My only real memories of Ouseburn before leaving Newcastle were of school trips and visits with Granny to the city farm beneath Byker bridge.
A lot has changed since those days and Ouseburn is now a little community of indie cafes and pubs, creative workshops and art and design studios.
Below is a collection of my best recommendations from my recent attempts at re-familiarising myself with the area.
A cafe/bar serving up food, drink, music and art run by artists, makers and designers.
I've only ever been at brunch but their hash bowls (above) are reason alone to pay them a visit.
Just down the road they have a sister venue Cobalt studios, a hub to showcase culture by developing space to host artists and audiences through a variety of events including storytelling, theatre, film, live music and DJ nights.
1, Boyd Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle, NE2 1AP
Only 4 months old, The Garage is relatively new to the Ouseburn cafe scene.
Housed in an old mechanics garage, it's industrial setting provides all of your breakfast, brunch, lunch and coffee needs with an ever evolving seasonal menu.
Stoddart Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
A homely, cosy kitchen in a shipping container, brought to you by The Grazer, Anna Hedworth.
Breakfast, lunch, coffee, and occasional supper clubs and pop up collaborations from time to time.
I loved this place, it was freezing the day I swung by for lunch with my brother. We bagged a seat by the wood burner and watched our food being prepared from the open kitchen.
The menu is small and seasonal, theres a herb garden out back and everything is made in house with ingredients sourced from local suppliers.
It's casual, informal, home cooking at its best where every morsel is prepared with love and passion.
No bookings, BYO booze, Mon - Sat 9.30 am - 3.30 pm
20 Ouse Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle, NE1 2PF
A floral design studio specialising in wild arrangements and floral installations.
Whether you are on the look out for wedding inspo, business flowers (as spotted at neighbouring Cook House!) a potted plant for your desk, a candle for your home or an opportunity to get green fingered on a styling workshop, Wildflower is worth a nosey.
Open Saturdays 12-4 pm or by appointment
3 Arch, Stepney Bank, Ouseburn, Newcastle, NE1 2NP
A kitchen and bar serving up fresh food with Mediterranean influences, coffees and a wide range of spirits and soft drinks.
To the side of the bar there is a big glass wall which allows a peek inside 1265 Degrees North, adjoining sister business in the form of a pottery and ceramics workshop supplying tableware to fine dining restaurants all over the country.
I personally love a good bit of story telling and there is a lovely tale about how this business came to be over on the 1265 Degrees North website highlighting the absolute passion and dedication of the team. click here, it's pretty lengthy so you might want to put the kettle on!
Speaking of which, if you like the mug you drink from in the cafe, you can buy an identical one to bring home with you.
Unit 4, Hume Street, Newcastle, NE6 1LN
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One of the city's oldest boozers, unchanged in years and loved affectionately for that very reason.
Just the right side of shabby and totally charming, with a nod to the history of the city's brewing heritage, Newcastle Brown Ale star logos adorn the odd retro table top and black and white prints of iconic local landmarks hang on the aged concrete walls.
A great selection of beers and ales, including limited collaborations and pop up indie street food vendors that occasionally pitch up just outside the doors.
The windows and beer garden offer cracking views down the river Tyne towards the Quayside and the famous bridges.
A firm fave amongst regulars and visitors alike.
St Lawrence Road, Newcastle, NE6 1AP
Have you visited any of these places? Got any insider tips on fave dishes or drinks that you would like to share? Please leave a comment in the section below.