Where to enjoy banh mi in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie
When you’re trying to get through the work week, soggy homemade sandwiches for lunch get old real quick. That’s where banh mi comes in – at its best, it’s a crusty yet fluffy baguette overflowing with a flavoursome protein like pork, beef, chicken, or even tofu, slathered with pâté, and accompanied by toppings like fresh cucumber, coriander, chilli, and pickled carrots.
Typically eaten for breakfast in Vietnam, Novocastrians have adopted banh mi as our lunch of choice. Thankfully, banh mi is everywhere in Newcastle if you know where to look. Here’s our guide on where you can get banh mi in Newcastle, from the hidden gems to well-known local favourites.
Banh Mi 233
Banh Mi 233 is a go-to in the CBD for not just banh mi, but a huge range of Vietnamese dishes like rice paper rolls, vermicelli bowls (or bún, in Vietnamese), xôi (Vietnamese sticky rice), and pho.
Where: 233 Hunter St, Newcastle
While Cafe HaHa’s serves up its own takes on Aussie cafe classics, you’ll be pleased to know it also specialises in Vietnamese fare, with banh mi, rice paper rolls, and spring rolls on the lunch menu. If you’re keen to eat banh mi at breakfast like is traditional, Cafe HaHa’s does a breakfast banh mi!
Where: 266 Brunker Rd, Adamstown
Cardiff Bakehouse is known for its chicken banh mi. Located on Cardiff’s main strip, this bakery is a great spot for locals looking for a quick lunch.
Where: 343 Main Rd, Cardiff
With two locations across Newcastle, Daily Bakehouse is a convenient spot to get your banh mi fix, as well as plenty of other tasty baked goods.
Where: Westfield Kotara, Cnr Park Ave & Northcott Dr, Kotara | Ground Floor, Marketown Shopping Centre East, 23 Steel St, Newcastle West
Desa’s Takeaway & Vietnamese
This takeaway shop has been a firm local favourite for years, known for both its fried takeaway staples as well as its Vietnamese food.
Where: 61 Brunker Rd, Broadmeadow
French Hot Bread Charlestown
French Hot Bread Charlestown is popular with local workers grabbing a feed on their lunch break. The wait is worth it!
Where: 182 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown
Beaumont Street is home to a host of global cuisines, and Vietnamese is no exception, with JL Bakery offering banh mi alongside bread, pastries, and cakes.
Where: 104-110 Beaumont St, Hamilton
Mayfield French Hot Bread
Mayfield French Hot Bread offers seven different options on their banh mi menu, making it one of the most extensive in Newcastle. There’s even a vegetarian banh mi loaded with tofu, which can be hard to come by.
Where: 135 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
Ms Cô Giang
Ms Cô Giang is a fresh face on Beaumont Street, with the Vietnamese joint offering a huge range of Vietnamese eats for takeaway and delivery. The banh mi here is a standout, and thankfully there are 11 flavours to choose from.
Where: 2/55 Beaumont St, Hamilton
With stores in the food court at both Westfield Kotara and Charlestown Square, Roll’d not only serves banh mi, but plenty of other Vietnamese specialities like pho and bún.
Where: Westfield Kotara, Cnr Park Ave & Northcott Dr, Kotara | Charlestown Square, 30 Pearson St, Charlestown
Located in Lake Macquarie Square in Mount Hutton, Saigon Corner is home to banh mi, pho, rice paper rolls, and more Vietnamese dishes. You can also have Saigon Corner delivered via Menulog.
Where: 46 Wilsons Rd, Mount Hutton
Grab a fresh banh mi all week long at Simply Roll in Charlestown Square. With flavours like slow-cooked BBQ beef and lemongrass chicken, you’ll get to try something different from the norm.
Where: Charlestown Square, 30 Pearson St, Charlestown
After their banh mi sold out every week at the Newcastle City Farmers Markets, cousins Eddie and Ethan decided to open their own banh mi shop in March this year. Expect six flavours of banh mi including crispy pork, lemongrass beef, and tofu and mushroom. Each roll is packed with filling, so you certainly won’t leave hungry.
Where: Shop 1/122 Hunter St, Newcastle
Thurst Burst might be an unsuspecting spot for banh mi, but rest assured you can expect the Vietnamese staple at this Marketown joint. Wash it down with a fresh fruit juice or smoothie.
Where: Marketown Shopping Centre West, Cnr King St & National Park St, Newcastle West
The banh mi at Vo’s Bakery are affordable, fresh, and tasty. Located just around the corner from Darby Street, it’s a convenient lunch spot if you live, work, or study in the CBD.
Where: 307 Hunter St, Newcastle
Wallsend locals can get their banh mi fix from Wallsend Bakery, with flavours like classic pork and lemongrass beef on offer.
Where: 120 Nelson St, Wallsend
West Wallsend Hot Bread
Made fresh to order, the banh mi at West Wallsend Hot Bread are a winner. It's a great spot to stop by for lunch if you're local!
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