Sheffield City guide

A travel guide for visiting the beautiful city of Sheffield. My travel guide from Blogger Emma from Little Owl Loves. These are her recommendations of where to eat, things to do and the best of the independent shops. .

After meeting Emma through Instagram after she contacted me in the request of a shared collaboration of our blogs, we both decided it would be a good idea to write a city guide for her home city of Sheffield.

Sheffield is a city that I have heard many of my friends and work colleagues went to University at and to be honest that is all I knew about Sheffield but since talking to Emma I have realised that Sheffield has so many great shops, bars, restaurants and attractions to offer. And yes, I will be following all of Emma’s recommendations for when I visit Sheffield!

Emma’s Recommendation’s for places to eat:

Kommune – bang in the centre of town, this food hall is perfect for dining out in a group. There’s something for everyone. I personally love eating Indian food from Chaat Cart. There’s even a book shop and art gallery if you fancy a meander before food and drinks! 

Peddler Night Market is ace too, a once a month street food market in the heart of Kelham Island – just a 15 minute tram ride / walk from the centre of town. There is always at least unique 8 food trucks providing a whole host of cuisines. There’s an inside area with a bar, DJ and sometimes market stalls from artists and makers.

I love to eat at The Rutland too, one of Sheffield’s absolute hidden gems and they always have lots of good craft beer on. This pub is only a 5 minute walk from the train station.

If you’re a vegan you’re well catered for at Church – Temple of Fun. Again in the Kelham Island area which is full of amazing restaurants, pubs and bars. They’ve recently had a refurb so I must check it out soon! Fun fact – My great grandad used to work there (I never met him sadly). It is a converted steelworks and now owned by the people behind Drop Dead Clothing.

Where are your favourite places to spend the day in Sheffield?

I love to take a walk around the centre of town, it’s being hugely developed at the moment. We have cool shops like Monki, Weekday and Oliver Bonas (on Eccy road, a little out of town). There are also loads of lovely independent shops on Division Street including plant shop Moonko, gift and home decor shop Within Reason and plenty of vintage shops to pick up some one of a kind sustainable threads.

Other than that we have a cool Antiques Quarter near to Abbeydale Road and there’s a place called Kelham Flea filled with furniture, clothing and ornaments.

Where would you say are the perfect places for Breakfast/ Brunch?

I’d say probably Tamper Coffee, Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen, Made by Jonty or The Cabin (but controversial I know) I’m not the biggest breakfast fan. I pretty much always skip to lunch! The Cabin do the best pancakes and waffles and even do some gluten free options.

What are your favourite tourist attractions and why?

Our museums are great, Weston Park is more for kids but they have a cool Egyptian exhibit at the moment. Millennium Galleries is connected to the Winter Gardens and always has cool art exhibitions on (oh and I love the gift shop too).
Tudor Square is where the main theatres in Sheffield are situated. I love the Crucible and Lyceum. I am a biased because I worked there for 6 years but we get such amazing theatre and so much of it is in-house, showcasing local talent. If you’re visiting Sheffield around Christmas you must check out what’s on at the Crucible.
I’d say Sheffield isn’t the most touristy place in the world but that’s definitely a good thing. We are proud of our roots and support local unique businesses. There’s plenty to do and see.

What are some good bars to spend a quiet evening in the city?

I love Public – it’s a tiny bar downstairs in the Town Hall. It’s actually a converted mens toilets! They make such innovative unique drinks, it’s definitely a cool place to grab a cocktail or two. It has such a cosy feel to it. Just make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment!

I love Boozehound too which is within Cutlery Works in Kelham Island. Cutlery Works is a food hall similar to Kommune but on two levels. They have such a great rotation of beers both local and from further a field. I’m a coeliac and they always have a great selection of gluten free beers either on keg or in the fridges.

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