The Best Work-Friendly Coffee Shops in Newcastle

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Are you a professional and looking for the best coffee shops to work in Newcastle?

Then look no further than this post!

Whether you work right in the city centre, work from home or anything in between, coffee shops can be a great place to get into the zone and get your caffeine fix.

There are a variety of work-friendly coffee shops in Newcastle city centre – some more quiet allowing you to focus and concentrate whereas others are more lively to give you some inspiration while you work.

In Newcastle however, you are particularly spoilt for choice as there are so many hidden gems where you can tuck yourself away and get to work.

In this post we’ll explore a list of the best cafes to work in Newcastle that provide comfort, caffeine, and that all-important internet connection.

So, let’s get started.

Quay Ingredient cafe sign
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Quay Ingredient

Where: 4 Queen Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3UG
Opening times: 9am-3pm

Located under the Tyne Bridge, Quay Ingredient offers a cosy haven to get lost in your to-do list for the day.

With comfy seating and dimmed lighting, this is the perfect setting to get some peace and quiet while you work through those tasks that require a bit more concentration.

Not only is the cafe tucked just around the corner from the iconic Newcastle quayside, but the grub on offer leaves you spoilt for choice.

If you’re looking for a coffee shop that can fuel you for the day, then Quay Ingredient is the one for you as they provide a hearty menu 7 days a week, including everything from cooked breakfasts, to sandwiches, to pastries.

Equally, if you’re looking for an evening pick-me-up after a long day spent huddled over your laptop, around the corner you will find an array of restaurants such as Uno’s Trattoria and The Hard Rock Cafe.

What a perfect little spot to start our list!

Blakes logo and coffee cup
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Blakes

Where: 53 Grey Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6EE
Opening times: 7:30am-5pm

With cosy indoor seating and an outdoor seating area on Grey Street, Blakes is a comfortable coffee shop with a variety of workstation options.

Located in the city centre just down from the Theatre Royal, this coffee shop is perfect if you commute on public transport, as it will take you less than 5 minutes to reach the nearest bus stop or metro station.

In addition to the cafe’s central location, we’d recommend Blakes if you’re an early bird as they have a breakfast menu full of options that are sure to set you up for a productive day.

They offer everything from a full English breakfast and breakfast stotties, to eggs cooked 5 different ways!

Blakes don’t scrimp on the coffee either, as you can order any of the classics with a single or a double shot if you’re in need of an extra boost when that pile of work keeps increasing.

This coffee shop is for you if you’re a foodie, and need to refuel at intervals during your working day.

Flat Caps Coffee shop front
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Flat Caps Coffee

Where: 9, 11 Carliol Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6UF
Opening times: 8am-4pm

Flat Caps is a hidden, work-friendly coffee shop that is spacious and full of greenery to help provide a positive environment to stay focused.

Just a 5 minute walk away from Greys Monument in the city centre, Flat Caps is tucked away but open all day, serving food and a variety of coffee options!

Along with the standard coffee menu, the cafe offers batch brew, pour over, and nitro cold brew, so your energy levels will be at an all-time high if you choose this as your work spot.

For the real coffee lovers out there, the beans used in the coffee are available to buy in store, so you can take a taste of Flat Caps away with you at the end of the day.

Inside the cafe the seating is spaced out nicely and you can choose between a standard table and chair or a comfy sofa, depending on however you work best!

This coffee shop is perfect if you require a working area that is spacious, cosy, and sociable as you will be surrounded by others while you work.

Pink Lane Coffee shop sign
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Pink Lane Coffee

Where: 1 Pink Ln, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5DW
Opening times: 8am-5pm

Pink Lane Coffee prides itself on roasting, tasting, and adjusting coffee beans, until they hit perfection for their customers.

So, if quality coffee on tap is what gets you through the working day, Pink Lane may just be the best coffee shop to work in for you!

The quirky little cafe is small in size, but they don’t scrimp on the decor with a variety of seating from bar stools, to benches, to a huge leather sofa, and wall art and plants to create a homely environment.

Now, no-one can be expected to work on an empty stomach, particularly when spending hours in a cafe working away and losing track of time. Luckily, Pink Lane has this covered and provides a wide selection of lunch options such as sandwiches, bagels, and even savoury croissants.

However, if you prefer a sweet treat while you work or to pair with your coffee, there are plenty of those up for grabs too with a range of cakes, cookies, brownies and flapjacks, you’re sure to stay full and fuelled!

As an added bonus, this coffee shop is located just across the road from Newcastle Central Station, meaning if you’re up for a business trip, or commute from a nearby town or city, Pink Lane could be your perfect stop-off.

Central bean coffee cup and cakes
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Central Bean

Where: Time Central, Gallowgate, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4SN
Opening times: 7:30am-4pm

Central Bean is located slightly further out of the city centre and focuses on providing an extensive range of hot and cold coffee, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Just down the street from St James Park, this coffee shop has a more contemporary feel with bright lighting and plenty of windows meaning you won’t fall asleep on the job!

If you’re in need of a break, you can take 5 minutes to browse the wide selection of coffees on offer at Central Bean as there is everything from espressos and iced coffees, to seasonal and festive drinks.

So, caffeine-wise, they’ve got you covered all year round.

What’s great about this coffee is it is all sourced from El Salvador, Brazil, and Ethiopia for that rich taste and a buzz that will keep you going until 5pm.

However, if coffee isn’t quite your drink of choice, Central Bean offers a unique range of low-fat smoothies or ice cream frappes to hit that sweet spot.

The Canny Goat shop front
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The Canny Goat

Where: 8 Monk St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5XD
Opening times: 8am-5pm

Another central work-friendly coffee shop option is the Canny Goat.

Now, apart from the name (which of course, we think is brilliant) this small cafe is central, but out of sight, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking for somewhere quiet.

The coffee house and roastery offer a range of hot drinks and sweet treats to see you through that long working day, and have recently launched their new toastie range which is already very popular among customers.

The cafe has both indoor seating and a small outdoor area, and the decor is splashed with hints of yellow to provide you with a bit of summer all year round.

This coffee shop is fairly new but has already received raving reviews, so if you fancy working from The Canny Goat one afternoon, go sooner rather than later as we can see it filling up quickly!

Camber Coffee logo
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Camber Coffee

Where: 33-35 Market St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6JE
Opening times: 8:30am-5pm

In a secret spot above the Start Fitness store, Camber Coffee can provide the perfect hideaway to ensure your work day goes interrupted.

This cafe has plenty of natural light to keep you inspired and motivated, and the rustic interior is populated with plants, and there is plenty of choice when it comes to food and more importantly, coffee.

The menu has a great range of vegan and vegetarian options to cater to all dietary requirements, and even offers afternoon tea if you are working with colleagues and fancy a midday treat!

Equally, the seating available is varied, so whether you prefer a more relaxed sofa style chair, a regular coffee shop table, or a long bench to collaborate or spread out on, Camber Coffee will make you feel right at home.

The coffee here is great too, and we can speak from experience as we know they make a mean Chai latte that can be enjoyed all year round to spice up your coffee shop working experience.

Tea Sutra Teahouse
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Tea Sutra Teahouse

Where: 1st Floor, 2 Leazes Park Rd, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4PF
Opening times: 12pm-5pm

As popular as coffee is, we know that sometimes all you need is a good cuppa, and that’s why we have included Tea Sutra Teahouse on our list.

Located just over the road from Eldon Square shopping centre, Tea Sutra is yet again well hidden from the masses above the Koba&Co barbershop.

This is the perfect setting to relax and unwind before, during, or after your working day, by trying one of the 120 varieties of premium loose leaf tea from across the globe.

You will be spoilt for choice!

The environment is a sanctuary to retreat to if working from home or in the office isn’t working for you, and provides comfortable seating and a 100% vegan menu.

Not only is the seating comfortable, but the teahouse offers even more relaxation with the sitting platform where you take off your shoes and take a well needed break, before getting back into the zone.

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The Coffee Trader

Where: 16 Northumberland St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7EL
Opening times 8am-7pm

If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of commuters, students, and shoppers on Northumberland Street, then turn onto Northumberland Place and head along to The Coffee Trader.

This spot is the perfect place to recharge and crack on with a day’s work, as it is open early til late!

You’ll need to take a few steps down to get to the cafe and this only adds to the cosy vibe, as it is hidden ever so slightly underground. This means on weekdays, you might get lucky and be one of the only people there!

The Coffee Trader has dimmed lighting and shows regular news updates on the TV screens if you’re ever in need of a short break or some inspiration from the world around you.

The seating is again, very varied, with an outdoor area as well as sofas that you can sink into as you grab a hot drink and take a well-earned breather.

The cafe has a classic range of coffees all with double shots to give you an energy boost and they have a great selection of hot chocolates, offering you the option to have “Hot chocolate your way” with a variety of toppings to choose from.

Olive and Bean cafe counter
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Olive and Bean

Where: 17-19 Clayton St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5PN
Opening times: 8am-6pm

If you’re looking for one of the best lunch spots in town with some impressive cakes and bakes, then look no further than Olive and Bean.

As we established earlier, everyone needs a lunch break to refuel before an afternoon of work, or even as something to look forward to during the morning slog.

This coffee spot not only has a broad drinks menu from iced tea to hot chocolate, but they have one of the largest sandwich menus we’ve seen yet. Olive and Bean offer baguettes, ciabattas, wraps, toasties, paninis, and sandwiches, among other salad and breakfast options.

The cafe itself is perfect for tucking yourself away in a corner, or finding a quiet spot upstairs to pop your headphones in and watch customers come and go, as it certainly is a popular spot.

If you’re someone who prefers a lively atmosphere, or you just like to people watch as you work (it definitely sparks inspiration), then Olive and Bean will work for you.

If you can, try and grab an upstairs table, as the natural light filters through the windows and creates a great environment to concentrate, or even to have a chat with your colleagues.

Cake Stories Jesmond shop front
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Cake Stories Jesmond

Where: 12 Brentwood Av, West Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 3DH
Opening times: 9am-9pm

This coffee spot is great if you like to work that little bit later, and if you couldn’t tell by the name, if you love cake.

Cake Stories has a small outdoor area if you prefer some fresh air while you work, but what is great about this cafe is the tables that are separated by screens to offer some privacy if you have to jump on an impromptu Zoom meeting!

The large front window lets in plenty of light, and if you are working until dark, the twinkly lights offer a pleasant, homey atmosphere to see you through to the end of the working day.

However, let’s get onto the sweet treats.

This coffee spot is of course known for its selection of teas and coffees, but also offers over 100 varieties of cake squares that are baked in store.

So, if you’re a remote worker looking for a regular spot to work for the day, you will never get tired of the selection offered at Cake Stories.

Willi's Cafe shop front
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Willi’s Cafe Jesmond

Where: 23-25 Clayton Rd, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 1JP
Opening times: 8am-4pm

Just a 10-minute walk from Cake Stories, Willi’s cafe is another work-friendly option just outside of the city centre.

The cafe has a smart shop front with a warm and friendly interior, as well as comfy seating and weekly specials.

With friendly staff and raving reviews, this cafe is a great option if you want to escape the town centre rush but still want to be close to transport links.

Willi’s Cafe has a wide range of lunch options from sandwiches to salads, and of course it can supply you with your favourite coffee all day long.

The coffee spot is a great place to tuck yourself away (there is definitely a theme in this post) and focus without distractions!

aidans kitchen cafe
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Aidan’s Kitchen

Where: 11 Starbeck Av, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 1RH
Opening times: 9am-4pm

This little spot is located in the Heaton area of Newcastle and is an independent, boho style cafe serving brunch and coffee all day long!

If you are looking for somewhere out of the busy city centre, but don’t want to travel too far out of Newcastle, Aidan’s Kitchen is the coffee shop for you.

With wicker lampshades and hanging baskets the decor gives off a relaxed vibe for you to kick back with a cappuccino, before getting stuck into your next project.

If you fancy an after (or mid) work tipple, earlier this year the cafe brought out a selection of cocktails to quench that craving and the offer is 2 for £12 so bring your colleagues along!

If the brunch options aren’t for you, or you decide to work at the cafe until close, fear not, as just down the street are an array of restaurants with cuisines from Italian to Mexican, meaning you can meet up with friends for a bite, after the work day is over.

Supernatural Cafe shop front
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Supernatural Cafe

Where: 27 Grainger St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5JE
Opening times: 9am-6pm

With a view of St John’s Church and just a 5 minute walk from Central Station, the Supernatural Cafe is a great option for coffee, food, or even a 5pm alcoholic refreshment.

This cafe is true to its name as all the food options are vegan or vegetarian, and you can take a perch on a table or sofa to set up your workstation and browse the menu.

Supernatural certainly has a comforting atmosphere with fairy lights, plants, and oak furniture, it’s the perfect place to have a productive day getting through those admin tasks in a chilled environment.

What’s more is that this cafe has a selection of specialty healthy teas to help with immunity or to help you kickstart that detox, or just give you a bit more energy to get through to 5pm.

But fear not, if you are still looking for a regular cup of coffee to go with your brunch or even your burger, this coffee spot can still provide you with a latte, flat white, or cappuccino.

The Best Work-Friendly Coffee Shops in Newcastle

So, there we have it.

A list of the best work-friendly coffee shops in Newcastle, ranging from cakes and coffee, to cocktails and artisan tea.

If you work local to the city or you’re travelling up north to Newcastle for your next business trip, these cafes can offer you a bit of peace, and a great work environment to ensure your days are as productive as possible.

Whether you prefer the idea of a lively atmosphere such as Olive and Bean, or would prefer somewhere secluded like The Canny Goat, there is a coffee shop in Newcastle waiting for you to walk in and get to work!

Coffee shops can provide the perfect place to concentrate, while also offering you the chance to take a break and enjoy refreshments before your next meeting or your long afternoon of tasks.

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