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Sunday, November 24, 2019

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops

Disclosure - I have put this post together myself with no brand input however the post does feature photos from a blog event (ad) at Tyneside Bar Cafe in November 2019.

Menus correct as of November 2019.

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try

Where possible, I always try and visit an Independent Coffee Shop over a chain. I just think you receive a much better service, the quality is higher plus you are helping the local economy. Today I am sharing 5 of my favourite independent coffee shops in Newcastle - let me know if your favourite made the list.





Tyneside Bar Cafe



Tyneside Bar Cafe is probably the coffee shop I visit most often. It is conveniently located at the top of Northumberland Street, served fantastic coffee and food and is also a bar. What's not to love?

Address: 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle.

One reason I am proud to support Tyneside Bar Cafe is that all of their profits go back into Tyneside Cinema which is a fantastic building/charity/cinema Newcastle should be proud of. They do lots of work with the community and young people in particular.

I can highly recommend the Moroccan Sharing Board with a bottle of wine. The perfect tonic to Christmas shopping (and the generic Christmas markets outside).

Find out more here. 









5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Tyneside Bar Cafe Brunch Menu

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Tyneside Bar Cafe All Day Menu

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Tyneside Bar Cafe Evening Menu


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Flat Caps Coffee


Open from 8am - 8pm Monday-Thursday and 8am - 6pm Friday-Sunday, I honestly feel as if Flat Caps in THE cafe to visit if you are a freelancer in Newcastle.

Address: Carliol Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne. NE1 6UF.

I used to visit Flat Caps regularly in their old basement location and back then, it felt like they were way ahead of the game with all of their fancy coffee equipment - now it feels like everyone is at it but Flat Caps for me are still the original and the best.

There are always people pitching up with their laptops, arranging meetings in town and catching up with colleagues. The vibe is relaxed and it is the kind of place you can easily spend a few hours over a few cups of (very good) coffee. 

The staff are super friendly and Flat Caps is dog-friendly too!

For some reason, I can't find any of my photos from Flat Caps so you will have to make do with the menus to lust over. You can rest assured, the food is lovely.


Breakfast Menu (8am-4pm)

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Flat Caps Breakfast Menu

Flat Caps Weekend Menu 9am-6pm

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Flat Caps Weekend Menu


Flat Caps Brunch Menu 11am - 4pm 
5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Flat Caps Brunch Menu

Flat Caps Evening Menu 4pm - Close
5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Flat Caps Evening Menu

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Laneway & Co


You will find Laneway & Co tucked on High Bridge next to Motel One. It is a small but perfectly formed modern coffee shop serving high-quality coffee and brilliant value lunch deals (check out Honestly Helen's lunch review here).

Address: 17-19 High Bridge, Newcastle.

Laneway & Co is our favourite place to stop for a quick espresso in town.

Check out this review of Laneway and Co by North East Family Fun.

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Laneway and Co



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The Journey Newcastle 


The Journey is a sunny cafe in the heart of Newcastle (next to Laing Art Gallery) with a Vegan menu. Expect gorgeous salads, hot bowls and sandwiches at very reasonable prices.

Address: Higham House, Newcastle (next door to Laing Art Gallery).

Open 8am - 6pm Monday-Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday (closed Sundays).

The Journey host regular events from Supper Clubs to Yoga Classes and it is a lovely central spot to catch up with friends and enjoy a nutritious bite to eat. 


5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - The Journey Newcastle



5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - The Journey Vegan Cafe Menu

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The Teahouse (Quilliam Brothers)



5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Quilliam Brothers

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Quilliam Brothers  brunch

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Quilliam Brothers coffee and brownie


Quilliam Brothers has been taken over by the owners of the super popular Butterfly Cabinet in Heaton.

This stripped-floor teahouse serves over 60 varieties of loose leaf teas and coffees. There is a small cinema too with regular special events.

Location: 1 Eldon Place, Barras Bridge Road, Newcastle (near Newcastle University and Great North Museum).

What sets Quilliam Brothers apart is that they are open until 11pm Monday-Saturday and a brilliant alternative to a bar for catching up with friends in the city centre.



Breakfast Menu

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Quilliam Brothers Breakfast Menu

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Quilliam Brothers Breakfast Menu

Lunch Menu

5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Quilliam Brothers Lunch Menu



5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Quilliam Brothers Lunch menu



Evening Menu


5 Fantastic Independent Newcastle Coffee Shops To Try - Quilliam Brothers Evening Menu

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I wanted to give a little shout-out to Pink Lane Coffee who also deserve to be on this list. I haven't visited in a few years though (ooops) and could not find much info online. I will visit ASAP and update this post when I do. Here is another lovely review from Honestly Helen to read in the meantime.

Let me know your favourite Independent Coffee Shop in Newcastle in the comments x


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  1. we are so so lucky to have so many great local independent coffee shops! I REALLY want to try the breakfast at Flat Caps, I've seen some amazing food photographs!

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