Breakfast in Newcastle: 8 of the Best Spots

  • Mums & Bubs

It’s no secret that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for kids and grown-ups alike. And when it comes to stopping off for breakfast in Newcastle, your choices are endless, with loads of cool and cosy cafes serving all your brekkie favourites.

Whether you're out and about with the kids on the weekend or sussing out a delicious spot for breakfast with your mates, we've got you covered with eight of the best spots to enjoy breakfast in Newcastle - enjoy!

Breakfast in Newcastle: 8 of the Best Spots

1. Mockingbird

The best breakfast in Newcastle
Mockingbird is renowned for its quirky menu and delicious coffee.

For a great ambience, $10 'minions menu' for the smalls, and an extensive array of both food and drinks on offer, Mockingbird is an easy, breezy pick for the best breakfast in Newcastle.

We love it when a menu serves up some unique dishes alongside the favourites—and that's exactly what Mockingbird does well. Sure, we might fancy avo on toast or a bacon and egg burger, but we might also fancy Chorizo Croquettes, Prawn Toast, Red Velvet Pancakes or Satay French Toast (and while we're on the subject of red velvet pancakes; they're served with fresh berries, compote, mascarpone and Persian floss. Drool!).

Location: 131 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

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2. Papatya Cafe

The best breakfast in Newcastle
The incredible ricotta hotcakes from Papatya Cafe.

This coastal gem in Marks Point serves up an epic all-day brunch menu that's bursting with local produce and contemporary twists on classic dishes.

We're talking Ottoman eggs with spinach, pickled chillis, herbs and yoghurt, or soft ricotta hotcakes with roasted strawberries, mascarpone, and meringue - yum!

The coffee is a delicious Will & Co blend to help save tired parents around the local area, day in, day out! 

Location: 68a Marks Point Road, Marks Point

3. Onyx Espresso Bar

The best breakfast in Newcastle
So much deliciousness awaits at Onyx Espresso Bar.

Onyx Espresso Bar is an ultra-popular hangout among locals or visitors looking for the best breakfast in Newcastle.

The space is welcoming and warm, with a flavourful breakfast menu plus a drinks menu that's bursting with juices, smoothies and decadent freakshakes. Our pick from the breakfast menu would have to be the Big Breakfast for a savoury hit served with all the trimmings or the Nutella French Toast for something (seriously) sweet. We're talking Nutella pocketed French Toast with honey-coated roast hazelnuts, fresh banana, ice cream and maple syrup. What a treat! 

Location: 191 Maitland Road, Mayfield

4. Merewether Surfhouse

The best breakfast in Newcastle
Mereweather Surfhouse 

It's one of Newcastle's biggest beachfront icons and is a bar, cafe and restaurant all in one. Safe to say, Mereweather Surfhouse does an absolutely roaring trade—serving some of the best breakfast in Newcastle and coffee to hungry locals and visitors.

Their menu is simple but fresh and delicious, featuring the likes of Avocado Toast, Sweetcorn Fritters, Eggs Benedict, Acai Bowls and more, alongside their Will & Co coffee, which is perfect for grabbing on the go before a morning beach stroll with the family! 

Location: 5 Henderson Parade, Merewether

5. Three Monkeys

Three Monkeys Cafe Newcastle
Three Monkeys Cafe

Nestled on Newcastle's beloved Darby Street, Three Monkeys has been serving up the best breakfast in Newcastle to hungry locals for over 20 years.

The menu is positively huge, bursting with everything from sweet treats and light bites to eggs every which way and some ultra-unique breakfast dishes. The Moroccan Eggs and Breakfast Burrito really piqued our interest, alongside the Bubble & Squeak Reloaded, featuring a potato, pumpkin and corn rosti served with bacon, spinach, relish and aioli. Race you there! 

Location: 131 Darby Street, Cooks Hill

6. Equium Social

The best breakfast in Newcastle
Equium Social 

Bursting with seasonal dishes that hero local produce and ingredients wherever possible, Equium Social brings a simple, wholesome vibe to the Newcastle foodie scene.

Their all-day brunch menu is seriously mouthwatering and full of quirky eats that you're sure to remember! Our faves include the Nuoc Cham Eggs, featuring three shallow-fried eggs with nuoc cham, sambal, herb salad and sourdough, or the Brothy Beans, which comprise braised butter beans in onion and stout ragu, kale, stracciatella, poached egg and sourdough. Phew! The hardest part will be what to pick. 

Location: 1/5 Maitland Road, Mayfield East

7. Signal Box

The best breakfast in Newcastle
Signal Box

Bringing a fun and vibrant dining experience to Newcastle, Signal Box prides itself on making just about everything from scratch, from sauces, stocks and pickles through to fresh juices, chai and sodas. 

Signal Box is part of the Newcastle Railway Station precinct with state-level heritage significance, and it's a gem of a place to enjoy some gorgeous food. 

The Spanner Crab XO Omelette is our pick—served with oyster mushrooms, XO sauce, chilli oil, coriander, cashews and crisp shallots. Wash it down with a coffee, and we reckon that's a pretty perfect-sounding brunch! 

Location: 155 Wharf Road, Newcastle 

8. Blue Door

The best breakfast in Newcastle
Serving up all the usual suspects, Blue Door is a must-try for breakfast in Newcastle. 

With locations in Honeysuckle, Mereweather and Hamilton, Blue Door Group is certainly a favourite spot for some of the best breakfast in Newcastle.

Their ethos is one that really champions a health-conscious, balanced menu that includes greens for breakfast, cold-pressed juices, and the world's first Vegan soft serve Coco Whip – exclusive to the Blue Door Group – in Newcastle.

Each of the locations is about offering a positive dining experience that will have you coming back time and time again.

Locations: multiple across Newcastle, see Blue Door Group for details. 

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