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Best restaurants in Newcastle for every occasion

As a student, there are several occasions that can pop up throughout the year where you’ll feel the pressure to find a cool restaurant. To make the process a little simpler, we thought we’d introduce some eateries around Newcastle that are worth an explore. From planning a date night to restaurants you can impress your parents with when they visit, we have you covered.

Street food/ Quick bite

When you’re looking for something quick to grab or when student loans are running low, street food is the perfect solution. Not only are you spoilt for choice but you can also save a few pounds.


Grainger Market

Grainger market is a classic and has been featured in several previous blogs. It is only a 10 minute walk from the Business School and perfect for a quick lunch. The food choices are amazing including Dumpling and Bun, French Oven, Acropolis Greek Gyros and many more. There are vendors serving Halal food, vegan food and everything in between!


Hawker Market at By The River Brew Co.

Hawker Market is an outdoor food market home to many street food vendors. Currently it is home to Dot Bagels, Chuchos Tacos and many more. However, the vendors are often swapping out so you can expect some new food for each visit.




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Stack is not only perfect for food choices but also for live music, outdoor bar and lifestyle shops. There is so much to explore that you can’t get bored during your visit. Some food vendors include Redhead’s Mac n Cheese, Stixs Korean Fried Chicken and Bao Down Bao Buns.

Dinner with friends

When planning a nice meal with your flat mates or course mates, it can be tricky to find a place that would make everyone happy. We’ve included a wide range of cuisines to make sure it caters to everyone’s dietary requirements.


Fat Hippo 


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Fat Hippo has the convenience of having a restaurant in both Jesmond and the City Centre. The location is perfect since students in university accommodation have the City Centre branch whilst those living in in Jesmond or Heaton have the Jesmond branch. The food selection is very inclusive since they have an extensive vegan/vegetarian menu and the Halal chicken options.



Zapatista is a burrito bar located on Ridley Place and Grainger Street. You can customise your order to your liking when building your own burrito. The two locations make it convenient to visit whether you’re on the main campus or at the Business School building.




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Dabbawal is a student favourite and also has locations in both the City Centre and Jesmond. They specialise in Indian street food and have some amazing small plates. Dabbawal offer a takeaway service which are perfect for takeaway nights with your flatmates.

Date night

Sometimes it can be difficult to find new places for date night when it feels like you’ve already been to every corner of the city. We’ve tried to hunt down places that have delicious food but also fun cocktail or mocktail options.


Lola Jeans


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Lola Jeans has a great selection of food but it’s also very well decorated making it a super ‘instagrammable’ spot. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a date night.


Riley’s Fish Shack

Riley’s Fish Shack is located on King Edward’s Bay overlooking the sea. The location makes it a perfect romantic spot where you can take a walk along the coast after eating.


The Alchemist 


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The Alchemist have a good food menu with a lot of brunch dishes. However, their smoky cocktails are what makes the experience worth it. They offer an extensive mocktail menu so you can still enjoy the experience without alcoholic drinks.


Parents visiting

Deciding where to take your parents can be stressful, especially when you want to impress them with what your new city offers. Whether you’re looking for a brunch spot or a classic pub option, your parents will appreciate the selection.



If you need a goof brunch place to take your parents, Horticulture is your best choice. Tucked away in Market Lane, you wouldn’t expect the place to have 3 floors and an outdoor terrace. The open kitchen on the third floor is also great to see the chefs hard at work.



Francesca’s is very well known amongst the students and local residents in Jesmond. The family-run Italian will never fail to make you feel welcomed. The great value for money is an added bonus!



If you’re looking for a more traditional style pub, Blackfriars puts their own spin on the typical pub atmosphere. They use locally sourced ingredients to bring you a seasonal menu. They also have cooking classes and beer/wine tasting evenings if you’re looking for something different.


We hope you enjoyed our list and managed to find somewhere to visit with your friends or family. Stay tuned for other recommendations on activities to do around Newcastle.

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