Cafés in Sheffield: things to know before you go
From great places for afternoon tea to specialist dining options, read on for everything you need to know about cafés in Sheffield, plus much more.
Which is the best café in Sheffield?
We could give you a list of great cafés and coffee shops that runs from Sheffield station all the way out to Rotherham, but here are three especially good options.
- Somewhere Else Coffee House and Bakery is great for any number of things, but it has a special brand of wizardry when it comes to vegan cakes. Watch out, in particular, for the all-veggie/vegan weekends.
- Marmaduke’s Café Deli is bustling, energetic and a ton of fun to hang out in. Just sit back and enjoy the buzz, not to mention the delicious, locally sourced food and drink in Sheffield.
- Made by Jonty offers a brilliant blend of cakes, bakes and brews in a lively environment on trendy Sharrow Vale Road. Tuck into ‘The Full Jonty’ signature breakfast and fill up ‘til lunch.
Where can I get afternoon tea in Sheffield?
It can be hard to slow down and really savour life these days, but nothing suggests taking your time like sitting down to a fancy, delicious afternoon tea. Here are three great spots for it near you.
- Located on the River Sheaf in the Antique Emporium, The Cosy Tearoom is a family affair that doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to delicious sandwiches and cake.
- Ella’s Café in Sharrow is a calming, peaceful spot that does an excellent cream tea.
- If you don’t mind travelling a little further afield in Yorkshire, head out to Holmfirth Vineyard. As the name suggests, it’s one of Sheffield’s top wine-makers, but it does a mean afternoon tea in a stunning location too.
Are there any vegetarian or vegan cafés in Sheffield?
While many of the best cafés in Sheffield cater to veggies and vegans, two of them in particular stand out.
- Perched on the edge of Cathedral Square, Blue Moon Café is one of the oldest vegetarian and vegan eateries in Sheffield. Their fresh, ever-changing menu is served up in an airy heritage space by friendly and approachable staff. Delightful.
- The Grind Café meanwhile has opened up in trendy Kelham Island, offering customers cosy, casual surroundings and a selection of coffee made using locally roasted beans. Their salads are scrumptious too.
How do cafés get their brownies so moist?
Brownies can be tricky to get right – everyone has their preferred perfect consistency, ranging from fudgy to chewy to cakey. To land on the moister end of the spectrum, as the best Sheffield cafés do, you need to make sure you get the balance right.
All brownies are fundamentally made up of five things – flour, fat, chocolate (either of the solid persuasion or cocoa powder), sugar and eggs. The flour, obviously, is the driest part of the mix, and it’s important to get the right amount of egg in to counteract it. In fact, if you want a particularly fudgy brownie you might ditch the whites altogether and go only for the yolks.