After spending a lot of my days going for walks and exploring new parts of Sheffield, I have stumbled across some of my all-time favourite cafes, all fitting to a student-budget! Here are my top finds and recommendations if you ever want to grab a bite to eat or coffee in Sheffield!
Hopper is a coffee-house, bar and kitchen located just off the roundabout near Endcliffe Park. They are an independent business selling a Continental style Deli and use Sheffield’s own Roastology coffee beans in their famous drinks.
With meat dishes as well as plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, there really is something for everyone. Being independent and in a top location, Hopper is definitely worth a visit. Hopper also offers seasonal drinks with one of the most popular being the Kinder Bueno Hot Chocolate. In the warmer months, Hopper sells Summer Coolers including Strawberry & Mint or Elderflower Fizz!
South Street Kitchen
South Street Kitchen is an independent café located in Park Hill, behind the Sheffield train station. South Street specialises in coffee and Middle Eastern inspired food. The café is not made for profit, but expresses the importance of sustainability in their everyday operations.
The laidback nature of South Street Kitchen means it is a nice place to catch up with friends, or crack on with some work with a change of location. Complimented with a vegetarian and vegan based menu, these guys are too cool! The outdoor seating gives you a beautiful view overlooking the city, and the small team give a friendly and welcoming vibe.
Made by Jonty
Made By Jonty has been sitting on the end of Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield for over 10 years, famously serving all-day brunch and high-quality tasty food. This locally owned business strives for a fine dining standard with a family-friendly feel. According to Jonty, they aim to ‘bring people together for food that exceeds expectations.’
Their famous Brunch menu stays consistent with here-to-stay favourites such as the breakfast burrito whereas the Lunch specials are created with in-season ingredients meaning there is always something new to try and Jonty’s! The food is locally sourced and always in high-demand, so expect a short wait! The restaurant is snug in space but gives a home-like vibe.
Everything sold at Marmadukes is made in-house, from the cakes to the famous brunch dishes. With a menu of great variety, this café has plenty of vegetarian/vegan options as well as gluten-free dishes also. Although Marmadukes is slightly more pricey than some of the other cafes, it is a great treat with high quality and nutritious food.
Marmadukes has recently opened up a second café, also in Sheffield, both located in the city centre and within a 10 minute walk of each other. With both cafes being a short walk from the Peace Gardens, the location is perfect for sitting in or taking away.
Kollective are famous for serving colourful and vibrant dishes that you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere, on a student budget. They claim to sell ‘the best coffee and cake in Sheffield’. The café is topped with a large LED sign reading ‘everything is different today’ making it visible from a mile off.
Located on Brown Street, this café is super close to the train station and is perfect for a quick stop-off coffee or a sit-down brunch! This light and modern café has an almost homely feel to it whilst being located right near the university, what’s not to love?
Couch gives out very mellow vibes with their industrial-style hangout. This café has a super chill atmosphere, offering sofa’s and soft-seating areas as well as tables to fit for any occasion. The café also doubles as a location for party and events due to it’s quirky and large open space.
Due to the versatile seating, you could easily spend all day at Couch, either getting some work done or catching up with friends… or both! The menu has a range of options with meat and vegan dishes available. Although, fresh meals are sometimes stopped after 3pm, so get their early or enjoy the range of cakes and sandwiches in the afternoon!
This Canadian-style eatery is such a gem, tucked away just off the Moor in the city centre of Sheffield. The Cabin is famous for their topped pancakes, waffle stacks and great ambience. I’d argue that they’re the best pancakes in Sheffield. With vegan options and bagels made to your taste, The Cabin will be at the forefront of your mind every time you fancy pancakes after your first visit.
There is a real community vibe in the restaurant, with quirky furniture and friendly service. The Cabin is also available for take-away and delivery on some apps (depending on your area). All packaging is eco-friendly with ethically sourced coffee, using a number of local producers. They also use the Sheffield famous, Our Cow Molly milk! The Cabin is definitely student-friendly in nature and price!
Almost everyone who has ever been to Sheffield will have walked past this café, with it being located right on Hallam Square, just up the hill from Sheffield train station. HowSt is super snug in size and doesn’t look as mighty from the outside, therefore is overlooked. But you are missing out, big time!
HowSt has a very personal feel with staff being super accommodating and kind! This café is fully-independent with everything being made fresh, using local produce. The food is high quality with a fast-service making it perfect for a pre-lecture snack, or post-lecture catch up!
Steam Yard based on Division Street is just a stone’s throw from Devonshire Green. The Steam Yard have a lovely little outdoor courtyard and have gluten-free options, as well as vegetarian and vegan choices. Famous for their coffee, you’d struggle to leave without more in hand…
Steam Yard work alongside Sheffield’s own Depot Bakery (based in Kommune, Sheffield) to share what they describe as the ‘best donuts’. They most certainly have a range, and it is hard to turn the selection down when you lock eyes with some intricately decorated donuts.
Last but certainly not least is Albie’s! Albie’s is located just off of Sheffield’s Love Square, and their story is my favourite so far. Brother and sister duo, Robyn & Fraser Hodges started up the independent coffee shop , with the aim of making speciality coffee accessible to all. The café showcases various UK roasters, as well as offering a classic brunch menu, being most famously known for their bagels!
The café is bright and the siblings often share their story about the café, which is something that keeps me going back. The homely and family-orientated nature as well as the strive to get the best coffee and food to their customers is what shows the heart of Albie’s.