Top Cafes of 2016 - Newcastle - Maitland

We’ve run the numbers! Here are the best cafes of 2016 in Newcastle - Maitland, voted by real coffee lovers.

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Door 34


Best cafe Door 34 in newcastle for 2016

I've been here several times and have consistently had a great experience. Coffee is always great. Could be nice to have a little more variety of beans for the regular coffee snobs?

I was seriously impressed with the total vibe of service and friendliness the minute I entered the café. The Breakfast Board was generous and well presented. Coffee outstanding.

Excellent long black. Great attention to detail from the staff. Friendly service.


Sherwood Coffee Bar

Newcastle West

Best cafe Sherwood Coffee Bar in newcastle for 2016

The Urban dictionaries definition of ‘good vibes’ should be The Sherwood Coffee Bar. A neat little hole in the wall, a hidden gem in the coastal town of Newcastle. The staff take pride in their coffee, their service & their environmentally savvy philosophy is a fresh breath to this hustling world. The place to be

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Great coffee, great service, great food and atmosphere! This place is a winner! I've been here several times and it is one of my favourite places in Newcastle to get coffee. Smooth blend. Can be enjoyed as an espresso or with milk. Service here is always so welcoming and friendly. Thanks Sherwood, you guys are amazing!

The coffee has character- being a bit on the bit chocolate-y side of things. The service is excellent and the place has a nice vibe- and someplace to sit comfortably which is a bonus. I'd be quite happy if the Sherwood was my 'local' but generally prefer my coffee with a little more bite.

Best cafe Xtraction Espresso in newcastle for 2016

Funky little espresso bar, awesome food. Coffee, two house blends and seasonal single origin each week.

Have visited this place a few times in the past couple of weeks. They serve a well-behaved coffee that shouldn't offend anyone. The flavour is good although a bit chocolate-y. I'd be happy to drink this product on a regular basis- but generally prefer something with a little more strength and a tang of bitterness.

Columbian espresso, as usual smooth and syrupy, nice bit of acidity and some strawberry vanilla gear going on - real nice. Chocolatety FW followed.


Esther C


Best cafe Esther C in newcastle for 2016

Coffee was hot and balanced. Had woody, roasted, baked note. Really nice coffee in a cool little set up. Surfer boy had a latte which was creamy and sweet. Worth a visit if in the area.

Totally get it! Walking through the door felt like stepping into a warm hug. Such a friendly dude and exactly what I look for in a cafe. Such care and passion put into the coffee, even down to explaining the origin when bringing the coffee to me. The atmosphere is exactly what I love, with background music but the buzz of people enjoying life really bringing in the vibe. I'm all about it.

Best cafe Cargo Espresso Bar in newcastle for 2016

Quality coffee, well made and served with a smile - beach-side espresso bar inside a shipping container

Def NOT the best coffee in Newcastle... disappointed as so many rave reviews. just could not gel with my pic...imbalance somewhere. Cafe scene in Newcastle is growing up...this is a step backwards back to "Grunge"

I’ve been visiting Cargo in Redhead for a while now and the coffee is always great. Also love the Chai Latte!! Perfect location too!

Best cafe little white bull espresso in newcastle for 2016

Professional and engaging barista who really knows her stuff. Friendly and engaging with high end coffee to boot, classy!

A nice enough place on social media but in the flesh it’s really lacking. The coffee was bitter and burnt leaving a base taste in your mouth. The food had no real flavour and the overall price is one of the most expensive I’ve ever paid for Brunch. $62 for Avocado on Toast, Eggs Benedict (with a couple of sides) and two small coffees is simply unnecessary considering you can better coffee, service, taste and price at any other cafe on the Esplanade.

Best cafe Mr.Sister Coffee in newcastle for 2016

Best coffee in Newcastle. Great attention to detail with single origin. Excellent service. Amazing to find a place like this in a shopping centre.

Pretty consistent flavour. Has a strong taste to it which is enjoyable with its after taste. Friendly staff. Great to have in a shopping center. Nice selection of food as well.

saved by the app a little hole in the wall that i walked straight past ... thankfully beanhunter led me back had a LB ..... strong and smooth... good kick without a bitter taste

Best cafe Side Pocket Espresso in newcastle for 2016

Amazing for a takeaway coffee!!

Coffee was excellent, full body with a nice sweet side to it. Service was fast and prompt

Best cafe Core espresso in newcastle for 2016

Two delicious perfectly balanced LBs enjoyed in back courtyard. Rich golden cream topped a cup of lively fruits and cocoa. Would have stayed for a third if not for work being intrusive.

Coffee was good. Service good. If you like beige, or driving in the middle of the road, core espresso is the place for you!!

This quickly became our daily local since moving back to Newcastle from Sydney. Never disappoints- brilliant coffee, always good service, great wholesome foods & the best vibes. Highly recommend!

Best cafe Suspension Espresso in newcastle for 2016

I love this place, coffee is always great and the service is awesome, queer friendly signage make me feel very comfortable, also has an “all gendered” toilet to not discriminate against trans people. Awesome work guys

Nice coffee Sometimes takes a while to get a takeaway

Consistently good coffee, more than happy to wait cos I know it’ll be worth it.

Best cafe The Locomotive in newcastle for 2016

The coffee is taking seriously and measured every coffee! These guys change the beans often so you get to experience different flavours from other countries. Outstanding coffee nice work guys

As keen coffee enthusiasts we were excited to learn of Locomotives edge and differences. We were intrigued to discover that each of the shots of coffee is weighted out, intern producing an exceptional and consistent shot each time. This encouraged us to travel some distance to try the coffee. Unfortunately, on arrival I was very very disappointed to learn that they DO NOT stock almond milk. I assumed that an espresso bar with such a reputation would be able to cater for all their clients by providing a range of high quality milk options. Extremely disappointing in today’s era with so many sensitivities to dairy and soy! Ryan ordered his triple shot latte and was very underwhelmed with the robustness and strength of his coffee. The atmosphere was slightly underwhelming as it was very minimal. The lack of comfortable furniture, soft furnishings and music and the harsh lighting encouraged us to get takeaway a leave quickly. This could possibly be intentional, we’re not sure. However, the service was polite, efficient, and very timely. Thankyou Locomotive for the experience.

Best cafe Corner Lane Espresso in newcastle for 2016

Amazing staff were friendly and chatty and remembered everyone’s names. Coffee was good.

Ethiopian espresso was a fairly tight shot with maybe a bit of caramel and mild acidity. FW was ok but nothing special.


Welsh Blacks

Cooks Hill

Best cafe Welsh Blacks in newcastle for 2016

Big call but I think these guys do the best coffee in Newcastle for my taste. Consistent and well balanced coffee. Not too strong or weak. Very convenient as they are also on hey you.


The Press


Best cafe The Press in newcastle for 2016

Newcastle's answer to Black Books, this Hunter Street cafe has a simple Uni/hipster vibe in a dark bookstore. If that's not your thing, look elsewhere, but it's your loss. Excellent coffee, cakes & scrolls. + a good read & a game of chess.

Perfect for those who like coffee,books and chess. The $2 stand up espresso is delicious.

Consistently great coffee, perfect hot chocolate, lovely staff. Interesting food. Nice atmosphere.

Best cafe One Penny Black in newcastle for 2016

Consistently one of the better cups in Newcastle. Whether it be a long black or flat white, it's always tasty and service here has improved out of sight in recent time.

Flat white + extra shot. I am firmly of the belief that this was the hottest coffee yet produced by humans. I don’t in fact think it is possible using current technology to heat coffee hotter than this without it becoming just a cloud of brown steam. This was really unpleasant which is sad because the coffee here is usually quite decent. Please don’t boil my milk.

Occasionally they miss, but usually can be relied upon for a decent coffee and a very nice hot chocolate. Food is a little overpriced for what you get.

Best cafe Black Circle Cafe in newcastle for 2016

Loved the wall !!!! Coffee was ok, espresso had a very bitter after taste .

New beans here. Must have arrived a month or two ago. And the beans are beautiful. The grind is consistent throughout the day. The flavour of the ocean is fruit and honey. Mild acidity. This cafe is consistently providing good service and a coffee. I love my coffee and recommend.


The Locale

New Lambton

Best cafe The Locale in newcastle for 2016

I've been here 5 times now and the service is always grumpy and very slow. Food and coffee just OK, so many better options in this area.

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