Shopping in Sheffield

Creative Tourist

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.

  • 1. Record Collector Sheffield

    image Gemma Thorpe, courtesy of Our Favourite Places

    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.

  • 2. Cocoa Wonderland

    Cocoa Wonderland cafe in Sheffield

    Cocoa Wonderland, 462 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 8PX - Visit now

    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.

  • 3. Hilary and Flo

    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.

  • 4. The Nichols Building

    The Nichols Building in Sheffield.
    Dave Bevis

    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.

  • 5. Pollards Sheffield

    Pollards Sheffield, 627 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 8PT - Visit now

    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.

Visitor guides

Word Life 9th birthday party feat Saleena Godden. Photo by Dan Sumption

Literary places in Sheffield

Literary places are scattered about Sheffield, which has plenty of live literature events to pop along to and perform at, and more independent poetry presses than you can shake a stick at.

Culture Guides

Kimsooja, To Breathe. Photo © Jaeho Chong

Exhibitions

Inspired by the meditative qualities of space and eastern notions of the Void, Kimsooja’s mesmerising installation at YSP’s historic chapel heads our top pick of exhibitions this month.

Big Up! Courtesy Theatre Rites / Helen Murray

Families

See Mer-folk in a Human Aquarium, experience Trouble at t’Mill and the world of nocturnal animals after dark. Then break all the rules in new show Big Up!

Literature

Those darling buds are coming back to life in live literature land as 2019 gets properly underway, and we’ve plenty to look forward to – from performance poetry and soundscapes to readings from magazines, memoirs and award-winning short stories.

Music

We have some hotly anticipated gigs coming up in Manchester and the north over the next few months! Read about them here!

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

A Salford leisure centre, a city centre library and a Manchester museum – theatre can happen anywhere. Here’s our guide to the best performances popping up across Manchester and the North.

Cinema

Valentine’s ideas, hard-to-see queer cinema and the best in new releases — we’ve got it covered.

Tours and Activities

In this month’s roundup of best Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North, we highlight the pottery and craft workshops giving you some cathartic and creative opportunities to get making.

Things to do right now

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