Sheffield's formerly industrial Kelham Island has been reinvented as one of the UK's hippest areas in recent years.
In 2017, it was voted one of the coolest places in the country by TravelSupermarket’s Hip Hangout Neighbourhood Index.
The history of this man-made island spans 900 years, and it has now firmly landed its place in the spotlight for something other than industry, combining cultural events with fashionable bars, eateries and shops.
Where to eat
Jöro, based in the Krynkl development, already boasts many awards for its innovative menu (Photo: Kyle Emmerson)
From fine dining to street food, Kelham Island has plenty of delicious dining options.
An urban restaurant influenced by nature, Jöro (based in the Krynkl development) holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand, two AA Rosettes and a score of four in The Good Food Guide for its forward-thinking small plates and tasting menus.
Mixing true innovation and the finest available native ingredients, Jöro (which translates to ‘earth’ in old Norse) epitomises modern dining in Sheffield.
Visit: Krynkl, 294 Shalesmoor, S3 8US – jororestaurant.co.uk
Peddler Night Market
The 7500 square foot former industrial warehouse at the Neepsend side of Kelham Island is home to Peddler Night Market on the first Friday and Saturday of the month, offering street food, craft beer, live music and art.
The Night Market hosts a regularly changing and diverse line-up of talented street food traders, artists and makers.
Visit: 92 Burton Road, S3 8DA – peddlermarket.co.uk
The Bhaji Shop
Cooking from the heart using different herbs and spices, The Bhaji Shop serves an array of Indian dishes with homemade chutneys and a western twist.
The family-run restaurant offers thalis, small plates wraps, salads, fresh juices and, of course, their famous bhaji, with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and healthy options.
Visit: 2A-2B, Ball Street, S3 8DB – thebhajishop.co.uk
Where to drink
Good quality craft beer is easy to find in the area (Photo: Shutterstock)
Kelham Island has bars and pubs aplenty, but you can also drink some of the city’s finest beer at the source.
Kelham Island Brewery
Kelham Island Brewery - originally built in 1990 in the beer garden of the Fat Cat on Alma Street - became the first new independent brewery in Sheffield in almost 100 years.
The microbrewery offers pre-booked tours with options for tutored tastings, as well as pie and pea suppers.
Visit: 23 Alma Street, S3 8SA – kelhambrewery.co.uk
The Sheffield Brewery Co
Since launching in 2006, The Sheffield Brewery Company has produced a range of award-winning real ales, including their flagship beer, Seven Hills, and a darkly delicious Sheffield Porter.
Their tap room is open to the public on the first Friday and Saturday of every month to coincide with Peddler Night Market, and for brewery events and tours.
Otherwise, The Gardener’s Rest (a quirky free house nearby) also serves a wide selection of Sheffield Brewery beers.
Visit: Unit 111, JC Albyn Complex, Burton Road, S3 8BT – sheffieldbrewery.com
Since taking over in 2015, Sheffield brewers True North Brew Co have made a real effort to restore The Riverside pub to its former glory, serving good food and great drinks in a friendly atmosphere.
Beer is sourced locally, and gins include True North Sheffield Dry Gin as well as a range of guest varieties. The bar menu features mini homemade pies.
Visit: 1 Mowbray Street, S3 8EN – riversidesheffield.co.uk
Culture and shopping
Kelham Island Museum opened in 1982 (Photo: Kelham Island Museum)
With a historic museum, creative spaces and quirky shops, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in Kelham Island.
Kelham Island Museum
Located in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, the Kelham Island Museum opened in 1982 to house the objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield’s industrial heritage.
Visitors can follow the growth of the Steel City through the Victorian Era and two world wars.
Interactive galleries tell the story from light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production, and explore what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution.
Visit: Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, S3 8RY – simt.co.uk/kelham-island-museum
Kelham Island Arts Collective
This art collective’s aim is to provide affordable space where artists can meet, create and exhibit, and to bring art back into the community in Sheffield.
KIAC's Gage Gallery hosts exhibitions throughout the year, and if you fancy creating your own masterpiece they have studio space for hire and also run several life drawing classes (tutored and untutored) at two locations in Sheffield.
Visit: KIAC, The Lion Works, 40 Ball Street, S3 8DB – kiac-sheffield.org
Supporting local creatives,Kelham Arcade houses everything from quirky shops to a barber and tattoo studio, as well as exhibitions and artist's studios.
Kelham Barber is the only place in Sheffield where you'll find products from New York-based JS Sloan, while Gravel Pit Homewares stock a collection of items and artwork from local artists.
Visit: 92 Burton Road, S3 8DA – Facebook
The Nichols Building
This beautiful three storey Victorian red brick building dates from 1854, and is now a department store with a huge array of artists and dealers showcasing their wares inside.
Selling all things vintage and retro from art and photography to antiques and handmade jewellery and crafts, there's something for everyone here.
Take a refreshment break at Bradleys Cafe on the first floor, which serves paninis, soups, sandwiches, fresh coffee, tea and homemade cakes.
Visit: Shalesmoor, S3 8UJ – thenicholsbuilding.co.uk