Meadowhall might dominate the shopping headlines – it’s the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire, and eighth largest in the UK – but with two other shopping centres and dozens of boutiques, designer shops and independent outlets in the city, Sheffield has no shortage of alternatives to complement the shopping behemoth. Here are some of best places to shop in Sheffield.
With over 60 antiques shops, second-hand boutiques and auction houses, south Sheffield’s Antiques District is the very definition of refined retro.
Upcycled, shabby chic, retro, vintage, collectable, reclaimed – you’ll find all the hip antique buzzwords in action just off the A621, with eight antiques centres, shops, cafés and bars across the Antiques District. From planning vintage-themed weddings to finding the perfect exposed brickwork at the reclamation yard, the quarter is packed with local specialists bringing history back into focus.
A popular pedestrian shopping precinct, Fargate runs between Barker’s Pool and High Street near Sheffield’s stunning cathedral.
With a focus on high street fashion stores, Fargate is a popular pedestrianised shopping area in the heart of the city. Just seven minutes’ walk from our Angel Street hotel, Fargate borders Barker’s Pool, a paved area with fountains that is home to Sheffield’s John Lewis store, hosts the Continental Market four times a year, and is just a stone’s throw from the cathedral.
Three miles from the city centre, Sheffield’s shopping mecca, Meadowhall, is spread over 1.5 million square feet and attracts over 30 million shoppers a year.
From a quick trip via the tram for a new pair of shoes or an immersive 8-hour experience that takes in all three levels and nearly 300 shops, Meadowhall offers something for every shopper. With expansions planned – including a trampoline park, garden terrace and, of course, more shops – this is set to be South Yorkshire’s premier retail hub for a long time to come.
Just 30 minutes on the blue tram line from the city centre or a 15-minute drive from our Angel Street hotel, Crystal Peaks is a fine shopping centre for all the basics if you don’t trust yourself to just ‘nip in’ to Meadowhall. Shopping on a smaller scale, Crystal Peaks has many of the high street staples, a large Sainsbury's, a food court with options for both a quick refuel and a sit-down meal, as well as an indoor market where you can pick up fresh produce from local traders.
For an eclectic mix of shops, Fox Valley offers a different kind of shopping centre experience. Set around the central car park, which has ample parking and is free for up to four hours, Fox Valley is an outdoor retail complex which hosts a monthly farmers’ market, as well as seasonal celebrations for the family. You’ll find fashion, homeware, stationery, outdoor shops, a large upmarket department store, a range of cafés and restaurants, and its Independent Quarter has an enviable selection of the region’s best artisanal vendors.
For city centre shopping, Orchard Square is a small open-air shopping centre right in the heart of the city and just nine minutes’ walk from our Angel Street hotel. Open daily, you’ll find a cluster of high street shops, including a River Island, Clarks, Schuh, Waterstones and TK Maxx, as well as cafés and sandwich shops to provide a quick pick-me-up.
Away from mega malls like Meadowhall, Sheffield has a strong boutique and designer shop scene.
Handily streamlined along Division Street and nearby Devonshire Street are several standout boutique shops including the Alternative Store, Vulgar, Within Reason, Sa-Kis and Eton Clothing. If you’re into vintage or retro fashion, then head to Mooch Vintage, or Party On if you’re looking for fancy dress themed clothing. Both our St Mary’s Gate and Angel Street hotels are just a five-minute stroll away, allowing you to drop your bags back and start again if needed.
An equal distance between our Angel Street and St Mary’s Gate hotels is Sheffield’s upmarket high street department store, John Lewis. Over the five floors you’ll find everything from clothing to home furnishings, make-up, technology, toys, and personalised stationery. A true one-stop – if slightly more expensive – shop.
What do Jarvis Cocker, snooker and cutlery have in common? The South Yorkshire university city of Sheffield. Back in the day, Sheffield was a major player in the Industrial Revolution and coal mining industry. These days, “Steel City” is less grey and more green – in fact, 61% of Sheffield is now green space. So if you’re after a breath of fresh air alongside urban mod cons, our Sheffield hotels are the place to go.
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