Handpicked Hall

Handpicked Hall is a new mall opened in Leeds (and also apparently in Ripon and Skipton) that is home to a number of small independent retailers. The ground floor includes a fab, 50's style tearoom where all the staff wear retro dress and every available space is lined with vintage teapots (if one takes your fancy, they're all for sale- usually around £8!). On this floor there is also a hairdressers, gift shop and a food court.

Upstairs, a plethora of creative start-ups hold stalls selling everything from vintage clothing to limited edition prints to handmade soap. Everything is beautifully laid out (not to mention the lovely Victorian architecture) and generally reasonably priced. The stall holders are friendly too and keen to chat about their work! The overall atmosphere is social and relaxed; they run an active calendar of events too which you can find on their Facebook page.

My favourite stall was Artstar, where you can pick up key items from beautiful Scandinavian brands like House Doctor and Bloomingville. 

I'l definitely be back and would recommend this as a good place to do your Christmas shopping! I could happily spend the whole day here, sampling the food and drink and dipping in and out of the little shops. If you go, let me know what you think!