Moor for your money at the Moor Markets
Always good for a bargain or two, Sheffield’s popular indoor market is packed with independent traders selling everything from clothing to craft beer. Here are five solid reasons why the Moor Market makes for the ideal student shopping destination…
If you’re walking to a lecture, heading to the library or hitting the high street for a spot of retail therapy, the chances are you will pass the Moor Market, nestled between university buildings and student accommodation. Once overshadowed by Fargate’s High Street and Meadowhall, the Moor area has received a makeover in recent years, rejuvenating it as a vibrant shopping destination with an array of high street stores, bustling cafés and a cinema.
Recently described as the “Borough Market of the North” by The Independent, the Moor Market is a hidden gem for street food with tasty, authentic meals available – even on a student budget! There’s something for everyone, from British classics to Chinese favourites and an array of tempting street food. Highlights include Lemongrass Thai which offers fresh, authentic Thai food from curries to noodle soup, and Hungry Buddha serving up traditional Nepalese Thali – possibly the best value curry you’ll get in Sheffield! Head down for an affordable lunch break or take advantage of the Market’s takeaway service for the perfect hangover cure.
With over 90 independents under one roof, it’s the perfect place to do the weekly shop. From fresh fruit and veg stalls to world food stores, the market provides an affordable and sustainable alternative to high street supermarkets. Call in and order food to pick up after a lecture or browse the colourful, lively aisles, chatting to the vendors and finding the best deals. International students (or those looking to expand their culinary skills) can find high-quality world foods from an array of specialist stores including Jamaican and Indian cuisine.
Alongside food stalls, you can find a variety of traders from an iPhone repair service (always handy!) to a perfume shop selling homemade perfumes, incense and home fragrances to freshen up your flat.
Group work space
If you’re looking for a change of scenery from the library, the Moor Market has a large seating area with free WiFi – the perfect space to work on a group project. While on your way to and from uni, you can grab a coffee and a cake to keep you going from Coffee@ Moor Market, supplied by local favourite Foundry Coffee Roasters. The café prides itself on offering high quality coffee at low prices, and with iced lattes at just £1.25, it’s popular with students for refuelling during the day.
Doing your bit
Shopping at the Moor Market means supporting the local community; all the stalls are independent businesses run by families and friendly local vendors. It also means you’re reducing your carbon footprint, buying locally grown produce in eco-friendly packaging as opposed to the plastic containers favoured by big supermarkets. For every £1 spent at the market, 80p is put back into the local community – four times more than what high street stores contribute.