Eat & Drink

Our guide to the tastiest toasties in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

The humble toastie has seen many iterations since Australia’s obsession with cafe dining exploded over the last decade. Some variations are definitely not-so-humble, but there’s a lot of flavour to be found in more experimental toasties, just as there is in the classic ham and cheese done well.

Want to know where to get your hands on the tastiest toasties Newcastle has to offer? Read on for our guide to Newcastle’s best toasties.

Arlo's Coffee

Arlo's Coffee is a local favourite in Merewether and Cooks Hill, fuelling folks up with its excellent coffee, sweet treats, and of course, toasties. Expect loaded, fresh-off-the-grill toasties when you stop by, with toastie specials changing up pretty frequently. Make sure you grab a pastry to follow up with too!
Where: 23 Caldwell St, Merewether | 98A Dawson St, Cooks Hill

Autumn Rooms

Beloved Newcastle cafe Autumn Rooms slings out some killer toasties at both of its locations. At Darby Street, devour a classic reuben toastie, and at Stockton, try something different with the cheeseburger toastie, complete with mustard and pickles.
Where: 127 Darby St, Cooks Hill | 42 Mitchell St, Stockton

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Baked Uprising

When you make bread as good as Baked Uprising does, you simply have to make it into a range of moreish toasties. Baked Uprising’s take on the classic ham and cheese, with local ham, grain mustard, and aged gouda, is a must-try.
Where: 21-25 Downie St, Maryville

Biggs Coffee

Biggs Coffee specialises in, well, coffee, but also delicious grab n' go food. Its cracking toasties are a hot commodity – there's a comprehensive selection on offer (all loaded with ingredients), plus a Toastie of the Month special that will keep you coming back for more.
Where: 1A Beaumont St, Hamilton | Newcastle Interchange, Wickham

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The Bondwood Cafe

The Bondwood Cafe is a popular Adamstown spot, ideally-located on Glebe Road, with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy a coffee and toastie in the sunshine. Expect a few toasties on offer at any one time, with a vegan option available too, so no one has to miss out on the toastie goodness!
Where: 504 Glebe Rd, Adamstown

Common Circus

Common Circus unites homewares with good food and coffee, all in the one space. The pumpkin toastie is where it’s at – roasted pumpkin, rocket, Swiss cheese, and pesto, all grilled to perfection.
Where: 148 Denison St, Hamilton | 36 Brooks Pde, Belmont

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Core Espresso

While you’re grabbing a coffee at the ever-reliable Core Espresso, make sure you order a toastie too. We go for the chicken toastie with pulled chicken, pesto, aioli, semi-dried tomatoes, and cheese – an ideal winter warmer.
Where: 162 Darby St, Cooks Hill | 754 Hunter St, Newcastle

Frothers Espresso

A toastie at Frothers Espresso is never a bad idea. The grilled sandwich is Frothers' forte, and you can expect a solid selection on the menu at any given time. Order a smoked ham toastie, grab a coffee, and soak up the good vibes in this small but mighty coffee shop.
Where: 140 Glebe Rd, Merewether

Good Brother Espresso Shop

Good Brother Espresso Shop knows its way around an excellent toastie. The chipotle chicken toastie is always a crowd pleaser, but if you're looking for some variety, make sure you try the regular toastie specials.
Where: 40 King St, Newcastle


This local fave on Darby Street is much-loved for its coffee, toasties, and friendly atmosphere. Hubro has even teamed up with another local gem, Mayfield West Kebabs & Charcoal Chicken, to create a charcoal chicken toastie, featuring jalapeños, tasty cheese, and roasted peppers.
Where: 1A/295 Darby St, Cooks Hill

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Josie Coffee

Located in Gateshead and Mayfield, Josie Coffee is all about what the name suggests – coffee. But this doesn’t mean that food has been forgotten. There’s plenty of sweet treats and of course, toasties. Try the Vegilante, with roast eggplant, pesto, and cheese.
Where: 5 Metro Ct, Gateshead | 2/16 Hanbury St, Mayfield

Local Customs

Run by the same brothers who run The Bondwood Cafe, Local Customs, directly opposite, is a welcome new addition to Newcastle's cafe scene. The food on offer is always quality, and the toastie specials are truly gourmet – this week's special, for example, features mushrooms, white bean puree, silverbeet, caramelised onion, and hazelnut on sourdough.
Where: 513 Glebe Rd, Adamstown

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Lords Coffee and Associates

Serving up toasties known as slappers – AKA toasties on steroids – Lords Coffee and Associates will satiate your grilled sandwich appetite. Savour all that flaky salt sprinkled on top as you sip your Lords specialty coffee, and transcend to a higher plane.
Where: 148B Beaumont St, Hamilton | 4/43 Station St, Waratah

New Slang Coffee Brewers

Brought to you by local roasters Unison Coffee Roasters, New Slang Coffee Brewers is one of the coolest coffee shops in the Newcastle CBD. There's a range of on-the-go food available, including some excellent toasties – the perfect pairing for your morning coffee.
Where: 480 Hunter St, Newcastle

Outdo Espresso

The toasties at Outdo Espresso are top-tier – we can't be the only ones drooling after watching all those videos of golden, cheesy toasties on their Instagram, right? The new buffalo chicken flavour is calling our names.
Where: 464 King St, Newcastle West

Paper Run Espresso

Paper Run Espresso is a Merewether go-to for great coffee and food, all served with a smile. With seven toasties on the menu, you're spoilt for choice. Go for the prosciutto and camembert toastie if you're feeling fancy!
Where: 59 Ridge St, Merewether

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The Pavement Society

The Pavement Society is a bit of a local secret in Lake Macquarie, but we reckon more people should know about its stand-out coffee and creative toastie menu that changes up regularly. The cafe’s specials get snapped up quickly, so don't miss out.
Where: 38 Main Rd, Boolaroo

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Perry the Feeder

Toasties are the name of the game at Perry the Feeder. Grab a seat outside (furry friends welcome) and demolish a toastie from the menu full of the usual suspects plus plenty of loaded options (think bacon & egg or Sloppy Joe Meatballs). 
Where: 53 Maitland Rd, Mayfield East

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Praise Joe

Attention vegan Novocastrians – alongside its delicious omnivorous toastie offering, Praise Joe has a delicious vegan option on its menu. Praise Joe has got you covered with the Hippy Love toastie, complete with spiced pumpkin, sundried tomato, cashew nut pesto and vegan cheese. Grab it at Praise Joe’s Tighes Hill and Kotara locations.
Where: 8/20 Elizabeth St, Tighes Hill | Westfield Kotara, Northcott Dr, Kotara

Press Book House

What better way to spend an afternoon than reading a book, sipping a coffee, and tucking into a toastie? There’s even three vegan options on the menu at Press Book House (we love the Frida Kahlo, featuring black beans, chipotle, tomatoes and gouda-style cheese). If you’re feeling meaty, grab the Voltaire, with ham off the bone, pickles, cheese, mustard and mayo. 
Where: 462 Hunter St, Newcastle

Side Pocket Espresso

Side Pocket Espresos boasts a solid toastie menu, so there’s plenty of choice when the cravings hit. Think creations like the chicken toastie with chicken, miso mayo, house-made kimchi, and cheese, or the green vegetable toastie with charred zucchini, broccoli, house-made pesto, artichokes, and tasty cheese.
Where: 292/286 Maitland Rd, Mayfield

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Skip's Deli

Skip's Deli burst onto the scene in late 2023 and have been delighting locals with their scrumptious sandwiches ever since. While the fresh sandwiches are always delicious, if the toastie cravings hit, try its comprehensive selection, featuring flavours like a reuben, a tuna melt, and a mushroom melt.
Where: 9/31 Griffiths Rd, Lambton

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Welsh Blacks

This Cooks Hill gem is known locally for its excellent coffee, sweet treats, and tasty toasties. Drop by Welsh Blacks to check out the latest toasties on the menu – the mushroom, thyme, brie, rocket and pesto number is our pick of the bunch.
Where: 84 Bull St, Cooks Hill

Wild Vine Coffee

Pouring Unison Coffee Roasters coffee out of a vintage 1967 Franklin caravan and grilling mouth-watering toasties, Wild Vine Coffee is tucked away in Adamstown’s industrial estate. We can’t go past the Vego Greens Toastie with haloumi, green pickled relish, house made veggie slaw, and jarlsberg cheese.
Where: 4/10 William St, Adamstown

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