Win the morning, win the day, with one of Newcastle's best breakfasts
Is there a better way to kick start the day than with a scrumptious breakfast at one of Newcastle’s many bustling cafes? We don't think so. With so many spots to try, it can be overwhelming to try and narrow down your choices. We've taken the liberty of narrowing it down for you with our guide to the best breakfasts in Newcastle.
Get your breakfast fix in Newcastle at Autumn Rooms on Darby Street, or at its hole-in-the-wall joint in Stockton. While the menu changes regularly, you're guaranteed a good brekkie at Autumn Rooms. At the moment, the Chai Crumpets ($25) served with salted honey mascarpone, chai anglaise, toasted macadamia and tuile are a must-have.
Where: 127 Darby St, Cooks Hill | 42 Mitchell St, Stockton
Bolton Street Pantry boasts a modern industrial interior with exposed concrete walls, minimal furniture, and moody lighting – it's not overcomplicated, just like the food menu. The Chilli Scrambled Eggs ($21) with bacon, miso mayo, and fried shallots on sourdough is at the top of our dish picks.
Where: 45 Bolton St, Newcastle
Tucked into Hamilton North’s busy industrial and creative quarter, ELMAS is a cute little cafe with all the regular favourites as well as a few twists for those keen to try something different. We can’t go past Hattie’s Signature Chilli Avo Toast ($18), a spin on the classic featuring avocado tossed in house-smoked chilli oil, spring onion, coriander, lime, crisp shallots, radish and seeds served on Uprising sourdough.
Where: 40/54 Clyde St, Hamilton North
This Mayfield cafe boasts a wholesome, ethically-sourced, and seasonally-influenced menu with dishes to suit every person who walks through its doors. Our must-try is the Ricotta Hotcakes ($21) – fluffy hotcakes cooked with house-made ricotta and served with cream, maple, strawberries and candied nuts.
Where: 1/5 Maitland Rd, Mayfield East
Estabar is an ideal year-round cafe spot, perched across from Newcastle Beach. Sit outside, soak up the sunshine and people watch while you sample its seasonal menu. Our favourite? The Poached Pear Bruschetta ($20) that features sweet labna with lemon myrtle, poached pears in turmeric, honey, rosemary, toasted coconut and macadamias on top of toasted sourdough.
Where: 61 Shortland Esp, Newcastle
The team at Mockingbird is all about bringing a fresh and fun approach to food, so you can expect the usual Aussie classics on the menu, but it’s the quirky surprises that have our attention. What’s our pick? The Prawn Toast ($25), complete with prawn mousse, sesame, bisque, poached eggs, bean shoots, red onion and herbs.
Where: 131 Beaumont St, Hamilton
Momo Wholefood has become a Newcastle institution known for its dishes lovingly created entirely from plant-based ingredients. This bright, airy, plant-filled space serves up delicious coffee and cold drinks, plant-based desserts, and a seasonal all-day menu. Don't miss the Indian Breakfast ($21), complete with bhujia tofu scramble, masala spiced potatoes, green chilli sauce and flatbread.
Where: 227 Hunter St, Newcastle
Renowned for its breakfast cocktails, it’s no surprise to see Neighbours on Market St make our list. But what’s our pick of the menu? The Shakshuka ($23) of course, with baked eggs, crispy chickpeas, harissa spiced tomatoes, tahini, fresh herbs and charred spiced pita. Add chorizo to up the spice.
Where: 2 Market St, Newcastle
Make yourself at home at cosy cafe favourite Talulah. Settle in and treat yourself to a hot cup of coffee or a pot of tea before devouring the Miso Butter Mushrooms ($24) with black garlic, spring peas, gremolata and charred sourdough.
Where: 52 Glebe Rd, The Junction
This Greek-inspired cafe on Beaumont Street has a number of signature dishes, so it was hard to pick just one favourite! The Greek Breakkie ($22) is an obvious choice, aligning with The Village's roots. It's served with lemon fried eggs, grilled haloumi, mushrooms, spinach, cumin tomato, olive tapenade and sourdough.
Where: 2/44 Beaumont St, Hamilton
Three Monkeys has become an iconic brunch spot on Darby Street since its inception over 20 years ago. Yes, you read that right – 20 years! With so much experience, the team know their way around a good breakfast menu. We recommend the Green Monkey ($20.90) with chorizo, mushrooms, tomato, chilli, garlic, spinach, a drizzle of truffle oil, and a poached egg, served on Turkish bread.
Where: 131 Darby St, Cooks Hill
Mayfield’s best-kept secret? This fresh and friendly espresso bar in Mayfield West. The traditional and authentic flavours that come out of the kitchen at Zaaki Espresso are a great start to the day. The Jordanian Fried Eggs ($19) at Zaaki Espresso is a must-try, featuring eggs served with hummus, haloumi and za'atar Turkish toast.
Where: 402a Maitland Rd, Mayfield