Newcastle's best coffee and brunch spots

From old favourite Goldbergs' to newbie Happi Kitchen, there are plenty of places to go for a great cup of joe when in the coastal city. Here is a local's guide.

A woman holds two breakfast bowls from Newcastle cafe Blue Door.
  • Michelle Meehan
  • September 2019

Healthy, fresh, seasonal and wholesome – Newcastle’s cafes do it all and they do it well. Here is the local intel on where to go when you want to jump-start your day!

Blue Door

Setting the benchmark for simple food done well, this trendy café in the heart of Newcastle’s theatre precinct offers a healthy, balanced menu inspired by fresh seasonal ingredients. Blue Door opens in new window may be located within an iconic Edwardian brick warehouse built in 1904 but the décor is fresh and modern with plenty of space for outdoor dining. The house-made muesli is a feel-good option but when you want to indulge, opt for the big breakfast plank – which includes a hearty serving of delicately poached eggs and baked beans, topped off with a sausage, potato rosti, bacon, mushrooms and sourdough.

Sanbah Grindhouse

Serving up a unique combination of an indoor concrete skate park, clothing store and extensive café, this trendy hangout opens in new window is worth a drop-in.

A plate of avocado toast with salmon from the Sanbah Grindhouse cafe
You can find a range of breakfast classics at the Sanbah Grindhouse cafe

Happi Kitchen

If you like home-style cooking, this new addition opens in new window to Newcastle’s thriving café scene, just off the main drag at Wickham, is worth checking out. Wood, stone and concrete layered with plush lounges and vibrant pot plants create a contemporary yet comfortable vibe while the menu focuses on fresh, wholesome dishes such as pumpkin, spinach, feta and semi-dried tomato quiche.

A schnitzel sandwich from Newcastle cafe Happi Kitchen
Happi Kitchen is loved by locals for its wholesome, home-style meals.

Praise Joe Urban Pantry

This Tighes Hill café, located just 10 minutes from the city centre, has some of the best coffee in town and is ideal for those looking for dairy alternatives, with 10 varieties of milk on offer. When it comes to food offerings, the house-made crumpets and flaky sausage rolls are some of the most popular items on the menu.

Sherwood Coffee Bar

The focus here is on simple, seasonal food and quality, aromatic coffee. Tucked away between commercial businesses in Newcastle West, Sherwood Coffee Bar opens in new window provides a cool, casual setting to enjoy a laid-back bite to eat; the acai bowl with granola, fresh fruit and coconut is a good choice.


This Newcastle institution with a cosy vintage-style interior and a tropical-inspired courtyard at the rear has been a favourite breakfast spot for years. Set in the heart of the popular Darby Street dining precinct, enjoy one of Goldberg’s opens in new window famed Spanish or Siciliana omelettes with a steaming cup of coffee or Bengali chai tea.