Newcastle is one of the most iconic cities in Britain. It is a place full of vigor and vibrance, as it is painted with a rich history and culture. Visiting this city in the United Kingdom is to be numbered in your bucket list! It is filled with things to do and enjoy.
Well, traveling to any place is not just about strolling, visiting museums and heritage sites, taking photos in landmarks and famous tourist spots, shopping and going on extreme adventures. Do not forget one of the trip’s main highlights: eating and drinking!
Definitely, there are countless restaurants and food joints where you can fill up your tummy and satisfy your taste buds before, during and/or after your exhausting day trip. Specifically, Newcastle has many cafes where you can just relax and unwind anytime of the day. Regardless if it’s breakfast, lunch, merienda, dinner, midnight or any random period you desire, you can head to Newcastle’s coffee shops for a sip of comfort and awesome taste.
To introduce to you some of Newcastle’s fine and dandy cafes, below is a list of 5 of them:
<1> CATPAWCINO CAT CAFE
If you are a traveler, a cat lover and a coffee addict all at the same time, Newcastle’s CatPawCino Cat Cafe is a superb choice for you! You have to pay an entrance fee and order refreshments and snacks, then you can meet and play with the shop’s resident cats and rescue cats!
If you’ve been tired because of the long walk or the long day, consider going to this cat cafe for some PAWsome relaxation! The place has a calming mood that makes your mind at peace. Additionally, the cafe has a garden theme, making you feel like you are in natural outdoors even when you’re under an enclosed place. The shop itself is safe and comfortable for the cats, so they themselves feel happy, healthy and not irritated.
There is a delight-filled menu where you can get an espresso, Americano, oolong tea, green tea, latte and other cold or hot drinks. Get some tasty toasties and vegan wraps too.
Cat keepers are all around and on guard to keep you safe and alright while you eat, drink and enjoy the time with the pretty kitties!
<2> MOULIN ROUGE CAFE AND GRILL
Bringing the flavorful Persian cuisine to the land of British castles and historic houses, Moulin Rouge Cafe and Grill is a well-known cafe and eating place! Its name rings a bell for it was taken from the movie which was made into a musical, the Moulin Rouge.
This is a must-visit cafe if you want to have a stomach filled with amazeballs Persian and middle eastern food. Their salads are absolutely fresh! There are vegan options and gluten-free options for healthy pickers and health-conscious customers.
Some of the choices you should have include the Chicken Saffron Wrap, Lamb Shank, Mahicheh, chicken and lamb skewers and pastas. They also do the Full English breakfast, so go early if you want to catch that precious specialty! Their flatbread is huge, and everyone who tries it falls in love with it! Moulin Rouge Cafe’s combination of festive flavors makes their meals even more magnificent and worth the wait. Your taste buds will unmistakably be glad!
The cafe welcomes guests with friendly and approachable personalities and smiles. With accommodating service, you will not hesitate to ask, and you will feel free to know more about their menu. They serve food generously, both in quality and quantity. Making you more enticed with their food, they present them all in a beautiful way.
If you are in Newcastle with your friends, it would be a nice place to gather and eat together. If you’re with your family, even your kids will love the food and drinks in Moulin Rouge Cafe and Grill.
<3> HEDLEY RIVERSIDE COFFEE SHOP
The Hedley Riverside Coffee Shop is a good-looking coffee place where you can drink and eat lovely and well-made food. As it is located in a corner of the Tyne Riverside Country Park, accessibility is not a problem. While you are strolling and resting at the park, you can visit this nice cafe and take a sip from their charming coffee cups!
The spot and its vicinity are all ideal for a family date out because before or after visiting it, you can go to the park, take the kids to the playground and immerse in the natural beauty of the rejuvenating surroundings.
Even if you take your whole travel squad, there are many rooms in the cafe’s spacious area. There is a graceful garden outside which gives you an option whether to sit indoors or outdoors. This is also a dog-friendly cafe because they even have a portion of the menu for your fur babies!
Sought-after in their menu is the cheese scone! Those who taste it say it’s the best! Bacon sandwiches, paninis, soups, cakes, baked potatoes and many more are present in their menu. For drinks, you can have lattes, frappes, teas, hot chocolates and a wide variety of coffee.
They also have a gift stall where you can check out and buy handmade items for sale.
<4> KNIGHTS BY THE BURN
Situated in Walker Davison House, High Street, Newburn in Newcastle, Knights By The Burn is a coffee shop loved by so many locals and are sought after by people, especially tourists, who get to hear and know what it is about. The name itself tickles curiosity. The parking space is usually full because truly, people come to eat in this lovely place!
This small coffee shop has a homely design that makes guests feel rested and comfortable for sure. The owners take pride in their homemade cooking and baking. Filled with joy and love, they themselves create their dishes, cakes and coffee for their valued customers.
Visitors do not leave the place still feeling hungry and dissatisfied because everything on the menu is a delight to the belly! You might also leave not empty-handed because you might not get enough of their flavorsome treats! Their menu includes specialties such as poached eggs on sourdough bread, sweet potato curry and Thai chicken wrap. Cakes include sticky ginger cake, peanut cake, Victoria sponge cake and Tiramisu cake. They serve coffee and all these homespun pleasures with excellent quality.
Knights By The Burn impresses guests not just with mouthwatering food and drink, but most of all, with friendly owners and staff that keep people coming back. They are accommodating and very welcoming as they cater to every customer’s need and want. It is a perfect place for families, particularly because kids are welcome and entertained, lessening the stress for parents and guardians. There’s a menu for children too, so it wouldn’t be a hassle to feed them adult food which might not be their type.
The place itself is bright, making you feel that it’s spacious. Drop by and ease off in this cosy coffee shop at the heart of Newburn.
<5> THE JOURNEY
Not as famous as the others, but this little cafe definitely has a lot more to it than its size. The Journey is a cafe with a bike repair shop; it is as unique as that sounds. This is probably among the eating places you did not know about and you wouldn’t usually find in online lists, but surely, it is a coffee place you must visit!
The Journey is a coffee shop with a healthy and environment-centered advocacy. They aim to help people who want to make their travel better in sustainable ways, which are highly advantageous for both humans as individuals and as a whole society.
Their menu is bombarded with vegan and gluten-free selections of coffee, drinks, cakes and other pastries. They serve avocado toast, homemade hummus, Vietnamese noodle salad, their special Gandhi Bowl and the menu goes on. Of course, their coffee can’t be nothing! They have glamorously fresh coffee that’s specially roasted. It is just perfect for the Newcastle weather!
As it is a cycle shop as well, The Journey sells revamped bicycles and offers maintenance services and other kinds for those who need them. Even if you do not have a bike, they will share with you significant information on how to travel through renewable ways, regardless if you are traveling with pedals or with your feet. There are reading materials you can spend your eyes on while you drink your mocha coffee!
You will love the shop’s minimalist ambience combined with the earthy aura of the place. It’s a peaceful and comfortable, unique coffee shop to drop by, especially if you are spending your “me time”. The Journey allows you to have a new friend too because there is kind and cute dog freely roaming around the place.
A coffee shop is a really revitalizing place where you can enjoy yourself or the company of your loved ones. There are so many diners, restaurants, malls, parks, markets and hotels in Newcastle where you can actually fuel up yourself for the long day to come or after it has passed, but do not skip considering a nice, warm and cosy stop over in a coffee shop. It’s not just a place where you can sit and use your cellphone as you connect to the shop’s WiFi because Newcastle’s coffee shops do offer tons of unique and exciting stuff! You will be kept busy as you sip, chill, eat and more in that restful couch in the cafe!
Nicole Ann Pore is a daytime writer for PREMIER SUITES Newcastle, an exemplary traditional hotel alternative offering bright and spacious serviced apartments for locals and travelers. She graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.