Whether you’re looking for vinyl records or top class chocolate, Sheffield’s independent shops are here to serve – here’s our selection, from the legendary to the eclectic.
Here are our top 5 picks
In 1974, Record Collector’s owner Barry Everard was invited to John Peel’s wedding. This is just one indication of the musical weight behind Sheffield’s largest independent record store. Record Collector’s bright red frontispiece unites two adjacent shops: one for CDs, the other for records. The shelves are healthily stacked, with hundreds of boxes tessellated beneath. Though some stock is sold through the website, far more is available from the shop itself.
Number 462 Ecclesall Road is a mouth-watering address, housing Cocoa Wonderland, a shop and café that serves everything from indulgent hot chocolates to handmade truffles and jars of ye olde sweets.
Also on Ecclesall Road is Hilary & Flo, a shop specialising in eclectic homeware and gifts. What do we mean by eclectic? Well, you can find anything from pistol-shaped vases to vintage wooden shoe lasts and pompom fairy lights here.
The Nichols Building, set inside a former tea distribution factory, is full of vintage clothes, second hand homewares, handmade trinkets and work by local artists. You can take tea in a china cup, sit back on the café’s 1950s-era furniture (which is also for sale), or put an old-time record on the gramophone.
Number 627 Ecclesall Road is one for coffee purists: Pollards has been roasting coffee in Sheffield since 1879 and, in its shop, offers over 60 blends of coffee and tea.