Newcastle food, wine and craft beer
You’ll discover an ever-increasing range of places to eat and drink in NSW’s second-biggest city, Newcastle, on NSW’s North Coast. There’s everything here from street eats to craft beer breweries, high-end restaurants, rustic beachside cafes, classic Aussie pubs and delicious foodie tours.
Restaurants and cafes
The city is home to some of the most lauded restaurants in NSW, including Restaurant Mason and Subo which both feature in the Good Food Guide. You’ll find an eclectic mix of over 25 eateries in trendy inner-city Darby Street serving up the State’s best produce. Try Coal River & Co, Deluca’s and The Autumn Rooms.
On the foreshore promenades at both Honeysuckle Wharf and Queens Wharf there’s also a large range of cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars to visit with tasty views over the Hunter River. To the west, spend some time around Hamilton’s lively pub scene, while there’s plenty of outdoor cafes to sit in the sun at along Beaumont Street.
The Junction, near Dixon Park Beach and Bar Beach, is a popular area for dining and drinking. Just south of The Junction is the Merewether Surfhouse’s terrace bar and restaurant with its sweeping views of Merewether’s surfing beach. Or you can just soak up the rustic surf-styled atmosphere from the cafes on the beach promenade.
Bars, breweries and wineries
Newcastle is buzzing with small bars and craft breweries. Try Basement on Market St for cocktails, local beers at The Grain Store, the dark and moody Koutetsu, speakeasy-style Coal & Cedar or tapas at Bar Petite. If you’re not sure where to start, local guides from Newcastle Afoot and One for the Road Tours will take you to their favourites.
For wine lovers, Newcastle is a gateway to Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley. Day tours such as Tex Tours and Shepherd Bus Tours will take you there. You can also taste locally-made drops at Inner City Winemakers, a cellar door close to the harbour.
Fresh food markets
The Newcastle region grows exceptional fresh produce and artisan makers create a huge range of gourmet delights. Meet the farmers and pick up some tasty fruit and vegetables at the Newcastle City Farmers Market each Sunday. For organic produce, head to the Hunter Street Organic Markets every Thursday and Friday.