Plan a café, restaurant, pub, and bar crawl on our Light Rail Line
Planning a day out in the Newcastle CBD? Whether you’re in Honeysuckle or at Newcastle Beach (or even travelling between both), we’ve pulled together a stop-by-stop guide to foodie locations from Newcastle Interchange to Newcastle Beach. And the best part? All eateries are within a five-minute walking distance from each respective stop.
Frequented by local workers, the team behind Café Pippi are experienced in providing fast service, serving up coffees and healthy grab-n-go meals every weekday.
Where: 12 Stewart Ave, Newcastle West
Owned and operated by the brains behind Chiefly de Gallo, Chiefly West conveniently faces the Newcastle Interchange. Chiefly West’s menu specialises in sandwiches for folks on the go.
Where: 6 Stewart Ave, Newcastle West
Bank Corner Espresso
Bank Corner Espresso has long been a favourite with locals and those lucky enough to find it. The Bank Corner has the go-to for quality coffee, delicious food and friendly service.
Where: 2 Bellevue St, Newcastle West
Visit Hunter St café, Estratto, for fresh food and specialty coffee. With a tasty breakfast and lunch menu on offer, local foodies are sure to enjoy their morning or afternoon visit.
Where: 792 Hunter St, Newcastle West
Morning Market Coffee
A simple yet tasty menu with a bunch of brekky classics like avocado toast and toasties, as well as a range of hot pies and rolls, and coffee by Sydney roasters, Seven Miles.
Where: 1/6 Stewart Av, Newcastle West
Al-Oi Thai on Hunter Street has been serving a delicious selection of traditional and authentic Thai dishes to the Newcastle community for over 22 years.
Where: 541 Hunter St, Newcastle
Get your hands on some authentic Mexican street food in Newcastle West at Antojitos! Expect all your Mexican favourites like chicken, veg, and fish burritos alongside traditional Mexican drinks like horchata.
Where: 11 Steel St, Newcastle West
The duo behind Bella Italia is front-of-house mastermind Andrea Dazzi and head chef Nico Gentile. The pair’s passion for all things Italian has seeped through from the interior, the food menu, and of course, the wine list!
Where: 545 Hunter St, Newcastle
One of Newcastle’s most iconic venues, Honeysuckle Hotel has some of the best harbour views and good vibes.
Where: Lee Wharf C, Honeysuckle Dr Lot 31, Newcastle
There is a space for everyone at any time of the day at Honeysuckle Social. From the alfresco dining area to the cosy indoor booths, get comfy and order some delicious food.
Where: 11 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Jam's Karaoke and Bar
Newcastle's first Karaoke and Tachinomi styled bar, with late night Osaka street food and superb whisky, cocktails beer and sake.
Where: 8 Union St, Newcastle
Discover this hole-in-the-wall coffee and sandwich joint on Hunter St for a little grab and go treat!
Where: 555 Hunter St, Newcastle West
Papa’s Bagel Bar
The holey grail (pun intended) of baked bagels is found right here at Papa’s Bagel Bar on Hunter Street.
Where: 569 Hunter St, Newcastle West
Bistro dining with an edge. You'll need to book in advance for a unique dining experience featuring a six-course menu that will continue to change every six weeks.
Where: 551D Hunter St, Newcastle West
The Family Hotel
Plant-based pub food, including burgers, fries, shakes and sundaes. Open from 3pm til late.
Where: 635 Hunter St, Newcastle
The Happy Wombat
This friendly and comfortable restaurant and bar is the go-to for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a strong focus on Aussie craft beer, spirits, and food.
Where: 575 Hunter St, Newcastle West
The Icon Thai
The home for quality and authentic Thai dishes right on the Newcastle harbour.
Where: Shop 2/15 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Devour some quality seafood at this iconic spot on Newcastle Harbour.
Where: Unit 19/15-17 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Experience one of Newcastle’s ‘hidden bars'. This dark and sophisticated joint has an ever-evolving beverage list.
Where: 555 Newcastle West
The Rogue Scholar
Live music, quirky events, gourmet pies and sausage rolls can all be found at The Rogue Scholar. There's also a rotating range of brews on the taps, so every visit will keep you on your toes with plenty of flavours to sample.
Where: 4-6 Union St, Newcastle
The Rum Diary Bar
Brought to us from the guys behind the original Rum Diary Bar in Melbourne, the Newcastle iteration serves up three distinctly separate seating areas perfect for sipping boozy rum cocktails or enjoying a classic cigar.
Where: 529 Hunter St, Newcastle
ÂPÉ Yakitori Bar
ÂPÉ Yakitori Bar offers a refined and sensorial dining experience. With moody lighting and a fiery (literally) open-facing kitchen, enjoy a classy start to your evening.
Where: Shop 3N/1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Bangkok on Darby
Serving some of the best authentic takeaway Thai food, Bangkok on Darby is one of Newcastle’s most bustling lunch foodie joints.
Where: 9 Darby St, Newcastle
Casa Nova Italian Honeysuckle
In the mood for Italian? At Casa Nova, enjoy a delicious Italian meal while facing the Newcastle Foreshore. With seafood spreads and pasta galore, you’ll be sure to find a meal that tickles your fancy.
Where: 20/1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Civic Theatre Café and Bar
Want a meal that’s literally on the theatre’s doorstep? The Civic Theatre Café and Bar serves daily breakfast and lunch specials, while the bar is open one hour prior to shows. Select pre-show dining experiences are also on offer (subject to change) on a seasonal rotation, with alfresco dining and curated share menus available for order.
Where: 373 Hunter St, Newcastle
The Clarendon Hotel is a relaxed venue that serves everything from salads to pizzas, pasta, and burgers. Of course, classic pub food is available too, including fish and chips and rump steak.
Where: 347 Hunter St, Newcastle
Coal & Cedar
For a unique dining experience, try speakeasy Coal & Cedar. Discretely nestled on the bustling Hunter St, enjoy an experiential evening with inventive cocktails and gourmet share plates to match.
Where: 380/382 Hunter St, Newcastle
For Harbourside views, pub-style food, and drinks, look no further than Harbour Bar. For a little something extra, Harbour Bar’s menu includes unique options like cheeseburger spring rolls and smoked corn and maple fritters.
Where: 1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
For a tasty Thai meal, Larnna Thai is the place. Their variety of soups, wok-fried specials, salads, as well as rice and noodle meals will leave you satisfied and energised for the day ahead.
Where: Shop 1/1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Light Years Asian Diner
Light Years Asian Diner is the perfect destination for share-plate style dining. Their menu of bold and punchy flavours will excite your tastebuds and, combined with their beautiful interior, will create a dining experience to enjoy.
Where: 5-7 Darby St, Newcastle
Milky Lane Newcastle
Specialising in burgers and over-the-top desserts, Milky Lane’s menu is truly something to experience. Their creative cocktail menu and funky neon interior will light up your visit.
Where: 13 Darby St, Newcastle
MoneyPenny’s global menu truly has something for everyone. Designed for shared dining, visit in a group for a delicious assortment of dishes from tacos, to dumplings, to pizzas.
Where: 1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Nagisa’s menu features mouth-watering Japanese cuisine. Enjoy their traditional dishes with a contemporary twist at their Harbourside location.
Where: Shop 2/1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
New Slang Coffee Brewers
A specialty coffee and brunch spot, New Slang is the perfect morning-time foodie destination. With a bunch of toasties, baked goods, and honey-spiced muesli on offer (among other items), enjoy a breakfast or brunch just two minutes from the Civic Tram stop.
Where: 480 Hunter St, Newcastle
Newy Burger Co.
Newy Burger Co. prides itself on fresh ingredients, fluffy burger buns, and exciting flavour combinations. For a classic burger, relaxed vibe and fun drinks menu, visit Newy Burger Co.
Where: 459 Hunter St, Newcastle
One Picket Fence
This welcoming, pier-adjacent café is ideal for both take-away and eat-in dining. Open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, One Picket Fence is always adding exciting weekly specials to their menu.
Where: 5/335 Wharf Rd, Newcastle East
Across from Civic Park, Rascal is a popular Civic precinct destination. Their house-made burger menu and American-style diner food are always classic, reliable options.
Where: 1/266 King St, Newcastle
Opening onto Wheeler Place, this is the spot for all-day breakfast, and lunch, with a range of burgers, salads and frozen yoghurt.
Where: 363-365 Hunter St, Newcastle
Looking for something a little bit classy? Romberg’s truly delivers. Located on the rooftop of the five-star Crystalbrook Kingsley hotel, experience a taste of luxury with their artisanal cocktails and beverages, bar bites, charcuterie menu, and, of course, stellar views.
Where: Level 9/282 King St, Newcastle
Amp up the luxury of Romberg’s with a visit to Roundhouse, Crystalbrook Kingsley’s rooftop restaurant. Newcastle’s most scenic kitchen is led by experienced hands who bring native ingredients and sustainably focused preparation to each meal.
Where: Level 9/282 King St, Newcastle
For a relaxed feed, visit Saigon Feast and explore their Vietnamese menu. Enjoy classics like stir-fries, pho, noodles and rice, as well as tofu and vegetable dishes.
Where: 267 Hunter St, Newcastle
The Dockyard’s harbourside views, pub-style food and alfresco-dining offerings are classic and reliable. Their drinks menu also features a variety of tap beers and cocktail creations.
Where: 13/1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
The Landing Bar & Kitchen
The Landing Bar & Kitchen specialises in cocktails with a view. Their drinks menu, which has a distinctly nautical theme, can also be customised to suit your individual tastes – just pop in a request with the bartender. To accompany your drink, their food menu has fresh and seasonal offerings.
Where: 1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
The Press Coffee and Book House
Keen on a coffee or a cosy book nook? The Press delivers traditional café goods with unique ambiance. Take a look at their sprawling bookshelves or simply visit their convenient take-out window for a drink on the go.
Where: 462 Hunter St, Newcastle
Wharf 350 Bar & Restaurant
Housed in Rydges Newcastle, Wharf 350 offers a prime, harbourside dining experience. Their seasonal menu celebrates local. NSW-sourced produce.
Where: 350 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
In a rush and want a quick, delicious meal? Arno Deli offers a generous Italian-style sandwich menu for both eat-in and takeaway. Typical of their deli theme, they also offer cheese and meat grazing plates if you’re in more of a nibbly mood.
Where: 181 King St, Newcastle
For a generous feed, Bartholomew's offers a hearty food menu that’ll be sure to leave you satisfied. Pistachio Crusted Tofu, Oven Roasted Salmon Fillet, and Potato Gnocchi are just a taster of their current menu.
Where: 145 King St, Newcastle
Chiefly de Gallo
Keen on some South American eats? Chiefly de Gallo is conveniently located on King St, serving fresh, quick, and portable sandwiches, tacos, tortas, and bowls. There’s a delicious assortment for everyone!
Where: 117 King St, Newcastle
Foghorn’s expansive menu offers delicious mains and share options that will excite the whole table. Their wood-fired pizzas are a favourite, as are grazing options like southern fried chicken, onion rings, lamb kofta, and patatas bravas.
Where: 218 King St, Newcastle
Ginger Megs’ Asian-inspired menu includes numerous dumplings and bao variations, curries, rice, and share options. Their bold and innovative dishes create an experience to remember.
Where: 212 King St, Newcastle
This family-run business is situated right on the corner of the harbour, and has become the local hub for coffee, snacks, and even bicycle hire.
Where: 292 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
Marshall & Daughters
Grab a New York-style cookie and a cup of coffee at this funky spot in Crown Street.
MEET exudes an industrial, effortlessly cool vibe. Their Brazilian menu is both exciting and hearty, while their cocktails and drink classics are extensive and delicious.
Where: 9 Darby St, Newcastle
Enjoy delicious ramen and curries for dinner in this casual eatery on Hunter Street.
Where: 301 Hunter St, Newcastle
Located in the beautiful old bank on the corner of Hunter and Brown Streets, Momo Wholefood boats a light-filled and airy interior, plus a menu laden with vegetarian and all-around healthy options.
Where: 227 Hunter St, Newcastle
Napoli Centrale’s Italian menu brings a Neopolitan flavour to the Newcastle CBD. When visiting, make sure to try their ever-popular wood-fired pizzas.
Where: 173 King St, Newcastle
Get your hands on Italian-style gelato, cakes, and gelato sticks at King Street-based Popolo Gelateria.
Where: 172 King St, Newcastle
Hidden away upstairs on Hunter Street, this restaurant was formerly Surtaj. Now under new management, the team are keeping most of the previous dishes and introducing some new ones.
Where: 265 Hunter St, Newcastle
Susuru Ramen & Gyoza
Newcastle’s favourite ramen and gyoza restaurant makes for an excellent foodie visit. Their self-described Japanese soul food brings authentic and delicious ramen flavours to the Newcastle food scene.
Where: 140 King St, Newcastle
The Crown & Anchor Hotel
In the heart of the CBD, The Crown & Anchor serves classic pub food and drinks. Frequented by live performers, enjoy a meal with entertainment.
Where: 189 Hunter St, Newcastle
The Lucky Hotel
Stephen Scott heads up the kitchen at The Lucky and since arriving, he's moved the menu beyond the standard pub grub, offering something more akin to our contemporary capital city and international gastro-pubs.
Where: 237 Hunter St, Newcastle
This cosy little coffee shop on Hunter St focuses on amazing coffee and delicious Italian treats.
Where: 309 Hunter St, Newcastle
Zaffran Indian Restaurant
Fresh is the best way to describe Zaffran Indian: fresh produce, fresh ingredients, and of course the fresh spices. The extensive menu covers off all your Indian favourites including a vegetarian and vegan menu.
Where: 226 King St, Newcastle
Basement on Market St
Basement on Market St specialise in delicious Italian food. Satisfy your savoury cravings with their entrées, pasta, and pizza options and finish off with a mouth-watering Nutella Calzone, Italian Doughnut, Cannoli, or Affogato.
Where: 2/2 Market St, Newcastle
Having served the local community with its delicious food and drink offering since its inception in 2014, Cirque continues to be a favourite for both locals and visitors alike.
Where: 8 Bolton St, Newcastle
A long-time favourite, Ground Floor is the perfect spot to catch up with friends or set up for work and study for the day.
Where: 103 Hunter St, Newcastle
This incredible wine bar and restaurant brings a fresh and playful approach to our local hospitality scene.
Where: 87-89 Hunter St, Newcastle
Jana Restaurant and Bar
Housed in QT Newcastle, Jana Restaurant & Bar is led by Michelin star chef, Massimo Speroni. Australian cuisine is infused with an Italian touch and sourced from local regions. Their beautifully presented meals are thoughtfully designed and truly experiential.
Where: 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Book an evening at Lock’s Paddock for a truly unique dining experience. You can't miss their pastas served in a wheel of cheese!
Where: 16 Watt St, Newcastle
Mr. Sister Coffee
Drop in for a coffee from local coffee legends Mr Sister at their East End space right in the heart of our CBD!
Where: Shop 9 Lyrique Ln, 18 Wolfe St, Newcastle
Neighbours on Market St
Whether you’re after a morning mimosa pick me up, long brunch with friends, or looking for an inner-city meeting venue, Neighbours on Market St is the place to go.
Where: 2 Market St, Newcastle
Oh My Papa
Oh My Papa brings Asian flavours and share-plate dining to Newcastle’s East End Village. Led by Newcastle restaurant veterans, expect thoughtful and innovative flavours and colourful cocktails to accompany them.
Where: 11 Perkins St, 26 Lyrique Ln, Newcastle
One Penny Black
If you’re wandering around Newcastle’s CBD, swing into One Penny black and experience one of our most recognised and well-loved cafes.
Where: 196 Hunter St, Newcastle
Queen’s Wharf Hotel
With its million-dollar views and easy-going atmosphere, Queens Wharf Hotel is the go-to pub for those who love to chill harbourside.
Where: 150 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
Scratchleys on the Wharf
Treat yourself to a dining experience at this iconic waterside seafood restaurant.
Where: 200 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
A highlight of visiting Signal Box is dining in their beautiful, historic building. Operating all day, the restaurant serves modern and unique Australian cuisine which can be enjoyed in the refurbished, water-adjacent Railway Precinct.
Where: 155 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
The Ship Inn
Brought to you by the guys behind The Falcon Bar & Restaurant, mates Mike & Brendan have worked to bring this truly unique venue to life.
Where: 102 Hunter St, Newcastle
Celebrating NBA, sneakers, video games, and hip hop, Uptowns Bar on Watt Street is the 90s cocktail bar that we didn’t know we needed!
Where: 23 Watt St, Newcastle
23hundred Espresso Bar
This perfect little corner café is a great spot to get your coffee and breakfast needs sorted.
Where: 71 Scott St, Newcastle
Although traditional dining in is an option, the share plate menu is favoured and complements the easy listening acoustic tunes that feature on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Where: 5 King St, Newcastle
Bocados Spanish Kitchen
Bocados has long been a favourite of locals and visitors alike – drop by to experience the authentic Spanish tapas flavours.
Where: 25 King St, Newcastle
A modern-Australian restaurant with Korean flavour influences, as well as a range of Korean liquor.
Where: 35 Hunter St, Newcastle
Customs House Hotel
The heritage-listed building is located on the foreshore and features an exceptional food and drink offering.
Where: 1 Bond St, Newcastle
East End Hub
This East End café and restaurant focuses on local, fresh, and seasonal produce with great coffee and service.
Where: 3/3 King St, Newcastle
East End Ice Creamery
Spending a day by the beach? Cool off with an ice cream cone from East End Ice Creamery.
Where: 40 Zaara St, Newcastle East
Edmonds & Co
A fusion of New Zealand culture and relaxed local vibes, Edmonds & Co serve up a menu full of simple, uncomplicated yet scrumptious food.
Where: 14 Pacific St, Newcastle East
Overlooking our iconic Newcastle Beach, Estabar is the perfect spot to relax, connect and sample some of the finest sustainable produce the Hunter region has to offer.
Where: Cnr Ocean St & Shortland Esp, Newcastle East
Good Brother Espresso
Complete with recycled retro furniture and exposed brick walls, Good Brother Espresso exudes a warm and homely vibe.
Where: 40 King St, Newcastle
Great Northern Hotel
The historic inner city hotel on Scott Street is home to quality pub meals in a renovated venue.
Where: 83-89 Scott St, Newcastle
Discover Newcastle’s first craft beer bar – Grain Store! Grab yourself a casual meal while you sip your beer.
Where: 64-66 Scott St, Newcastle East
Shane and Graham from Moor are all about creating fresh, innovative plates that are brought together inspiration at the time plus what's in season.
Where: 33 Hunter St, Newcastle
Find this little haven within walking distance of the hustle and bustle of the Newcastle CBD, overlooking the busy and picturesque Newcastle harbour.
Where: 18 Bond St, Newcastle
Rosina's Pizza Restaurant
A cosy space in Newcastle's East End, serving up a selection of Italian fare.
Where: 39 Hunter St, Newcastle
It’s been 16 years and counting since this East End foodie haven arrived on our Newcastle shores. Scottie's has continued to fill our stomachs with top-notch food while establishing themselves as a core business in the East End community.
Where: 36 Scott St, Newcastle East
Sticky Rice Thai
Devour the delicious dishes of Sticky Rice Thai food in Newcastle’s East End, write by Newcastle Beach.
Where: 19 Scott St, Newcastle East
This small bar and restaurant in Newcastle’s East End offers some of the most delicious burgers and cocktails you’ll find across the city.
Where: 10 Pacific St, Newcastle East
The Humble Thai
If you love a bangin’ Pad See Ew paired with an entrée of exotic seared scallops, then Humble Thai is the place for you!
Where: 27 King St, Newcastle
Italian foodie goodness is on offer at Una Volta, accompanied by an offering of cocktails, aperitifs and an evolving wine list of Hunter wines as well as some Italian imports.
Where: 23 Watt St, Newcastle
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