Looking to prettify your Instagram grid? Here are the cafes in Newcastle you need to visit for the best brews and bites to eat, served with a dollop of picture-perfect interiors on the side. Get ready to sip and snap!

Cake Stories

Colourful paper lanterns? Check. Converted shipping containers? Check. Wall art? Check. Cake Stories in Hoults Yard is the stuff of Instagram dreams, with prettiness by the bucketload everywhere you look. 

As you’d expect, there’s a wide variety of freshly baked cakes featuring the most unique and indulgent flavour combinations. 

Cake Stories

Fork in the Rose

If you like your brunch paired with a bouquet of flowers, then make a date with quaint cafe-come-florist, Fork in the Rose, located in the heart of Heaton. This gorgeous space is filled with beautiful locally-grown blooms and plants, creating a snug setting that feels like home from home.

Egg’s Benedict, avocado toast, Shakshuka, baked oats and smoked mackerel are just some of the foodie highlights from its tasty menu.

Fork in the Rose Heaton
Fork in the Rose exterior
Fork in the Rose brunch

Société Café Bar

Société is a chic, petite cafe brimming with charm; it wouldn’t look out of place in a cosmopolitan city like Milan thanks to its sprawling pavement seating. And with its proximity to the Theatre Royal in one direction and Grey’s Monument in the other, you’ll be hard pushed to find another cafe with such impressive views of Newcastle city centre.

It’s open in the evenings too, making it great for a post-work catch up with friends. And with pizza, wine, and cocktails all on the menu, what’s not to like?

Societe bar Grey Street
Societe bar pizza
Societe interior


Tucked inside Gosforth shopping centre, Etto is a cute cafe boasting an au naturale decor – think effortlessly stylish, yet ultra laid-back. It also boasts an outdoor terrace overlooking Gosforth Central Park, making this the perfect destination for a spot of al fresco brunching.

Expect firm favourites such as pancakes, bagels, and ciabattas on the menu, alongside sweet treats and pastries.

Etto cafe Gosforth
Etto cafe
Etto Gosforth

Flower Cafe

When strolling along Grainger Street in the city centre, you can’t fail to miss Flower Cafe thanks to its striking entrance adorned with, yep you guessed it, flowers! Spread over two floors, this cafe definitely appeals to the Insta crowd, with neon quotes strewn across the walls and floral decorations dotted everywhere.

It’s the place to go if you like your lattes pink and every other shade of pastel. The cafe also serves a good variety of toasted sandwiches, cakes, and cocktails (with 2 for £12).

Flower Cafe decor
Flower Cafe cake slice


Strictly speaking, Koru on Salters Road in Gosforth is a pizza joint, but it makes a relaxing daytime hangout too. Inside, you’ll find plants galore and a mish-mash of old and new furniture creating a comforting, lived-in vibe. It’s like you’ve secretly snuck into someone’s house for a cuppa.

On the menu, you’ll find a selection of light bites (including panini sandwiches, salads, dough balls, focaccia, bruschetta, jacket potatoes and flatbreads) alongside a scrumptious selection of cakes – and, of course, pizza!

Koru cafe
Koru interior
Koru Gosforth

Tasty by Greggs

My list wouldn’t be complete without including Tasty by Greggs, Primark’s resident cafe on Northumberland Street. Neon signage, a colour-clashing palette and a nod to the Tyne Bridge dominate its eye-poppingly bright decor. Tucking into a steak bake and empire biscuit never felt so glam!

But my personal highlight has got to be the sausage roll swing, surely THE most Instagram-worthy photo opportunity every devoted Greggs customer needs to tick off their list?!

Tasty by Greggs swing
Tasty by Greggs Primark

For more ideas on places to eat, drink, and visit around Newcastle, follow my blog’s Instagram page at @nclsparkles.