Once a thoroughfare used by farmers taking their cattle to market, London Road in Sheffield became a place to set up shop by the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and is still packed with family-run businesses.
Eventually London Road meets Abbeydale Road, which - along with Queens Road and Broadfield Road - make up the Sheffield Antiques Quarter, full of cafés, quirky independent shops and antique treasure troves.
Where to eat
Pick a book from the shelf and enjoy brunch or lunch with vegetarian and vegan options at The Rude Shipyard (Photo: The Rude Shipyard)
London Road is packed with Chinese, Vietnamese, Turkish and Japanese restaurants, while the Antiques Quarter boasts a range of cafes and artisan producers.
Open since 2003, Dim Sum serves a range of Cantonese snacks and small plates, including steamed and deep fried dumplings with meat or seafood fillings, and steamed buns.
Dim sum dishes on offer include char siu bao buns, plump dumplings and crispy won ton.
Seafood lovers can look forward to lobster, scallops and steamed fish cooked in a variety of ways.
Visit: 201 London Road, S2 4LJ – dimsum-sheffield.co.uk
The bakers, chefs and baristas make everything from scratch at this bakery and cafe.
Their breakfast and lunch menus are inspired by the seasons, and the coffee is roasted by pioneering northern roasters, North Star Coffee.
Forge also run regular classes and events, from how to make your own sourdough to seasonal supper clubs.
Visit: 302 Abbeydale Road, S7 1FL – forgebakehouse.co.uk
Offering authentic Turkish fare served fresh from the open grill, Zeugma (and its sibling Zeugmaiki just down London Road) specialises in traditional kebabs and freshly baked breads.
Vegetarians should try the meat-free kebab, with marinated aubergine, mushrooms, peppers, onions and halloumi, charcoal grilled and served with humous.
Visit: 146 London Road, S2 4LT – zeugmaiki.com
The Rude Shipyard
The books lining the shelves of this independent cafe and book shop at the heart of the Sheffield Antiques Quarter can be browsed, bought, or read while lounging in a comfy chair, and there is a section dedicated to local self-published writers.
The cafe offers freshly prepared brunch and lunch, catering to vegans, vegetarians, meat-eaters and those on a gluten-free diet.
For a snack, try one of their home-baked cakes and locally-produced tea and coffee. There are also regular pie nights.
Visit: 89 Abbeydale Road, S7 1FE – therudeshipyard.com
Where to drink
In good weather, you can enjoy The Albion's sun trap of a beer garden - otherwise, it's cosy indoors (Photo: The Albion)
The area has bars and pubs aplenty, with everything from live acoustic sets to yoga studios.
The Gin Bar at Vintedge
Situated on Abbeydale Road in Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter, the new Gin Bar at Vintedge serves more than 50 different gins, as well as a gin-inspired cocktail menu.
The sparkling Ginsecco blends prosecco with flavoured gins, or fans of the popular TV show might like to try Peaky Blinder Spiced Dry Gin, which nods to the cocktail culture of the 1920s and is made from a selection of nine exotic botanicals.
Visit: 448 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FR – twitter.com
This lively bar brings together local beer such as Bradfield and Abbeydale, music and cocktails, with entertainment including live acoustic acts and DJs at weekends.
The community venue also houses a cafe, yoga room and artist's studios, with the Kaffihus (a nod to the owners’ Icelandic heritage) offering fairtrade coffees and organic teas as well as alcohol.
Visit: 586 Queens Road, S2 4DU – hagglerscorner.co.uk
A hidden gem on London Road, the Albion has 10 real ale hand pulls, 10 regular lines and 12 rotating guest lines, as well as a comprehensive selection of gins.
This small independent bar also sells beers from Sheffield’s Stancill Brewery, and has an impressive sun trap of a beer garden.
Visit: 75 London Road, S2 4LE – albionbarsheffield.co.uk
Culture and shopping
Stock up on craft beers and cider at Turner’s Craft Beer Bottle Shop (Photo: Shutterstock)
With its independent shops and striking community spaces, there’s plenty to keep shoppers and arts lovers entertained in the Antiques Quarter.
Sheffield Antiques Centre
Housed in a 19th century building with over 40 antiques stalls, the Sheffield Antiques Centre also sells architectural antiques and garden furniture in their courtyard.
You’ll find a wide variety of items for sale, including furniture spanning the centuries, curios, toys, books, lighting, textiles, ceramics, glassware, vintage clothing, jewellery, kitchen accessories and more.
Visit: 178-188 Broadfield Road, S8 0XL – sheffieldantiquescentre.co.uk
Abbeydale Picture House
One of Sheffield's most iconic buildings, Abbeydale Picture House's striking presence first graced Abbeydale Road in 1920.
The venue is currently being restored and revitalised to include event spaces and multiple studios.
Events here include one-off screenings or double bills of much-loved and cult classic films, as well as live comedy performances and vintage markets.
Visit: 387 Abbeydale Road, S7 1FS – theabbeydalepicturehouse.com
Turner’s Craft Beer Bottle Shop
This independent craft beer bottle shop in the Antiques Quarter sells a wide range of local, UK and imported beer in bottles.
They also offer a unique growler refill service, which they fill from four rotating taps.
Turner's stock UK ciders and an impressive array of gins, including some local names.
Keep a look out for information about regular in-store tastings and events.
Visit: 298 Abbeydale Road, S7 1FL – turners-craft-beer.co.uk
Indie record shop Spinning Discs offers music lovers a place to meet, relax, drink coffee and browse new, reissued and select second hand vinyl in a friendly community environment.
They cater for a range of tastes, from indie and classical to hip hop and metal, and it’s a comfortable place for customers to browse without the pressure to buy.
Visit: 55 Chesterfield Road, S8 0RL – spinningdiscssheffield.co.uk