The Full Monty: 23 must-do things in Sheffield

Live the island life
Odds are you’ll hear a lot about Kelham Island during your stay in Sheffield, and that’s because this former industrial area is today one of the city’s most exciting suburbs. Full of decent beer gardens, real ale pubs, quirky bars and an array of cafes and restaurants, it’s well worth a visit – whether you’re after a pint by the river at The Riverside or tasty vegan food and cocktails at Church – House of Fun, it’s a part of the city well worth acquainting yourself with. Make sure you check out the museum too. 

Support indies
A haven for independent businesses, on Sharrowvale Road you’ll find the likes of Pete McKee’s art shop, Seven Hills Bakery and some great Sheffield pubs such as the Porter Cottage down here, not to mention much-loved eateries like the Greedy Greek Deli and Porter Pizza. Tucked behind this stretch of road you’ll also find Dyson Place, another inviting hub of local businesses. For a comprehensive list of our many wonderful independents and where to find them, head to independent-sheffield.co.uk.

Have a laugh at the Leadmill
The iconic Sheffield venue has recently started up again with events and its popular Comedy Club nights, where you can safely experience some of the best stand-up talent on the UK circuits with banging street food and drinks options brought to your table. Tickets limited due to social distancing
guidelines, so get in there nice and early at leadmill.co.uk!

Image: Elouisa Georgiou

Don’t stay hidden in the Student Union all term – explore! Even though the village-like feel of the city centre may give the impression of this being a fairly compact place, there are plenty of brilliant areas dotted around, only a short walk or taxi journey away – Ecclesall Road, Abbeydale Road, Heeley, Broomhill, Crookes, Sharrow Vale Road – all boasting their own selection of pubs, bars, restaurants, shops and parks. A short trip out to find places like The Picture House Social or take in the sunset with a pint at the Brother’s Arms in Heeley is well worth it.

Brunch at Tamper
A strong café scene means brunch spots are aplenty around here, but Arundel Street’s Tamper Coffee is something of a Steel City Mecca for early munching – that good, in fact, it’s been lauded as one of the best breakfast spots in country by the Guardian and Waitrose Good Food Magazine. There’s also a picturesque courtyard for some al fresco action on sunny days.

Hail the ale
With 4.7 times more breweries per capita than London, Sheffield can claim to be a major force on the British brewing scene. From your traditional real ale stalwarts such as The Fat Cat, Shakespeares and Kelham Island Tavern, to your craft beer havens such as The Beer Engine, Dead Donkey and Triple Point Brewery, you’re more than well catered for when the time calls for an interesting pint or two.

Visit a food hall
Situated in the up-and-coming Castlegate area of the city, Kommune is home to mouthwatering variety of food traders serving throughout the day and into the evening. There’s also an art gallery, retail traders and a well-stocked bar to keep you entertained. Whereas, over in the Neepsend part of the city, you’ve got Cutlery Works to whet your appetite – one of the largest food halls in the north of England serving a range of cuisines from sushi to poutine. Spread across two floors, it’s a popular social
destination for a bite to eat or a night out with pals.

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