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What You Can Do In A Week In Sheffield

If you’re to think of a ‘city break’ here in the UK, you might instantly think of London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool or Newcastle? But what about Sheffield? Sheffield has amazing food in abundance, a bar and nightclub scene that’s up there with the best in the UK, and a never-ending list of things to do catering for all types of people.

A new survey by TripAdvisor, stated that Sheffield is the place to head for the best-value UK city break. I thought I’d produce a day-to-day breakdown of what a couple’s city break here in Sheffield could involve.


If you’re wanting to stay somewhere luxurious, then you’d make sure you chose one of our serviced apartments. They offer spacious, comfortable and homely accommodation and therefore offer a cutting edge over standard hotel accommodation at an affordable price. The city centre locations that are on offer couldn’t be more central or closer to all that Sheffield offers. So, if you’re wanting to see the availability of these serviced apartments, click the following link, https://www.citycrashpad.com/, and don’t be afraid to contact us regarding any enquiries you may have. Start your week by taking a walk through the city and have a look at all the shops, before heading to The Head of Steam for some amazing pub food, found on their newly revamped menu, http://www.theheadofsteam.co.uk/. Make the most of the entertainment that the city has to offer, by walking down the road to the Lyceum Theatre where you can catch a show that will have received incredible reviews, https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on. The friendly atmosphere of The Head of Steam will make a perfect setting for an evening of cocktails or some of the finest pale ales and craft beer in Yorkshire.


Now I’m sure you’d want to get up bright and early, because you’d want to make the most of your day, right? Well in that case, you could head up to the historical Cholera Monument landmark on the hill behind the railway station to watch the sun rise over the city. You could then head to the Winter Gardens, a calming respite from the busy shopping streets. It’s located next door to the Millennium Galleries, too, so you can go from an indoor oasis into an art gallery with just a few steps. Another photo opportunity coming up now, by heading to the Peace Gardens for photos by the fountains. I can assure you that they’ll be worthy of Instagram! Now for food, Sheffield has such a diverse food selection, it really depends on what you fancy. But why not head to Piccolino for an authentic Italian meal, http://individualrestaurants.com/autumn-at-piccolino/, where you can chose food of their new Autumn menu? From here, you could head over to The Great Gatsby for drinks to see the night in, a perfect place for a couple to share a few drinks, http://www.thegatsbybar.co.uk/.

4 Millennium Square, Sheffield, S1 2JJ

4 Millennium Square, Sheffield, S1 2JJ


For a breakfast you’ll spend the rest of the day thinking about, Tamper Sellers Wheel is definitely a favourite amongst the city, meaning this New Zealand eatery is where you’ll want to spend the morning, https://tampercoffee.co.uk/. You can then spend the day walking through two of many Sheffield city parks. The Botanical Gardens are the first stop, taking a look at plants and flowers from around the world, formal gardens and large glasshouses. And then why not stroll round Endcliffe park, surrounding yourself in one of many green areas that the city has to offer, there are 80 public parks and 650 other green and open spaces after all. All of this walking will be building up your appetite, so stop by Bungalows and Bears for chicken wings and beers, and I chose this night because it’s wings and beers night, https://www.bungalowsandbears.com/! So not only are you getting some tasty food, but you’re getting it at a fraction of the price you’d usually have to pay. For more of a ‘night out’ type night, Bierkeller Sheffield is a great place to sing along to some classic songs, in a great surrounding with more great people. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about the steins of beer! You won’t have to worry about getting back to your serviced apartment either, because Bierkeller is situated just 2 minutes up the road from where you could be staying. I told you that they’re central!


Have you ever played a real-life escape game? Well there’s plenty of them to choose from in Sheffield. See if you and your partner, friend or family member have what it takes to make it out in time. It’s something different and it’s bound to make you both laugh, even once you’re finished you’ll be talking about it for weeks! After all the cocktails, beer and wine you’ll have been drinking so far this week, you can have a night off! It means missing out on some more great pubs and bars, but why not take it easy at one of the many cinemas scattered around the city centre? The Light Cinema Experience is Sheffield’s newest cinema and offers the biggest blockbusters currently on the big screen, all whilst surrounded by mouth-wateringly good restaurants, including The Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Zizzi’s and Nando’s. You can then stroll back down The Moor, looking at the city centre lit up at night, before heading back to your accommodation. Spend your night relaxing in front of the TV with your feet up, in your homely apartment.

St James House, Vicar Ln, Sheffield, S1 2EX

St James House, Vicar Ln, Sheffield, S1 2EX


Today’s the day you go to Meadowhall. Can’t save it for tomorrow else it’ll be super busy, I know that from experience! It’s the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire, and is the home to 230 stores, ranging from international brands to top independent stores. The Oasis dining quarter is home to many restaurants, meaning you can have some great food before you head back to the city centre. Once you’re back in the city centre, Be At One Sheffield will be waiting for you, http://www.beatone.co.uk/cocktail-bar/sheffield.  2-4-1 cocktails is a favourite amongst locals and students in the city alike. There’s such a wide selection to choose from, and the staff will help you pick the one most suitable for you! From here, there’s a short walk to many other bars on West Street and the many bars in the surrounding area.


For breakfast today, you can treat yourself to one of the best breakfast eateries in the city centre, the quirky Steam Yard on Division Street, known for their amazing independent coffee and friendly atmosphere, http://steamyard.co.uk/. Make sure you get there early to ensure you don’t miss out on their delicious brownies. From here you can walk to many of Sheffield’s Museums, such as Kelham Island Museum, or even Weston Park Museum. If this isn’t for you, then there are galleries throughout the city, all there for your enjoyment. The evening can be spent at Sheffield City Hall, whether it’s music, comedy, or shows that you’re into, Sheffield City Hall has it all, offering a wide array of entertainment. Are you into your spic food? Then why not go to one of Sheffield’s finest Indian restaurants, Aagrah’s, http://www.aagrah.com/restaurants/sheffield/. This restaurant is situated right in the beautiful Leopold Square, meaning you can treat yourself to something spicy in a perfect environment. From here it’s just a short walk to the bars, but I’m sure you’ll know your way around now. Whether it’s a pub atmosphere you want, a quiet bar or a lively bar, there’s still so many places that you could choose from.

Unit 1, Leopold Square, Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2JG

Unit 1, Leopold Square, Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2JG


This incredible week had to come to an end at some point, and sadly today’s the day. There’s still time to get up and have lunch one last time before it’s time to leave, so why not try Bill’s Restaurant by the beautiful Peace Gardens for some brunch, https://bills-website.co.uk/? Or you could always return to one of the incredible places you’re already eaten at this week?

As you’ve just read, there’s so much to do and enjoy here in Sheffield, and there’s still so much more that I couldn’t squeeze into one week. That means you’ll have to make time to come back and do everything else too, whether it’s with your partner, family or friends. Sticking to a schedule could be almost impossible here, so one of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to just go and have fun. Embrace all that the Steel City has to offer, and I can promise you that you won’t regret it.

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City Crash Pad Food Guide – Sheffield


After covering the other cities we’ve expanded to, we’ve saved the best for last – Sheffield! Here are a few of our favourite budget eats that are not only value for money, they are real tasty eats that we think you should try. Best of all, all these places are close to the city centre and located near all our serviced apartment locations so if you’re staying with us, do pay a visit to these great places in Sheffield!


For a quick and affordable meal on-the-go, we love getting a falafel wrap from Fanoush.  This Falafel Salad Bar serves up middle-eastern wraps and salad boxes that are vegetarian-friendly and absolutely delicious. Expect a wide range of hummus, vegetables, fresh falafels and hot grilled halloumi. They also serve up aubergines and cauliflower if you want more to choose from. All around, one of our favourite places to get a meal to go.

100 Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HQ, England / +44 114 327 3134


Another great takeaway place that is fiercely loved by locals is Edo Sushi Takeaway, a small Japanese-run takeout place in the heart of the Sheffield City Centre. They pride themselves on quality ingredients, meaning customers get to taste fresh sashimi and sushi at affordable prices. Lunch Specials run from 12-2.30pm every weekday, including one hot special and a variety of sushi boxes to choose from. Deliveries start in the evening which make it the perfect dinner choice when you’re too lazy to leave the house (free deliveries to S1 & S3, conveniently where our serviced apartments are located). Our personal favourites are the Godzilla Rolls and Salmon Deluxe Sashimi.

 24 – 26 High Court Chambers, Sheffield S1 2EP, England / +44 114 275 5123


Tucked away at Westfield Terrace is Tamper Coffee, an independently opened Kiwi-style coffee shop. This specialist place offers boasts a wide range of coffees on offer, including a brew bar for coffee fanatics. To accompany your beverage, Tamper offers up some real good sandwiches and pies that we highly recommend. With much popularity this place has gained through the years, Tamper has opened another branch at Arundel Gate with more seating space and a bigger food menu – the perfect place for a heart weekend brunch.

 9 Westfield Terrace, Sheffield S1 4GH, England / 0114 327 1080


Fancy some Chinese food? Dim Sum Restaurant is a contemporary Cantonese, Seafood and Dim Sum Chinese Cuisine that serves up an authentic meal. If you love to ‘Yum-Cha’, this is the place for you as Dim Sum is served all day and is rated one of the top 10 dim sum restaurants in the UK. Staff here are really friendly and always welcoming, another plus that makes us love this place.

 201 London Road, Sheffield, England / 0114 255 0467


Head down to The Great Gatsby for a Mexican-oriented pub grub. They’ve teamed up with Shy Boy Cantina to bring you quesadillas, burritos, tacos and other delicious Mexican food.  While the food menu may seem limited, every dish packs a punch! Tip: leave room for desserts, the churros are freshly made and are piping hot when they are served, perfect for dipping into the accompanying melted chocolate. If you visit later in the night, choose one out of the many cocktails on the menu. Can we declare this the best cocktails in Sheffield? Try their Pina Coladas and judge for yourself!

 73-75 Division Street, Sheffield S14GE, England / +(44)1142763939



Situated right in the heart of West Street is a gem of a pub called the Wick at Both Ends. This place serves up an extensive selection of cocktails and wine but the real star is their modern British food on offer. They don’t just serve your usual pub grub, they turn it up a notch and put their twists on traditional favourites like fish and chips. The menu also changes seasonally, keeping diners excited for what new dishes will be on offer. We once had an earl grey crème brulee which was so memorable that we cross our fingers they bring it back soon. PS: book a table in advance if you’re heading there on a Friday or Saturday night as it can get quite busy.

149-151 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EW, England / +44 114 272 3039

This is just one of many more posts to come about Sheffield! We love this city and can’t wait to share more about it with you. Let us know what are your favourites and who you think we should feature in our next blog post.

City Crash Pad Food Guide – Edinburgh


Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom. It’s the city where centuries of rich history and culture meet a vibrant and bustling cosmopolitan city.  Here are some of our City Crash Pad recommendations that go for those looking for a Michelin-star experience and even those on a budget.


21212 offers lush atmosphere and unique cooking that will make every foodie’s mouth water. Prepare your taste buds for a gastronomical experience at this Michelin star restaurant serving up French British food. Expect bold flavours and surprising flavour combinations. We also love their concept of the open kitchen; you get to see how things are done in the final preparation and see how they plate food to look like a work of art. Staff are friendly and serve you to the best of their abilities, nothing is ever too much for them! As this is a very small restaurant, booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB, Scotland (Calton Hill) / +44 (0)131 523 1030


For an absolutely sublime meal in Edinburgh, book a table in advance at Kitchin, a Michelin star restaurant at the apex of the city’s restaurant scene.  Labelled a MUST for foodies, expect mind-blowing food combinations that will excite your taste buds. And of course, meet the man himself, Tim Kitchin, as he usually comes out to greet diners. The ambiance is both welcoming and staff are very approachable as they ensure you have the best experience at Kitchin possible.

78 Commercial Quay | Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX, Scotland / 0131 555 1755



Looking for delicious Indian food? Fans of Indian curries and spices must visit Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant for a meal, recommended by visitors and locals alike. Expect tasty food with flavour profiles that pack a real punch coupled with a cosy atmosphere – what more could you ask in a restaurant? They also offer a 20% discount during the day, a great deal not to be missed.

25-27 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP, Scotland / 01312252832


Those on a budget will love Bijou, a chic Scottish meets British local bistro situated in the heart of Leith Links. This lovely place offers all three meals and has two menus to choose from: a classic one and its seasonal menu. The staffs are attentive and serve everyone with a smile with makes for a great casual meal stop.

2 Restalrig Road | Leith Links, Edinburgh, Scotland / 0131-538-0664


Head to Hula for a delicious breakfast, with many gluten-free options available. Voted best Edinburgh cafe in the skinny food and drink survey 2013, this place sure makes healthy food taste good. Our favourites are the smoothies with an added organic booster – your body will thank you and you’ll feel completely energised for the day. The atmosphere is just as vibrant, with enthusiastic staff and many artworks no display.

103-105 West Bow | Edinburgh, eh1 2JP, Edinburgh, Scotland / +44 131 220 1121

Book your stay in Edinburgh with City Crash Pad now and experience what this exciting city has to offer.

City Crash Pad Food Guide – Aberdeen

Nicknamed the Granite City, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most populous city and is full of magnificent castles, highland adventure and dramatic coastlines. Other than its beautiful scenery, Aberdeen has great restaurants with buzzing atmosphere and tasty food that you need to try when you’re in Scotland. Here are three of our favourites and personal recommendations.


Considered a ‘hidden gem’ by many, Moon Fish Cafe is a restaurant favourite with locals and visitors alike. The restaurant has the perfect mix of buzzy yet laid back atmosphere that creates a great ambiance.  The food is as beautiful as it is tasty and fresh, plus unique flavour combinations that definitely won’t disappoint. This place has limited seating so we highly recommend booking a table to avoid disappointment!

8 Correction Wynd, City Centre, Aberdeen AB10 1HP / 01224 644166


The Stage Door is a popular seafood and chop house, with flavours from both Scottish cuisine and continental influence. If you are looking for vegetarian and fish options, this restaurant is perfect as its menu has a good balance of meat and non-meat options. The staff here go beyond basic customer service and truly make you feel welcomed, accommodating to all needs. This place is especially popular for the pre-theatre menu as His Majesty’s theatre is close by, making it the perfect meal stop.

26 N Silver St, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City AB10 1RL / 01224 642111


If you’re craving Italian, Mi Amore on Huntly Street combines warm personal service with hearty food and friendly atmosphere. This bustling restaurant has a friendly atmosphere and is a great hangout to meet friends or book a table on the upper floor where it’s slightly quieter if you’re having a date night. If you’re a meat lover, order the Mi Amore special which is veal steak cooked to perfection! Also, pop over during lunch for their set meal which is under £8, an absolute bargain with choices between pasta, pizza and other Italian favourites.

80-82 Huntly Street Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB10 1TD / 01224639198


 Any other great places we need to try in Aberdeen? Pop the address down in the comments section and we’ll check them out!


Where to eat in Manchester

The metropolitan Manchester has a dynamic food scene, with a wide range of cuisines to choose from. Here are some reasonably priced restaurant recommendations from us at City Crash Pad.




Under the railways of Whitworth Street lies Gorilla – a bar, kitchen, stage and club all rolled into one. It’s been voted the ‘best newcomer’ at the Manchester food and drink festival awards and it is no wonder why! The breakfast and brunch menu is served all the way to 4pm, and other food served till late. Their burgers have won the ‘Best Burger in Manchester’ Title and all bread and pastries are baked in-house, so you know it’s fresh! Don’t miss out on good quality honest food at this place.

54 – 56 Whitworth Street
M1 5WW





Prepare yourself for a queue at the hugely hyped Almost Famous, a burger and booze joint with sinful burgers jam-packed with quality beef and unique burger combinations. Don’t miss out on the crack wings and the ‘winning’ sweet potato fries doused in house seasoning. Be warned – Depending on what time of the day and what day you do, it’s possible to wait up to 2 hours to get a seat as no bookings are taken.

Unit 2, Great Northern Warehouse
Watson Street
M3 4EJ




A trip to Manchester is incomplete without paying a visit to Chinatown, the 3rd largest in Europe. Have yumcha on the weekends at Pearl City, or even makes a great supper stop since they close late. Whatever the time, this place serves up a good Chinese meal.

33 George Street
M1 4PH



For the absolute best milkshakes, dare we say in the UK, visit Archie’s Burger and Shakes; they have every chocolate bar you can imagine on display and will concoct the milkshake you desire. The burgers are quality as well, and make a great late night snack since they open till the wee hours in the morning. Rap Star, The Game, recently paid a visit and loved it so much, he’s in talks with the owners to franchise it and bring it to the US!

72 Oxford Street
M1 5NH





Fancy having afternoon tea? Step into a wonderland at Richmond Tea Room. Have the Alice’s Tea – the Richmond blend tea and freshly baked scones are the perfect combination and most value for money here. Booking is recommended especially on the weekends when it can get quite busy.

15 Richmond Street
M1 3HZ




Love your Indian food? Then Punjab Tandoori Restaurant is right up your alley! Located in curry mile, this place has a well deserved reputation for serving good Indian cuisine at reasonable prices. They also cater to your spice threshold, so don’t be afraid of having a curry even if you aren’t a spice fan. Our favourite is the Masala Dosa, as close to India as you’ll get while staying in Manchester.

177 Wilmslow Road
M14 5AP



Where to Eat in Glasgow

Whatever the occasion or craving, Glasgow has a wide range of food to choose from. Here are four places we enjoy and recommend you dine at during your stay in the Scottish city.


Black Sheep Bistro



Treat yourself to wonderful Scottish food fare at the Black Sheep Bistro. This family run Bistro is a cosy place with friendly staff, serving hearty portions and desserts that you must not miss.  Slightly off the beaten track but worth the jaunt as the food here is delectable. It’s popular amongst both locals and tourists alike so book in advance to ensure a table.

10 Clarendon St, Glasgow, Strathclyde G20 7QD. TEL: 0141 333 1435


Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery



A trip to Glasgow is incomplete without dining at one of the most well-known restaurants in Scotland, Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery. Based just on the outskirts of the city centre, diners are transported to the 1920s when they enter the restaurant and are greeted by its old world charm. The main draw here is the wonderfully fresh seafood that is skilfully prepared by chefs (we recommend getting the scallops!), prepared to be wowed at both the presentation and taste of these dishes.

652-654 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8UF. TEL: 0141 221 8188





Craving Indian Food? Look no further than Charcoals! It’s safe to say they deserved winning the Best Curry house in Glasgow title at the Best Curry Awards – they serve phenomenal food like Chicken Poori, South Indian Garlic Chilli and Special Naan that is unbeatable. The extensive menu has something for everyone, including great vegetarian options for those who choose to go meat-less.  The hospitality there is second to none – Ali and his brilliant staff go the extra mile to make you feel welcomed. Don’t miss out on this place, it’s the best Indian Food in Scotland!

26A Renfield St, Glasgow G2 1LU. TEL: 0141 221 9251


Jack McPhee



Those on a budget should pay a visit to Jack Mcphee for fish & chips, hailed as the most under rated chippy in Scotland. Get piping hot chips and a fresh crispy battered fish – £5.95 for a big chunk of haddock and chips is a bargain!

261-263 Hope St, City Centre, Glasgow G2 3PS. TEL: 0141 353 1240

Sheffield Food Festival

Coming this May over the spring bank holiday is the Sheffield Food Festival. From the 24-26th May, the festival will celebrate the vibrant and diverse food culture of South Yorkshire and also support our local food community. It is one of the largest free urban food festivals in the country, garnering over 244,000 visitors last year.

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This year’s festival will extend from Fargate to the newly redeveloped Moor, expect more vendors and more exciting activities happening. It’s a great day out for foodies and families with a mix of activities and workshops to keep the children entertained. Foodies will get to bring home local favourites and international delights from the artisan food market to continue cooking up a storm at home. Follow the event’s official twitter account @foodfestsheff for more information.

Book your stay with Citycrashpad this bank holiday weekend and attend this amazing culinary festival.