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Updated on January 3rd, 2020

Newcastle (Newy) is where I like to live when I’m back in Australia. Whether you call it a small city, or a big beach town, this is still up for debate. What isn’t for debate is that there are so many incredible places to discover the best coffee in Newcastle.

Newcastle is home to shift workers galore due to multiple large hospitals, a big university population, and the surrounding mine sites. Because of this, there is a lively midday crowd who all like to drink coffee. One of the things I most love about Newcastle is that each of the suburbs is self-sufficient. You don’t need to venture into the city centre to get a good coffee, see live music, or have a beer.

In this article, I will help you find the best coffee no matter where in the city you are staying. Whether you like espresso-based coffee, specialty coffee or some funky iced creation these cafes will have you covered.

Discover where to get the best coffee in Newcastle.

Side Pocket Espresso

Let’s start with the best of the best coffee in Newcastle. These guys are tucked away in a small corner shop in Mayfield. While the majority of the seating is outdoors you can find a few benches and hightops inside. The staff are always friendly and remember your name and order. While they don’t have specialty coffee just yet their espresso-based drinks are strong, smooth and creamy. I urge you to check them out.

If you are driving into Newcastle along the Pacific Highway from the south then an alternate route into the city will take you right past Side Pocket Espresso’s doors.

They have a few light breakfasts and lunches available including wraps, toasties, soups and mueslis.

Address: 292/286 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
Phone: 0432 566 994
Hours: Monday to Friday, 6:00 am – 3:00 pm and Saturday 6:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Corner Lane Espresso

Having been around for a couple of years now, Corner Lane is a favourite for many Novocastrians. The staff are super friendly and will remember your order after only a few visits. Unfortunately for me, this is not my local and a bit of a drive for me to get here. This being so, I still manage to get down there once or twice a week for my caffeine fix while I do some work. Corner Lane is, therefore, a strong contender for the best coffee in Newcastle.

There is a separate room from the espresso bar with two large tables and a bar bench as well as a few outdoor seating tables. A perfect location for people who work online and want a quiet location as well as free wifi. If you are looking for a bite to eat, they offer a few sandwich options and delicious pastries and sweets. Don’t be surprised if you get distracted by the cute puppies that frequent the cafe.

Address: 1/15 Alma Road, New Lambton
Phone: (02) 4952 9593
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6.30 am – 3 pm and Sunday 8 am – 12 pm

Mr. Sister Coffee

The first day I visited Mr. Sister, I must have scared the staff with my excitement. I have been looking for lactose-free milk all over Newcastle. Nowhere offers the lactose removed milk, only alternative milk options like soy, coconut and almond. Coffee just does not taste the same on those, so I put up with stomach pains to drink delicious coffee.

Image of Mr. Sister entrance in best coffee in Newcastle, NSW post

Not only does Mr. Sister have lactose free milk, but they also offer cold drip and pour-over coffee. The one downside to this amazing place is that they are located within Kotara shopping centre. However, it’s not often that you get a decent coffee while in a mall. So while you may not want to go out of your way to enjoy a coffee here, its definitely a good spot for a shopping break. They also have gluten-free treats to enjoy with your coffee.

Address: Westfields Kotara, next to Factorie on L2
Phone: (02) 4957 8542
Hours: Mon to Wed and Fri 8 am – 5.30 pm, Thurs 8 am – 9 pm, Sat 8 am – 5 pm and Sun 9 am to 4 pm

Esther C .

Edit 2018: Now Frothers Espresso

Where to even begin with these guys. Hal and Kristy are SO friendly. They are a wealth of knowledge on the coffee topic and love to share with people who are interested. Don’t worry, if you just want to grab an incredible coffee, they are not the type to push that information on you either. Another great thing about Esther C. is they are open until mid-afternoon on Sundays. Which was how I discovered them.

Image of espresso bar in Esther C. in blog best coffee in Newcastle, NSW

While being a relatively new place to the Newcastle coffee scene these guys are blowing up and for good reason. There’s a lot of love in each cup, great decor – check out the oars from a local artist and yummy snacks and treats. Make sure you try the cold drip and don’t forget your dog! They love your furry friends.

Address: 140 Glebe Road, Merewether
Phone: (02) 4048 0975
Mon to Sun, 7 am – 3 pm

Bank Corner Espresso

If you are in the downtown area The Bank Corner will be one of your closer options. They are located down a side street just west of the city centre. Before you reach the cafe you can already tell how great this place will be. With tables built around trees, yarn bombed street poles and eco-friendly bike parking. They’re unpretentious and welcome everybody with a smile.

Image of exterior of Bank Corner espresso bar in Newcastle, NSW

The consistency of their coffee is one of the reasons I have been returning here for years. Although the front street area is very appealing, don’t forget to take a peek into the courtyard. You’ll feel like you have stepped into a European city. As well as coffee, these guys host live music events and serve Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and all snacks in between.

Address: 2 Bellevue St, Newcastle
Phone: (02) 4906 1944
Hours: Mon to Fri, 7 am – 4 pm, Sat and Sun 8 am – 3 pm and 5 pm to midnight. Fri night 6 pm – midnight.

Have you been to Newy? What do you think is the best coffee in Newcastle?

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Hello! My name is Erin, the lady behind Curiously Erin. After more than 10 years of travelling and working abroad, I wanted to create a platform where I could share my stories and travels. My goal is to help you live the life you desire and inspire you to travel more.

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