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Must-try cafés and coffee shops in Newcastle

From cosy café hangouts, to vibrant tea rooms, and uber-sleek coffee houses, check out our exclusive guide to NE1’s flourishing coffee shop community! 


For coffee connoisseurs >> 





Those clued up on their Columbian coffee roasters, French presses and artisanal coffee grinders should make the pilgrimage over to Flat Caps at Carliol Square. A beautiful independent business, Flat Caps opened up in 2010 and immediately stole the headlines as they were named Coffee Shop of the Year by Big 7 Travel and voted the Best Coffee Shop in the North East by the Best English Independent Retail Awards! Yep, they serve up a wonderful flat white and their lattes are lush, but true coffee connoisseurs know that Flat Caps is the place to try rich cortados, sample nitro cold brews and devour beautiful brunch bites such as celeriac shawarma flatbread and Turkish eggs. Soundtracked by a chilled jazz playlist, one trip to Flat Caps Coffee is guaranteed to leave you smiling to your heart’s content. 




Pumphrey's is a true icon in NE1’s flourishing coffee scene and they’re one of a select few who offer barista workshops for all those budding coffee connoisseurs out there. Did you know that the first iteration of Pumphrey’s was originally established by a tea purveyor named Leigh Smith, who set up the business in the Flesh Market in 1750?! Fast-forward to spring 2022, and Pumphrey’s boasts a beautiful stall nestled inside the Grainger Market that prides itself on authenticity, serves up bohemian vibes and most importantly, incredibly delicious results. Be sure you get acquainted this spring if you haven't already!






Boasting a bright, airy store in the middle of NE1’s buzzy city centre, coffee fanatics and those who love a spot of people-watching should head to Camber Coffee on Market Street. Best known across the city for its variety of delicious wake-up-and-feel-good dishes that cater to those with both a savoury and sweet tooth, Camber Coffee is a serene spot when it comes to chilling with an oat milk latte while diving into a new book and nibbling on something delicious. 




Boasting a spacious dining area (still not enough to satisfy the hordes wanting to visit at times though!), enchanting interior decor and an enticing cake range, Olive & Bean is the perfect place to reunite with your girl gang and kick back with door-stop cakes and sip on soul-warming delights! Situated on Clayton Street and just around the corner from Grey’s Monument, Olive & Bean is a fantastic place to take refuge from the spring showers and treat the tastebuds to delectable sweet things! A stylish coffee shop and sandwich bar all rolled into one, ‘the Bean’ is certainly on our ‘go-to’ list when it’s time for a catch-up with chums! 



For cosy catch-ups >>





Beautiful, floral and stacked with countless sweet treats; there aren’t many places we’d rather spend our Saturday mornings than in this stylish Central Arcade hotspot. If you can drag your eyes away from their counter stocked full of plump sweet treats such as salted caramel cookie dough and mint Aero tiffin, then there’s the oh-so Instagrammable décor to snap away at and a cracking coffee selection to explore too!

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THE CANNY GOAT                

Whether you're a flat white fanatic, clued up on Ethiopian coffee beans or love relaxing in a sophisticated space with a laidback vibe and cool soundtrack to match, The Canny Goat on Monk Street is another magical coffee shop to check out. A small yet mighty independent offering up big tastes and even bigger sweet treats (be sure to check out their lemon drizzle loaf!), head here this spring for a sumptuous cup of the good stuff and locally sourced vegan options - they're to die for! 






Choice choux pastry creations, luxurious coffee and everything in between, a trip over to Les Petits Choux on Leazes Park Road always delivers the goods when it comes to catching up with loved ones during a coffee morning. Whether you’re a serial gossiper, breaking down the Love Is Blind finale or reacquainting with an old chum, this family-run patisserie is a must-visit for lovers of quality java and mouth-watering goodies. Be sure to try their Ferrero Rocher profiteroles - simply astonishing! 



For something different >> 


THE HOOCH                        

How do gorgeous views of the Quayside, turquoise blue skies overhead and a silky flat white sound? Like a dream, right? Wrong! Such a wondrous spring scene is available right here in NE1! Say hello to The Hooch; a relative newcomer to the city’s bustling coffee shop community. A stunning establishment that boasts breath-taking panoramic views of the Tyne, head here to sample deluxe coffee delights, sumptuous cakes and soulful sounds from resident DJs and local vibe technicians - it’s the perfect spot to press pause and watch the world amble on by! 






Renowned for its enchanting atmosphere, floral décor and delicious sweet treats, head down to GB Cupcakery for their scrumptious sugary selection and hearty brews. Here, you can indulge your tastebuds and sample handmade goodies such as Lotus Biscoff shortbreads, Creme Egg brownies (Easter is just around the corner!), or nibble on sticky white choccy cakes before washing it all down with a rich cappuccino! If sweet doesn't do it for you, the café has a great range of savoury sarnies and breakfast items that cater for all palettes. Result! 



PANI’S CAFE                        

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Pani’s only served exquisite Italian classics with a Sardinian twist, but it turns out that this supreme indie on High Bridge is also a mega spot to sip on a wide range of luscious filter brews and rich espresso choices at super affordable prices. A quaint hideout located in the city centre, head here for a lush flat white, order Pani’s magical tiramisu and watch the city blossom into life this spring. 






A spectacular space immersed in North East heritage and Toon culture, 5|Quarter, nestled inside the newly renovated Common Room, (it’s stunning by the way, well worth checking out!) is one of Newcastle’s newest café bars that serves up a wonderful range of hot beverages - from hot chocolate to Americano - and it’s a brilliant shout for a coffee break if you’re in the city centre. An uber-cool spot brimming with architectural nods to NE1’s industrial history, 5|Quarter is well-suited for laptop workers, family gatherings and those wanting an exquisite cup of the good stuff.



Where’s your favourite place for a coffee in Toon? We’re always on the hunt for more flat whites and sweet treats! Get in touch via our social channels. Twitter: @NewcastleNE1, Instagram: @NewcastleNE1, Facebook: @GetIntoNewcastle.

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