As someone who has lived in Newcastle for
their entire life, I think I’d like to think I’m pretty good when it comes to
the best places to go. In the last few years especially, plenty of amazing
independent cafes and restaurants have started popping up around Newcastle City
Centre – many of which I’m now completely obsessed with (and would happily
recommend to anyone in the area!) so when New Look contacted me to see if I’d
like to put together a city guide for their Student Life Hub (make sure you check it out for student news and style tips!), I jumped at the
chance. Whether you’re local to Newcastle and are just looking for somewhere
new to try or if you’re considering taking a city break here and aren’t really
sure the top places to head – then here is my guide on the places you don’t
want to miss!
If you want the best burgers in town… Fat Hippo Underground (2-6 Shakespeare St, Newcastle
upon Tyne NE1 6AQ)
A relatively new restaurant to open in
City Centre, the Fat Hippo empire has quickly become iconic amongst locals and
visitors to Newcastle for its incredible burgers. It can often be quite busy
but if you’re a fan of burgers (and all of the carb sides…) then this is the
place to go, hands down. They do a lunch menu if you’re looking for
If you want a huge selection of traybakes… Olive and Bean (17-19 Clayton St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5PN)
Somewhere that’s been a real favourite of
mine for a few years now is Olive and Bean, which is just around the corner
from Grey’s Monument and intu Eldon Square. It’s central location makes it
ideal for anyone wanting a shopping break and they have a great selection of
different tray bakes – you’ll be seriously spoilt for choice. They’ve recently
renovated their interiors too so it’s the Pinterest dream.
If you’re more of a pizza (or salad) kinda
gal… The Herb Garden (Arch 8, Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SA)
One of my go-to places to head if I’m
looking for a meal in the city centre is The Herb Garden, which is a short walk
from Central Station. As well as having an impressive ceiling made up of
lanterns (that is worth a visit alone), they boast easily the nicest selection
of pizzas and salads in Newcastle.
If cute cupcakes and afternoon tea is your
sort of thing… The GB Cupcakery (15 Queen St, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3UG)
I’ve raved about this place over on my
blog more times than enough, but this place is truly one of my happy places. It
opened a couple of years ago and is home to the most amazing cupcakes and
brownies you could possibly imagine – my favourites have to be the Red Velvet
cake, Carrot cake cupcake and their variations of brownie (trust me when I say
they are life changing!). Located a stones-throw away from the Quayside, it’s
the perfect place to take a pit stop if you’re doing some sight-seeing along
Newcastle’s iconic bridges too.
If you’re a coffee addict… Pink Lane Coffee (1 Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DW)
This small coffee shop is a must-go place
for anyone who wants his or her caffeine fix. Handily located 2-minutes walk
from Newcastle Central station, Pink Lane Coffee is home to some of the best
coffee I’ve ever tried. I’m not a huge coffee drinker by any means but nothing
beats their Flat White.
If you love cats… Mog On The Tyne (24 Pudding Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1UE)
Last year Newcastle city centre got it’s
first Cat Café (I KNOW RIGHT?) and if you’re a cat person, this is a must
visit. It costs you a small fee for an allocated hour in the café itself (I’d
recommend booking in advance) but it’s totally worth it – I mean being surrounded
by the most adorable cats and kittens whilst eating cakes, what more could you
ever possibly want?
If you’re from Newcastle/or have visited, where are your favourites? I’d love to hear some recommendations on places to check out!