Exploring Sheffield’s independent hidden gems

Last weekend I said goodbye to my friend Becky who’s moving to Amsterdam for 6 months. Booooo. And being from Sheffield, what better way to do so than to go to all of her favourite spots.

Steam Yard

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Steam Yard has been on my list of coffee shops to go to for well over a year. Not being a hot drink fan I just didn’t make it a priority. But it’s impossible to follow them on instagram and not crave one of their fresh donuts. I went for a white chocolate donut which was incredible. It was a mix of soft, creamy white chocolate ganache (I think?) piped into a dense, sweet dough sprinkled liberally with granulated sugar. Not for the health conscious. But perfect for me HA. I decided to brave the hot chocolate and actually liked it??? What is this? It was smooth and comforting topped with foamed milk. To my delight it came with latte art which I feel I’ve always missed out on. This was such a great spot, with both people and pet dogs enjoying the atmosphere. They also offered coffee (of course), tea, toasted sandwiches, brownies and macarons – as far as I could tell. Tasty tasty.


MoonKo is a shop situated just a few doors down from Steam Yard.  And is the definition of a hidden gem. I’d never spotted or even heard of it before. But I loved it. There were art prints, jewelry, notebooks and stationery, and many, many plants for sale. The shop extended into a back room where there were yet more plants and even t-shirts. Amazing. Not only is it a lovely shop but the staff are equally just as nice – being both kind and helpful. I, of course, gave in and decided to buy a plant. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen him on my InstaStory. I was told he’s a String of Hearts plant and is such a beautiful indoor plant. Buy one. Right now.

Cocoa Wonderland

We then hopped on a £1 bus to eccy road and went to our final destination- Cocoa Wonderland. This was a chocolate shop of dreams selling chocolates of all flavours and varieties. They also had a tea shop for hot chocolates, soda floats, cake etc. It was a small shop with an amazing upstairs seating area. Up here was a fire burner heater, books about chocolate, board games and lots of comfy cushions. It’s a great place to meet friends if you’re in the area and in the mood for a bit of chocolate. I read on their menu the two women who run the shop have travelled all over the world to source the best ingredients for their chocolate which is incredible. You can really tell they put their heart into it. But since I already had my chocolate fix from Steam Yard, I opted for a pick n mix instead. Yuuuum.

One of the things I love about Sheffield is how many independent shops and restaurants there are. Another fave is brunch at Craft and dough! And if you’ve never visited before I obviously recommend it! The only question now is – where to next?

Thank you for reading,

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  1. Sarah
    February 2, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    I’m truly inspired especially like those plants and can’t wait to be in Sheffield for couple of days next weekend x

  2. February 4, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    Cocoa Wonderland looks amazing! Very intrigued by the idea of Gin & Tonic chocolate!

  3. Sam
    February 24, 2017 / 2:42 pm


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