Just above Sheffield train station, in the iconic Park Hill flats, is South Street Kitchen. We’ve been going here for breakfasts and lunches for around a year now and thought it was about time we wrote something about them!
This family owned cafe makes delicious Middle Eastern inspired food and speciality coffee. It’s extremely vegan and vegetarian friendly – in fact I think the whole menu is meat-free. Their goal is to create a sustainable and laid-back cafe for the local community and beyond to enjoy, which I think they’ve succeeded in doing.
Although it might feel slightly out of the main city centre, it really isn’t difficult to get to and it’s well worth a visit.
The decor is very light and airy, thanks to the huge windows with views across Sheffield. Inside, it feels very minimalist, calm and stylish. It’s a lovely spot to relax on a weekend – but they are also open throughout the week and until 10pm on a Friday! They serve some nice craft beers and wines, so it’s a good place for an after work drink.
In the summer they have seating on the grass in front of their cafe, which is a really nice place to chill out.
The coffee and pastry selection on offer is delicious, and locally sourced. Their coffee is from Dark Woods, just down the road in Huddersfield. We love Dark Woods, especially the Under Milk Wood blend, so we always pick up a bag of beans from South Street when we’re there. Their cakes and cookies are freshly baked, which are a nice treat to take home once you’ve had breakfast.
We’ve tried quite a few of the brunch options now, but our go-to favourite has to be the breakfast mezze (just have a look at the picture below – it’s delicious!). You get flatbreads, hummus, eggs, halloumi, mushrooms, kale and olives (£6). It is something so different to a lot of cafe brunch options so it’s really nice to mix it up. I would also recommend the mushroom shakshuka (£6), which is a baked spicy tomato sauce with mushrooms, rosemary and flaked almonds, served with za’atar bread. I had that recently on a cold morning and it was so tasty, filling and warm!
On the weekday lunch menu you’ve also got tagine, stuffed vegetables, aubergine halloumi and basil rolls, falafel wraps, sandwiches and more. I wish we could visit in the week to try that menu because it sounds fab!
If you’re getting bored of the same old avocado on toast or eggs benedict, then give South Street Kitchen a go – you won’t be disappointed.
Verdict: Overall, it is a relaxing cafe to spend a morning in, eating delicious food that you can’t get in every cafe with quality, locally sourced ingredients and coffee. We have a lovely (and tasty!) time every time we visit.
Let us know if you give South Street Kitchen a try. We hope you like it!
Review of South Street Kitchen, 19-20 South Street, Sheffield, S2 5QX