With the festive season coming to a end, you’re probably as weary as the rest of us.
It’s about time we unwind and take a bit of time for ourselves.
From parks and gardens to cafes and bookshops, here are some suggestions for places to take it easy in Sheffield.
1. Self-medicate with tea at the Mugen Tea House
— Mugen Tea House (@MugenTeaHouse) October 25, 2015
In the most British fashion, the folk at Mugen Tea House know the importance of good tea for relaxation. With 30 varieties to choose from, as well as coffee, cake, and various lunch options, it’s perfect for kicking back and immersing yourself in a book, or just having a good old natter.
The Hide, 4 Scotland Street, Sheffield S3 7AA, twitter.com/MugenTeaHouse
2. Hunt for some antique goodies on Abbeydale Road
Looking good for tomorrow's market… pic.twitter.com/A6xoACK1dx
— Antiques Quarter (@AntiquesQuarter) December 12, 2015
The Abbeydale Road Antiques Quarter is the ideal place to lose yourself for an afternoon. The antiques centres themselves are vast warrens of treasures and trinkets, with curiosities in every corner. Hidden amongst them are cute little cafes, vintage clothes, and even the Hop Hideout bottled beer shop and tasting rooms.
3. Appreciate some art at Graves Gallery
You don’t have be an avid fan of classical art to appreciate the tranquility of a good art gallery. Hidden above the Central Library, amidst the hubbub of the city centre and theatres, Graves Gallery is an oasis of calm. Wander aimlessly and grab a few moments of peace amongst the art, or for those who prefer their calm with a good mug of tea, pop along to the on-site cafe.
Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 1XZ, museums-sheffield.org.ukgraves-gallery
4. Support a local charity at Hidden Gem Cafe
— thehiddengemcafe (@hiddengemcafe1) September 9, 2015
The Hidden Gem Cafe boasts fantastic grub, tucked away in a picturesque corner of Sheffield. It is run by a local charity for adults with learning disabilities, who manage to create some truly delicious food. The atmosphere is warm and laid back, and the staff are super friendly. Anything from the breakfast menu makes the perfect start to a lazy Saturday.
Ringinglow Road, Sheffield, S11 7TB, hiddengemcafe.co.uk
5. Take in the great indoors at the Winter Gardens
— tim (@theseaside100) November 14, 2015
There’s no hiding from it, Sheffield weather is grim this time of year. While we can’t offer sun, sand, and sea, we do have the next best thing – Sheffield Winter Gardens. Full of tropical plants, flowers and central heating (most importantly) it’s a soothing place to spend an hour or so with a coffee and a book. And if you get bored of that there’s always a new exhibition to have a nosy around in the Millenium Galleries next door. Be sure to check out the cute Sheffield-made trinkets and artwork in the museum shop as well.
90 Surrey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2LH
6. Catch a movie at the Curzon
The Curzon cinema took over a dilapidated old bank building behind the High Street at the beginning of 2015. With three screens and multiple lounges and bars it’s a brilliant place to spend a relaxing day. Ideally, pop in for a couple of drinks on the rooftop bar before heading in for a movie. They always show the newest box office hits, as well as some more niche films and broadcasted events, so there’s guaranteed to be something interesting on.
16 George St, Sheffield S1 2PF, curzoncinemas.com/sheffield/info
7. Drink good coffee at Depot Bakery
— The Depot (@TheDepotBakery) December 6, 2015
A fairly new addition to Sheffield’s booming cafe scene, Depot Bakery pretty much ticks all the boxes. As part of the renowned Tamper Coffee group, it isn’t surprising their coffee is to die for. The airy, converted industrial unit was taken on to contain their artisan bakery, which offers breads, cakes, and a plethora of sweet treats. It is quiet, warm, and smells divinely of fresh bread and coffee, and is the perfect place to unwind.
92 Burton Rd, Sheffield, S3 8DA, twitter.com/TheDepotBakery
8. Support an independent bookshop
— Brindille (@Brindille_) July 26, 2015
Is there anything more relaxing than a second-hand book shop? Sheffield has some corkers, but it is no secret that Rare & Racy is currently under threat from developers. Wile away the hours browsing their shelves for hidden treasures, or chatting to the knowledgeable staff, and supporting local businesses.
Rare & Racy, 164-166 Devonshire St, Sheffield, S3 7SG
9. Take a wander around the Botanical Gardens
— Pete Crowson (@OnBetamax) March 7, 2015
Why not wrap up warm and go for a walk around Sheffield’s beautiful Botanical Gardens? Start off by grabbing a hot chocolate from the Curator’s House cafe (at the entrance to the gardens) to keep your hands cosy, then you’re good to go. If the weather is truly horrible there’s always the glass houses to hide in, otherwise the scenery and fresh air is guaranteed to soothe the soul.
Clarkehouse Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 2LN
10. Get some fresh air in Endcliffe Park
— Joan Healey (@totomoto13) November 3, 2015
Whether it’s a stroll in the woods, or playtime at the playground, Endcliffe Park has something for all the family, with quiet little spots to hide if you require something a bit more peaceful.. The little park cafe is perfect to stop and warm up, and the big field is one of the best fields for snowman-building in Sheffield.
11. Visit a good old-fashioned pub
Nice and toasty in here 🔥 pic.twitter.com/xrRLOhRaWH
— Bath Hotel (@BeerInTheBath) November 4, 2015
For some of us a good pint of real ale in front of a roaring fire is the perfect way to unwind. The Bath Hotel always has six real ales, with loads of craft beer on keg and in bottles for you to try. If whisky is more your thing, they have loads of that too. The blue snug behind the bar is great for getting cosy and sampling all the treats.
The Bath Hotel, 66-68 Victoria St, Sheffield S3 7QL, beerinthebath.co.uk
12. Eat wholesomely at the Rude Shipyard
I realised today (after many many years) the The Rude Shipyard in Sheffield has an upstairs… pic.twitter.com/RF42fXh4aa
— Dr Adam James Smith (@elementaladam) September 3, 2015
This charming little cafe offers everything you need to relax for a few hours. Their brunches and cakes (which include gluten-free and vegan options) are to die for, and their coffee is top notch too. There is also the bookshop, which is great for browsing with your breakfast, and regular intimate music nights.
89 Abbeydale Rd, Sheffield, S7 1FE
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