I had a very specific request via my contact page over the weekend, off a girl in Liverpool planning a weekend away and she wanted to know some of the cutest cafe’s in Newcastle that a group of girls would like. Specifics were – instagramable, flower walls optional, good food and coffee. Perfectly reasonable request if you ask me, who doesn’t want aesthetic surroundings while sipping on your latte or flat white as long as it tastes good too? There’s such an ‘eye roll’ response to the whole ‘instagrammable’ thing but honestly I’m here for it especially if what these places actually offer is good quality too, so here are my suggestions for the cutest cafes in Newcastle.
The Great British Cupcakery. Queen Street, Quayside.
When people ask me for Instagrammable places in Newcastle this one is the first to mind. The Great British Cupcakery has always served delicious home made cakes, bakes, geet big shakes and a very generous afternoon tea, but a couple of years ago it underwent an interior makeover and it came out literally blooming.
The flower feature wall on the back is beautiful, the powder pink seating, and there’s even a blossom tree over the counter. It’s family run and they take great pride in all of their home made creations and the cafe itself, so you won’t be disappointed. You might have to queue for a table though as it’s very popular and you can only book if you’re having afternoon tea.
Pink Lane Coffee, Pink Lane, Central Newcastle
Despite the name and the location, Pink Lane Coffee isn’t pink, but it’s still a gorgeous little rustic cafe not far from Central Station. A good one if you’re drinking solo or want to get some work done, as there are tiny little tables designed for one person. I like it early in the morning when everyone in there is on their own, but their own coffee roast called Colour Coffee is known across the North East and supplies many other places.
Pet Lamb Patisserie, Grainger Market
This tiny but colourful bakery has a huge selection of cupcakes and brownies, and although there is no room inside to sit, there are a couple of little tables outside where you can sit and enjoy your treat of choice. Being in the Grainger market you are still indoors even though you aren’t inside the cafe.
It’s run by two friends who set up and taught themselves how to bake, and they’re so nice and friendly every time you go in. It’s a very cute little cafe.
Follow them on Instagram here.
Flat Caps Coffee, Carliol Square
Making the list of top 50 independent coffee shops in England, Flat Caps is known as a specialist coffee shop and is open daily from 9-4pm. They’re child and dog friendly, have a big space so even with reduced capacity at the moment, and serve a range of food too including vegan options. Think lots of plants, naked bulbs and comfy sofas, they also have a shop and gift range which you can order from online too.
Violets Cafe. The Side, Quayside
It may be a small venue but Violets Cafe just up from Newcastle’s quayside has the prestigious Bib Gourmand award from the Michelin Guide, for good quality food at affordable prices. A cafe and bistro it’s a bit of a step back in time when you’re inside, with it’s ornate little fireplace and quaint decor. The food is really good though as the award suggests, and they offer everything from cakes to full English breakfasts to bistro style plates all perfectly presented.
They’re owned by the same people that bring Newcastle’s finest Michelin Star restaurant House of Tides, so you know it’s going to be good even if you’re just after coffee and cake in this lovely setting.
Yolo Coffee House, Stack Newcastle
Taking up residence in one of the units at Stack, Coffee Yolo is a sister brand of the Yolo restaurant also found at Stack, and it’s known for it’s very beautiful looking and delicious tasting hot chocolates. It reminds me of a Parisian style cafe inside, with the exposed brick and range of patisserie cakes and bakes in the glass cabinet.
While many enjoy a takeaway of one of the coffees, teas, hot chocolates or iced offerings, you can sit in at one of the high stools too. A great place to people watch from the corner of Northumberland Street and Monument.
I highly recommend this around Christmas, with a red velvet cake and hot chocolate.
1901 Cafe Jesmond, and 1901 Deli Manors & Gosforth
The 1901 cafe and deli brand have three locations to choose from, New Bridge Street in Newcastle, St George’s Terrace in Jesmond, and Gosforth High Street. All are slightly different but equally creative with pastel walls, interesting decor and offer sociable spaces. Serving an attractive menu that includes vegetarian/vegan choice in each one, but it’s the ice creams that take my fancy as they look pretty good.
Saint Vincents. Broad Chare, Newcastle
I love this place so much. A cafe through the day it’s my favourite place for a coffee on a Sunday morning on the Quayside before a walk through the market. You could get a bit more dressed up here than some other cafes, as it turns into a wine bar later in the day and the giant map of Italy and France with their wine regions is fabulous. Their coffee is also very good and so are their Bloody Mary’s.
Pitcher & Piano. The Quayside, Newcastle
Hear me out with this one because I know Pitcher & Piano are a chain, and they are popular everywhere, but the Newcastle Pitcher has done up a little section on the ground floor recently. The little corner is just a bit different to the rest of the bar – and there’s your neon sign girls.
Again another good spot on the Quayside for a weekend morning coffee, and it’s dog friendly too.
The Biscuit Factory Kitchen. Stoddart Street, Newcastle
A rooftop cafe with a terrace on top of my favourite gallery in Newcastle. The Biscuit Factory art gallery and shop is worth a visit in itself, but the cafe is clean and fresh with white decor and a rooftop terrace with a view. They offer all sort of things on the menu, I’ve heard their brunch is very good and you can enjoy it even if it’s raining with the glass house covered area on the terrace.
See more on the Biscuit Factory Kitchen here.
Kiln. Hume Street, Ouseburn
Being in Ouseburn Kiln is a bit different, like most places along there. It’s a cafe combined with a ceramic pottery studio, in an old disused garage. It’s a bit rustic with barrels and wooden benches forming seating outside, but it has a lovely character inside too. They serve sandwiches, salads, soups and a big selection of cakes too, which you can enjoy before browsing some of the ceramics for sale.
Visit as part of a day out exploring Ouseburn, one of the most creative quarters in Newcastle with lots to offer.
Butterfly Cabinet. Heaton Road, Heaton.
There is always a massive queue outside this place, especially at weekends for brunch when it usually goes down the street. It feels a bit like someone’s front room with bookshelves filled with trinkets and home accessories, but it’s cosy and always busy. The food is comfort food, with a big breakfast menu and a board filled with specials. I really enjoy their smoothies. Once you’re done wander up the street to Clough’s, the old fashioned sweet shop that’s been around over 100 years.
Arlo. Brentwood Avenue, Jesmond
I have enjoyed many a weekend breakfast and brunch here, Arlo is one of my favourites in Jesmond. It’s one of the bigger ones with lots of tables, and I just love the giant antler chandelier. They’ve recently done it up a bit and there’s a lovely bar in the corner if you want to sit up there for a drink later in the day, but I love their brunch menu. You can also sit outside under the heaters and they provide blankets too.
Cake Stories. Brentwood Avenue, Jesmond
I think this is one of the cosiest cafes in Newcastle, it’s just so lovely inside. There are sofas and table seating, a huge wall of flavoured teas, an old piano and it’s just the cutest little environment to enjoy coffee and a cake. A great meeting spot for a catch up, or to do some work if you’re on your own. They open late in winter and I love sitting in when it’s raining outside. Try their lemon cake it’s amazing.
I hope this gives some inspiration for some of the cutest cafes in Newcastle. As I mentioned at the beginning don’t assume that flower walls and neon signs are just gimmicks to attract people in, they add something but the main thing that makes all of these places attractive is how nice the food and drinks are.
So if you’re heading to Newcastle then make sure you visit one or two of them as part of your trip!
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