Independent coffee shop escapes around the Toon

Lottie Wright and Becky Nelson gives us a run-down of the best independent coffee spots to visit around Newcastle

Lottie Wright
28th October 2020
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Undoubtedly, we’re reaching that point in the year when the novelty of your student desk rubs off. Equally, the ever-enticing Robbo or similarly as-inviting Marj aren’t surprisingly taking your fancy. However, fear not, there will always be the option of ‘the café.’ Not just your any old “student” (severely overpriced) café, but those right on our doorsteps, full of potential and individuality.

The comforting smell of coffee and freshly baked homemade goods may be tainted by our masks. Yet in this scenario, there is a lower probability of getting distracted by the social opportunities the library brings at the moment, finding yourself two hours later in the library café with a regrettable choice of sandwich. Studying in a café offers an alternative experience to your workspace and studies show it reaps benefits for your productivity. Not just delivering on both its food and drink, the café atmosphere provides a more relaxing environment where not everybody is frantically cramming for the next day deadline. There is the awkward search for the plug and requesting the free Wi-Fi password but once you’re past that, you are laughing.

Nothing against the usual Starbucks, Costa and Café Nero, but Newcastle’s independent coffee spots are arguably some of the greatest in the North East. From city centre to the scenic Quayside and the novelty of Ouseburn, Newcastle’s diversity of places to work and study are endless. Particularly during an uncertain time for the local economy, additionally it is a fantastic way to support our local businesses. Hence, presenting to you five of Newcastle’s new laptop locations, we hope you love them just as much as we do.

A money saver – The Coffee Trader

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Situated just off Northumberland street, The Coffee Trader offers a boundless space to work either on your own or with your household. Simply, great quality AND great prices.

A Study with a View – BALTIC Kitchen

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Within the renowned Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the Kitchen provides a space to study by the river and immerse yourself in Newcastle’s culture. Note, with coronavirus restrictions, this café is only open from Wednesday to Sunday.  

A Detour – Kiln

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Located in the Ouseburn Valley and based in a working pottery, this emerging café/ bar is slightly out of central Newcastle, nevertheless certainly worth a detour. The collection of smells from coffee to woodsmoke along with its general aesthetic offers a perfect change up.

A Pit Stop – The Dispensary

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Underneath ‘The View,’ this retro industrial style café is particularly convenient for those in university owned accommodation plus the Business School and the Urban Design building for its short walk. If you are into your pancakes, this one’s for you. It comes with a maple syrup syringe; I say no more.

A Classic – Olive and Bean

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Unquestionably, this café/ lunch spot is the most reliable of them all. The staff are always attentive and friendly, beside a consistent menu that never disappoints on its variety and quality.

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