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The famous Kirkgate Market on Vicar Lane, in the centre of Leeds, is one of the largest indoor markets in Europe. With hundreds of market stalls filled with fresh foods, cosmetics, clothing, music and knick-knacks, the market is a lively destination in the heart of Leeds. Locals come here to buy groceries, enjoy a cup of coffee or chat with the fishmonger.
The market was first held in 1822 at Briggate, one of Leeds’ large wide shopping streets. After years of searching for a suitable location, the market finally found a permanent home in 1857 on the corner of Vicar Lane and Kirkgate. With 35 indoor stores and 44 outdoor stalls, the market immediately made a name for itself. In 1884, this is where Michael Marks opened his Penny Bazar, the little shop that would later become the world-famous chain Marks & Spencer. Today there is still a ‘heritage stall’ of the M&S chain, among hundreds of other colourful shops including Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food.