Sheffield is jam packed full of small, independent stores. While Meadowhall and the city centre have their fair share of well-known High Street names, it’s perhaps the smaller, more unique shops which give the city its character.
Some sit in amongst the big boys in the city centre, but many are more off the beaten track, helping to make the neighbourhoods they inhabit shopping destinations in their own right.
— MoonKo (@komoonko) February 22, 2015
What’s not to like about Moonko? Quirky, bright and well-priced, this friendly shop in the city centre offers everything from gift ideas, to indulgences, to home accessories, to fashion items. There’s plenty in here that you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
Moonko, 89 Division Street – more info
If Moonko is bright and quirky, neighbouring Collard Manson’s appeal is at the opposite end of the scale. Here, the mood is dark and atmospheric. Mainly stocking clothes, jewellery and homewares, the shop is beautifully laid out and well worth a wander around.
Collard Manson, 125 Devonshire Street – more info
Sheffield Antiques Centre
— Shef Antiques Centre (@SHEFF_ANTIQUES) April 18, 2014
Perhaps the pick of the bunch in Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter, which lies in and around Abbeydale Road to the south of the city centre, this rabbit warren of a shop, which spills out onto the pavement in front, is easy to get lost in for an hour or so. It sells everything from tiny trinkets up to substantial pieces of furniture, all at a great price.
Sheffield Antiques Centre, 178-188 Broadfield Road – more info
Hmm. Guess which dough contains beetroot. pic.twitter.com/vO9TSgnJSd
— Forge Bakehouse (@ForgeBakehouse) February 13, 2015
Sheffield is home to several brilliant independent bakeries, and it perhaps this fierce competition which keeps standards so high. Despite only being open a couple of years, Forge Bakehouse, on Abbeydale Road, has a great reputation, and rightly so. Particularly good is the sourdough, but there are a range of sweet treats to pick up too.
Forge Bakehouse, 302 Abbeydale Road – more info
If you’re after an unusual tipple, Starmore Boss is the place to go. One of many fine independents on Sharrow Vale, this is far from your run-of-the-mill off licence. As well as a great selection of fine wines, beers and whisky, there is a huge variety of lesser-known spirits. The shop proudly boasts it has South Yorkshire’s largest range of tequilas, which is worth a visit alone.
Starmore Boss, 257 Sharrow Vale Road – more info
— Moor Sheffield (@MoorSheffield) January 13, 2015
Take a wander up to the new Moor Market around lunchtime and the queue snaking away from Waterall Bros tells its own story. There is a wide selection of meats, both raw and cooked, and you’ll rarely be let down by the quality. The pork pies, which perch on top of the counter and draw passers-by in magnetically, might just be the best in Sheffield.
Waterall Bros, The Moor Market, The Moor
The Record Collector
Nick Cave Boatman's Call and Good Son reissue LPs in now! pic.twitter.com/08xeJkEPxD
— Record Collector (@RCSheffield) March 10, 2015
Something of an institution in Sheffield, The Record Collector, in Broomhill, has been around for donkeys years and is a must-visit place for music fans. It has a huge selection of new and second-hand CDs and vinyl. The shop often has in-store signings.
The Record Collector, 233 Fulwood Road – more info
Sharrow Vale Hardware
Sharrow Vale Hardware, Sheffield – purveyors of Austrian scythes and snaths pic.twitter.com/Ee6WI68g
— Daniel A (@meadowcopse) September 22, 2012
Nothing fancy, but a hardware shop doesn’t have to be, does it? In a world dominated by supermarkets the size of villages selling everything under the sun, this brilliantly-run, well-stocked shop is a welcome change. It’s bound to stock something you need and like every good hardware shop, a few things you don’t need, but still buy.
Sharrow Vale Hardware, 370-372 Sharrow Vale Road
Popular with students and families alike, Beanies has a great reputation for good, fresh fruit and vegetables, but it also has plenty of prepared meals and snacks, some of which are frozen or chilled. It stocks organic and non-organic produce as well as food which is dairy-free and gluten-free.
Beanies Wholefoods – 205-207 Crookes Valley Road – more info
The Famous Sheffield Shop
— Paul Iseard (@PaulIseard) October 19, 2013
This store has been celebrating everything which is brilliant about Sheffield for 30 years now. Of course, modern and traditional cutlery, knives and metalwork feature heavily, but there is also plenty of items by smaller independent producers from the city. The owner, Paul, is remarkably knowledgeable about all things Sheffield-related and is happy to help when he can.
The Famous Sheffield Shop, 475 Ecclesall Road – more info
Main image: Starmore Boss
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