The best cafes and study spots in Newcastle

As the weather gets cooler and the uni workload gets bigger, here are some of the best cafes for the ultimate study session.

Martha Lewis
22nd November 2023
Meli cafe. Image source: Martha Lewis
It’s officially cafe season. With clocks changing in October, the weather getting crisper, and the workload ramping up, there’s no greater time to hunker down in a cafe or cosy study spot than now.

I consider cafe hopping an art in itself (I’m dead serious), and whilst this is only my first semester here in Newcastle, I have already familiarised myself with many of the cafes in town, and have quickly discovered some firm favourites. The abundance of independent coffee shops in Newcastle is something not to be missed. 

  1. The Magic Hat

A personal favourite that I stumbled upon during freshers, but have returned to weekly without fail. Resembling an open plan, farmhouse dining room - the place has a communal feel for certain. They change their menu every day, meaning there is always something new to try. They often have avocado toast on the menu for 4 quid, and I had a delicious aubergine soup there the other day for just a fiver. You can also volunteer here. It’s a cracking place that’s more than just a cafe.

Aubergine soup at The Magic Hat. Image source: Martha Lewis.

2. Tiny Tiny

Another frequented cafe pick, also in the centre. They grind the finest specialty coffee and are not stingy when it comes to brunch portions. They do all the classics but with a twist – check out their carrot and walnut porridge or stottie breakfast rolls.

Tiny Tiny. Image source: Martha Lewis.

3. Laneway and Co

A must due to its location. It sits on cobbled high bridge, and feels like a cosy gem, but it has a real buzz once inside. Its scandi interiors calm the senses and the drinks on offer are equally appealing. I tried their peach sencha which was perfectly sweet, and they also do a mean dirty chai. Perfect for anyone looking for a central spot which is just a little off the main drag.

4. Meli Cafe

Perfect if you want somewhere central which feels like a pocket of peace and relaxation. Just off Northumberland Street, I stopped here after shopping for a quiet break and people watched from above! The window views you get here are gorgeous. The coffee was even better; I went for a freddo espresso.

The view from Meli Cafe. image source: Martha Lewis.
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