So here’s our choice of the 12 Best Cafes in Sheffield…We couldn’t settle on 10 or even 11, so here’s our favourite 12!
Bragazzi’s, Abbeydale Road
Bragazzi’s has a hotch-potch Italian look that’s difficult to resist. With bric-a-brac furnishings, Italian imagery on the walls and a vespa parked out front, the cafe is a homage to everything Italian in Sheffield. As in Italy proper, the food and drink doesn’t disappoint. With a deli attached to the café, you’ll find fresh ciabattas, alongside Italian groceries and freshly ground coffee.
Cocoa Wonderland, Ecclesall Road
Cocoa is an Aladdin’s Cave of chocolate goodness. They open up a rich seam of chocolate from around the world. This is also sold from an old curiosity shop at the front of the cafe. To the rear and upstairs are two “parlours” where you can sit back and chat (and maybe crochet something!) all whilst enjoying a warming beverage, cake and chocolate.
Hagglers Corner, Queens Road
Hagglers Corner is more hippie than hipster. It’s also part of a trading centre with smart frontage and a wonderfully higgledy-piddledy feel. Family friendly, with mismatched furniture and a marquee-covered courtyard, the sign on the pallet (used as a gate) tells us ‘We’re all mad here – you’ll fit right in!’ Big pots of tea and a welcoming atmosphere hit the spot.
Ink & Water, West One
A tiny and pristine white-tiled shop in the corner of West One, serving many local products including: Pollards coffee, Birdhouse teas and Seven Hills bread. Prices are extremely reasonable, and the brownies are not to be missed! Try with a smooth flat white.
Marmadukes, Norfolk Row
A cosy café and deli with a trendy rustic feel, Marmadukes is decorated with crates of colourful veg and neat pots of flowers. They serve light meals and huge slices of exciting-looking cakes and tarts, not to mention speciality hot chocolates and coffees along with an impressive range of teas.
Lucky Fox, Division Street
Lucky Fox is one of the newest additions to Sheffield’s panthenon of brilliant cafes. It’s not just great coffee and great food that sets Lucky Fox apart. The cafe design and music choices are equally impressive giving Lucky Fox a great atmosphere. Undoubtedly Lucky Fox is one of the best cafes in Sheffield!
Okeh Café, Abbeydale Road
Okeh Café, Sheffield’s mini 1960s diner, is just about the happiest place in Sheffield! There’s the rich red-leather booths, turquoise walls, period memorabilia and an original jukebox belting out rock’n’roll classics. To complete the mix: no-nonsense breakfast and lunch specials for under a fiver, an affable owner and a scooter-riding clientele, who frequently descend en masse.
The Rude Shipyard, Abbeydale Road
Part bookshop, part café, The Rude Shipyard offers a comfortable oasis in which to settle down, eat, drink and chat. You’ll also be in the company of ‘rude’ books and great music! For nourishment, there is a nice selection of mezze and other Mediterranean dishes… And their chocolate Guinness Cake is a sensation.
Steamyard Coffee Co, Aberdeen Court off Division Street
You can’t miss Steamyard’s beautiful signage in Aberdeen Court. The shop has a slight American vibe, reflected in the décor, music choices and cakes – the donuts are already famous, and pecan pie is another regular offering. Refreshingly simple and intimate.
Tamper Coffee, Arundel Street
Set in a former Cutlers’ building, Tamper at Sellers Wheel (the larger sibling of the Westfield Terrace branch) has a trendy industrial chic feel. Spaciously furnished with old schoolroom furniture, the café bar serves quirky, Kiwi inspired food choices (mince on toast anyone?) alongside a wide drinks selection and great coffee.
Upshot Espresso, Glossop Road
You will not find any baristas more passionate about coffee than these guys. With a plethora of different coffee brewing methods and regular bean additions, it’s like a wine tasting you can go to at lunchtime. Deliciously creative sandwiches and cakes, and an eclectic soundtrack make for a wonderfully chilled out break spot.
Blue Moon Café, next to Sheffield Cathedral
Former auction house turned community-café-come-canteen, Blue Moon benefits from an abundance of natural light. Add to that a slightly rustic look and you find in Blue Moon a really homely atmosphere. The food and drinks are wonderful with plentiful portions of home-cooked, healthy food that tastes incredible. Blue Moon is a fine place to bring friends or visiting family.
Photo by Gareth Fearn
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