Food & Drink

Independent cafés in Sheffield that you have to visit

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Sheffield is known for its quirky character and warm soul. Naturally, its independent cafés match that persona. They welcome you with open arms and are sure to deliver happiness in a cup, a teapot, a mug, a plate, or even a wooden board (it’s 2015, it’s the done thing). Take a look at our pick of the best.


This little hide-out is found on the edge of Fargate, right in the middle of the city centre, down a cobbled side-street called Norfolk Row. You can sense the love and attention to detail that has been put into making Marmadukes the flowering business that it is. Every man and his dog flocks here, mainly because they’ve got that whole homely, comfort food-gone-gourmet thing right down to a T.

Their combination of deli salads varying with intriguing flavours and the foccacia toasted sandwiches filled with cured meats and cheeses are sublime. And their homity pie is something to really shout home about (get it), because who doesn’t want cheesy, potatoey goodness encased in a thick, home-made short-crust pastry?

Oh and they offer bottomless Yorkshire tea. Anywhere that offers bottomless tea, and particularly that of the Yorkshire kind, is somewhere you need to know about.

And the cake. The cake. I’ll leave that to the imagination.

Steam Yard

Steam Yard is tucked away in the corner of a courtyard just off Division Street, in a small, cottage-like building. A popular zone for the students of Sheffield, almost every table is adorned with a MacBook and a coffee emblazoned with latte art, courtesy of the creative Steam Yard baristas.

The interior reflects the underlying indie vibe that sums Sheffield up in a nutshell. It just feels so damn cosy yet has that slight edge to it. Their playlists are also super wonderful and deserve a shout out because who doesn’t need a bit of American soft rock to lighten the dullest of days.

They also offer ‘fronuts’, a.k.a donuts filled with ice cream flavours. I know, right. And more recently they’ve begun serving s’mores donuts with Nutella, peanut butter and marshmallow fillings. If that’s not a reason to visit, I don’t know what is.

Upshot Espresso

Mid-way up Glossop Road you’ll find a row of shops, and neatly positioned on that row lies Upshot Espresso. Upshot gives off a minimalistic ambience, which, paired with its menu, makes the perfect dining experience.

They have an extensive array of teas, sandwiches that could quite easily change the Oxford English Dictionary definition of sandwich and flat whites to really give a damn about.

Everything they serve is executed with passion and precision.

The stripped-down nature of Upshot provides an ideal setting to take your books along and work – a much-needed release from the doom and gloom of the daily slog at the library.

Where have you tried in Sheffield that you think deserves a place on this page? Let us know in the comments below.

Words by Sarah Jepson

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