Some of the best hangout spots in the city…
Located a mere mile south of the city centre, the Antiques Quarter is dotted with shops around Queens/Chesterfield road, Abbeydale/Broadfield Road and London road. This area offers a variety of retail outlets for shoppers and collectors alike, for those interested in anything from salvaged goods to high-end antiques. Try Sheffield Antiques Centre where you’ll find everything from antique furniture and vintage clothing to century old books and jewellery. There’s also a flourishing vegan scene around these parts, with the likes of Just Falafs, 3.14 Vegan Pie Company and Steel City Cakes serving up some tasty meat-free snap. That’s slang for food, alreyt?
When leaving the city centre, Crookes is situated just past the main Sheffield University campus. Is it a good place to chill? Yup, there’s plenty of green space on offer here in the form of Crookes Valley Park, Weston Park and Ponderosa. Whilst you’re there, Weston Park Museum is around the corner in, erm, Weston Park. The Dam House overlooks the boating lake in Crookes Valley making it one of the city’s most popular spots when the sun comes out, while The University Arms boasts a cracking little beer garden.
Running for three and a half miles south-west of the city centre, keep an eye out for the large Waitrose on the outskirts of Sheffield city centre and follow the road up from the roundabout. “Eccy Road” is a popular haunt for Hallam Students studying at Collegiate or City campus. Here, you’re spoilt for choice from the array of restaurants and fine dining establishments, with cuisine from Thai to Tapas, and Italian to Mexican. It’s also a good destination for a day session due to the amount of top pubs including popular student boozers include the Nursery Tavern and the Porter Brook. There’s also a Spoons at the bottom in case you’re saving pennies.
Kelham Island is a 15 minute walk from the city centre, or a short tram journey to Neepsend. Once the beating heart of Sheffield’s manufacturing industry, Kelham Island has been revitalised over the last decade and is now one of the most exciting areas of the city – with plenty bars, pubs, cafés, restaurants and swanky new housing springing up in the area. To give you a feel for the vibe of the area, there’s a shipping container called Krynkl which has a gym, a rooftop bar and a Michelin-recommended restaurant inside. Trendy, right?
An emerging area of Sheffield, Abbeydale Road begins at the end of independent food metropolis London Road and stretches all the way to Millhouses and beyond. It’s come on leaps and bounds over the last couple of years and now has some brilliant independent businesses like The Broadfield, Barrowboy and Picture House Social (situated beneath a stunning 1920s cinema) which are all fine places to drink and unwind.
Sharrow Vale Rd
Sharrow Vale (which runs parallel to Ecclesall Road) is known for celebrating its diverse culture and supporting independent businesses, with an array of interesting shops, restaurants and cafés lining the road. The Sharrow Festival takes place each summer, celebrating community spirit and bringing together cultures. Go visit Local artist Pete McKee while you’re there, and his ‘A Month of Sundays’ gallery or pop into the Porter Cottage and pick a track from arguably the best jukebox in the city. Feeling fragile? The Lescar pub serve up legendary Sunday roasts.
Located in the heart of the city centre, extending from Division Street to Devonshire Street, Devonshire Quarter is a hotspot for independent and quirky pubs, bars and shopping. Why is it so popular? It’s the perfect chill-spot of Devonshire Green surrounded by a range of boozers, shops, restaurants and cafés.
This street runs parallel to Division Street in the city centre. There’s choice-a-plenty – from the classier hangouts such as the Wick at Both Ends and Bloo 88, to necking £1 schitbombs in the legendary West Street Live. New to the scene, the American dive bar-inspired FirePit Rocks and the neighbouring Molly Malone’s are popular choices for those who like their nights out themed. Other than watering holes, there are also plenty of restaurants and shops – including Cow, the vintage clothing Mecca of Sheffield.