Eat & Drink

Where to enjoy breakfast in Newcastle

Being the most important meal of the day, it’s worth putting in the effort to make sure it’s bloody delicious so we’ve done all the hard work (i.e. a lot of eating), to find the best breakfast dishes across Newcastle.

Obviously, we’re quite big on food here at HUNTERhunter so, of course, it was hard to narrow it down to our top 15 favourite breakfast dishes, but we think we’ve managed to pull together a pretty diverse list of delicious breakfast foods sure to hit everyone’s flavour needs.

Without further ado, here are our top 15 breakfast dishes to devour across Newcastle (and Lake Macquarie). 

Bolton St Pantry

Good Coffee. Good Food. Good Times. All are available at this inner-city café spot; Bolton St Pantry. The refreshed foodie joint boasts a modern industrial style with exposed concrete walls, minimal furniture, moody lighting, open-plan design, and a refined colour palette with touches of green throughout.

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The Chilli Scrambled Eggs ($18) complete with bacon, miso mayo, and fried shallots on sourdough is at the top of our dish picks!
Where: 45 Bolton St, Newcastle
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Captain & Crew

This coastal café over in Marks Point just had to make it onto our top breakfasts list because their food is nothing short of phenomenal. Known for serving up colourful food and drinks, the Captain & Crew utilises local produce and suppliers to hit the nail on the head when it comes to elevated yet casual dining.

Get around the Aussie classic Smashed Avocado ($18) but with a unique Captain & Crew twist. Featuring smashed avocado on Sonoma sourdough with fetta, pickled chilli, and hazelnut dukkah.
Where: 68 Marks Point Rd, Marks Point
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Equium Social

This Mayfield joint boasts a wholesome, ethically sourced, and seasonally influenced menu with available dishes to suit each and every person who walks through their doors.

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Our absolute must-try is the Fermented Potato Breads ($20). Made with fermented sweet potato & rye flatbread, crispy fried egg, avocado & pea smash, pico de gallo, fermented chilli sauce, and slaw.
Where: 1/5 Maitland Rd, Mayfield East
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Mockingbird

This iconic café spot on Beaumont St is always brimming with hungry diners keen to get their hands on (and their mouths around) their delicious foodie offerings. With the team all about taking a fresh and fun approach to their food, you can of course expect the usual Aussie classics on the menu but it’s the quirky surprises that have our attention.

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What’s our pick? The Prawn Toast ($22) comes complete with King prawn, sesame, bisque, poached eggs, bean sprouts, red onion, and herbs.

Where: 131 Beaumont St, Hamilton
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Momo 

The vegan go-to café of Newcastle is based on the corner of Hunter St in the old KFC building. Momo is an absolute favourite amongst not only the vegans and vegetarians of Newcastle, but anyone who loves a delectable brekky, brunch, or lunch dish.

The Indian Breakfast ($19) is a mouth-wateringly delicious choice complete with Bhujia tofu scramble, masala spiced potatoes, green chilli sauce, and flatbread.
Where: 227 Hunter St, Newcastle
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Neighbours on Market St

This East End foodie joint packs a punch when it comes to delivering brekky food and drink goods to the people of Newcastle. Featuring a modern-day customer experience all whilst capturing the essence of old-world Newcastle.

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Being known as the breakfast cocktail spot of Newcastle, it’s no surprise to see Neighbours on Market St make the list. But what’s our foodie pick? The Ricotta Hotcakes ($23) of course! Complete with whipped pistachio praline cream, Canadian maple syrup, fresh berries, pistachio crumb.
Where: 2 Market St, Newcastle
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Onyx Espresso Bar 

What originally started as a little espresso bar, has now expanded into a full café offering right in the heart of Mayfield. The community-minded café features divine coffee and extensive breakfast and lunch menus.

Pull up a seat and get your hands around the Berry Infused Turkish French Toast ($21) with vanilla Chantilly cream, house-made treacle, topped with fresh fruit.
Where: 191 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
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Signal Box

One of Newcastle’s most iconic buildings has been transformed into a beautiful dining space, and it’s become one of the go-to cafes in Newcastle! Offering a unique and upmarket bistro-style dining experience, the café and restaurant serves up innovative and modern Australian cuisine.

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Our top recommendation is undoubtedly the Queensland Spanner Crab Omelette ($29) complete with oyster mushrooms, XO sauce, chilli oil, coriander, scallion, cashew, topped with crispy shallot.
Where: 155 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
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Talulah

Make yourself at home at this cosy café favourite in Newcastle. Settle on in and treat yourself to a hot cup of coffee or a pot of tea before devouring one of their delicious and aesthetically pleasing dishes.

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Our absolute go-to for a warm summer’s day is the Summer Hotcake ($21) complete with fresh peach and berries, why caramel, fennel cream, and topped with earl grey genoise.
Where: 52 Glebe Rd, The Junction
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The Autumn Rooms  

Get your breakfast fix in Newcastle at this classic café on Darby St or at their hole-in-the-wall joint in Stockton, The Autumn Rooms. Known for their cosy indoor seating, stunning courtyard, and evolving foodie offerings, Autumn Rooms is a crowd favourite when it comes to choosing a breakfast spot in Newcastle.

If you’re heading to Darby St, it’s a no brainer to order the French Toast ($22). Served with poached stone fruit, oat crumble, whipped vanilla mascarpone, tuile, and crème anglaise. 
Where: 127 Darby St, Cooks Hill | 42 Mitchell St, Stockton
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The Barn at Adamstown

This family-friendly Newcastle café is housed in a converted shed space on Brunker Road in Adamstown and features divine coffee and a range of breakfast and lunch options to suit the whole family.

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You can’t go past their divine Barn Bowl creation, their own unique take on the crowd-pleasing Acai Bowls, The Barn at Adamstown offers three different bowls, all worth giving a try; Acai Bowl, Macqui Bowl, and Cacao Bowl ($17 each).
Where: 30 Narara Rd, Adamstown
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The Village Newcastle

This iconic Greek-inspired café on Beaumont St is known for serving up some of the best breakfast dishes across Newcastle. Featuring a number of signature dishes, it was hard to choose just one, but nevertheless, here we go!

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The Greek Brekkie ($22) is a no-brainer as it keeps with the venue’s Greek nature. Served with lemon fried eggs, grilled haloumi, mushrooms, spinach, cumin tomato, olive tapenade, all served on sourdough.
Where: 2/44 Beaumont St, Hamilton
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Three Monkeys 

Three Monkeys has become an iconic brunch spot on Darby St since its inception over 20 years ago – yep, you read that right, I said 20!

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If you’re a keen adventurer when it comes to breakfast food, we just HAVE to recommend the Retro Monkey ($18.90). Complete with Monkey’s savoury mince, fried egg, and hash brown served on sourdough.  
Where: 131 Darby St, Cooks Hill
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Vincents at the Coliseum 

This little foodie haunt located in the heart of Mayfield on Maitland Road has been a long-time favourite for both locals and visitors alike. The space has recently received a new injection of life, personality, character, and of course, flavour, and it is ready for you to get in and get eating!

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Sometimes you’ve just got to get around the classic brekkie dishes, and at Vincent’s, you can! The Classic B&E Roll ($12) packs a punch with 1 pasture-raised egg, black forest bacon, and bbq sauce served on a milk bun; yum!
Where: 122 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
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Zaaki Espresso  

This deliciously fresh and friendly espresso bar in Mayfield West is an often overlooked but absolutely divine hidden gem of a café. The traditional and authentic flavours injected into the kitchen are sure to make your mouth water and lure you to Mayfield.

There’s no such thing as breakfast at Zaaki Espresso unless it includes a taste of the Shakshuka ($15). The Lebanese baked tomato dish comes with two baked eggs, garlic, and mild chilli served with Turkish bread.
Where: 402a Maitland Rd, Mayfield
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