Shopping in Sheffield is an experience. Whether you’re looking to find a cheap high street bargain or something a little more off the beaten track, you’re sure to find it. In Sheffield, there are three main shopping districts: Fargate, The Moor and Division Street. Each one has something a little different to offer. Fargate houses your typical high street stores, The Moor has less clothes shops but is home to the huge modern market and Division Street plays host to several independent boutiques. Of course, when you’re discussing shopping in Sheffield, you can’t help but mention Meadowhall, or Meadowhell as it affectionately becomes known by locals, particularly around Christmas time!
Fargate is your run of the mill Great British high street. Here, you’ll find the likes of River Island, Topshop/Topman, New Look, TK Maxx, Office and further down, Primark. Shopping here can be quite busy, even on weekdays thanks to Sheffield’s large student population and the proportion of shops offering student discount!
The Moor is at the opposite end of town to Fargate. It has the large market and several smaller clothes shops such as Blue Inc, Dorothy Perkins/Burton and Select. It can be quite nice to shop on the Moor as you can do your food shop at Sainsburys and pick up a new dress from Select in one fell swoop!
Brace yourselves for a confession. I’ve never actually been to Meadowhall. I keep saying to myself I need to go before I graduate and yet every month my wages come and go before I get the opportunity to! I have heard great things though, particularly about the Student Lock In that they host every term, with discounts and a party atmosphere.
I lived near here in 2012/13 and I absolutely adored walking around this area and window shopping! It has everything from designer to vintage, all independently owned. It’s a shame it’s outside of the city centre, but at the same time that makes it kind of a hidden gem!
What do I think?
It has to be said, I love shopping in Sheffield. I don’t get to do it often, but I love the diverse range of shops. My favourite thing about this fabulous city is the vintage shops. When I first visited in the summer before university, I stumbled upon COW on West Street by accident and when I walked in I was completely taken by this treasure trove of vintage clothing! At home, there aren’t many vintage shops unless you’re willing to travel into Manchester, so this was something completely new to me.
What do others think?
I asked some of my friends what they thought about shopping in Sheffield. Here’s what they said:
“I think clothes shopping in Sheffield is good enough, it has the main shops that I like and they are at Meadowhall too! I do prefer to shop in Meadowhall as there is more choice in bigger stores!”
“I like shopping in the town centre as opposed to Meadowhall because of its close proximity and calmer atmosphere, but having said that, Meadowhall is superior because of choice of clothing, ie the type of items and the brands!”
“Meadowhall is best because everything is under one roof!”
“As the most experienced shopper here (I think we can all agree I have a problem) I would like to say that the town centre is great for perusing however its not big enough say if you are looking for something specific (ie. a deep plunge bra). The town center would benefit from a Zara and maybe a high quality bra shop. Also the variety in the town center shops is quite small, for example the H&M and the New Look don’t sell bras which I always love looking at.”
“I think shopping here is pretty good. To name a few, there’s ‘A New Shop’ on Division Street which is half vintage, half Sheffield brands, the Forum has a few independent shops and there are so many Sheffield designers coming through!”
What Does the Future Hold?
In recent days, it has been announced that the council are set to open a new shopping district, known as ‘The Sheffield Retail Quarter’. Sources are saying that they expect it will boost Sheffield from its current 43rd position to 32nd in a UK retail study. The district will feature contemporary fashion stores as well as an anchor department store- I’m crossing my fingers for Selfridges! (a girl can dream!)
Don’t be saving up just yet as it won’t be anywhere near completed until 2019!
I’m sure that there are lots of shops that I haven’t mentioned! Comment below your favourite shop in Sheffield!