As a marketing strategist, I am fortunate enough to find myself in a role that means I’m not confined to a particular space or a desk. I like being on the go and the variety in work-spaces certainly suits me! While Rumble Social is based in Newcastle, it’s not uncommon for me to work from my home, at DaSH, a co-working space in Charlestown or at a cafe to meet clients in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Sydney. As I am now reaching the two year mark in my business, I feel like I have found a pretty good selection of cafe’s around Newcastle that welcome me to set up for the day and work from my laptop. In my travels, I have found that not all venues are so inviting when they see you have a laptop in tow. I understand that some businesses see this as taking up a table unnecessarily and it could mean less patronage, while others welcome the fact that I will be ordering numerous coffee’s and a bite to eat. As a business owner myself, it’s important that I respect the businesses decisions of others.
To help other business owners, professionals, digital nomads, freelancers and the like, I have put together this list to avoid any awkwardness when determining where to schedule your next meeting or day out of the office. Here are my favourite places to frequent around Newcastle.
The Esplanade, Warners Bay
Lake views, fresh decor and friendly staff – there’s a lot to love about Q&Co. I have found this venue great for a takeaway coffee, the staff are very friendly and super quick. If I have a meeting at Warners Bay, Q&Co is my go-to as a central location to meet my Lake Macquarie based clients.
Hunter Street, Newcastle
Ground Floor is great place for casual meetings or for killing a couple of hours on your laptop. I love going in Winter and sitting outside to soak up the sun that peeps through the fig trees lining the mall. Inside there is a lot comfy chairs to settle into and cosy corners to hide in. This is one of the most popular cafes in the mall so avoid at lunchtime as it can get very busy and can mean it’s not the most productive place to meet with others. The free Wifi is plus too!
Bolton Street, Newcastle
Kenn, The owner of Xtraction, is the ideal cafe owner. He has a genuine interest in his customers and is constantly trying to make their lives better by making small changes to the experience at Xtraction. Whether it’s an app so regulars can order ahead or free Wifi – this place has the customer at the heart of it and being in the CBD, welcomes busy professionals with open arms.
I have only been a handful of times but each time the staff have been so friendly and I just can’t get past quaint white picket fence barricading the outdoor seating from the road! I find that Honeysuckle has a lack of great coffee spots but this is certainly the exception. The only thing that’s missing is the water views but that just means there are less distractions so my productivity is at it’s peak.
Joslin Street, Kotara
Nestled in the heart of Kotara, you will find a small shopping village that will lead you to believe you have ended up in a small country town. Don’t be fooled, you are actually less than 500m from one of the largest shopping precincts in Newcastle. The Letter Q have your coffee needs covered without the hassle of finding a park in Westfield, with the added charm of a Novocastrian owned and operated business. Owners Kendall and Deb are a mother daughter team producing hundred of baked goods from the site every week. I have had a number of meetings here and while it is quite small and can get to capacity quickly, it’s great for a casual, quick coffee with a client.
The Esplanade, Warners Bay
For the best coffee in Lake Macquarie, go and see Jinny, Jenna and the team at LWB. This funky little place offers great food, awesome service and better yet – free Wifi with views of the lake! You can usually get a park right out the front except for lunchtime but with no parking metres, finding a park in the car park out the back shouldn’t be a problem at any time of the day.
Darby Street, Newcastle
Another one of my go-to’s is the Depot on Darby. I find the Depot to be a great spot if you’re meeting someone for the first time because the staff are friendly, attentive and give you the space you need. The lunch and breakfast menu with suit even the fussiest of eaters and there’s free Wifi if you choose to use it. For an afternoon sugar attack the freak shakes and smoothies come in very handy!
I’d love to hear where you have found to be a great spot to work in Newcastle. If you have somewhere to add to the list, leave a comment below.