Newcastle: Cafés

Coal used to be Newcastle’s currency. Now it’s coffee. And the streets are full of black gold



Offering quietly complex espresso and gelati only across the road from Newcastle Beach, Estabar are gluten-free friendly with most of their gelato, and dedicate a whole shelf to gluten-free baked goods.

Frankies Place

Cooks Hill

This is a retro-active café with killer coffee and a cute courtyard, and while they don’t define themselves as a vegetarian or vegan café they are doing more than enough to cater for those who are.

Glee Coffee Roasters

Cooks Hill

Brothers Ben and Chris Gleeson run a boutique coffee roastery at Tuggerah on the Central Coast. Their Darby Street shop (sister to the one in Erina Heights, near Gosford) is a hole in the wall where pages from comic books fight for wall space with kitsch motel-room paintings and embroideries.


Cooks Hill

An institution with locals, Goldbergs does breakfast, lunch and dinner with equal aplomb, and does it all with warmth and humour. Early risers and post-surf strutters chase Sicilian omelettes with citrus-spiked Red Star coffee and rustic lunches go down oh-so easy with one of 13 local wines from $6.50 a glass.

Good Brother Espresso


Menu by mum and a ripe cherry roast. You’ll spot Good Brother Espresso as the bright red building on King Street using only the bare essentials inside.

One Penny Black


This frenetic nook crawls with all creeds of coffee devotee rhapsodising about pitch-perfect Black Star beans artfully extracted by owner Garth Buchanan. The other ecstasy here are the lip-smacking toasties. A Bombay Bantam comes with free-range chook turbo-charged by labna, spicy eggplant and almonds.

Ground Floor


Sublime 5 Senses coffee in art deco surrounds on the Hunter Street Mall.

The Locale



All-day breakfast and a magic cabinet of homemade cakes, muffins and savoury morsels elevate this sun-soaked café of quirky decor.

Three Bean Espresso


Heading up Hamilton’s hungry mile, this cute café stands apart for local ingredients (many sourced from a primary school garden next door). Choose from a sleek space out front or airy atrium area adjoining but don’t miss bircher muesli spiked with spiced pineapple, cherries and zesty berries, molten wedges of croque monsieur or velvety Peaberrys coffee.


Newcastle East

Part laboratory, warehouse and rumpus room, Sprocket café is many thing to many folks.

Wickham Motorcycle Company


This workshop café rolls out a locally-roasted Wickham Blend from a funky warehouse doubling as a motorcycle showroom.


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First published on 29 Aug 2013. Updated on 10 Mar 2014.

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