Claire from The Jazzpad contacted me to say that she is working on a project with Grazia Magazine. Grazia are working on a regional issue for the North and they are going to include Sheffield!
I moved to Sheffield from Cornwall in 2003 as a student and loved it so much that I stayed! It's changed a lot in the 9 years that I have lived here but for the better. The regeneration throughout the city has made it more vibrant and attractive than ever. I'm very proud to be able to say that I live in Sheffield!
Here is a whirlwind tour of some of my favourite places in Sheffield...
798 Chesterfield Road, Woodseats Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S8 0SF
27 Campo Lane Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2EG
182 West Street City Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 4ET
Bloo 88 has changed hands a few times but their stone baked pizzas remain awesome. I used to come in with my friends as a student and take advantage of their 241 offers which you can still do today. They also do some pretty yummy cocktails!
84 Green Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 8SE
I've been to The Milestone a couple of times now and the food is absolutely delicious! I really recommend their brunches - a real decadent treat! The pudding tasters are also out of this world! Yum!
Blue Moon Cafe
2 St. James Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2EW
Blue Moon Cafe is a vegan and vegetarian cafe based next to the cathedral in city centre. They serve gorgeous food, nice big portions and it's great value! They always have a good range of things on offer (including gluten free) and lovely salads to go with your meal.
The Rutland Arms
86 Brown Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2BS
The Rutland Arms is situated very near to Sheffield Hallam University. I have only recently started going there and feel like I've missed out on a good few years of a fab pub! It feels like a friendly local but in the city centre. They do a good selection of beers and ciders. It's also worth checking out their food as they have an immense menu! The "Slutty Rutty Butty" deserves its own mention too (chips in a butty with melted cheese, spicy tomato sauce and bacon!!!)
Sheffield Station, Sheaf Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2BP
If you are visiting Sheffield by train, this is one of the first places you'll see when you arrive. It's located in the train station but don't let that put you off! They have an amazing selection of beers on offer (over 200 different bottled world beers!) Last time I visited I had a coconut beer which was served in a coconut shell! It was lovely!
151 West Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 4EW
The Wick is one of my favourite bars. I like that it's like a pub rather than a city centre bar. They do an awesome selection of cocktails and have some great offers on too. My favourite cocktail is "This Is A Smile" which blends fresh lychees and pomegranate with Bombay Sapphire gin and lime. Trust me, it is delicious! They also serve some spot on food - above in the picture is the bloody mary mushrooms I had recently!
Kelham Island has a host of pubs which are all within walking distance of the city centre. I like going for a drink in this area as it feels like you aren't in a city centre but maybe in a little village. Most of the pubs have big beer gardens and serve a vast range of beers and ciders. The Fat Cat is also a good place to head for bonfire night as they have their own firework display.
Music and Comedy Venues
O2 Academy Sheffield
37-43 Arundel Gate, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2PN
Just over four years ago, Sheffield finally got a medium sized venue to hold host to bands that often missed the city off and played in Leeds or Manchester instead. I've managed to see some awesome bands at the O2 Academy (including Vampire Weekend, The Vaccines and Jamie T) and hope to see loads more there!
Barker's Pool, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2JA
City Hall hosts a range of events from gigs, comedy events through to Sheffield Hallam University's Graduation Ceremonies (that's me in the picture; Sir Robert Winston is the University's Chancellor!). I think the venue is absolutely magnificent! It really is a lovely venue. I've been to quite a few events in their different halls and enjoyed all of them.
6 Leadmill Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 4SE
I'll always have a special place in my heart for The Leadmill. In 2003, I moved up a week early for University so that I could see my favourite band (Alkaline Trio) play there and a week later I got myself a job there! I met my boyfriend (who I am still with today!) and made some lifelong friends along the way. I've seen some fantastic gigs in the 900 capacity venue, from Arcade Fire (supported by the Kills), watching bands like Franz Ferdinand supporting other bands, through to Frank Black of the Pixies. More recently, I saw Alkaline Trio play there again, 9 years after I last saw them there and this time got to stand in the DJ booth to watch them! :)
The Sheffield Theatre's area has recently had a makeover and I think looks fantastic. The Lyceum, Crucible and Studio Theatre are all located in this area. The Crucible playing host to the World Snooker Championship tournament. If you have the opportunity, you should definitely try and catch a performance in at least one of the theatres!
The Old Sweet Shop
1 Nether Edge Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 1RU
I lived in Nether Edge for about a year and this little shop/gallery is one of my favourite places in the area. Full of creations made by local artists, it's definitely worth a visit.
365 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 8ZG
Pete Mckee is one of my favourite Sheffield Artists. He has his own gallery on Sharrow Vale Road (just off Ecclesall Road on the Hunters Bar roundabout). I love the outside of the gallery and it's well worth a peek inside.
There is plenty of Kid Acne's artwork dotted around the city. I adore his bright slogans and characters. He has a new animated series on Channel 4 called Zebra Face, you can check out a teaser for it here!
You'll spot this piece of Phlegm's artwork on the side of the Rutland Arms. There are plenty of other pieces of his work around the city, including the incredible mural on the side of the RSPCA centre near Kelham Island.
Another artist's work you'll spy around Sheffield is Lord Bunn's. His distinctive lettering and characters are awesome and features in many bars and shops around the city. You may also recognise some of his work from 65daysfstatic's music video "Drove Through Ghosts".
Pete Mckee is one of my favourite Sheffield artists. You may recognise his work as Noel Gallagher asked him to design the tour posters for Oasis's last tour. He has been commissioned to do work from the likes of The Arctic Monkeys through to Disney. He has also worked alongside Clarks, designing a limited edition pair of Clarks Desert Boots and with designer Paul Smith. You can spot his work in the Sheffield Telegraph (he's the sports section cartoonist) or catch him playing ukulele in his band The Everly Pregnant Brothers!
Sheffield is thriving with art all around the city!
The Showroom Cinema
15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2BX
The Showroom Cinema is a brilliant independent cinema. It's great for showing films that you might not get to see elsewhere and often shows classic films. Its Tuesday night film quizzes are pretty special! If you are a film fan, then it'll be right up your street. The quizzes usually have a theme (from 80's films through to Arnold Schwarzenegger, seriously!) I am yet to win it though...
957 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 8TN
This is one of my favourite places to spend an afternoon. You choose a piece of pottery (from tiles to mugs to ornaments), paint it and they fire it for you. They serve snacks and drinks to keep you going. It's amazing how engrossed you can get in the painting! It's also open late on Thursdays which is ideal for a night out. My friend had her hen do here; we brought our own wine and snacks and had a really nice evening.
Sheffield City Centre. Tours run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The Ghost Tours are brilliant, not only if you are interested in spooks but it's also a great way to find out about Sheffield's history. Mr P Dreadful, who runs the tours, is very entertaining and a colourful story teller. You'll find out a lot about what buildings used to be used for (including to my horror, pubs that were former medical schools and mortuaries!) and some interesting tales along the way. You may be sleeping with the light on after your walk!
Sheffield City Centre and Beyond. Event usually held in July.
Tramlines Festival came about in 2009 and has been getting bigger and better by the year. It's a free music festival throughout the city centre taking part in music venues across Sheffield, with a main outdoor stage on Devonshire Green. This year saw Roots Manuva and We Are Scientists headlining, with many other bands and DJs performing across the city. The city has a great, community atmosphere to it and is a brilliant way to catch new and established bands over the weekend. Fingers crossed it will be returning in 2013!
The Rutland Arms, 86 Brown Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2BS. Event held quarterly.
Missie Cindz Pud Inn is a quarterly event organised by the lovely Cindy, held at the Rutland Arms. How do five courses of locally made puddings with a theme sound to you? Heavenly?! Want to know more? You can join Cindy's mailing list by emailing email@example.com or tweet Cindy here or you can use the #MissiesPudInn hash tag on twitter! You can also read about my experiences at the last events here.
391 Ecclesall Road Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 8PG
Mookau is one of my favourite independent shops. They offer a range of quirky gifts and are very helpful! A few years ago, my Mum ordered me something from them a while ago when I wasn't feeling too good and they hand delivered it to my desk at work. How sweet is that?
1B Nether Edge Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 1RU
When I lived in Nether Edge I loved visiting this little shop. It's lovely if you are trying to pick up a unique gift and the staff are helpful too.
Exchange Street Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2AH
When I moved up to Sheffield, my first halls of residence were about 200 metres away from Castle Market so I did a lot of my shopping there. I love fruit and would go to the markets and spend a couple of quid and come back with bags of fresh fruit at a fraction of what it would have costed me to buy in the supermarket. Don't knock it til you've tried it!
Meadowhall Way, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 1EP
I couldn't not mention Meadowhall. It's big. It has all the shops under one roof. I always spend too much money when I visit!
Love Your Hair
33 London Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 4LA
I've been going to Love Your Hair to have my hair cut for a few years now and can only sing their praises. I won't be going anywhere else! I like that it feels like a local salon rather than a busy city centre one and you are made to feel welcome. Amy and James are brilliant and can always transform my garbled ideas of what I want doing with my hair into reality.
47 Chapel Walk, City Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2PD
Thou Art is tucked away on a little side street in the city centre. It specialises in body modification. I have been pierced and tattooed there and think the place is absolutely spot on. The staff are friendly and most importantly it's hygienic (think hospitals but cleaner!). They offer custom tattoo work. I've gone in with ideas and come out with pieces that I've been over the moon with and have been better than what I could have imagined!
The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens is a lovely area in Sheffield, especially in the sunshine! They hold various events throughout the year including "Art In The Gardens", where the gardens are transformed into an arts and crafts village and they also hold open air theatre and music events.
A Little Further Afield...
Penistone Paramount Cinema
Shrewsbury Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 6DY
The Penistone Paramount is a little bit out of Sheffield (you can get the train there if you don't drive) but it is definitely worth making a journey to. The cinema dates back to 1915 when it was opened as the Town Hall Cinema. They have updated the seating but much of the cinema looks as if you have entered a time warp (in the nicest possible way!). There is a balcony seating area and they even have an intermission for ice cream! It's quite reasonably priced too.
The Peak District
We are lucky enough to have The Peak District right on our doorstep in Sheffield. I've enjoyed lovely days out walking, visiting pubs and climbing in the Peak District. There are many buses that serve the area too, so we are well connected!
These are just a few of my favourite things to do in Sheffield but there is so much more going on throughout the city! Sheffield Tourist Information is a good place to start to gain more information if you are visiting the city. I hope you enjoy your visit! ☺