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

Tanzanian espresso had a darker edged caramel feel - nice. FW to-go was mild but went down well.

Loved the Silver Skin! Very smooth. Thank you for my 50c discount for my KeepCup too. Will def be back to this cute little cafe with the handy little window servery, when I'm passing through Cardiff again.


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!

Best cafe Xtraction Espresso in newcastle for 2016

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

Really good take away strong flat white. Probably the best texturing in Newcastle, but the blend wasn't as bold as I like (which is subjective, so I'm not rating it down). A really well executed cup.

Unless you're a clicky regular service is poor! Should take a leaf out of Maitland Xtraction or nearby Good Brother for pleasant service to ALL customers regular or not! Not cool having other regulars order after you (not via app) and getting their coffee 1st. No soup for you!!!

My regular double espresso was typically robust, with balanced acidity and a beautiful, rounded finish of chocolate and hints of smoked Nicaraguan caramel. Ken tried to buy a good review by gifting me a Colombian cold drip, and buy it he did! An intriguing blend of molasses, maple and shortbread was a welcome finish to my morning coffee pilgrimage.


Esther C


Best cafe Esther C in newcastle for 2016

Nice quirky cafe. The service was great!! The atmosphere in the cafe seemed very lively. The coffee wasn’t the best. It had a weak watery taste even though I ordered a double shot, it tasted almost like They reused the the grounds for the second shot. May have just been a one off, haven’t gone back to see

Friendliest staff ever. Great coffee! Funky little place with a cool vibe

Best cafe Cargo Espresso Bar in newcastle for 2016

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"

Best cafe little white bull espresso in newcastle for 2016

Long black was so smooth. The barista certainly has the recipe right here - working with a top shelf bean from Seven Miles. Staff are welcoming and efficient. Lunch was delicious. Fabulous cafe experience. Congrats guys! OCD ;)

This was a let down for me. Strong flat white okay but burnt on the first sip and just okay to continue. Had a banana bread with it which made the coffee taste a bit better, but the banana bread itself tasted like egg and not very much like banana. Might have been an off day here.

Best cafe Mr.Sister Coffee in newcastle for 2016

awesome coffee. cool staff. great music. all round good experience.

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.

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

Consistently great & reliable coffee Can order ahead on 'HeyYou' Excellent menu

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

Best cafe The Locomotive in newcastle for 2016

First time, impressed! Excellent coffee and the staff are lovely

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 zaaki espresso in newcastle for 2016

This is a cosy cafe that gets busy very quick. The coffee was good . I tried their Jordanian eggs breakfast and it was quite good. The fried eggs were a little bit oily for my liking but tasty nevertheless. Will definitely be coming back

Best cafe Corner Lane Espresso in newcastle for 2016

Ordered a small long black on a double riz shot and it was perfect. The Batista recommended a single origin. It was awesome.

Have visited the Corner Lane several times in the last few weeks. It's always been a favourite- nice strong coffee; hot with that tang of bitterness that I like. The service is always friendly and efficient. Occasionally the staff at the CL get swamped and you have to wait a few minutes for your order-but that's what happens with a great product.

Best coffee just as I like it. Friendly staff. Nice atmosphere. Also sell great sourdough breads.


Welsh Blacks

Cooks Hill

Best cafe Welsh Blacks in newcastle for 2016

Amazing coffee!! Friendly staff. And a nice chilled vibe 👌🏼

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.

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.

Best cafe Black Circle Cafe in newcastle for 2016


The Locale

New Lambton

Best cafe The Locale in newcastle for 2016

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