Street food culture is relatively new in the UK. Over the past 10 years we’ve seen the trend, inspired from the streets of Asia, America and Europe change the way we dine out and Sheffield’s food scene has embraced in, particularly in the past 5 years.
Street food in America is an every day way of life, it’s their Tesco meal deal lunch or microwave meal dinner. There’s food trucks parked up on streets serving up tasty bites that satisfy the stomach and wallet, from slices of pizza to tacos, it’s food that doesn’t need a knife and fork, cooked with passion. In Asian countries you’ll find food cooked on mini stoves on street corners, markets and carts, basically, anywhere as it’s part of the way they eat. It’s cheap, fresh and convenient.
We might not have food trucks or side road kitchens but the impact of street food culture has been huge for Sheffield. It has seen an explosion of new, authentic flavours, cooked with passion and care. It has allowed home cooks sit side-by-side with highly acclaimed chefs and it has given diners the opportunity to try new things.
You only need to look at the line of people queuing to get into Peddler to see its popularity.
Here’s our guide to the Best Street Food in Sheffield.
Kommune in Castlegate is a food hall where you’ll find exciting flavours from around that world. Whether it’s pizza from Proove, Torito‘s tacos, Vietnamese dishes by Hanoi 75 or a juicy burger from Fat Hippo, you won’t be disappointed. There’s even brunch (Anekdote) and colourful desserts (Pinki’s Soft Scoop).
The hardest part is choosing what the eat.
Image: Hanoi 75 (from Facebook)
The Moor Market might not be the place you’d think about when you’re looking for something special to eat but like the markets in Thailand, Lemongrass have recreated that vibe.
Expect authentic plates that are easy on the pocket.
Peddler is a monthly street food market that takes place in a warehouse and courtyard with food vendors, bars, craft stalls, DJs and live music.
The event, which takes place on the first Friday & Saturday of the month attracts thousands of people, some queuing up to an hour to get in. Arguably the catalyst of the street food scene, Peddler has grown organically, from a small city centre street market to getting its own warehouse. which gains in popularity month-by-month.
It attracts both local and national vendors serving everything from Mac n Cheese to bao buns.
SteelYard Kelham is an eclectic hub of independents, housed in converted shipping containers.
The ever-growing complex includes a cafe (Workshop Koffee), burgers (Yard Burger), vegan (Icarus & Apollo), fish (The Catch), pizza (Urban Pizza) and ice cream (Whip).
Street Food Chef is a bit of a Steel City institution. They started selling Mexican burritos on the streets of Sheffield with the goal of selling a healthy alternative to fast food and they haven’t stopped since.
The family business currently have 2 sites, one on Sharrow Vale Road and on Arundel Street in the city centre where they continue to take inspiration from Mexico whilst remaining conscious in all elements of their business.
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