Shopping in sheffield's independents
Sheffielder’s are makers. It’s a DIY city, always has been, always will be. It’s second nature for those born and bred here but it also attracts likeminded people to do the same.
The people behind the counters tend to be the people behind the businesses and the products. When you spend your money in independent businesses you’re giving it to the people who’ve put there heart and soul into it.
Yes, Meadowhall might be convenient with over 200 shops but the majority are chain shops that sell the same products in every branch.
The new Heart Of The City development looks nice and slick but it doesn’t offer that ‘Made In Sheffield’ vibe that we love and trust.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or somebody else, buying clothes, homeware, food, drink or pretty much anything else, you’ll be able to find an independent maker or seller in Sheffield.
We’re a unique city with a proud heritage and we want to continue that but we need to support these guys!
Upgrade Your Wardrobe
Shopping for clothes, you either love it or hate it but you can’t go naked, soz.
Thankfully there’s great spots in Sheffield to give your wardrobe a refresh without wearing the same as everybody else who’s stocked up at Primark or H&M.
First up, Freshmans a Sheffield institution. This vintage shop, just off West Street and Division Street has been dressing the cool kids since 1996. Over recent years Preloved Kilo on Division Street, Vulgar on Devonshire Street, R.A.G. Vintage on Norfolk Street and Thrifty Store on King Street have brought more vintage clothes and reworked items to the city centre. Browse through their rails, you might find something special.
Music, books & art shops
There’s never been a better time for buying music in Sheffield with vinyl specialists Bear Tree Records on Devonshire Street, Record Junkee on Earl Street, LP Record Store on Arundel Street, Spinning Discs in Meersbrook, Record Collector in Broomhill and Cole’s Corner on Abbeydale Road selling new and pre-owned records.
Looking to brighten your walls? Sheffield has a healthy amount of great artists, many sell pieces in independent shops across the city.
Sharrow Vale Road not only has great street art, there’s some places to pick up some pieces too including The Framery and highly celebrated artist Pete Mckee has his own shop Month of Sundays. Ecclesall Road’s The Bessemer II Gallery is also stocked with great finds.
Birds Yard on Chapel Walk and Sheffield Makers on Hunters Bar and The Walkley Press are a great haunts for discovering local makers, gifts and treats, clothes, art, books, candles, cards & accessories.
Looking for that thing you don’t know you wanted? You’ll probably find it at The Industrial Design Company, based in the hip Dyson Place. They sell handmade and up-cycled bits that you won’t find elsewhere including neon lights, furniture and quirky accessories.
MoonKo on Division Street will help bring your home to life with plants, accessories, books and prints whilst Plantology, also on Division Street (and South Road, Walkley) is a group of florists who’ve brought all your floral needs together. Gravel Pit on Abbeydale Road offers every kind of cactus going.
The Antiques Quarter, just off Abbeydale Road is a selection of shops selling weird and wonderful things, you’ll also find similar treats at The Kelham Flea and 2020 Kelham in Kelham and Dronfield Antiques on Abbeydale Road.
food and drink shops
The Moor Market might not be the most glamorous place but if you’re looking for fresh, local produce you’re in for a treat. With 90 traders here, you won’t leave empty handed as you’ll find fruit, veg and butchers. You’ll also come across ingredients from around the world and the best thing, most places in the market are cheaper than a supermarket.
Bottle shops are more than just an off-license and Sheffield has some great ones. You’ll find a great selection of both local and globally sourced craft beers at Beer Central in the Moor Market, Craft & Berry on Ecclesall Road, Hop Hideout in Kommune, The Green Shop in Wadsley, Walkley Beer Co. and Turners Bottle Shop on Abbeydale Road. Prefer wine? Look no further than Le Bon Vin in Brightside, you won’t find their bottles on supermarket shelves and StarmoreBoss specialise in spirits.