spot of beading, who say's that every weekend should involve nightclubs!
If you do fancy some more entertainment though, you could always pay a visit to The Wet Spot, a monthly burlesque and cabaret night, or join in at Dr Sketchy's Leeds for some tease and art.
You certainly won't be short of things to do around the city, just don't try to cram it all in on one visit!
Images: Corn exchange © Johnbraid at Dreamstime | Memphis Belle window via Memphis Belle | Le Keux salon photo via Le Keux Vintage Salon.