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Shae Killey4 years ago

Shop 'til you drop in Newcastle with this guide

Is it about time you converted your wardrobe from summer to winter? With winter wear currently on sale and end-of-financial-year bargains just around the corner, there's no better time to hit up a Newcastle shopping centre. After a long working week you're sure to be stressed. While some may relieve their stress with some meditation, yoga or exercise, we all know the only proper way to burn off all that steam is with a bit of retail therapy. Nothing makes you feel better than bagging that perfect bargain. After all, what use is working hard all week if we don't get to indulge with a few cheeky purchases from our favourite retail outlets?

Okay people, get your credit cards ready for an afternoon of shopping in Newcastle along with a few cafe stops along the way.

Shopping destination #1

Marketown Shopping Centre

Located just off Parry Street in the Newcastle CBD, Marketown Shopping Centre is literally your one-stop shop. Whether you’re looking to get some school books for the kids at Officeworks or you just need to get your monthly haircut from Just Cuts, there’s something for everyone here. What about fashion? There’s over nine different stores selling the latest winter trends, so a shop here will ensure you stay in vogue.
Where: 23 Steel Street Newcastle West NSW

Coffee Guru

Perfectly poured coffee, Coffee Guru - Newcastle
Perfectly poured coffee, Coffee Guru – Newcastle

Located inside Marketown Shopping Centre itself, in front of Woolworths, you can put your bags down for a moment and rest those weary legs at Coffee Guru. Using their own blend of premium Coffee Guru beans, the baristas will pour you a great tasting cup of jo. Hungry? They also have an extensive range of cafe-style menu selections from cakes and slices right through to sandwiches, quiches and salads.
Where: 23 Steel Street Newcastle West NSW

Tufty Hidey Hole Cafe

Unique blackboard design, Tufty Hidey Hole - Newcastle
Unique blackboard design, Tufty Hidey Hole Cafe – Newcastle

Prefer to keep your cafe and shopping experiences separate? Stop in at the Tufty Hidey Hole Cafe for a unique breakfast experience before your shopping spree. Situated just 500 metres from the Markettown Shopping Centre itself, take a seat at this friendly cafe which has a one-of-a-kind blackboard design that the staff like to have a bit of fun with. Apart from delicious creamy coffees, they also specialise in a range of gourmet breakfast options. The team are always coming up with new dishes and different specials, but if you can’t make up your mind, the sourdough toasties or muesli selections are not going to disappoint.
Where: 67 Parry St Newcastle West NSW

Shopping destination #2

Westfield Kotara

When you head to a Westfield shopping centre you know you’re going to get the best of the best in fashion and other retail stores – and Westfield Kotara is no different. With stores like Bardot, General Pants Co., Connor and Country Road – just to name a few – you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the latest mens’ and womens’ fashion releases. Also, with free parking for the first three hours, you can afford to spend money on the more important things like that new pair of designer sunglasses.
Where: Northcott Drive & Park Avenue Kotara NSW

Gather Cafe

Funky interior designs, Gather Cafe - Kotara
Funky interior designs, Gather Cafe – Kotara

All that shopping really makes for some thirsty work, luckily you don’t have to go very far before you’re treated to a great tasting coffee from the baristas at Gather Cafe. Escape from the shopping chaos at this quaint little cafe, with great interior decor, as you browse the versatile menu. There’s all your usual cafe-style light meals available, so sit down and let one of the friendly staff take your order as you reflect on a successful day of shopping.
Where: Northcott Drive & Park Avenue Kotara NSW

Perhaps you’d like to combine some Pilates with your shopping, for the perfect stress relief? Click here for a guide to practising Pilates in Newcastle.

Are you heading out for some shopping in Newcastle this weekend? Let us know where you will be heading and which cafes you’ll be stopping off at.