Life & Style

From brunch, to cocktails and some art in between, how to spend a day in the City

With the school holidays coming to a close working life is about to get real, if it hasn't already which is why you need to make the most of these last few weeks.

If you're looking for some what-to-do-in-the-city inspiration we've put together this day itinerary that has a lil' bit of food, a lil' bit of shopping, a touch or art & culture, followed by a lil' bit more food, then closes out with some cocktails and spectacular views. 

10:30am - Brunch Time

Start your day in the best possible way with brunch on Darby St. The eats and fashion street has never looked better and there’s no time like the summer months to soak up the lively atmosphere. Sit streetside whilst you enjoy your morning brunch, and with a sweet collection of cafes and restaurants to choose from, you won’t be disappointed.
Venue suggestions: Goldbergs, Three Monkey’s, Wil & Sons, Core Espresso, and The Autumn Rooms.

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12:00pm - Let's Go Shopping

Take the opportunity to walk a little of your brunch off by taking a lap up and down Darby Street and discovering the eclectic shopping scene. Whether it’s men’s or women’s fashion, or something a little formal, shop the sweet scene and discover something a little quirky, Darby Street has something for all body shapes and tastes and you could easily lose a couple of hours, and dollars.  

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1:30 pm - Time To Get Cultured

Wanting to slow the pace down a little? Then continue on down Darby St to Newcastle Art Gallery where you can take in one of the gallery’s most thought-provoking exhibitions to date.

newcastle art gallery the art of protest nsw

THE ART OF PROTEST is a free exhibition that features politically engaged artists past and present responding to disaster and injustice and calling for change. We caught up with two of the featured artists Fiona Lee and Dani Marti at the opening of the Exhibition with both artists opening up about their art of protest experiences.


When: Exhibiting until January 30
Where: 1 Laman St, Cooks Hill 
Times: Mon - Fri, 10 am to 5pm
For more info click here

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2:15 pm - After Bite To Eat

It's getting late and you're no doubt in need of something to eat?! Once you're finished browing through Newcastle Art Gallery take a stroll across Civic Park and across the road to, Light Years Asian Bar & Diner. What was Newcastle’s most anticipated opening in 2021, when those big beautiful wooden doors finally opened it didn’t disappoint. Take a seat in one of the booths and spend the afternoon tasting the modern Asian flavours and taking in those stunning interiors.
Where: 7 Darby St, Newcastle
Hours: 12pm – 10pm
To Book: click here

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4:30 pm - Let's Have a Cocktail

For your final stop of the day, take it up a few levels, level 9 to be exact, and order yourself a cocktail at Crystalbrook Kingsley's Romberg’s. Take a seat in the lounge area, take a breath and soak up those spectacular Newcastle city views. Slick and sophisticated a visit to Romberg’s must include one of their spectacular signature cocktails, the Georgetown Gimlet is our hot tip!
Where: Level Nine, 282 King Street
Hours: 12pm – 10pm
To Book: click here

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If you're feeling adventurous there is, of course a city full of eats & drinks experiences awaiting...