March is on our doorstep and as the weather starts to turn grey, we wave goodbye to days spent sunbaking and balmy evenings sipping cocktails. It’s the tragedy we face every year, but instead of shedding tears over lost summer days, let us seize the day and give it one last tasty, summer-y hurrah.
A leisurely stroll along Bathers Way is a classic Novocastrian pastime, getting the endorphins pumping for the day ahead. However, one does not simply walk along Newcastle’s stunning coastline without a coffee in hand. A short stroll from Newcastle Baths you can get your caffeine fix from East End Hub or Estabar, both boasting a passion for quality and ‘seriously good coffee’. Estabar offer a delicious menu showcasing premium locally-sourced produce. One quick swipe through the Crave app had me salivating over their latest menu offerings.
If the Newcastle Memorial Walk is more your vibe, pop into Swell Kiosk overlooking Bar Beach, or swing past HuBro on the corner of Parkway Avenue and Darby Street for a cold brew guaranteed to touch the soul. A crisp morning dip in Merewether Ocean Baths can only be followed by dropping into Blue Door Kiosk for a pick me-up.
Hell, mortgages are overrated, grab a serve (or two) of their scrumptious smashed avo on toast.
Stomach grumbling from your morning cardio? A lazy sun-soaked brunch is a summer must. However, with an abundance of top notch cafés in the region, making the final call can be a mission. Darby Street boasts a strip of superior cafés bursting with satisfied customers. From the Autumn Rooms' signature field mushroom toastie, to WIA Store’s kaleidoscopic acai bowls, you’ll be feeling nourished and ready to tackle the day. A hop across town to Beaumont Street will leave you equally content. Barcito offer a unique Argentinian menu bursting with an umami of chilli, chorizo, and lime. Newly-opened Mockingbird has been reigning praise for their innovative menu. The red velvet pancakes speckled with seasonal berries and a blushing cloud of fairy floss is quickly becoming a local favourite.
Heading into the city centre you’re spoilt for choice. One Penny Black uses quality ingredients to create wholesome meals. Be sure to scope their blackboard specials for a brunch that highlights seasonal, local produce. If Dr Seuss is your jam, head into Momo Wholefoods. You may not find green eggs and ham, but their menu is sure to deliver a green antioxidant boost with plenty of vegan options available. For a brunch overlooking the harbour, the Wickham Boatshed won’t disappoint. For something unique, head into Mayfield and try Equium Social, brainchild of the thriving Talulah Bar.
Blistering summer days mean crisp salads to get you through the midday slump and recharge you for the night ahead. No need to swing by Woolies, visit one of Newy's hot spots and grab a salad so good it’ll make you friends. The innovative Hey Zeus make ordering a nutritious meal a breeze with their speedy, automated system. Though the process seems futuristic, their ingredients are 80% organic, locally sourced, and 100% delicious. New kid on the block Lulu’s Poke Bowl is a must stop for your daily two and five. Choose from their menu or build your own bowl of happiness. With options like fresh sashimi salmon, tropical mango and spicy wasabi mayo, it’s easy to get carried away.
What better way to unwind on a lush summer day than with cocktails and tapas with your nearest and dearest? Overlook Newcastle’s stunning harbour and indulge in artisan cocktails and guilty pleasures like cheeseburger spring rolls at Moneypenny. The restaurant boasts an imaginative cocktail list scribed on butcher’s paper behind the bar. Don’t expect to devour the same concoction twice, the mixologists shake things up weekly. Seriously, try the spring rolls.
The Basement is another hotspot renowned for innovative cocktails. Using only the highest quality spirits, they experiment with unique flavours like chipotle infused Campari. Their Mandarin Smokestack will fire up your taste buds and your dancing shoes. Devour the quirky cocktail with fragrant housemade falafel or creamy baked brie, paired perfectly with floral fig.
That morning coffee has surely worn off by now, why not multitask and get your caffeine fix inside a martini? 5 Saywers' Pick Me Up menu puts a unique spin on the well-known classic. Go loco with the Coconut Delight or a wee bit Irish with a Whisky Spiked Twist. There’s nothing classier that sipping fancy cocktails while gnawing on sticky BBQ ribs. 5 Sawyers' American-inspired menu will have you salivating. It features platters of warm pretzels, pickled artichoke and smoked sweet corn.
Summer is for sharing food, sipping icy beverages, and creating memories with those around you. As the cooler months approach, make the most of the sunshine and Newcastle’s thriving foodie scene. Whether it’s a caffeinated catch up, people-watching over brunch, summer salads, or a cheeky night out - indulge your taste buds and your senses in good food and good company.
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Author - Zoe Drew
Editor - Gabi Crawford
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