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.
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
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
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
While you’re grabbing a coffee at the ever-reliable Core Espresso, make sure you order a toastie too. The latest toastie on the menu? Pumpkin, bacon, feta, and caramelised onions – an ideal winter warmer.
Where: 162 Darby St, Cooks Hill | 754 Hunter St, Newcastle
Using bread from local faves Baked Uprising, ELMAs makes three excellent toasties with specials often popping up. We can’t go past the toastie with pumpkin, kale, spiced Indian eggplant, vintage cheddar, and kasundi.
Where: Unit 40/54 Clyde St, Hamilton North
When a menu is as good as that of Equium Social, it can be awfully hard to decide what to eat. We can attest that the Green Toastie with broccoli, silverbeet, parsley, stracciatella and mozzarella is a winner.
Where: 1/5 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
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
A testament to their name, the team at Little Guys has kept the menu, well, little. But, keeping things small lets the cafe focus on providing quality coffee and sandwiches. Prepare to sink your teeth into a toastie like the Little Pig, with pork sausage, swiss cheese and tomato – simple, but effective.
Where: 555 Hunter St, Newcastle West
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: 148 Beaumont St, Hamilton
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
Attention vegan Novocastrians – alongside its 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
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
Next time you’re grabbing your go-to coffee at your local Sherwood, don’t miss out on a toastie to accompany. The Chipotle Chicken with pulled chicken, cheese, chipotle mayo, semi-dried tomatoes, Spanish onion and baby spinach always hits the spot.
Where: Cardiff | Charlestown Square | Kahibah | Kotara | Newcastle West | New Lambton
This Mayfield cafe boasts a solid toastie menu, so there’s plenty of choice when the cravings hit. Think creations like the Salami Toastie with mild salami, cucumber pickles, English mustard and sharp cheddar and the Mushroom Toastie with garlic mushrooms, roast red pepper relish, red onion and Swiss cheese. Plus, they can all be made all gluten free on request!
Where: 292/286 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
The food menu at Islington institution Slingtown Espresso may be small, but it packs a punch. Pair one of the toasties with an outstanding coffee, and you’ve got yourself a treat. Our favourite? Jerk chicken, crispy slaw, pickled jalapenos, and cheddar, all on Sonoma rye bread.
Where: 3 Beaumont St, Islington
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, like the Sweet Baby Craig with Sweet Baby Ray’s hickory smoked sauce, pulled pork, double American cheddar, and secret sauce, get snapped up quickly.
Where: 38 Main Rd, Boolaroo
With some of the best bread in Newcastle, it makes sense that Two Bobs Bakery is dishing up scrumptious toasties. Check out its socials for the toastie of the day – chances are you won’t have the same toastie twice at Two Bobs Bakery!
Where: 277 Hunter St, Newcastle
You might know Urban Deli and Bar for its European-inspired share plates, charcuterie, and extensive wine list, but did you know it offers sandwiches and toasties at lunch too? When your deli offering is this quality, making toasties is a no-brainer.
Where: 143 Darby St, Cooks Hill
This Cooks Hill gem is known locally for its excellent coffee, sweet treats, and tasty toasties. Drop by 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
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 maasdam cheese.
Where: 4/10 William St, Adamstown