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PENINSULA CITY ITINERARIES: How to make the most of your next visit to Newcastle

Visiting Newcastle? Looking for some tips on the best places to dine, drink, explore and experience? You’ve come to the right place.

These itineraries invite you to spend your next visit to Newcastle with the locals who are recharging the City. Local businesses with a new vision and purpose for Newcastle, who are changing the way you experience our beautiful Peninsula City.

FOODIES

This itinerary is designed to give you a broad taste of what Newcastle has to offer. While it would be very easy to focus on fine dining experiences, this itinerary is designed to showcase venues that are doing something a little different and changing food culture in Newcastle.

BREAKFAST: estabar

There’s something about breakfast with an ocean view. And that’s what’s on offer here at estabar. If we were you we’d head straight for estabar’s Cultured Buckwheat Crepes which are seriously out of this world when enjoyed with a great coffee. But no matter what you choose from the menu, which parades local produce, you’re in for a great morning here.

ADDRESS: 61 Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
PHONE: 02 4927 1222

LUNCH: Scotties Seafood and Bar

Brace yourself – you’re about to experience some of the best seafood you’ve ever had. If you’re a serious food lover, you’ll find yourself at home with your kin here. Scotties is a small seafood trattoria, run by a team of dedicated full-time foodies, just like you. The produce is fresh, local and is often line-caught. Dine in for the true Scotties experience or grab some takeaway (Scottie’s Battered Fish Burrito, anyone?) and sit by the beach.

ADDRESS: 36 Scott St, Newcastle East NSW 2300
PHONE: (02) 4926 3780

AFTERNOON PICKUP: Good Brother

The perfect spot for an afternoon pick-me-up. If you’re like us, you’re heading straight for a short black, but whatever the barista hands over the counter here is likely to be one of the best cups you’ve ever had in your life. And if you’ve got some room left after breakfast and lunch, you can’t go past a toasted blueberry bagel with cream cheese.

ADDRESS: 40 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300
PHONE: (02) 4023 3158

DINNER: Napoli Centrale Pizza Bar

After a big day enjoying some of the best food and coffee our Peninsula City has to offer, we can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy evening than a night with Alfonso and Michela at Napoli Centrale Pizza Bar. You won’t see pineapple or chicken on the menu here – think traditional artisan Naples and vera pizza, great atmosphere and welcoming, friendly service.

ADDRESS: 173 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300
PHONE: (02) 4023 2339

SHOP-A-HOLICS

This itinerary is for the fashion lovers, the bargain hunters and those who love finding the perfect gift you just can’t get anywhere else.

SHOP ONE: Fringe Dweller By Gina Ermer

Our very own all Australian fashion label. Gina Ermer’s design ethos is based on sustainability and ethics and the clothes are best described as quality comfort with a Japanese aesthetic.

ADDRESS: 170 King Street Newcastle, NSW 2300
PHONE: 0414 950 163

SHOP TWO: Studio Melt

Looking for the perfect gift for your special someone? Look no further. Studio Melt is a jewellery store like no other. It offers unique and alternative engagement and wedding jewellery and also offer a range of carefully curated objects and art.

ADDRESS: 119 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300
PHONE: (02) 4927 0880

SHOP THREE: High Tea with Mrs Woo

Sisters – Angela, Rowena and Juliana have created something quite unique with High Tea with Mrs Woo. They design elegant, timeless clothing and accessories with natural fibre fabrics and you’ll be forgiven for losing an hour just browsing in this store.

ADDRESS: 74 Darby St, Cooks Hill NSW 2300
PHONE: (02) 4926 4883

SHOP FOUR: Ramjet

Looking for where the cool kids are shopping? You’re welcome. It’s vintage-inspired frocks, yummy mummy wears, lifestyle clothes, shoes including hip, pre-loved cowboy boots and accessories.

ADDRESS: 78 Darby St, Cooks Hill NSW 2300
PHONE: (02) 4926 2839

SHOP FIVE: Blackbird Corner

Want to find a gift for that hard to buy for person? Nici & Sean from Blackbird Corner are the people to see. Blackbird Corner has become a Darby Street institution for good reason. Their personally selected items create a space that’s beautiful just to walk around in and you’re bound to walk out with something that will excite and, or, inspire.

ADDRESS: 70 Darby St, Cooks Hill NSW 2300
PHONE: (02) 4929 4350

CULTURE HUNTERS

Culture junkies this one’s for you. From social enterprises to local ventures changing the way we think about our lives.

STOP ONE: Newcastle Museum

This is the perfect place to start your culture hunting adventures in Newcastle. You’ll get an insight into the history of our city that you can’t get anywhere else. The museum collects, preserves and interpret objects that tell a story for and about Newcastle.

ADDRESS: 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle NSW 2300
PHONE: (02) 4974 1400

STOP TWO: Secret Book stuff

A social enterprise spreading the love of literature. From the alphabetised shelves stacked with good reads, coveted classics and handpicked local products to the personalised service guaranteed to help you find your new literary obsession, Secret Book Stuff is the place to be and all your purchases will help Amy and Laura donate books to those in need.

ADDRESS: Shop 3a/110 Scott St, Newcastle NSW 2300
PHONE: 0433 487 449

STOP THREE: The Lock-Up

Current, experimental and diverse. They’re the three words that best describe The Lock-up. Located in one of our most significant heritage buildings this creative hub has become one of the jewels in Newcastle’s crown. With its vast array of amazingly curated events and exhibitions, you’re bound to find something new every time you visit. And just walking around inside is half the joy of being here. Do not miss this location on your next visit to Newcastle.

ADDRESS: 90 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300
PHONE: (02) 4925 2265

STOP FOUR: The Royal Exchange

This hybrid performing arts space tucked away in Bolton Street, is home to some of the city’s most exciting spaces. Hit their website, pick up a ticket to a show and step through a door that will transport you to a world that feels like a European or New York basement-like art community house that you’ve read about online.

Performances, Music, Art House, Cult and Foreign Movies, World Music Concerts.

ADDRESS: 32-34 Bolton Street Newcastle 2300
PHONE: (02) 4929 4969


THE PENINSULA CITY PROJECT

These itineraries are all part of the Peninsula City Project which gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with the characters reshaping our amazing city.

You can find out more about the Project by clicking here.

Written by Dan Beazley