Shopping in Leicester – Where to Go and How to Get There

The City of Leicester is the most populous city in the East Midlands. Located on the River Soar and the edge of the National Forest, it’s a beautiful and historic city, one that offers holidaymakers and sightseers a wealth of places of interest to visit during their time here, but it’s also a great place to shop! And with a broad range of local taxi companies to choose from, many of which are reviewed online to better help you make your selection, it’s also an incredibly easy city to get around on a shopping expedition.

Like most major cities, the City of Leicester offers shoppers more than a few malls, markets and pedestrianised streets to explore. This is a city that has everything one could possibly want on offer, but locating the best mall or boutique-lined street can be a bit of a task if you’re unfamiliar with the city and its neighbourhoods. However, should you have an expert local guide with you, i.e. a local taxi driver who knows the city and can make a few insightful suggestions, you can head straight to the best parts of town.

Leicester Market

Voted ‘Britain’s Favourite Market’, Leicester Market is a must-visit destination when in the city for business, a holiday, or visiting family and friends. A short taxi ride from most centrally located hotels, this historic market truly has something to offer everyone on a visit to this historic and vibrant city.

You’ll find yourself amazed by what’s on offer and probably spend a few hours wandering about, so don’t overlook the benefits of booking a taxi for the trip back to your hotel. And if you’ve indulged on the gastronomic delights on offer (don’t miss the artisan delicatessen produce), and there are more than a few, then you’ll really appreciate not having to walk or catch the bus back to your lodgings! Here’s an idea of what’s on offer at Leicester Market.

  • A new food hall featuring a broad range of artisan cheeses, baked goods, delicatessen produce and more

  • An historic outdoor market (it’s over 700 years old) that sells a fantastic variety of meat, game, poultry, fish and seafood

  • A bustling outdoor area that’s perfect for strolling about with friends, especially during spring and summer

Wherever you’re staying in this beautiful city, Leicester Markets are easily accessible by taxi, so consider being dropped off or picked up here by a friendly local taxi driver from one of Leicester’s leading taxi companies. Don’t forget that you can take advantage of customer-generated online reviews to get a good idea of which local taxi companies offer the best service.


Located on the outskirts of Leicester, Stoneygate offers a wonderfully laidback vibe, making it an ideal part of the city to spend a few hours shopping and eating out. It’s about a mile and a half from Leicester Train Station, though depending on where you’re coming from or heading to, and of course what the weather is up to, you may find that catching a taxi is the best way to get here.

While you won’t find a shortage of taxis in the city, booking one online or over the phone is the best way to travel from the centre of the city to Stoneygate. What’s more, as you’ll inevitably be carrying a few shopping bags with you on the way back to your hotel, the benefits of catching a taxi are not to be underestimated, especially in winter.

With its cosmopolitan feel, designer boutiques, fashionable eateries and footpaths that were designed for strolling, Stoneygate is the perfect place for an afternoon browsing and shopping. Book a taxi in Leicester online or over the phone through Thomson Local to ensure the journey is one befitting the destination.

Church Gate

Just around the corner from East Bond Street, a popular destination for gastronomes and fans of real ale, lies Church Gate, one of the most popular shopping areas in the City of Leicester. As your local taxi driver may inform you, this area is home to some of the oldest shops in the city and it has a great vibe, making it a top part of town to stroll around when the weather is fine. There’s quite a lot to see here, even if you’re not the one doing all the shopping and browsing, so perhaps have your taxi driver drop you off at either end of the street and make your way along the road in a leisurely manner.

  • There are some great pubs and clubs found in Church Gate, as well as East Bond Street (ask your taxi driver for the most popular spots)

  • Some of the city’s top fashion outlets are found here, so it’s a great destination for fashionistas looking for the latest designer fashions

  • The footpaths in Church Gate are wonderfully broad and ideal for strolling, even with the weekend crowds, so take your time and enjoy the experience

Church Gate is a very central location, so you can walk here from Abbey Park, Haymarket Shopping Centre and Leicester Cathedral, but if you’ve shopped until you’re ready to drop, having a taxi booked and waiting to take you back to your hotel is a wonderful thing indeed.

Along with the shopping districts discussed above, there are also the pedestrianised areas of High Street, Gallowtree Gate and Granby Street, Humberstone Gate and the Cultural Quarter (the latter is a great place to eat as well as shop for art), and the upmarket St. Martins Square and the Lanes, home to a variety of bars, restaurants and traditional tea rooms.

In addition to a number of wonderful shopping districts that have something to offer everyone, Leicester is also home to a number of customer-centric taxi companies that really care about the experiences they deliver. When in Leicester, make the most of the online reviews that others have made available on Thomson Local to book a taxi with a local company that offers great customer service in addition to great rates.

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