Sheffield is a city located in the north of England, about 2.5 hour train ride from London situated in South Yorkshire. I used my Two Together Railcard, which has already more than paid back it’s worth, and went up there for 4 nights in July. I was met with a lot of ‘… really? But, why?’ when I told people my next UK travel destination. I had never been up there before, and was growing slightly nervous by the remarks I was getting from people when in reality, Sheffield is a really funky city, with a mixture of Bristol-hipster vibes and a thriving live music scene. There’s lot of really cool places to eat, drink, and party for no matter what your budget. Here’s a sample of the places I enjoyed in one of the greenest cities in the UK.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN SHEFFIELD
Lucky Fox – I ate here on my last day in Sheffield for brunch and I have major regrets that I didn’t go there on my first day so I could keep returning! The decor is so fun and has a garage, meets skateboard park vibe. The food aint too bad either! We got the Salmon California Toast + Cinnamon Chicken and Waffles DROOL. Just look at the photos!!
Cinnamon Chicken and Waffles
Salmon California Toast
Juke and Loe – For those of you who enjoy the finer things in life, but want to pay less than London prices, Sheffields new contemporary restaurant on Eccelesal Road called, Juke and Loe will satisfy your tastebuds! We had reason to celebrate (new visa approved – woo!) so I put on a full face of makeup and made a booking. The food and cocktail menu is always changing so take a look at their website for info. The staff look like they’re made up on uni students but they’re all very friendly and knowledgable and I can say that I left with a full belly!
200 Degrees Coffee – If anything, stop here for home decor inspo! The interior is insta worthy and the coffee is piping hot! They have a variety of blends and roasts from around the world with about 14 different types of milk and sweeteners to add into your drink! I had an amazing latte with coconut milk here.
Beer Engine – At first glance, you might confuse the Beer Engine, Sheffield as a regular old mans pub, but they’re hiding a secret! They have an incredible assortment of drinks and an in-house chef who creates some AMAZING pairings! We went for a tapas-style lunch and I almost fell out of my seat at the seared tuna with guacamole, I may have ordered a second round ….
The Marmaduke – Located right in the city centre, the Maramaduke is the perfect place for a weekend brunch with your girlies, or a great place to sit and study. We stopped for a quick coffee before heading to our train but the brunch menu looked yummy.
Let’s Sushi – The exterior might not look like anything special, but this is the top rated sushi resto in Sheffield. Open till late, it’s a great place for not only fresh sushi but also hot bento and ramen dishes.
BEST PLACES TO DRINK IN SHEFFIELD
Public – This is an old public toilet in the city centre which has been converted into a speakeasy style cocktail bar, perfect for a date night! It’s easy to miss, but just look for the signs and head down the stairs next to the giant water feature by City Hall. Note: it’s a listed building so unfortunately, it’s not built to accomodate those in wheelchairs.
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While our little bar is getting these accolades we just wanted to take a minute to give a big up to @rocket_design . Ben and his team built the place and once the job was done it’s on to the next one for those guys but what he’s left us with will be here (we hope) for many years and we just wanted to acknowledge the man for what he did for us. . It puts a smile on our faces every time we walk in
Fat Cat Brewery – Located on trendy Kelham Island, the Fat Cat is an independent brewery serving up their house pints, which on Monday evenings during pub quiz night, cost £1.50/pint!!! It also regularly brings in guest beers and generally just has an ace atmosphere. Definitely stop in!
Botanist – The Botanist is a cocktail chain with amazing rustic meets garden centre decor (anywhere with plants, I’m there). I had an incredibly refreshing passionfruit basil crush cocktail as I lounged out front on their patio in Leopold Square, right next to my hotel, The Leopold. I definitely recommend coming here with your girls for some fancy cocktails before hitting the town!
The Lescar – A great, and massive pub, located on Ecclesall Road with student prices! While we were there the World Cup was playing and every single TV was streaming the matches live. The inside space is small, but the back beer garden is the size of a basketball court!
Sheffield is a destination all year round and is the perfect place to lay your head to gain access to the Peak District and other cute day trips nearby. If you like this post, take a look at some of the other ones I’ve got below and tell me what your fav party of the north of England is.