Anybody who knows me will be aware that I love quaint little cafe's and coffee shops. The individuality of them, getting to know the staff and not to mention the range and variety on their menus. I'd happily pick that over a pumpkin spiced latte and a ham and cheese toastie any day of the week. So when I was asked by Talented Talkers and Travelodge to write about my favourite places in Newcastle I jumped at the chance to feature a handful of my favourite spots, and believe me it was hard to pick only a few.
Curious Leaves Tea Bar
Grainger Market, City Centre
Now for all you tea lovers out there theres one place I cannot recommend enough and thats Curious Leaves Tea Bar. Hidden away along aisle 1 of the Grainger Market, its one of my favourite local spots for a coffee free refreshment. Its not often you find places that specialise solely on tea (though you can get a coffee there too if you fancy) so Curious Leaves is definitely one of a kind. With an array of tea's to choose from, my favourite being 'Sleeping Beauty' theres something to tickle all your tea tastebuds.
Flat Caps Coffee
Ridley Place, City Centre
From one place that specializes in tea to one that specializes in coffee! Flat Caps Coffee is a truly hidden gem, tucked away in the basement of the Elula Gift Shop on Ridley Place, it may be hard to find but really is worth the effort. Owner Joe is an award winning coffee enthusiast who specialises in extraordinary coffee brewing techniques. You can choose from a classic filter style coffee, a sophisticated aeropress or you can give the syphon a try (warning it looks like a scientific experiment). Not only can you choose your brewing style but Joe features a selection of three different coffee's on his brew board, all with distinct flavours and undertones.
Dil and The Bear
Front Street, Tynemouth
I must say I don't JUST visit cafe's for a caffeine fix, food plays a huge factor on my where I choose to go, and one of my favourites to visit on a weekend has to be Dill and the Bear of Tynemouth. Venturing a little further afield than the city centre a visit to this tiny little cafe is really worth the metro ride. With a selection of sandwiches and salads, not to mention an array of amazing looking cakes, theres bound to be something to please everybody. My top choice being the butternut squash and goats cheese sandwich served with a side of their homemade pitta chips which I would happily buy in a share bag if I could.
So now you know about a handful of amazing places you can find in Newcastle, and believe me there are so many more, why not check out or should I say check in, to one of Travelodge's Newcastle hotels.
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