What to do in Sheffield when you're not at the skating

Discover Sheffield: The Outdoor City

So you're here for the MK John Wilson Trophy 2022 Sheffield, and you've got all the information about the various sessions at iceSheffield, as well as your accommodation sorted (if you haven't, head here!).

But what about the rest of your time here? Where's good to eat, drink, relax, catch some culture or discover some nature? We thought we'd save you the hassle of lots of internet searches by giving you some suggestions for inclusive, family friendly ways of spending your time in Sheffield, The Outdoor City.

Luckily for all you visitors, the city is packed full of events, markets and festivals to get you started...

Areas of the city to explore

Kelham Island

Kelham Island was named as one of the world's 51 coolest neighbourhoods in 2022 by Time Out. Once the beating heart of industry, Kelham Island is one of Sheffield’s oldest manufacturing sites, except nowadays these buildings house everything from indie shopping arcades to microbreweries and galleries.

Sheffield City Centre

Sheffield's City Centre is undergoing significant change, but while you may see a few more cranes and building work going on in places, this shouldn't detract from all the amazing places there still are to discover. From attractions such as the Winter Garden, Millennium Gallery and Sheffield Theatres to independent shopping and an array of great places to eat and drink.

Castlegate

Thanks to the Grey to Green project, use of meanwhile spaces, and inventive creations from markets to skateboard areas, Castlegate is seeing a total transformation.

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So go explore!

The most greenspace of any city in the world.

(61% to be precise)

Family friendly places to eat and drink

Cutlery Works

The largest food hall in the North of England, Cutlery Works is over two floors featuring a mixture of permanent and semi-permanent unique and independent restaurants, communal dining spaces, bars and coffee roasters.

Kommune

Bringing together some of the most exciting independent kitchens and traders from across the country, Kommune is a social all-day dining experience foodhall, situated in a unique Grade II listed building.

The Broadfield

The Broadfield are passionate about food & drink and strive to bring you the best offerings in both, plus a great atmosphere to enjoy them in.

Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen

Built in a converted former cutlery-machine factory, Birdhouse have drawn on their expert tea knowledge to create a modern dining and drinking experience, with tea at the heart of it all.

Kollective Kitchen - Site Gallery

Kollective Kitchen is connected to Sheffield's Site Gallery, serving dishes that are locally sourced, but globally inspired, with a focus on colour, excitement and sustainability.

Fusion Organic Cafe

Fusion believe in creating food that is fresh, healthy and above all tasty, presented with a touch of flair. The food is cooked with care by an enthusiastic team in an open-plan kitchen.

South Street Kitchen

South Street Kitchen is housed in Europe's largest Grade II Listed building - the iconic Park Hill Flats. Set inside this brutalist masterpiece you'll find friendly staff, a great vibe, and some quality food and drinks (with lots of gluten free and vegan options).

The Orange Bird

The Orange Bird is a buzzing neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Hillsborough. Their food is based around modern South African, cooked over a Braai (don't worry, you'll see when you get there), with plenty of local charm and twist.

The Treehouse Board Game Cafe

Sheffield's first board game cafe offers a friendly, welcoming place to eat, drink and play! With over 800 games you'll be spoilt for choice, but don't worry because their expert staff are on hand to make recommendations and help with the rules.

The Furnace Bar & Restaurant

From laid back lunches, to late night drinks and the best live music, The Furnace is a melting pot, forged from the elements that make Sheffield unique- where industrial heritage, meets modern design, where local ingredients are cast into new, imaginative menus.

Something a bit special...

Tonco

Tonco is one of the most friendly restaurants you'll find. Working with big, bold flavours in a really modern and unique way, they offer eclectic sharing plates and fabulous wine.

Jöro

Since opening in 2016, this urban restaurant influenced by nature, has been busy wowing food critics and customers alike, garnering awards and is consistently ranked amongst the best restaurants in the country via the likes of the The Good Food Guide and Michelin Guide.

Bench

Bench is a scintillating restaurant slash neighbourhood hangout with communal bistro-style dining serving seasonal dishes alongside cocktails, natural wine and beer.

Juke and Loe

Distinctive seasonal cooking, fine food and friendly service is what defines this Michelin listed restaurant in trendy Kelham Island.

Mavi Ruya Turkish Bar & Grill

Mavi Rüya pride themselves in offering the finest Anatolian cuisine, with over 20 years of experience creating mouth-watering dishes and seasonal specials.

Oisoi - New Era Square

Oisoi is a fine dining restaurant centred around Asian flavours, traditions and experiences. It's a beautifully decorated interior, with eye-catching dishes and flamboyances, that will leave you feeling like you're in a different world.

Tsuki

Humble in acknowledgment of ancient Japanese culture, custom, techniques and food, Tsuki balance love of authentic ways with a seamless interactive tech experience over two restaurant levels.

VeroGusto

Family run, this authentic and award winning restaurant is full of passion for great food, wine and hospitality. The truly elegant surroundings offer a true taste of Italy, delivered with love by Ester and Saverio.

Lavang

Dining at Lavang is about taking guests on a culinary journey, as their dishes uncover the unique flavours and secret recipes from different parts of Asia.

Adventures off the beaten track

DC Outdoors

With 20 years experience, DC Outdoors offer a wealth of adventure activities, including Rock Climbing, Canoeing and Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Street Art

There are a number of street artists who live in Sheffield and make our walls into something beautiful for the city to be proud of. Their variety of styles can be seen here, as well as all over the world - and we have plenty of guest murals painted by artists who have visited Sheffield to create their own mark too.

The Outdoor City Run Routes

Explore Sheffield by seeking out The Outdoor City Run Routes. Over 30 routes are signposted and mapped across 15 locations in parks and woodland across the city.

Sheffield's indoor climbing walls

The spiritual home of UK climbing boasts the Tokyo Olympics replica wall and Team GBs training facilities for those wanting to push themselves, as well as The Mini Works - a dedicated centre for younger and beginner climbers - meaning you won't go wanting in The Outdoor City when it comes to indoor centres.

Nightlife

Discover what Sheffield is all about when it comes to nightlife, from clubs and venues to late bars and hangout spaces.

5 Quirky Cafes

While Sheffield is home to a plethora of amazing cafes and coffee shops right across the city, there are some that are particularity unique in their offer.

Trail Advantage MTB Skills Coaching and Guiding

Trail Advantage deliver MTB sessions in Sheffield and the Peaks, giving access to a huge variety of coaching environments from the green suburbs and parks, and into the open moors and edges of the Peak District.

Bouldering at Stanage

Whilst originally made famous for its traditional climbs, the boulders that sit beneath Stanage Edge are packed with a quality and history all of their own.

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