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.
Record Collector Sheffield, 233-235 Fulwood Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 3BA - Visit now
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.
Hilary and Flo, 959 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 8TN - Visit now
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, Shalesmoor, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 8UJ - Visit now
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.
Despite the traditional summer break, there’s still plenty of poetry and prose to catch, book and magazine launches, birthday parties, and even an exhibition dedicated to libraries. And if you don’t like sitting still for too long, there’s even a literature trail or two to check out…