A view of the Peace Gardens on a sunny day. People are walking about while others are sitting on the grass. In the background is Sheffield Town Hall. A view of the Peace Gardens on a sunny day. People are walking about while others are sitting on the grass. In the background is Sheffield Town Hall.

An independent transformation

Sheffield's City Centre is currently undergoing significant change. As it nears completion in 2024, the huge Heart of the City development is totally transforming things at the moment. 

So, while you may see a few cranes towering above and scaffolding hiding historic facades, this shouldn't detract from all the amazing places there are to discover too.

In Sheffield, we are particularly proud of our independent scene and as high streets change across the country, we are now seeing more of the city's homegrown cafes, shops, restaurants, bars, pubs and food halls nestling in alongside the galleries and theatres, creating a unique vibrancy all of its own. 

Four people are sat outside on the terrace at the restaurant The Furnace enjoying a meal.
Lots of people are walking about in Orchard Square on a sunny day.
A close up of the  Look Up Portal Sticker that has been placed on paving slabs.

Look Up!

Look Up is turning the rooftops of some of Sheffield's most iconic buildings into a FREE, augmented reality art gallery.

Fans of Pokemon Go will love this! Simply download the app (available for IOS and Android) and head out to one of four locations in the city centre where you'll find a Look Up portal, Scan the QR code and then wait for the magic to happen.

What will you see? We don't want to ruin the surprise... 


More info

Attractions in the City Centre

The Winter Garden and Peace Gardens

Few cities can boast a public space like Sheffield’s Winter Garden and its outdoor companion the Peace Gardens.

Crucible Theatre

Originally opened in 1971, the Crucible is a world-famous theatre and iconic Sheffield landmark, with a distinctive stage.

Lyceum Theatre

With over a hundred years of history, this magnificent theatre provides an ornate backdrop to the very best of the West End, with a diverse programme of touring productions including musical theatre, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, family shows and comedy.

Millennium Gallery

The Millennium Gallery is Sheffield’s premier destination for art, craft and design. Here you can see some of Sheffield’s unique heritage, including the metalwork which made the city world famous, alongside contemporary art and design exhibitions.

The National Videogame Museum

The UK's national cultural centre for videogames, The National Videogame Museum is on a mission to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret videogames for everyone. With over 100 playable exhibits, it's also a lot of fun!

Sheffield Cathedral - St Peter & St Paul

Whether you have come to pray, to search or to ponder; whether you are a lover of art, architecture or music; whether you need help or have come to look round, you are most welcome here. Come to one of Sheffield’s oldest buildings, the ancient heart of this great city.

The Moor Market

One of the UK's best indoor markets and home to over 90 independent traders, Sheffield's Moor Market has a range of stalls offering fantastic quality and great value. It offers customers a unique retail experience, full of characters, wonderful flavours, sights and sounds.

Site Gallery

Site Gallery is Sheffield’s leading international contemporary art space, supporting artists specialising in moving image, new media and performance. 

Showroom Cinema

The home of independent cinema in Sheffield, The Showroom are committed to providing a diverse range of films and related activity for Sheffield and the surrounding region. They host high profile film festivals throughout the year, including the world famous DocFest and Sheffield's very own Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF).

Bloc Projects

Bloc is a contemporary art-space and studio complex located in the centre of Sheffield.

Orchard Square

Located in the heart of Sheffield City Centre, Orchard Square is an open-air shopping court and vibrant leisure destination, home to well-known retail brands and an array of Sheffield independents.

Sheffield Plate

Sheffield Plate is a foodhall specialising in hosting street food vendors with cuisine from around the world. It's slap bang in the middle of Orchard Square, in the centre of the city, and has a lively atmosphere across the 2 bars and 6 vendor spaces.

The Light Cinema

The Light is based on The Moor in the centre of Sheffield. With cinema, dining, and events all under the one roof, it's a place a venue that takes you from morning to night - and with some incredibly comfy reclining seats in the cinemas it's even better.


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 at the very heart of Sheffield and on the edge of the trendy Castlegate district.

Curzon Sheffield

Curzon Sheffield occupies a Grade II listed building which previously was the Sheffield Banking Company. Set over two floors, the cinema has three screens and a comfortable lobby where you can work for the afternoon or enjoy some refreshments. In the summer, the rooftop terrace is open and adds another area to enjoy this lovely city.

Graves Gallery

The home of Sheffield's visual art collection since 1934, the Graves Gallery is located on the third floor of Sheffield Central Library.

Roxy Ball Room

A bar and kitchen alongside a whole heap of gaming opportunities including American pool, table tennis, basketball hoops, shuffleboard, karaoke and a duckpin bowling alley.

Lane 7

Forget everything you thought you knew about bowling alleys, because Lane 7 on The Moor in the centre of Sheffield is different. Really different. Imagine the best bar you’ve ever been to and then add a first class dining experience, ten-pin bowling, ping-pong, darts, arcade games and American pool in an unrivalled atmosphere into the mix. It's perfect for nights out with mates, for parties and even for corporate events.

Inside the shop Moonko, on Division Street, a woman is browsing and looking at the displays.

Shop local

We have a whole host of shops that will give you something great to take home, as a gift, or just something for yourself.

Go indie shopping

City Centre eating & drinking


Public is quite simply stunning. Occupying the former gent’s toilet below the grade-1 listed Victorian town hall, Public is a tiny haven of fine drinks and delicious food - or as it was once described: ‘A Wes Anderson train carriage crowbarred in to an old bog’.

Lucky Fox

Lucky Fox is a small but very cosy cafe and eatery, serving up a great selection of home cooked American style diner food, including their infamous fried chicken and selection of beers. They've also been known to do incredible shakes, if you can fit anything else in.


They have three locations - the original one is just by the Crucible on Norfolk Row, the second below the HSBC building in the Heart of the City development, and the most recent one on Ecclesall Road South in the old sorting office. All three have a charm and identity of their own whilst still totally feeling like one of Sheffield's favourite independent cafe's.

The Head of Steam

Cask and craft ale, live music and food aplenty, The Head of Steam sits proudly in the centre of Sheffield right on Tudor Square where you'll find the theatres, Winter Garden and Millennium Gallery.

Forum Kitchen + Bar

Situated right in the heart of Sheffield city centre next to Devonshire Green, Forum Kitchen + Bar is the perfect spot for catching up with friends, with an all day menu and open 7 days a week. Great for a night out, but they also have a fantastic sun terrace complete with comfy deckchairs for sunny days in Sheffield too. 

The Rutland Arms

Specialising in fine beers, boozes and tasty, freshly prepared food, The Rutland Arms welcomes everyone and anyone equally to enjoy themselves in good company so long as you adhere to the forbidden music board above the jukebox.

Terrace Goods

Cracking street food on a beautiful terrace overlooking Orchard Square with award winning street art at the side of you.


A scandi style cafe with a really cool interior and always a great atmosphere. Frequented by students, staff, visitors and travellers alike, it's a great place to work, hang out, catch a bit to eat or just re-caffeinate. And yes, it's in a building nicknamed the sugar cube... you'll see why when you get there.

Kollective Kitchen

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.

Tamper Coffee

Recreating a slice of contemporary kiwi café culture in the heart of Sheffield, Tamper serve speciality coffee, teas and fresh smoothies, alongside a freshly prepared brunch menu.


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.

Industry Tap

Tap bar and bottle shop, Industry Tap pride themselves on providing a wide variety of excellent craft beers, with 21 lines showcasing rotating guest brews from Sheffield and beyond.

Sidney & Matilda

Where Brooklyn meets Berlin in Sheffield's creative quarter. Sidney and Matilda is a warehouse, basement, and courtyard orientated music and event venue, that has shined new neon red light on an abandoned industrial district.

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.


Silversmiths is situated in the heart of Sheffield City Centre close to Sheffield Hallam University and the train station, neighbouring near the famous Sheffield Crucible and Lyceum theatre. Their aim is to produce the finest modern British cuisine with a strong Yorkshire influence and a hint of fine dining in a relaxed environment for all to enjoy. Wednesday to Saturday Main Menu, Bottomless Brunch Saturday 12 to 3pm and Sunday Lunch Menu 12 to 5pm. 


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.

The Common Room

The Common Room: food, pool, beer and sports. Showing all the sports all day, every day.

Ego Mediterranean Restaurant and Bar

Enjoy freshly cooked Mediterranean food, cocktails and local cask ale, served with a smile at exceptional value at Ego Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar in Sheffield.

The Chakra Lounge

The Chakra Lounge is a delightful vegan cafe fusing Indo-Western cuisine in Fitzalan Square in the city centre. With lush interiors and great culinary creations (and some tasty drinks to boot), you'll find it a wonderful spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch.


Located in Millennium Square, Piccolino brings a true taste of Italy to the heart of the city. Their dishes are rustic, simple and delicious and are created using the best, freshest ingredients. 

Le Blé

Not just another bakery. Le Blé is a journey to the Mediterranean tastes and the art of coffee. An experience full of freshly-baked goods, made with the authentic Mediterranean recipes.

How St

Straight up the hill from the train station, opposite Hallam University central campus, sits How St. They make everything fresh from local produce, and have a lovely outdoor terrace where you can spend plenty of time supping on a coffee while you watch folks wander past.

A close-up of the metalwork that clads the outside of Q-Park on Arundel Gate.
A red neon sign in a window that reads 'Sheffield'.

Want to know more about the Heart of the City regeneration?

It's a huge amount of work, with lots of exciting developments on the way.

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