Eat & Drink

The Levee

Our guide to weekend breakfast in Maitland

Sunday mornings are all about taking it slow. Enjoying a sleep in, then heading out for a relaxing breakfast and coffee. Here’s our guide to long weekend breakfasts at The Levee:

The Orange Tree

Situated right on the banks of the Hunter River, The Orange Tree has panoramic views of The Levee across to Lorn. Here you can sit back, soak up the sunshine and indulge in a big weekend breakfast.

With hearty breakfasts, strong coffee and super friendly staff we can see why this café is a hit with the locals. Recently they won the most outstanding café in the Newcastle local business awards.

Named after the huge orange tree in the backyard of this café, it provides shade for their very private riverside courtyard and deck.

Owner and chef Nathan, tells us that the most popular weekend breakfast order is the Big Breakfast (of course) loaded up with everything; eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato, spinach, mushrooms, hash brown and toasted sourdough. Sounds delicious!

The Bikesmith & Espresso Bar

The Bikesmith & Espresso Bar is just as the name describes, it’s big on coffee and bike repairs, and less on big fancy foodie menus, preferring instead to keep the coffee as the focus.

The massive space houses the café and communal eating area at the front which creates an awesome and very friendly vibe. Down the back is the bike repair shop, which is where you'll find owner Tim tinkering away on all sorts of bike projects. Tim’s passion for mountain biking also sees some pretty special bikes on display, in particular the very good looking 1950's Vintage Women's Speedwell, which was donated very generously by Kenny Wells. For those in the mountain bike scene you’ll be familiar with Kenny and his well-trodden Kenny’s Bike Trail through Glenrock.

The food is, like we said, uncomplicated, quick and easy. Think toasties, wraps, bircher muesli and lots of raw foods and vegan options.

What’s most to love about The Bikesmith & Espresso Bar is the approach that Tim and Louise have taken to it. It's a beautiful community space that all walks can come and share and be social in.

Lavenders Riverside Cafe

Lavenders is a Maitland institution. It’s been part of the local dining scene for decades.

Well known for its huge outdoor area that opens right out onto the river. From here you can check out the revamped Riverside Walk, which includes outdoor seating, shaded tables and plenty of space for the kids to roam free.

Speaking of kids, Lavenders caters to people of all ages. Because of their outdoor dining it’s a great option if you have kids, and there is plenty of room to park a four-wheel drive sized stroller.

Their breakfast menu covers all the classics: eggs benedict, hotcakes, brekky croissants, French toast and the big brekky if you’re feeling particularly hungry.

The Whistler

The Whistler (no ski resort story here, owners Phil and John just thought it sounded good) is offering Maitland-ites the chance to get a taste of some quality craft beers, coffee and a big menu that’s all about sharing and having a good night out. Did you know they were open for breakfast?

The Whistler is a nice combination of comfy and inviting. You can opt for a quick brekky bite from the front window or take a seat inside for a more leisurely weekend breakfast.

Breakfast menu highlights include acai bowls, corn fritters, the vego superbowl and dukkah baked eggs. It’s so hard to decide, all of the food is so damn yummy!