Let’s be honest; student food isn’t usually associated with fine dining and haute cuisine. But just because you’re at uni, it doesn’t mean you have to live off greasy kebabs and tinned beans.

Newcastle has a wide range of great places to eat that are easy on the wallet. Whether you’re looking for a slap-up meal with your mates, somewhere to take your parents for weekend brunch, or the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, we’ve selected our favourite foodie hotspots that the city has to offer.

Daytime Dining

The Butterfly Cabinet

One of the best known spots for mid-week breakfast or lunch, the Butterfly Cabinet is a popular haunt for many in the popular student suburb of Heaton. From steaming plates of pasta to healthy salads, bangers and mash to noodles, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite with mates between lectures.

Fat Hippo

If burgers are your thing, you can’t beat Fat Hippo. With restaurants in Jesmond and the city centre, Fat Hippo offers a twist on diner classics, including Instagram-worthy burgers, towering milkshakes and extravagant desserts.

Sushi Me Rollin’

One of Newcastle’s newer foodie destinations, Sushi Me Rollin’ deserves a spot on the list for its puntastic name alone. Located in Stack, Newcastle’s container village in the heart of the city, it offers traditional Asian ingredients fused with contemporary flavour.

Leisurely Brunches

Quay Ingredient

Tucked underneath the majestic Tyne Bridge, Quay Ingredient offers weekend all-day breakfasts sure to please even the biggest appetites. With its impressive location, it’s an ideal spot to show off the best that Newcastle has to offer to visiting friends and family.


Nestled away in trendy Ouseburn, Ernest combines an art studio feel with delicious brunch staples, making it a must for anyone looking for a gentle start to the day in one of Newcastle’s most fashionable areas. Brunch is served until 2pm, perfect after a long lie-in.

Cafe 1901

As one of Newcastle’s most popular areas for students, Jesmond boasts a range of brunch spots. One of the best known is Cafe 1901, which serves coffee, cake and bistro specials in the heart of a converted chapel. Decorated with quirky vintage treasures, it also offers a wide range of veggie and vegan options.

Something Special

The Botanist

From live music to Christmas menus, the Botanist has something all year round for fans of fine dining. Choose a tipple from their famous and extensive cocktail menu to accompany your meal, and be sure to visit the roof terrace for spectacular views of the city centre.

The Broad Chare

A stone’s throw from the famous Quayside, the Broad Chare is the perfect venue for an intimate date night or special occasion. The dish of the day offers traditional British classics, made with seasonal produce and served in a contemporary style. Located next to the Live Theatre, the Broad Chare is ideal for a night of culture.

Restaurant Week

Take advantage of Newcastle’s annual Restaurant Week to find money-saving deals on some of the city’s best restaurants. From three course menus to afternoon tea, every January cafes, restaurants and pubs from across the city take part, offering some of the finest food from as little as £10 per head.

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