Merewether Fresh Bake
A family-run bakery and patisserie, Merewether Fresh Bake keeps the locals satisfied with their delicious buttery delicacies. Just what you expect from your local bakery; all your favourite pies, cakes, slices and tarts are well represented. Make sure to go in hungry and take your time perusing the moreish options on display.
Best Coast Pizza
A local go-to for delicious, authentic Italian pizza. Open every day, the friendly team at Best Coast put their best foot forward with solid service and an array of tast-topping combos (as well as vegetarian and gluten-friendly options). What's more, they have an online delivery service, so if you're feeling lazy yet craving a pizza fix, you can order online without even leaving the house. Winning.
Set across three levels overlooking the stunning beachfront, Merewether Surfhouse stylishly blends Australian beach culture with sleek, modern design. Boasting a restaurant, cocktail bar, pizza kiosk and cafe, the Surfhouse takes patrons from the sand to the bar with effortless flair. Come summer the venue is a lively hub of activity, with swarms of locals keen to try the restaurant's famed modern Australian cuisine.
Don Beppino's Restaurant
When you see a converted house with red, white and green painted awnings, and 'The House of Lasagne' written on the roof, you know you've arrived at Don Beppino's. Take a seat in the dining area and prepare to be served just like you would at Nonna's house. Don Beppino's does not have a chef; instead, a team of Italian ladies who cook and prepare the dishes just like their Mother's did before them. Expect all the classic Italian dishes ...
Sapphire Indian Restaurant
For authentic Indian cuisine, Sapphire Indian Restaurant is the only place to go. This intimate eatery serves traditional Indian dishes with a modern twist. Make sure you arrive hungry – the delectable curries, biryani, paneer, vindaloo and korma are to-die-for.
Table 1 Espresso
A local favourite, Table 1 Espresso's modern Australian cafe does things 'outside the box'. Known for its inventive, signature dishes, meals are oversized and come with all the trimmings. For a weekend brunch, get comfy on the terrace and take your time perusing the menu. If you're after a caffeine fix, the Campos coffee ticks every box.
Drift Food and Coffee
Tucked away on Llewellyn Street, Drift Food and Coffee is an open, light-filled cafe, 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.
Blue Door Kiosk
Blue Door Kiosk on Merewether Beach serves up consistently good coffee and health-conscious dishes from their beachside shop front. Snack on Coco Whip, smoothies, bowls and salads while taking in the beautiful ocean views. The alfresco set-up, great service, and quality fare keep the locals coming every day of the week.
The Beach Hotel
With arguably the best view of Merewether Beach, The Beach Hotel is a local icon. This landmark pub is the go-to spot for beachside dining, events and sundowners. During the day, the light and airy venue is the perfect lunch location, and at night the Beach and Reef bars are where the locals come to enjoy a quiet drink or listen to live music.
The Burwood Inn
On the corner of Winsor and Berner Streets, The Burwood Inn is a cosy, local pub, where you can curl up with a glass of wine, devour plates of hearty pub grub, or even stop over upstairs+B25 if you want to make a night of it. Family-owned and run, The Burwood Inn is a destination in its own right with a restaurant, sports bar, cocktail lounge, and eight accommodation rooms. With events and specials running every night of the week, ...
Mary Ellen Hotel
One of Merewether's favourites, the Mary Ellen Hotel is a lively venue known for its love of local brews and talent. Boasting the largest number of beer taps in the Hunter, you can even check out their website for a real-time tap list before your next visit. Drawing in the crowds, most weeks there is live music from Friday to Sunday night. Regulars of The Mary Ellen consider the schnitzel to be one of the best, but all the dishes ...
The Prince of Wales Hotel
A Merewether icon, The Prince of Wales is a watering hole with staying power. The recently renovated venue still retains its pub charm while serving up a refreshed bistro menu and wide selection of craft beers and boutique wines. To make the most of your visit to The Prince of Wales, head upstairs and snag a spot on the wrap-around verandah.
Not your standard restaurant, a visit to Talulah is a must for any foodie. Cultivating a warm and cosy vibe, the team feel like family and the food is made with the same level of care as a home-cooked meal. The Mediterranean styled menu is split into two, day and night, but both are focused on serving up the best seasonal produce available. In the warmer months, the verandah is the place to be for both sunrise and sunset.
With endearingly old-school décor and the menu scribbled on the wall, Delucas Pizzeria is a charming, family-run Italian, that has a cosy, homely vibe. BYO your favourite red, and pair it with their namesake pizza and you’ll soon realise why Delucas is such a beloved Darby St institution.
Papillon Chinese Takeaway
Every respectable restaurant strip needs a go-to Chinese eatery – and that's exactly what Papillon 290 is to Darby Street. They offer amazing takeaway, but we suggest dining in, so you can have the full experience in this cosy, family-run diner. Sitchu pick: call a day ahead and order the Peking duck; it's served in two courses and is perfect for a group feast.
The Autumn Rooms
One of Darby Street’s most popular eateries, The Autumn Room oozes café cool – from their plant-filled interiors to their flower-adorned menu. It's an Instagramer's dream. Even though the menu is full of wholesome goodness, the Champagne Breakfast is too hard to pass on – and so are the irresistibly fluffy crumpets with lavender honey and lashings of mascarpone.
Coal River & Co
This Italian local ticks all the boxes. For a date night spot, Coal River & Co’s sleek dining room is beautifully intimate, or for groups, pull up a stool outside on one of their bar benches. The perfect place to soak up the sunset with a charcuterie board and a bottle of local wine.
The Depot on Darby
Whether it’s date night or mate night, The Depot will cater to your every whim. A laid-back, local institution that's set amongst the vibrant strip of cafés and restaurants of Darby Street. It dishes up delicious chacuterie boards, burgers, pizzas and innovative cocktails, which are sure to hit the spot no matter what the occasion.
Nestled behind iron gates on vibrant Darby Street, VietKing is a hidden gem worth seeking out. Start in the lounge area with a modern Asian cocktail – the Saigon Special is one of our faves – then head over to the dining room for delicously authentic Vientamese. Order the BBQ, for a little DIY dining.
You’ll find some of Newcastle’s best Chinese food at Canton Story. The focus here is on the food, so whilst the décor is unapologetically stripped back, each dish dazzles. Order the ridiculously plump dumplings filled with an intensely flavorsome broth, followd by the Prawns in XO Sauce – we gurantee you’ll be savoring the flavours for days afterwards.
Doppelganger Kitchen By Bernhard
Bringing something different to Darby Street, Doppelganger Kitchen brings traditional Austrian food to carnivorous Newcastle locals. Specialties include pork knuckle, schnitzels and Schupfnudel, which despite it’s impossible pronunciation, is just gnocchi – and ridiculously good gnocchi at that. Come down on Fridays to see the kitsch accordion player decked out in traditional lederhosen.
Frankies on Darby
Stylishly sleek, Frankies On Darby is bright, airy and has that friendly neighborhood coffee shop vibe – the type everyone hopes to find in their local café. Set yourself up in their leafy courtyard or front veranda, and while away the best part of a morning with a cup of Campos and a good ol’ fashioned bacon and egg sambo.
Nestled on bustling Darby Street, Coco Monde is the perfect spot for an indulgent after-dinner treat. Their churros, waffles, French crepes and signature handcrafted chocolates warrant a visit alone, but for a truly decadent experience, bring a fellow chocoholic and dig into their fondue for two or the high tea, complete with dipping pots of melted Belgian chocolate.