I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Peddler Night Market in Kelham Island, Sheffield, at the beginning of March. Just when I needed a spot of hearty street food and little titbits made by independent artists from the local area (because I love all that) I came across this artsy hidden gem. Well, okay, I didn’t just randomly ‘come across’ it. I was invited by a couple of friends at the last minute and accepted the invitation, even though it was raining torrentially.
The Peddler Night Market, also commonly known as the Kelham Island Night Market, is held on the first Friday and Saturday of every month in a giant, old industrial warehouse and its pretty courtyard at 92 Burton Road, Kelham Island, Sheffield (England, for those of you who aren’t familiar.) Kelham Island is one of Sheffield’s former industrial hotspots. Most factories and warehouses are still intact; most of which have been turned into modern apartments that are perfect for Sheffield’s artsy/hipster scene. The area has transformed its reputation from a run-down, old-fashioned part of the city with its hey-day long gone to an up-and-coming, prestigious part of Sheffield that more and more people want to live in.
Anyway, back to the night market! Every month this one-of-a-kind market introduces a fresh line-up of Britain’s very best street food traders, as well as some amazing artists documenting their work. It’s the perfect place to go if you’re looking for something a bit different to do on a Friday night. After all, can you really beat sipping a pint of one of the best independent ales in Sheffield with a tray of delicious street food, in a warehouse that’s been decorated head to toe in cutesy fairy lights? Well, for me, you can’t really. Here’s what I did when I visited the Peddler Night Market at the beginning of March.
What I Did at Peddler Night Market
Bought some beautiful artwork.
I’m an avid collector of postcards. They’re cheap, easy to find, and jazz up any room when arranged right. So when I came across illustrator, Anya Raczka, one of the stall-holders at the night market, I knew I couldn’t leave without adding a few of her stunning, dark, intricate designs to my collection. There’s something about independent artists’ work that I can’t get enough of. If you’re a fan too, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Peddler Night Market.
Sampled some world-class mussels.
Even though my friends went for the mouth-watering burgers, fish & chips and stir-fries on offer at the night market. I just had to try the mussels. I paid a reasonable £6 for a huuuge pile of mussels cooked in a special garlic & white wine sauce, served with a French baguette smothered in Lurpak that was perfect for lapping up all that sauce. Being the foodie that I am, this was just incredible for me. Deeee-lish.
…Essentially just realized how much I love Sheffield.
If you’ve read a few of my other posts, you’ll know that I adore living in Sheffield. It’s not too big and not too small, and it’s in the perfect central location. Sheffield is green and beautiful, and its locals are so friendly, so much so that they’re on par with the Irish. Oh, and they have some world-class markets. Visiting the Peddler Night Market was the perfect reminder that I love living here. There’s a tiny shop in the courtyard at the back of the warehouse that sells books and posters dedicated to Sheffield and the great bands/artists that were born here. There’s even a little sign that says “reyt” on the wall. I love it here, I really do.