Newcastle is a foodie’s delight — and brekkie is no different. With something for everyone, here are our top picks for the best breakfast in Newcastle.
Guide to the best breakfast spots in Newcastle
The classic breakfast
For a classic breakfast with a modern Australian twist, look no further than East End Hub. Located in Newcastle's East End, the cafe serves traditional breakfast favourites using the freshest local and seasonal produce around. Sit back and relax inside, or watch the world go by from a stool at the bay window with a barista-made coffee, or soak up the sea breeze in the outdoor dining area.
Did you say all-day breakfast? Roll out of bed and head to Three Monkeys. Located on Darby Street, a short walk from Newcastle CBD, Three Monkeys has that warm and cosy cafe vibe, serving a classic breakfast menu. If you're after something fresh, browse the long list of smoothies — perfect for a hot day to take down to the beach.
Dishes to die for
Mockingbird Cafe is the perfect breaky stop to try something new. Serving a fresh and colourful menu stacked with delicious breakfast dishes, the Prawn Toast and Satay French Toast is simply irresistible. Be sure to check ahead, as the menu changes seasonally.
In Newcastle’s East End, Signal Box combines the best of Parisian-style dining with an Aussie twist. Situated in the historic Railway Station precinct, Signal Box offers a fresh modern-Australian breakfast menu, with an unbeatable backdrop. Make sure you try the Crab Omelette!
One of Newcastle’s best-known cafe institutions, Talulah is known for its specialty coffee, fresh and reimagined breakfast classics, spacious indoor and outdoor seating areas and friendly staff. The Char Siu Benedict is a menu staple, but if you fancy something sweet, the Pancakes are a must!
For more of Newcastle’s breakfast spots, check out our dedicated foodie guide.
It may be located in an old bank, but don’t let that fool you — Momo Wholefood is a light and bright cafe space with beautiful high ceilings and towering windows overlooking Hunter Street. The vegetarian menu is packed full of natural and wholesome ingredients and flavours.
For a unique breakfast in Newcastle, try Pino’s Restaurant in Islington. Pino’s describes its fully-vegetarian breakfast menu as “Italian-ish”, infusing much-loved Aussie dishes with Italian ingredients and flavours.
Sweet and savoury
To get your sugar fix, look no further than Cakeboi in Hamilton. Established by a former Newcastle-local Masterchef contestant, Cakeboi reinvents classic sweet and savoury treats including Lamingtons and Red Velvet Cake with a distinctly fun and colourful approach.
Head to The Grumpy Baker for next-level fresh pastries and its middle-eastern inspired breaky menu. Walk away with a freshly baked loaf — packed full of flavour and textured goods, and without preservatives and additives — or an irresistible sweet treat.
For freshly baked bread, pastries, tarts and brioche, take a pit stop to Baked Uprising in Wickham. With its industrial-style interior, the cafe has a laid-back atmosphere and an urban garden area to relish your handmade breakfast.
Pull up a chair at the floor to ceiling windows and tuck into the range of unique and photogenic sweet and savoury pastries at Praise Joe. The urban pantry located in Tighes Hill is a great coffee hangout and serves hearty toasties.
Up the ante
Darby Street institution, The Autumn Rooms offers a carefully curated fresh and seasonal breaky menu, including great coffee and smoothies. There’s even a champagne breakfast option! If you’re looking to unwind with a cuppa post-breaky, stick around until 12pm on weekends and head upstairs to the High Tea Room. Serving up premium loose leaf teas by The Tea Collective alongside a menu of re-imagined high tea classics, you’ll be in for a treat.
For breakfast in Newcastle with a relaxed holiday vibe, head to Convoy Commune in Merewether. Stepping into the cafe, it’s like you've been transported to Byron Bay — think white-washed walls, light timber accents and that boho-chic the Northern Rivers town is so known for. The perfect pit stop on your way down to the famous Merewether Beach, Convoy Commune has a fresh seasonal menu and options for vegans, vegetarians and those who are gluten-free.
The recently revamped Equium Social space in Mayfield East is the perfect spot for a long, quiet breakfast. Serving up a wholesome, ethically sourced, and seasonally influenced breakfast menu with a few memorable and unique dishes, you’ll enjoy sitting amongst the beautifully renovated interior with pink marble, warm woods, and accents of green.