Top 10 Breakfasts in the Toon

I’m often asked where I’d recommend for a hearty weekend breakfast or brunch, so I’ve compiled this handy list of places to hit whether you’re craving a Full English or a stack of tasty Pancakes. Perfect for a lazy Saturday when you’ve not a (baked) bean in the house or for chasing away a nasty hangover!

Harissa Kitchen, Sandyford

imageA new addition to the Newcastle breakfast scene, we recently visited to try out Harissa’s menu. Impressed with the quality of food on offer, we’d heartily recommend a visit regardless of the time of day to this fantastic local restaurant. You can read about our tasty brunch here.

Quay Ingredient, Newcastle Quayside

image Regularly cited as one of the best breakfasts in the Toon, Quay Ingredient have gained a reputation for serving up the best Eggs Benedict in the city. Before the veganism Mr. Canny was mighty keen on these perfectly poached bad boys with Parma Ham. A must-visit.

Violets Cafe, Newcastle Quayside

imageStill a relative newbie – having opened back in June – the rave reviews of their Buttermilk Waffles have guaranteed Violets is a popular breakfast destination on Newcastle’s Quayside. You can read my thoughts on their offering here.

Ernest, Ouseburn

imageI can’t believe the first time we tried out the brunch options at Ernest was a few days after Dinky was born. Ahhh, she was so tiny! Mr. Canny tried out their Full Vegan breakfast, but they obviously have meatier options available. Check out their website for more information on opening times and days here.

Olive & Bean, Newcastle City Centre


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All of the ingredients used by Olive and Bean are locally and ethically sourced. From healthy porridge to the hipster’s favourite Avo Smash on Toast, this is the perfect place to eat before a day of shopping in the Toon. Round the corner from Grey’s Monument, it is centrally located and has an extensive menu to chose from. Check out their website for more info here.

1901 Caffe Bistro, Jesmond

imageLocated in the suburb of Jesmond, 1901 is a great place to chase away a hangover or pour over the Sunday newspapers with a strong coffee and one of their breakfast options. With plenty to veggie and non-veggie dishes to chose from, it is popular with the student population of the area, too. You can read about our visit here.

The Butterfly Cabinet, Heatonimage

A Heaton institution, The Butterfly Cabinet has been serving up huge plates of fried foods to worse-for-wear students under many guises for a number of years. Available all day, the menu is as big as their portions. Check out their website here. Pictured above is The Business, the breakfast of champions apparently. If you can eat anything after eating this I’m a monkey’s uncle.

Sky Apple Cafe, HeatonimageOne of Newcastle’s longest standing vegetarian cafes, Sky Apple is a must-visit for any veggie or vegan. Mr. Canny still thinks their fry-up is the best tasting and value breakfast in the area. At just £5.95 for this plateful, he has a point. You can read more here.

Long Play Cafe, Newcastle Quayside

imageBacon sarnies and fry-ups are the order of the day at Long Play Cafe, the Quayside’s record store-cum-cafe. You can read about the Nutella and Banana Pancakes our Teen had during a visit here.

Tyneside Bar Cafe, Newcastle City Centre


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Available between 10am and 5pm Saturday and Sunday, the Tyneside Bar Cafe’s breakfasts are usually the precursor to a day of shopping. From Eggs Benedict to Dippy Eggs and Soldiers, they do all the hard work so you don’t have to. Child-friendly and with vegan options available, its relaxed atmosphere make it popular with all ages. You can see what’s on offer here.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x




  1. rachel kershaw

    There are so many places on this list I haven’t tried, definitely need to start getting up earlier at weekends and heading to some of these lovely places!

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      Some serve up all day so you can enjoy a lie-in 😉


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