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Best Independent coffee shops for students in 2018

September 29th is International coffee day and as a ‘cup of joe’ is the thing that we students rely on to keep us going, we thought we would let you know of some of the best independent coffee shops around Sheffield.

These are in no particular order:


Voted top 25 most Instagrammable cafes 2018 a richly deserved award. Lovely sunny courtyard setting and cosy indoors. The red brick coffee at the Steamyard is for the most sophisticated palates. The bakery fare is to die for, try the house favourite the 'Squareyarder cronut', a blend of a croissant and a doughnut, with coffee flavouring from the house coffee. A bit hungrier, then why not grab one of their toasted sandwiches. The sourdough bread is baked onsite too. Unfortunately, no student deals to be had, though it's reasonably priced anyhow.

SteamYard Cafe

The steamyard squareyarderWebsite:

Twitter: @Steamyard

Instagram: SteamYard

Facebook: @SteamYard

200 degrees

With its quirky industrial-style interior, 200 degrees is very stylish and modern. The coffee is pleasant and smooth. The croissants are very buttery and do ask for them warmed. Lunchtime favourites are BBQ chicken and smoked cheese baguettes for myself and the Hummus and beetroot for my vegan friend. A loyalty card only needs 9 stamps for a free coffee.


Twitter: @200degs

Instagram: 200Degs

Facebook: @200Degreescoffee


Bright and modern interior completes the vibrant colour scheme. A range of coffee cocktails is on offer, which is a real change from the usual, though the flat whites and cappuccinos are still on the menu. A personal favourite is the Ginger Ninja, and lattes, with chocolate flakes and ginger syrup.  A loyalty scheme is available, for 10 stamps get a free coffee. (bonus 4 stamps are already stamped!)


Twitter: @mangobeancoffee

Instagram: mangobeancoffee

Facebook: @mangobeancoffee

Fusion Café

Social enterprise run by Freeman college. An organic café, so you can be assured of lots of fresh produce without the nasties. Organic Direct trade coffee gives you peace of mind that your money is going back into the grower's pockets. Typical café fare with lots of choices of paninis and quiches, look out for the daily specials. Homemade cakes are delicious. Very reasonably priced so no need for a discount. Scrambled egg and smoked salmon at only £3.80 is an absolute steal.


Twitter: @fusioncafesheff


Union St Café

This pop-up café has a distinctly shabby chic style, with the old school chairs and a great vibe. This community café has visiting chefs on a daily basis, so there will always be something delicious to tempt you. Darkwoods coffee, Forgehouse bakeries pastries, Our Cow Molly milk or Oatly and Lovely Pear cupcakes and brownies are available all the time. Listed as a top place for entrepreneurs and freelancers for coworking spaces. The room upstairs is available for community groups to hire for free. Why not book yourself in for one of the yoga sessions held upstairs. Loyalty card with 10 stamps for a coffee, and 20p off if you use a re-usable cup.


Twitter: @UnionStCoWork

Instagram: Union_St

Facebook: @UnionStCoWorking


This Kiwi import has been with us for some time and its Victorian warehouse feel with long tables and cobbled courtyard has a creative vibe. Various speciality coffees are on offer, plus coffee tasting session available to book to learn more. Vegans and vegetarian will find a great selection on the menu along with some gluten-free options too. No student discounts, but a reusable cup scheme is available.

Tampers coffeeWebsite:

Twitter: @TamperCoffee

Instagram: TamperCoffeesw

Facebook: @Tampercoffee