The top 10 places to eat, sleep and play so you too can experience ‘Newy’ like a true local.
1. Baked Uprising
There’s a bakery here called Baked Uprising, which is absolutely a local’s secret. It’s tucked down a side street in a warehouse in Marysville, a part of town that was forgotten for a long time. The pastries are just amazing. The pies always get me, but whatever you order will be good.
2. Parry Street
Check out Parry Street – it’s filled with creatives who’ve repurposed derelict warehouses as media, design and architecture offices, as well as a great hole-in-the-wall café, The Sherwood and the industrial restaurant; Parry St Garage. Such an awesome example of how Newy is changing.
3. Burwood Beach (to yourself)
Just past Merewether Baths is a beautiful long stretch of sand called Burwood Beach. It has a rock lagoon and meets the edge of the national park, and it’s not unusual to have the whole thing to yourself mid-week.
4. Classic Catherine Hill
If you really want to be a local you’ve got to take the 40-minute drive south of town to Catherine Hill Bay. There are heaps of secret beaches dotted around the area, and not much else except for Catho Pub, which is a laidback, classic spot for a beer.
5. Sweet stay: Honeysuckle
Mates usually crash at mine, but if not I recommend the serviced apartments at Honeysuckle (From $168 a night) – they’re awesome!
6. (Whisky) speakeasy
You have to go to Coal & Cedar, an awesome little whisky speakeasy – but there are no signs identifying its location, you have to enter through an unmarked library door.
7. Preferred pub
Alternatively the Lass O’ Gowrie pub, in Wickham, is our little go-to for a beer. It has a great garden out the back and they’ve always got bands on. Walk along Darby Street – it’s full of pubs getting little facelifts.
8. Cycle away like the locals
There’s a cycleway now open along the entire foreshore, so you can pretty much ride from Nobbys Beach to Islington. It’s an awesome cycle and very ‘local’.
9. The Olive Tree Markets
Check out The Olive Tree Markets held at Civic Park one weekend a month. Featuring local jewellery designers, sculptors, handmade candles, fresh flowers and there’s live music.
10. The Flotilla
Newcastle’s newest fine-dining restaurant.