Eat & Drink

What comes to mind when you think of Maitland?

There are of course those big-ticket attractions, music festivals and foodie events that Maitland has become so well known for, however, if you dig a little deeper what you'll discover is a diverse dining and drinks scene, coffee aplenty, stunning architecture and at times, slightly raw and intriguing history that's well worth getting better acquainted with.  

Grab a Coffee

For your early or mid-morning coffee the country luxe café interiors of The Cunning Culinarian will please you in so many ways. The flavoursome home-baked goods and country hospitality will be sure to have you lingering a little longer, however, if you’re in a hurry grab your cup a joe from the takeaway window.

Where: 245 High Street, Maitland
Open Hours: Mon-Fri, coffee window 6:30pm | Mon-Fri, 8:30am-2:30 | Sat 8:30am-12:30pm
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Other coffee hotspots to consider....
The Bikesmith & Espresso Bar:  326 High St, Maitland
The Orange Tree:  346 High St, Maitland
Birch & Coffee Co.: 417k High St, Maitland
Vintage on Melbourne: 38 Melbourne St, East Maitland
Common Grounds Morpeth: 4/142 Swan St, Morpeth

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Icky Sticky Patisserie

If you prefer your morning coffee with something a little pastry-like then the Icky Sticky Patisserie is the only destination for you. Baking fresh every day out of their Lorn location using only the freshest of ingredients since 2013, visitors travel far and wide to get their hands on owners Jessica and Phillip's creations, and once you've visited you'll understand why.

Other sweets and patisseries we recommend in Maitland are the family-owned and operated Donarch Fine Chocolates and their multi-award-winning chocolates which are made using only the freshest Australian ingredients. For gelato lovers Jubilo Gelato will hit the spot with their daily made rotating flavour lineup including all the classics together with sugar-free and non-dairy gelato options.
Where: 2/27 Belmore Rd, Lorn
Open House: Mon - Fri | 7:30am - 2pm and open 1st Saturday of every month.
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Explore Morpeth

Located on the south banks of the Hunter River is the historic town of Morpeth. Described as a living museum Morpeth's beautifully preserved buildings, cobblestone paths, and narrow laneways allow you to step back in time whilst exploring the town's diverse shopping, eats, and drinks scene.

Whether it's collecting your daily bunch of fresh flowers, enjoying a delightful high tea experience, taking a sourdough-making class, or just wandering the gorgeous boutiques you could easily fill a day. When it comes to the eats and drinks there are options abound. From casual cafe eats, craft beer and wine tasting to exquisite dining experiences, Morpeth offers something for everyone and is a must-visit when heading to Maitland.
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Skywhales: Every heart sings

Experience the magic of Skywhale and Skywhalepapa, two hot air balloon sculptures towering at 7 storeys, as they come to life in the glow of sunrise. Bring your blanket & thermos or enjoy a coffee and snacks and experience this once in a lifetime pre-dawn event. Sit back as the pair slowly rise from the ground and, if weather permits, take off across the skies of Maitland.
Tickets are essential.
When: Saturday 15 January 
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Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Every visit to Maitland should include a stop at the MRAG. Featuring a constant rotation of award-winning exhibitions, the summer of 2021/22 is bringing together another strong lineup of artists with some of the highlights including; UNPREPARABLE which is a very personal, raw and challenging response to the bushfire crisis by Fiona Lee.

The Archibald Prize celebrates 100 years as Australia’s oldest and most loved portraiture prize and the MRAG is excited to be hosting the Prize in Maitland from January 22 – March 6 2022, and touring the MRAG in early 2022 will be Skywhales: Every Heart Sings by Patricia Piccinini. A monumental sculpture in the form of a hot-air balloon and a new companion piece to Skywhale and will be floating across the skies of Maitland.
Where: 230 High St, Maitland
Open Hours: Tue – Sun | 10am – 5pm
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Get Outdoorsy

If you’re wanting to take a break from all the coffees, cocktails, and craft beers, Maitland has loads of attractions for those wanting to discover something a little different. Pick yourself up a paddle, or a fishing line and head to the Hunter River for some beautiful nature experiences. If walking is more your thing take a wander around the Walka Recreation and Wildlife Reserve, or for those with wheels take a ride along the Levee Riverbank. If you have little ones in tow there are loads of green spaces to let them run whether it's the beautiful park space at Morpeth Common or the fully fenced in Maitland Park Playground.
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Maitland Gaol

Over its 150-year history, Maitland Gaol saw some of the state's worst criminals reside within its walls. If you're keen to take a dive deep into its criminal past Maitland Gaol offer an extensive range of tours from the self-guided audio tour, to psychic experiences, Ghost Hunting or if you prefer a tour that doesn't hold back the Ex-Warder Day and Night tours are a must.
Where: 6/18 John St, East Maitland
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Beud Korean and Japanese Cuisine

Merging two of our favourite cuisines, Beud has become a favourite amongst locals who are all too familiar with the consistent quality flavours coming out of the Beud kitchen. The extensive menu offers up   all of which can be enjoyed indoors on
Where: 360a High St, Maitland
Open Hours: Mon – Sat | 11am-3pm  5pm-9pm
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Muse Kitchen Lorn

Lorn is where it’s at for beautiful food experiences, with Muse Kitchen Lorn being a must-visit when visiting Maitland. Sister restaurant to Muse Kitchen in the Hunter Valley, Chef Josh Gregory’s passion for local ingredients is evident in his ever-evolving menu that consistently presents the best produce of the season.
Where: 1/27 Belmore Rd, Lorn
Open Hours: Wed-Sun | from Noon  Sat | from 6pm
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Carefully selecting and preparing an offering sourced predominately from local farms, wineries, breweries and distilleries, COQUUN is a refined café, small bar, deli and bistro. Named after one of the first original names for the now Hunter River is defined by the local Indigenous language, Wonnarua, as simply ‘fresh water’.
Where: 396 High St, Maitland NSW 2320
Open Hours: Wed-Thu, 10am-4pm | Fri-Sat, 10am-10pm | Sun, 10am-4pm
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Maitland Repertory Theatre

For more than 50 years the 160 year old High Street theatre has been hosting the Maitland Repertory Theatre, a community theatre group whose sole purpose is to stage plays for the entertainment of audiences. Coming to the theatre in January is 84 Charing Cross Road, the story of a New York script-reader who applies for the job reviewing Literature for a bookstore in London, which begins their twenty year relationship.
When: January 7 to 15, 2022
Where: 244 High St, Maitland NSW 2320
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The Rigby

Following your theatre why not check out one of Maitland's most unique, and truly beautiful buildings. Dating back to the 1870's by day The Rigby offers a classic cafe atmosphere and by night a sophisticated wine bar and cocktail lounge. The tapas-style menu covers all tastes, combined with an outstanding wine list and cocktails makes for a truly delightful evening night out.
Where: 307 High St, Maitland NSW 2320
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The Pourhouse

With a passion for craft beer and a dream to reinvorgrate the centre of Maitalnd, mates Aaron Rigg and Benn Giles decided it was time to kick start the hotel formerly known as The Exchange, re-imagining the space as The Pourhouse. With Aaron and Benn having a passion for discovering independent craft brewers, you can be sure each visit you'll discover a new craft beer flavour and classic pub eats to match.
Where: 327 High St, Maitland NSW 2320
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The Whistler

Covering all your breakfast, lunch and evening needs, The Whistler is the place locals have been loving with over 16 quality craft beers on tap, quality cocktail’s, a menu that serves up loads of flavours and live entertainment to boot, what’s not to love.
Where: 436 High St, Maitland NSW 2320
Open Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-Late | Sat-Sun, 8am-Late
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Cult of the Scorpion

Maitland’s newest small bar, Cult of the Scorpian is all about DJ’s on decks, the drinks, and getting a bit weird. For those who like it dark, late and a bit boozy, Cult of the Scorpian will hit the spot. 
Where: 323 High St, Maitland NSW 2320
Open Hours: Fri & Sat nights
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