Most of you are probably well aware how much I love going to coffee shops! It’s more than just good coffee… it’s the escape, a little break in the day, a moment to be stop and be present and often get some really great decor inspo too! I’d say Joff is the coffee geek, where I’m all about a good atmosphere.
We used to travel to Manchester and Liverpool to visit some interesting coffee shops …where now we have so much choice within a couple of miles of our house! I’ve kept my top five within Sheffield city centre (and in no particular order) so this can be a guide for those visiting Sheffield, but if you’re local see my honorary mentions at the bottom of this post for some other gems!
The first coffee shop we tried in Sheffield! I absolutely love the interiors – bare brick walls, rustic metals and stripped wood. Their little place on Westfield Terrace is super cosy and perfect for grabbing your morning coffee, where their bigger place on Arundel Street is the perfect place to stop for lunch, with an outside courtyard for those warm iced latte kind of days. We’ve never had a bad coffee there …and I love their black coffee cups (the cup defo makes a difference hahaa).
Marmadukes also have two coffee shops in Sheffield. Their one on Norfolk Row is in a little house right next to the cathedral, but I enjoy going to their new place on Cambridge Street most. It’s big, airy and modern. They have the most stunning dried flowers (from the beautiful florists, Swallows and Damsons) and a neon sign in the shape of their polar bear logo hung from the ceiling in front of a huge curtain backdrop. It’s really quite spectacular. Their coffee is always lovely, the cakes are a must and the attention to detail in this place is just amazing – even the toilets are beautiful!
Island / Gaard
Both ran by the same people, and although I love Gaard on Burton Road and find it super chilled, I think I like their new place best (seems to be a running theme here!) Island is right next to Kelham Island Museum and has it’s own parking which is great on a rainy Sunday morning when we want to get out of the house but don’t want to get absolutely soaked. A beautiful big olive tree centres a very calm space with plenty of room between varied sized tables – perfect for couples and bigger groups. I love their iced lattes, Joff loves the batch brew and their breakfast is delicious!
Full of nooks and crannies, this is the perfect place for a catch up with friends. It’s always busy, but if you can’t get a seat inside they have a lovely courtyard with string lights which is just the best in the summer! I love that they have fun with drinks, coming up with different milkshake combos and funky cakes to try – and the hot s’mores doughnuts and grilled cheese toasties are just the best!
Another Kelham Island gem – I love Depot. A bright rustic space inside an old warehouse decorated with Sheffield based artwork by the amazing Jo Peel. The bakery makes delicious bread, pastries, doughnuts and cakes and the coffee is fab! It’s a relaxed environment and I never feel rushed to leave. This coffee shop sums up Sheffield for me – I love the history of the building and surrounding area.