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.
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. In fact, this brunch spot is so popular, it now has a sister branch on Heaton Park Road known as Heaton Ingredient.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art isn't just a place for spending your day - you can fill your belly too at BALTIC Kitchen. Like the rest of BALTIC, it's bright, spacious and packed with art, and in the mornings there's a tasty and good-value breakfast menu on offer, with satisfying dishes like steak and eggs, avocado on toast, and not forgetting the mighty bacon sandwich.
Brunch is served every day at Backyard Bikeshop from 10am – 5pm so whatever time you wake you, 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.
Enjoying an enviable location in a railway arch, the simply delightful Arch Sixteen Cafe offers tasty, fresh breakfasts with options for everyone, but if you're a seafood lover, you're especially spoiled. Their breakfast and brunch dishes include locally caught crab and avocado on sourdough toast, freshly made and generously portioned, and of course they do a fine coffee selection too.
Looking for the best places to enjoy lunch or dinner in Newcastle? Discover our Top 10 Restaurants in Newcastle, or if you need to consider your four-legged friend too, find out more about Gateshead and Newcastle's dog-friendly pubs. Or if it's time to start your evening, find out about cocktail making classes in Newcastle and Gateshead - cheers!
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