An independent oasis just west of the city centre, the Devonshire Quarter is where the in-the-know locals go to shop, eat, and hang out after hours. Spanning Devonshire Street and Division Street, this urban village rewards the visitor with a cluster of boutiques, vintage stores, one-off cafes and bars.
Rare and Racy is the quarter’s longest-standing resident and one of the city’s few remaining independent bookshops. Where else can you find historic first editions alongside maps of the sites where Second World War bombs dropped around Sheffield? Rare and Racy has a great selection of vinyl too – check out their jazz and blues section – not to mention art by locals.
The natural focal point, though, is the Forum: a mini arcade of boutique shops. Stop for drinks or lunch in its cafe bar when you’re all shopped out, or catch some rays on its terrace, which spills out onto Devonshire Green.
For original clothes and antique jewellery, seek out Syd and Mallory and Filibuster and Booth. For vintage threads have a plunder in the Rag Parade, Mooch, Vulgar, Cow and Freshman’s. You'll find a carefully selected range of designer clothes, glistening accessories and fine home wares at the stunningly stocked CollardManson boutique. And if art’s is your thing, get yourself to MoonKo: a gift shop jam-packed with beautiful items by emerging designers.
Run out of steam yet? Stop off at Steam Yard in the cobbled courtyard of Aberdeen Works, for coffee, doughnuts and a slice of Americana. Go for grilled cheese or fried chicken at Lucky Fox. Or treat yourself to one of the best burgers in Sheffield: an indulgent creation at The Harley's Twisted Burger Company, or a diner-style sandwich at Bungalows and Bears – both are great places to see a band too.
When day turns to night, the likes of The Great Gatsby, The Old House and The Bath Hotel really come to life. The Gatsby’s home to Shy Boy Cantina’s top Mexican food, as well as a table-service cocktail bar Daisy’s. If you prefer a quiet pint off the beaten track, plump for The Bath. Barely touched by the ravages of time, the Bath is marked out as a pub of national importance by a blue Tetley Heritage Inn plaque. Thornbridge’s in charge here, so Jaipur and Chiron are the order of the day.