For Australians, breakfast and brunch is practically an art form, a weekend ritual and something that we do incredibly well. No matter where you are in Australia, a solid morning feast is the perfect way to start any day. From perennial faves like healthy granola, and fluffy and sweet hotcakes, to comforting feeds like bacon and egg rolls with perfectly gooey eggs and crispy bacon, breakfast truly is the most delicious meal of the day.
In this great tradition, Newcastle has so many great cafés known for serving up perfectly brewed coffee and seriously incredible breakfast dishes. Keep reading to see our edit of the best cafés serving up the best breakfasts in Newcastle.
Set across three levels overlooking the stunning beachfront, Merewether Surfhouse stylishly blends Australian beach culture with sleek, modern design. The light and bright café provides the perfect spot for a post-swim catch up. In the summertime the venue is a lively hub of activity, with swarms of locals keen to get a glimpse of a sunrise view with their morning coffee.
5 Henderson Parade, Newcastle
Sitting pretty on Maitland Road, Equium Social is an open, light-filled café, perfect for dine-in or takeaway. Serving up modern Australian fare, the coffee and the delicious food keep the locals coming back again and again. The friendly service and relaxed vibe converts one-time visitors into long-standing regulars.
1/5 Maitland Road, Mayfield East
Known for their delicious breakfasts and beautiful décor, this local fave café has locals queuing up each weekend to get a taste. The friendly staff will get to know you by first name, and remember your go-to order, which we're guessing will be the soul-warming portobello mushroom toastie.
155 Wharf Road, Newcastle
Rustic, moody and intimate, Talulah is an amazing breakfast restaurant known for dishing out the best breakfast offering in Newcastle. One of our favourite things about Talulah is that they’re open from 6:30am and they have a cocktail list, because it’s never too early for a bloody mary, a passionfruit mimosa or a gin iced tea. Talulah bills itself as a fine dining breakfast and lunch spot and prides itself on its ever-evolving seasonal menu. Everything here is great but the best breakfast dish is their char siu benedict with char siu glazed bacon, perfectly poached eggs, rosti, miso hollandaise, kim-chi salad and spicy togarashi granola
52 Glebe Road, The Junction
Famous for their coffees, smoothies and burgers, Three Monkeys has been operating on busy Darby Street for 20 years. Loved by Newcastle locals and visitors alike, Three Monkeys serves up some of the best breakfast in Newcastle. They offer everything from homemade bircher muesli to morning curry which is said to be a miracle hangover cure, however, their most famous dish would have to be their porky pig toastie with ham, gruyere, dijon mustard aioli and onion jam.
131 Darby Street, Cooks Hill
Located within the historic Fred Ash building in the heart of Newcastle, Blue Door has become synonymous with simple, healthy and satisfying eating. They serve everything from nasi goreng to Nutella pancakes, so there'll be something to satisfy your cravings no matter what mood you’re in. You can also find the Blue Door Kiosk down at Merewether beach, so you are never too far away from their delicious fare.
Café: 363-365 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Kiosk: Corner Watkins Street & John Parade, Merewether
The best beachfront breakfast in Newcastle, Estabar is the place to come to breathe in salty air, take in some stunning ocean views and relax with some truly delicious breakfast. Perfect for early risers, Estabar is open from 6:30am every morning. Their ingredients are largely sourced from local providers with eggs coming from Just Been Laid and bread coming from Newcastle’s Baked Uprising. They serve homemade gelato with rotating flavours (because it’s never too early for ice cream) and they also have an elixir tea which, with winter coming up, we certainly wouldn’t sneeze at! The best dish at Estabar? You can’t go past the cultured buckwheat crepes with cinnamon apple, poached pear, sweet labneh, seasonal fruit, granola and maple syrup.
61 Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle Beach
Your go-to spot for the best vegetarian breakfast in Newcastle, Momo Wholefood has a major range of tasty vegetarian and vegan breakfast dishes. They source their food locally and have a range of rotating specials that feature the best seasonal ingredients. With a sunny and warm interior, not too far from the ocean, if you’re a vegetarian you absolutely must check this place out, what they can do with polenta will make your head spin!
Cnr of Hunter and Brown Streets, Newcastle
You had us at breakfast cocktails! This Newcastle breakfast spot is sun soaked and inviting with romantic, rustic furnishings. With a sage green interior, reclaimed wooden tables and an elegant and welcoming air, Autumn Rooms is a serious contender for best café in Newcastle. The best breakfast dishes here have to be either the berry cheesecake waffles with meringue and compote or the light and delicious crumpets with honey-roasted stone fruit and whipped lemon crème fraiche. They also have a tea room upstairs with fresh flowers and antique furnishings, so if you’re looking for a high tea spot in the heart of Newcastle, this is the place.
127 Darby Street, Cooks Hill
This beautiful and well reviewed Newcastle cafe can be found in a sunsoaked space, filled with plants and exposed brick walls, Mockingbird Cafe is known for serving up some of the best breakfast in Newcastle. If you ask us, Mockingbird Cafe is the perfect spot for a group with fancy Instagrammable breakfasts and a licence to serve alcohol for those who are looking to have a boozy breakfast. The two most iconic dishes here are the sweet red velvet pancakes with berries and mascarpone and the savoury pork eggs benedict with potato hash and chipotle hollandaise.
131 Beaumont Street, Hamilton
A Newcastle institution that’s been open on Darby Street for the last 25 years, this beloved mainstay is where the locals come for the best breakfast in Newcastle. They’ve got all the breakfast staples covered like eggs and bacon, big breakfasts and pancake stacks but their specials are where they really shine. For comfort food, retro vibes and local flavour, you can’t look past Goldberg’s Coffee House. When you visit, make sure you check out the laneway next door for cool street art vibes.
137 Darby Street, Newcastle