For many of us coffee is an essential part of life. Whether it’s for waking up in the morning, meeting up with friends or studying late in the IC, it’s best to treat yourself to a good brew. Thankfully, the Steel City is home to many trendy independent coffee bars that can support your need for cinnamon covered Lattes, Americanos, Cappuccinos, Flat Whites (the personal favourite) and – of course – cake. Forget Starbucks and Costa, here are some of the best places in Sheffield to feel those coffee joint vibes.
Ecclesall Road is situated in a leafy suburb of Sheffield (a 15-minute walk from Endcliffe/Ranmoor) and has some great places to hang out for both Uni and Hallam students. One such establishment is Couch, near the Botanical Gardens. This wacky joint, full of retro metal chairs and old-style sofas, has some of the best coffee on Eccy Road. It has a nice and relaxed atmosphere – perfect for either a chat with friends or a good book.
If you’re feeling fancy, you could order … a caramel latte with almond milk.
If you’re feeling peckish, order… a folded flatbread.
Located 5 minutes from the SU, Upshot Espresso is arguably the most laid-back coffee house of the lot, and my personal favourite. The staff are all lovely and have some of the most admirable facial hair in Sheffield. The décor is minimalist Scandi-inspired and they offer batches of high-quality Costa Rican and Ethiopian blends at reasonable prices. Upshot is also a brunch-goers’ heaven; their avocado on toast and grilled cheese toasties are some of best you’ll ever eat.
If you’re feeling fancy, you could order … Kalita coffee (for two people).
If you’re feeling peckish, order… Matcha pancakes, with coconut cream, almonds and berries (you won’t want to share this).
This next coffee shop is truly one of a kind. Just off Division Street lies the lively and most renowned of Sheffield’s coffee joints – and the spiritual home of the Kronut. Steam Yard is a rare find that, despite being a student, I am happy to spend money in. It’s close enough for a lunch break in between lectures and they do some great food (all 100% “Instagramable”) and deals, including a coffee and donut deal for £3. It’s a lot bigger than most of the coffee shops on this list, featuring a great courtyard area that is a cool suntrap out of the reach of traffic and the busy Sheffield streets (weather dependent). The only issue is that everyone loves Steam Yard and so it’s always packed.
If you’re feeling fancy, you could order … an Astronaut.
If you’re feeling peckish, order… a Brownie Cookie Sandwich, or a Three-cheese Toastie, or a DoughNot. But what ever you do, make sure you try a Kronut.
Situated just off West Street, Tamper is a very intimate coffee shop with a super chill vibe. Rather than just serve you good coffee, the staff understand how good their coffee is, by offering taste-notes on basically everything on their roster. The prices are extremely good and definitely affordable on a student budget. This is a lovely quaint, rustic joint, great to socialise with friends or just watch the world go by in. The site on Westfield Terrace is quite small so be prepared to wait for a table. That said, it’s worth the wait.
If you’re feeling fancy, order … an Affogato
If you’re feeling peckish, you could order … the Mince on Toast or you can go for the vegan option, the Rejuvenator.
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This small and cosy coffee shop is my favourite place to work; I considered leaving it off the list so that I could keep it to myself but that would be a crime against humanity. Located in West One, next to Devonshire Green, this place is quiet and cool. You can choose to sit on the leather sofas for a good catch up with friends or, if exams are looming, you can find a table on the second floor (with free Wifi and plenty of sockets) for a bit of relaxed work. The food is delicious, affordable and with their loyalty card you can quickly claim your free cuppa.
If you’re feeling fancy, order … their Almond Croissants.
If you’re feeling peckish … you can’t go wrong with their range of toasties.
This recently refurbished space in the SU is loved by many. Chances are you will probably attend a society meeting or two in this place. With the new layout there is plenty of seating (as well as the rest of the building if its packed). Perhaps its best feature is its opening times: on weekdays the lights are on from 7:30am to 10pm, making it a perfect spot for a late study break. With a great selection of coffees, teas and cakes working late is almost worth it. Almost.
If you’re feeling fancy, order … the Iced Americano (although, I still haven’t made my mind up about this).
If you’re feeling peckish… WAFFLES!