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Five of Sheffield's finest

As lockdown eases, let's show our independents the love they deserve. Here are five places in Sheffield to check out as we step out into the world.

During these difficult times it’s been hard to give up regular visits to our local cafés and pubs, but with more places reopening their doors in the coming weeks, I’ve put together a handy list of recommendations for where to go when life returns to something akin to normality.

Nam Song

Năm Sông, Broomhill

Năm Sông in Broomhill is one of my favourite places to go for a drink and a bite to eat. From gorgeous cakes to huge baguettes and luscious cocktails, they offer an enticing range of Vietnamese delights. The space is adorned with beautiful hanging lanterns, giving way to a warm and welcoming ambiance. They reopened on 4 July so if you fancy reserving a table for you and your pals, you can make a booking by phone on 0114 266 1857 or via email on info@namsong.co.uk. Walk-ins are also welcome

Botanicals

Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Ecclesall Road & Clarkehouse Road

The Botanical Gardens have remained open to the public throughout lockdown and are the perfect backdrop for enjoying a sunny stroll. With luscious natural spaces and beautiful flowers, the verdant gardens are ideal for a socially-distanced picnic. I love to visit the Botanicals in all seasons but summertime is always a treat as there’s so much in bloom, and there’s always a new part to explore.

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Dana

Dana Coffee House & Vegetarian Cafe, Crookes

A recent visit to Dana reminded me what a lovely place it is to enjoy a coffee. Simple and homely, the café currently offers take-out and limited sit-in service and they make a delicious range of drinks and cakes. Situated in the heart of Crookes, Dana proudly flies the flag for plant-based cuisine, serving up vegan and vegetarian goodness seven days a week.

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Steam Yard

Steam Yard, Division Street

Steam Yard on Division Street is a much-loved favourite amongst coffee enthusiasts, and rightly so. I love places that have the option to sit outside, and the rustic benches in their cosy courtyard make it the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee and a panini. They’re yet to announce a date for reopening but I’ll be first in line for a doughnut when they do. Keep an eye on their socials for updates.

Showroom

Showroom Workstation, City Centre

I’ve always loved whiling away long, lazy afternoons in the Showroom. This lively hotbed of creativity provides its visitors with intimate cinema rooms, a gorgeous café and plenty of deals for students and young people. Situated in the city centre and close to a diverse selection of galleries, it’s a great place for a date, or to meet friends in a creative atmosphere. The Showroom is slowly making plans to reopen, hopefully in the autumn, but in the interim they have launched a summer season of talks to keep film lovers engaged and entertained. Head to their website to find out more.

In these tough times it’s vital we continue supporting local independent businesses so they can have a fighting chance of surviving the pandemic and coming out the other side. It’s also a very welcome opportunity to enjoy some tentative socialisation as we slowly emerge back into society. So find out what your favourite independents are up to and show them some love.

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