The countdown to Christmas is on and while some of you may see it as the highlight of the year, we bet there are those of you who will gradually start to feel the impending sense of fear!! The fear that you haven’t started your Christmas shopping, let alone finished it.

Don’t worry, relax!  No need to get your Christmas crackers in a twist…we’re here to give you a run down of all the best places to shop around Leicester from your Christmas food shopping, independent shopping, one-off gifts to something more mainstream.

The Lanes

Immerse yourself in the winding cobbled and picturesque streets of The Lanes. If you’re looking for something unique to suit even the most awkward person in your life (lets face it, we all know one!) The Lanes has something to suit even the most difficult family member. If you’re looking for something unusual and bespoke then venture down and meander through The Lanes, where you’ll stumble upon Pomponette. Renowned for their quality, hand selected products from the UK and around the world it’s the perfect place to pick up a household gift. Do you know a chocolate lover? If so, then stop off at Cocoa Amore. As soon as you walk through the door, you’ll be met with staff who know their chocolate. Quality, affordable, handmade treats, to hand on chocolate making workshops.

St Martins Square

St. Martins Square is the ideal spot to while away an afternoon. The picturesque courtyard is surrounded by unique independent shops, restaurants and salons (just in case you want to treat yourself to a new hair style before Christmas). You’ll find Harriman & Co which is the perfect place to find the ideal gift for the house-proud person in your life. Or how about Just Fairtrade offering delightful products whilst helping people in the world’s poorest of countries,

High Cross Shopping Centre

You’ll find an unrivalled selection of retailers including big brand names like John Lewis, Apple, Debenhams, Pandora and Zara. Everything you’ll need under one roof. High Cross Leicester offers an awe-inspiring mix of fashionable stores right in heart of the city centre. All that shopping is bound to make you feel a little weary so take the weight off your feet and stop off for a bite to eat. Choices, choices…the most difficult choice you’ll have is deciding where to eat!

Haymarket Shopping Centre

Haymarket Shopping Centre is a stones’ throw away from High Cross and boasts famous brand names like H&M, Pandora, Entertainer and the newly opened Matalan. From fashion, footwear, jewelry to technology and cafes, you’re sure to find the perfect gift!

Leicester Market

It’s the best place to stock up on your Christmas food essentials! The Food Hall butchers offer a large selection of quality meat and poultry, making it the ideal place to pick the perfect turkey. Deli traders have a fantastic variety of artisan cheeses, cooked sliced meats, bacon and local pork pies to create a lovely deli-style buffet spread. There are two quality fishmongers offering a fantastic array of fish, seafood, king prawns, scallops, salmon, seabass, cod, tuna and even swordfish and if you’re looking for that something extra special you can even find fresh lobster.

All that’s left to say is happy shopping and Merry Christmas. Don’t forget to sign up for the Visit Leicester newsletter to keep up to date with all the fun and exciting things

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