What can I say about it that hasn’t already been said before?
We all know that the beaches are beautiful and the live music scene is ragin’.
But can we talk about the food for a minute? Because I have gained at least 5 kilos since moving here 4 years ago... which in the scheme of things isn’t that much but I have gone from being a size 10 to a size 14, and my ability to dance all night to whatever sick tunes are playing at The Lass has sorely diminished.
Maybe it’s the beers.
Because that’s another thing... we have some great breweries!
Foghorns, The Hop Factory, The Grain Store... even the Uni has started brewing its own beer. It’s cheap, which is in the spirit of things (students are poor), but I wouldn’t give it a raving review.
From Zaaki in Mayfield, to Oma’s kitchen on Watt Street, to the kiosk at Nobby’s, there’s always a good feed to be had around Newcastle, no matter your budget.
I’ve tried a lot of the local grub during my time here and it just keeps getting better! The introduction of Uber Eats about 12 months ago has aided me in this quest (and is probably the main contributing factor to my weight gain, let’s be honest).
The best part about it, I would say, is the diversity.
We have Japanese, Korean, Persian, Spanish, German, French, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Greek, Thai, American... and a whole bunch of pubs that do Aussie classics.
Beaumont Street is a great place to go if you’re stuck in the never-ending cycle of “What do you feel like?” “I don’t know, what do you feel like?” with your partner.
Just take a stroll up one side, then down another, and go into any of the restaurants or cafes. You can even do it systematically to avoid making any choices whatsoever.
There’s also great nightlife around there if you’re into people watching. The Oasis and the Cappadocia at 2am is a cultural experience. Honestly, that should be on the tourist bus’ itinerary.
Darby Street is like the fancier version of Beaumont Street and is where I take a Tinder date that I’m trying to impress. Goldberg’s is open ‘til late, and Beach Burrito does great tacos.
The Three Monkey’s is an institution for breakfast and does amazing smoothies... and Coco Monde is a reasonably priced place to have a banana split complete with homemade marshmallows.
I took my mum there once for high tea for her birthday, she was super impressed, and it didn’t break the bank.
Apart from the places that have become a Newy staple, such as Blue Door on Hunter Street, the food is often changing. This can be a good thing if you get bored easily because there’s always something new. But it can be hard to keep up!
So I would recommend getting out there and trying that new restaurant before it disappears.
And maybe if enough of us do that they will stop disappearing.