Sheffield has plenty of options for students looking to dine out without having to splash too much cash.
From Mexican street food and artisan pizzas, to homemade pies and spicy Szechuanese dishes, here’s our pick of the stand out student-friendly eateries in the city.
Street Food Chef
This multi award-wining family run Mexican street food outlet offer a healthy fast food alternative to the people of Sheffield. They’re probably best known for their burritos – think chicken in smoky tomato sauce or tender slow-cooked pulled pork – but they also serve tacos and quesadillas as well as gluten and dairy-free options at their Burrito Bar or Mexican Canteen. Mexicali drinks include Red Pig beer, Jarritos, Desperado and more. There’s a huge burrito challenge too, if you’re up to it.
Find them at 98 Pinstone St; 90 Arundel St; 343 Glossop Road; 376 Sharrow Vale Road; various events – streetfoodchef.co.uk
For superb coffee plus fresh pastrami and salt beef bagels, sandwiches and grilled cheese toasties, as well as sweet treats such as brownies, doughnuts and macarons, check out Steam Yard, nestled in Aberdeen Court. Don’t miss the Hot S’mores doughnut which includes peanut butter, Nutella and marshmallows.
Aberdeen Court, 97 Division St, S1 4GE – steamyard.co.uk
Craft & Dough
This Kelham Island pizza joint specialises in artisan pizza and craft beer, as well as offering brunch, coffee and cocktails. A simple margherita is £6 (or £5 on Mondays), with more adventurous options such as braised ox cheek with pepperoni, balsamic red onion, mozzarella and parmesan, or spicy ‘nduja sausage, for under a tenner.
1A Kelham Square, Kelham Island, S3 8SD – craftanddough.co.uk
Saigon 68 Vietnamese Cafe
Saigon 68 offer a variety of dishes from across South-East Asia, but it’s the traditional big bowls of Vietnamese noodle soups for around £6 or £7 that you’ll be craving as the weather turns chillier – think braised beef, duck or steamed chicken broth with vermicelli, flat rice or udon noodles, or spicy Malaysian style laksa. They offer a 10 per cent discount for students, or a £6.99 lunch offer which includes a main dish, drink and fruit.
175 London Road, S2 4LH – saigon68.co.uk
Serving the finest fish and chips since 1895, the unusual name was invented over 100 years ago by locals wishing to distinguish the chip shop with ‘two steps up to its front door’ from its rival across the road. As well as freshly cooked fish and chips, you’ll find traditional Yorkshire food including rissoles, fishcakes and buttered breadcakes on the menu. Particularly popular is the £2.50 specials menu, offering sausage or mini fish with chips and a side of your choice.
249 Sharrow Vale Road – twostepssheffield.co.uk
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This vibrant and busy cafe near Sheffield Hallam University is unsurprisingly popular with students, offering classic sandwiches and paninis with a twist. A specials menu offers lunch for under a fiver – peri peri chicken with chips and salad, perhaps a Greek salad, or Asian style chicken burger in a brioche bun with sweet potato wedges. There are homemade cakes and pastries plus ice cream milkshakes, too.
140 Charles St, S1 2N – Facebook
For a seasonal meal that’s both fast and healthy, try Nourish’s nutritionally balanced breakfasts, hot and cold food, smoothies, snacks and desserts. Cold wraps at around £3-£4 might include chicken and avocado, supergreens or chipotle chicken, while hot wraps with fillings such as Italian meatballs or Brazilian beans are around the £4-£5 mark.
18 Pinstone Street, S1 2HN – nourishrestaurants.co.uk
Picture House Social
Housed in the former ballroom and billiard hall of Abbeydale Picture House, opened by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 1920, the sumptuous surroundings at Picture House Social make for a fun evening out. There’s a good cocktail list and seasonal Neapolitan style pizzas or Italian street food if you’re hungry, and three tournament standard ping pong tables if you’re feeling competitive after a couple of Strawberry Sazeracs.
383 Abbeydale Road, S7 1FS – picture-house-social.com
Fanoush Salad Bar
Offering healthy wraps, salads and freshly made juices, Fanoush have three branches in the city. A wrap filled with falafel and salad is around £3, with the option to add carrot, cabbage, olives, pickles, chillies, cucumber, tomatoes, tahini, hummous, fried aubergine, cauliflower or halloumi at the salad bar.
Branches on London Road, Pinstone Street and Witham Road, Broomhill – Facebook
For fresh Indian street food to eat-in or take away, try Urban Choola on London Road. Share a selection of small and large street food plates such as Ragda patties, chilli paneer or Kati rolls with a variety of fillings, or try a traditional curry served with basmati rice, buttered naan and salad for £8.50. You can BYOB for a small corkage fee.
London Rd, S2 4NA – urbanchoola.co.uk
Specialising in dim sum and Szechuanese cooking, Zing Vaa is popular with the local Chinese community as well as adventurous foodies. Dim sum includes roast pork char siu buns, pork and prawn dumplings or whelks in satay sauce all for under £3, while spicy Szechuanese main dishes include beef slices poached in in hot chilli oil with the famous Szechuan peppercorn or twice-cooked pork belly with pepper and chilli for under £9.
55, The Moor, S1 4PF – zingvaa.co.uk
The Old House
With over 100 gins as well as a wide range of beers and ales, laid-back bar The Old House has a lovely quirky interior with eclectic posters, art and trinkets. Try a fish finger butty or homemade pie. Sunday lunch offers a bowl of homemade soup followed by roast topside of beef, Moss Valley pork leg or a vegetarian option with roast potatoes, homemade Yorkshire pudding, steamed vegetables, root vegetables and real gravy for just £9.95.
113-117 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB – theoldhousesheffield
Offering sushi from the belt, big bowls of ramen noodles, appetising Japanese starters and tapas style dishes, mixed bento boxes and fresh sashimi to order, award-winning Sakushi is great for groups as well as a date. A daytime offer includes a main dish and a side (or three pieces of tempura) for £9.95, and signing up for a Sakushi card gets you 10% off the entire menu.
27 Campo Lane, S1 2EG – sakushi.co.uk
The Wick at Both Ends
With drinks offers until 9pm and a late-night resident DJ, The Wick at Both Ends offers a clever cocktail list and international craft beers along with an inexpensive bar food menu. Lunchtime sandwiches are around £5 – think chicken goujons, avocado and emmental, or roast pork with salsa verde – or try a selection of bar bites and small plates such as beef short rib with Korean slaw, chicken wings with shallot jam, or pork collar, mushroom and truffle tortellini.
149-151 West St, S1 4EW – thewickatbothends.co.uk
Fusion Organic Café
A social enterprise run by Freeman College, Fusion offers a range of hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads. Welsh rarebit is £3.60, or try the thinly sliced home-cured salmon and rocket with tarragon and lime crème fraiche for £4.50. Go for a can of sparkling organic ginger or cranberry to wash it down, or the homemade chocolate milkshake is made with Green & Blacks ice cream.
74 Arundel Street, S1 2NS – academyofmakers.co.uk
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