• Joe Wilson

5 Independent coffee shops in Newcastle with an interesting twist


UK Coffee Week is upon us and whether you're a flat-white flag flyer or a cappuccino connoisseur, this blog is guaranteed to have something for everyone!

I'll start by saying there are COUNTLESS amazing coffee and brunch places in our beautiful region. However, the establishments on this list have that little something that sets them apart.

So grab yourself your favourite cuppa, get comfy and read on. You might find something new!

Super Natural Cafe

Super Natural is a Bar, eatery and coffee shop located on Grainger Street in Newcastle city centre (just up from the central station).

I chose this place because the atmosphere (especially later in the day when the dark nights start rolling in) is perfect. Enjoy a coffee under the stars!

Serving a range of great beers and wines along with freshly prepared meals, sandwiches, paninis, jackets and salads. You must try the freshly squeezed juices, shakes & milkshakes!

All food, drink and alcoholic beverages are suitable for vegans.

The venue is a peaceful and tranquil location in the heart of the city,

The restaurant is available for private events and parties as a venue that can hold up to 60 guests.

A warm welcome awaits everyone 29 Grainger Street. Call 0191 4473800 for booking information.

Super Natural Cafe Instagram

Mog on the Tyne

A coffee shop and cafe, filled with cats...need I say more? I didn't think so but here's the craic;

"We are right in the city centre to provide you with an oasis of calm, away from work, studies and shopping!

What could be better than to retreat to one of the oldest streets in Newcastle city centre to spend an hour with our delightful family of rescued cats? Delicious cakes, 'pawnini's' and carefully chosen hot and cold drinks; all from local suppliers.

We are open 6 days a week (Mondays being our day of rest!) and we encourage you to book your visit in advance to get a time slot that suits you and to avoid disappointment.

We do have an admission fee which is £6 per person (big and little) which ALL goes to our cat's wellbeing. Unfortunately, without this, we could not afford to run our cafe. We want to thank you all for being so understanding of this, as it helps us immensely.

Have a look around our website to find out what to expect when you arrive. Come meet our lovely cat friends and staff. We look forward to meeting you soon!"

BANDANA NIGHT - Wednesday 28th October from 3.30 pm to 4.40 pm

Get crafty with our expert teacher banDONNA and indulge in her craft supplies, to make your very own pet bandana! Featuring special spooky fabrics this time, you don’t wanna miss it Mog on the Tyne Instagram


Dubbed "the most instagrammable place in Newcastle", Horticulture certainly lives up to its reputation. Several floors of the most aesthetically pleasing surroundings, greenery, furniture and food!

Here's a little about Horti;

"At Horticulture our company ethos and values lie within fresh, organic, locally sourced produce throughout. We strive to create unique, tasty, forward-thinking dishes and cocktails but with the focus on cultivating as much as possible from the source.

We are environmentally conscious, consistently trying to reduce our waste, reduce our carbon footprint, and also with as much renewable or biodegradable packaging as possible. Our aim is to do all of the above whilst creating a vibrant, bohemian atmosphere."

Visit the website for booking information.

Horticulture Instagram

The Dispensary Coffee House

I'd go as far as to say, Dispensary is the real deal when it comes to coffee and brunch.

Do you have self-certified coffee withdrawal? Are you in need of a pancake prescription? Read on;

As the name suggests, the Dispensary is a pharmacy inspired brunch and coffee specialist, where you can unleash your inner scientist by self-administering your coffee via burette and into Dispensary beakers, or injecting their delectable syrup via syringe into your chosen signature pancake stack.

It all sounds quite exciting, doesn't it? Well, it is. I can't recommend this place enough. The Dispensary was described as "The best breakfast in Newcastle" by New Girl in Toon

Visit The Dispensary website or call 0191 435 8719 for booking information.

Dispensary Instagram

Backyard Bike Shop

Okay okay, before you say it, I KNOW this is technically not Newcastle but you'll thank me so read on!

Named 2019's 'Best Independent Bike Retailer' by Bikebiz, Backyard Bike shop is situated in the picturesque River Brew Co. on the Gateshead quayside.

Perfect views of the River Tyne, Newcastle bridges and a perfect coffee checkpoint for cyclists and walkers alike.

The cafe is the front of the bike shop, a friendly environment, for working, catching up and chilling out. Backyard Bike Shop serves takeaway coffee and light snacks throughout the day.

Pop in and see what Backyard Bike Shop is all about, you can find us at Hillgate Quay, Gateshead, NE8 2BH, from Tuesdays - Saturdays.

Call 07519098963 or visit Backyard Bike Shop Website

Backyard Bike Shop Instagram

Conclusion: The best ground for your pound

If you got this far you absolutely must have a double espresso in hand! Thanks so much for reading.

Support a local coffee shop this National Coffee week and try one of the before-mentioned spots.

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*Pictures and information are taken from each respective website or social media platform, linked under each coffee shop.

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