Discover Newcastle's foodie delights

Discover Newcastle's foodie delights


Try a locally made gin or craft beer, dine at one of the city’s many fabulous eateries as you dive into Newcastle’s burgeoning food scene.

Explore the best of Newcastle with this 3 day / 2 night itinerary.

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Day One - Cakes and gin

Arrive into Newcastle where you’ll find a flourishing food scene – expanding beyond its most famous eat streets of Darby and Beaumont Streets.

Just off Beaumont Street – where the city’s first wave coffee movement took off thanks to an influx of Greek and Italian immigrants – you’ll find Cake Boi (closes 2pm) brought to Newcastle by MasterChef contestant Reece Hignell.

Must try: The carrot cake or sponge if they’re on the menu

Afterwards make a bee line for the harbour and check into Rydges Newcastle.

Take a sunset stroll along the foreshore – Honeysuckle precinct one way; Nobbys Beach the other - before making your way to Earp Distilling Co. for a gin blending class.

This new 1hr class starts with an Earp’s No. 8 dry gin and tonic, takes you through the history of gin and distilling before knowledgeable staff assist with your own gin blend. 

At class end take home two custom blended gins on a bespoke label with the name of your creation.

Heads up: Call ahead and book a table for after the class to indulge in their delicious menu that pays homage to the fresh, seasonal produce available in the region – paired with the best in top shelf spirits. 

Day Two - Honey and hives, and Newcastle's finest dining

Wake to the blast of the ship’s horn from your harbour front room with a prime vantage spot overlooking the bustling waterway.

Make your way through Museum Park (located behind the hotel) and turn right at the Visitor Information Centre for some of the city’s best coffee at New Slang.

Order from the tight menu (the artichoke toastie or simple avocado on toast with labna is a winner) but remember to pace yourself for an indulgent day ahead.

Back at the hotel jump in the car and head to the inner city suburb of Mayfield for a morning look inside a bee hive and tasting the best in locally made honey from Urban Hum.

Follow this up with a visit to the adorably named Covered in Crumbs (just around the corner from Urban Hum) owned by former fine dining pastry chef Gareth Williams. His sugary creations including the lime curd and coconut cake, canelé and sourdough and baguettes made from scratch.

Be sure and have a browse through the whimsical Coliseum Antiques opposite. 

Work up an appetite with a cycle along the harbour foreshore with Newcastle’s electric bike share BYKKO (there’s a docking station in front of Rydges) – salty breeze on your face, wind in your hair as you explore the Hunter River and beaches on two wheels.

Back at Rydges, pause for a breather before taking a seat at one of the hottest culinary tickets in town – the much lauded Subo.

Behind the cork door, this smart bistro delivers a twice-seasonal tasting menu, attentive service and hand-picked wines.

If you’re up for a nightcap or two explore Newy’s burgeoning small bar scene. Highlights include Saints Gin Bar, Tiki inspired rum bar Blue Kahunas, Coal and Cedar, The Rum Diary and The Koutetsu, a dimly lit Japanese speakeasy, a couple of doors up from Subo.

Bar hop by light rail. It’s a thing.

Day Three - Sourdough and spoiling yourself

Take a brisk walk (or another e-bike ride) to Uprising Bakery, a stone’s throw from Newcastle harbour in inner-city Maryville (about 2.5km away).

Order a flat white, cheese toastie made with Provolone and house made kimchi or oven toasted muesli with fresh fruit, yoghurt and honey.

Owner Alice Lees, an honors graduate in silver smithing, opened the doors to what has become Newcastle’s favourite bakery in late 2013 – fulfilling a long held dream to combine her passion for design and baking.

Hoof it back to Rydges along the pathway that skirts the harbour.

This afternoon spoil yourself with a set lunch menu at Flotilla, offering sophisticated yet approachable food. In fact you could plonk Flotilla anywhere in Sydney and it would fit right in with its Venice Beach vibe and Japanese influenced menu heavy on French technique.

Suitably sated make your way home or better yet why not stay on an extra night?

Once you’ve tasted the best of Newy, it’ll always leave you wanting more.