Café Crawls | Living North

Café Crawls


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Whether you've got months of gossip to catch up on with someone or just fancy a spot of weekend café hopping between the shops, we've taken the hassle out of where to go

If you're in: Jesmond
Start with a bite to eat at the ever-popular Arlo (Brentwood Avenue) where there's every variety of egg possible. Once you've filled an empty stomach, cross the bridge to the next pit stop at Café 1901 (St George's Terrace), a former church, and recline in the quirky antique cinema seats. When it's time to move on, walk up the road to the Ouseburn Coffee Co. (St George's Terrace) for an espresso from the coffee masters to end.

If you're in: Durham
Kick things off with a spot of afternoon tea with homemade treats at Tealicious Tea Room (Elvet Bridge). When you're craving your next pot, cross the river to the hidden-away Vennels Café (Saddlers Yard) with exposed beams and put the world to rights over some English Breakfast tea. Afterwards, you might fancy a walk along the river and back, where you could stop off at Leonard's Coffee House (Fowler's Yard) for the final cup on the open patio.

If you're in: Alnwick
Grannies (Narrowgate) has been a popular joint since 1984, so why not start here in the quaint basement for your first drink. Move along the road and you'll find the second stop on the crawl, Bari Tea Brewery (Narrowgate), where you'll be spoilt for choice for teas. Then potter over to the Market Place and take pit stop number three in the square at Melvyn's Café for your final cup and sweet treat.

If you're in: Hexham
Start with a cooked breakfast made using locally sourced ingredients at Zest Café (Hallstile Bank) before heading in the direction of the Abbey, where you could stop for a tea or coffee at The Small World Café (Market Place). Afterwards make your way down to The Garden Coffee House (Hallgate) where you can sit in the secluded outdoor area for the final stop.

If you're in: Darlington 
Start your café crawl with a mug selfie in the colourful Mangobean (Feethams), where the cups are printed with lips and moustaches. Head over to Coopers Tea Rooms and Coffee Shop (Post House Wynd) for a tasty scone and then walk in the direction of Stanhope Park and finish at Maggie's Place (Duke Street) for a sweet treat – if you're able to pick from the broad selection.


Published in: January 2017

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