Going big at breakfast is the only way to start your weekend in Newcastle and Gateshead. Treat yourself to a stack of sweet, sweet pancakes or indulge in a full English.

Whether you're starting the day in style, enjoying a lazy city break in Newcastle with your friends or want to brunch away your hangover, Newcastle and Gateshead have plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can find an excellent breakfast to fuel your morning. You have a little more time at the weekend so enjoy breakfast, make an event of it and get your friends together for a catch up brunch. From piles of pancakes to a full English, you'll find the perfect breakfast in Newcastle and Gateshead and there are even more ways to add unlimited sparkle with a Bottomless Brunch too. We know you'll be snapping your brunch (!) so tag us on Instagram @mykindoftoon with your recommendations of where to go in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Here are just a few of our favourite places to get a good breakfast or socialise over brunch.

Best breakfasts in Newcastle

The Dispensary Coffee House 

If delicious and interesting breakfast options is what you’re after, visit The Dispensary Coffee House, just opposite St James Park on Heber St. This coffee shops serves up a range of tasty and inventive brunch dishes including stacks of fluffy American style pancakes, piled high with a choice of toppings including strawberry, Bueno and Biscoff. Dispensary’s famous syringe sauce dispensers and candy floss hot chocolate will also add an extra dollop of scrumptious goodness worthy of an Instagram story. The restaurant also serve a range of classic breakfast options including a full and vegan breakfast, alongside a host of American brunch dishes. Have a try of their fried chicken benedict - an US twist on eggs benedict, or go as far as ordering another favourite from across the pond… chicken and waffles (don't knock it until you've tried it!).


Located in Eldon Square’s food quarter, Crêpeaffaire specialise in everything crepe.

Treat yourself to some savoury crepes, cooked freshly with all the fillings your heart desires, from smoked salmon in cheese, avocado and tomato and a variety of breakfast flavours.

If you’re more of a sweet tooth sit in the eateries modern and spacious setting and enjoy a freshly made crepe with lemon and sugar (a classic pancake day topping!), Belgian chocolate or try a more inventive filling such as the Ferreo Rocher crepe.

At Crepeaffaire, mini pancakes are an all year round treat, with a selection of toppings available including strawberries and cream, banana spilt and Nutella. You really will be spoilt for choice.


Another popular place to try some crepes and waffles is dessert house Kaspa’s, located directly opposite the O2 Academy Newcastle. This parlour serves its waffle and crepe creations all day until late, perfect for those looking for somewhere in the city to visit after work.

Blake’s Coffee & Kitchen

Blake’s Coffee & Kitchen is a cosy independent coffee shop, situated in the heat of Newcastle, on the city’s iconic Grey Street. The ‘hipster’ coffee shop of the toon freshly prepares its food daily, and serves up a delightful selection of coffee and locally sourced teas. There is plenty of breakfast favourites to enjoy at Blake’s through the morning and the afternoon, with breakfast and lunch dishes available all day. This local coffee and kitchen also do American style pancakes, sweet and savoury, which you can enjoy on one of the most Instagram’ed streets in the UK, watching the bustling city centre go by.

Quay Ingredient

As its name may suggest, Quay Ingredient is a cute little cafe located just off the Newcastle Quayside, making it perfectly located for rolling into on a Sunday morning after a late one in the Toon. They serve up delicious and freshly cooked breakfasts until late morning through the week and all-day-long on weekends and bank holidays. Tuck into cinnamon pancakes, Craster kippers, eggs Benedict and packed breakfast sandwiches, which can all be washed down with plenty of good coffee.

Butterfly Cabinet

You could go on a breakfast crawl around Heaton alone and never be disappointed. Heaton is perhaps the edgiest of Newcastle’s suburbs and is well-served with cafes, many of which are independently run and have a burgeoning breakfast menu. It's not unusual to see a queue outside Heaton's arty little cafe, the Butterfly Cabinet - but once you've experienced their breakfasts, you'll understand why they're worth the wait. The Butterfly Cabinet has an extensive American-style breakfast menu (try the buttermilk pancakes!) with plenty of classic favourites, which you can enjoy in the quirky, laid-back atmosphere. You will almost certainly have to form an orderly queue and we recommend you wear your stretchy trousers!

Naked Deli

Never fear - you don’t have to be undressed to eat at Naked Deli. However, you will feel a sense of virtue after enjoying their breakfast and sipping one of their famed smoothies and juices. With a menu packed with fresh, unprocessed and wholesome food – breakfast at Naked Deli is not only part of your healthy lifestyle but super tasty as they do not scrimp on flavour. Enjoy superfood smoothie bowls, omelettes, protein pancakes or hearty full English breakfasts to get you ready for the day. Starting out on Chillingham Road in Heaton, you will now find a bustling Naked Deli restaurant in Gosforth and on Grey Street in the centre of Newcastle which is testament to their success and how popular their menus are.

Monsieur Crepe

Monsieur Crepe is perhaps not somewhere you would find unless you knew where to look but if you want to eat like the locals, head to this warm and friendly café on the edge of Heaton. Monsieur Crepe is dog-friendly and their staff are incredibly welcoming; you’ll be amazed at the value for money and extensive menu – crepes all the ways, cinnamon bagels, stacks upon stacks of American pancakes as well as bacon paninis and yoghurt with fruit and granola! But beware – it is so good you’ll struggle to get a table on a Saturday morning unless you’ve planned ahead and pre-booked.

Aidan's Kitchen

Aidan's Kitchen can be found nestled in Sandyford, a small but perfectly formed residential area between Heaton and Jesmond. The popular independent cafe focuses all its efforts on creating hearty brunch and breakfasts which they serve up seven-days a week in a relaxed and informal setting. Aidan the owner shared that he "wanted to create an environment like my living room at home. Everyone is welcome." So pop along, settle in and enjoy time out with a hot coffee and bacon stottie, Mexican eggs or smashed avo on sourdough.

The Factory Kitchen at The Biscuit Factory

Start the day right with breakfast on the rooftop terrace at The Factory Kitchen in Ouseburn. The cafe is part of art gallery, The Biscuit Factory and its menu is equally as stylish and uncomplicated. Brunch is served all day long so there's no need to rush!


Tucked away in Newcastle's Ouseburn Valley, Ernest is a super-cool cafe with a focus on healthy, fresh and tasty food. You don’t need to skip your weekend lie in either as Ernest serves breakfast from 10am – 3pm. Ernest is especially good for its vegan and vegetarian options, including halloumi hash bowls and big veggie full English breakfasts, and their coffee is sourced from Ouseburn Coffee Co. who are right on their doorstep. If you’re looking for brunch in Ouseburn, look no further than Ernest.


For a laid-back breakfast done in style, head to ARLO in Jesmond, which has a homely, cosy feel. Breakfast is served until midday, with a choice of poached eggs and premium sides, waffles, cooked breakfasts and healthy options such as avocado on toast. Sink back into one of the comfortable sofas and sip your coffee while you wait.

Olive and Bean

For a comforting home-cooked breakfast, when you're not at home, head to Olive and Bean in Newcastle city centre. This inviting, independent cafe beside the Grainger Market offers an extensive daily breakfast selection with plenty of hot, filling options, as well as healthy and continental-style choices, and several tasty vegetarian dishes that ensure everyone's set up for the day. It is a thriving hotspot especially at breakfast time on a Saturday and Sunday so you may need to wait a little while for a table but the friendly staff will get you sorted as soon as possible, especially if you don’t mind sharing one of their larger, rustic, farmhouse-style tables with fellow, hungry brunch-ers.

Super Natural Café

Well-known amongst locals as serving up one of the best vegan breakfast in the Toon, Super Natural Café is a short walk from Newcastle Central Station. Choose from a fully vegetarian and vegan menu which includes full English, Vegan scrambled egg bruschetta, porridge bowls, vegan sausage sandwiches or toasted teacakes. Super Natural Café is an independently run café with a great homely feel.

Best Breakfasts in Gateshead

The Staiths Cafe

Worth a visit just for the gorgeous view over the Tyne, The Staiths Cafe in Gateshead offers a small but perfectly-formed breakfast menu that's available until late afternoon - perfect for those of us who are rather flexible about what 'morning' means. Choose from cooked breakfasts and sandwiches as well as porridge, granola and more, and be sure to get a window seat if you can with a view of Dunstan Staiths – a striking heritage site which is lesser known but well-worth a look.

Backyard Bikeshop at By The River Brew Co.

Brunch is served every day at Backyard Bikeshop from 10am until late afternoon so whatever time you wake, they will be ready for you! Settle into a cosy sofa in the window of the shipping-container turned café and eat your breakfast with unrivalled views across the River Tyne. Backyard Bikeshop is one part of By the River Brew Co underneath the Tyne Bridge which is fast becoming a must-visit hotspot on the banks of the Tyne. Their brunch menu is streamline but far from simple. Try Chickpea pancakes with yoghurt or salt beef bagel with French mustard and house pickles.

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