Shopping in Newcastle
Imagine that in the 1980s there were continuous ferries from Norway to
Newcastle. And the main argument for the ferry trip was that we should get the
chance to shop in Newcastle. Since then, Newcastle has added many ales as a
shopping town, and now you can rightly call the city just that.
There are several shopping areas in Newcastle. The biggest is at
Eldon Square Shopping Center. In
fact, you won't find any major shopping complex anywhere else in the UK, and
that doesn't say that much. Here you just have to run into one of the largest
Marks and Spencer found outside of London, or the largest Fenwick department
store in the world.
Here at Eldon Square there is a continuous round of winding up, launching,
renovation and further development, so you just have to come here time after
Northumberland Street is perhaps the most important shopping street
in Newcastle. In any case, this is the most expensive street for the shops to
rent premises, which is often a very good indication of how popular the shopping
street is. Once here in Northumberland Street, take the road to Vine Lane
as well, because here are the best antique shops.
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Grainger Street and the area around Grey's Monument in the Grainger
district are also great places to go for shopping. Gosforth and
Byker are the places to come for you who for some reason live
in the suburbs.
Shopping centers in Newcastle
And in Gateshead you will find Europe's largest shopping center. It's called
the Metro Center and is located southwest of the center of
Newcastle-upon-tyne, along the A1. The Metro Center has a bowling alley and
cinema, so it's a good place to bring the kids.
The stores in Newcastle Gateshead are mostly open all the time. At least it
feels like that to us who don't have a black belt in shopping. Ordinary opening
hours are from 0900 to 1700 or 1730, including Sundays, but in addition there
are long open Thursdays and Fridays.
NB! On Sundays, however, the shops do not open until 1100 (usually). After
all, people have to sleep after Saturday's departures.
Eating in Newcastle
Newcastle is a city where you are going and want to have fun. Here are so
many restaurants, nightclubs and bars that the city is almost counted as the
capital of all the stag parties. Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the city's nightlife
are rated by several, including the Rough Guide, as England's largest tourist
Most nightclubs and bars can be found around Quayside in
downtown and at Bigg Market. But we might as well have
suggested Neville Street, Cllingwood Street or Osborne
Road in Jesmond. Or the area around the main train
station. Or "The Gate" which is a huge indoor complex with bars,
restaurants and clubs. And so on and so forth.
Food at dining places can be found in all facets and from all nationalities.
The china restaurants are located close to Stowell Street. Otherwise you will of
course find Indian, Italian, Vietnamese, French and Spanish, Greek and Mexican
around the city.
What is surprising to many is that there are several good English
restaurants. You can of course stumble into a local fast food kitchen and order
a large portion of fish and ships for a cheap price. But it is not particularly
good. But feel free to try an English quality score. You pay more for dinner,
but in return it is very good.
You can find such a restaurant at the Jesmond Dene House hotel
which is logically located on Jesmond Dene Road.
If you want to eat reasonably priced "home-cooked" or well-known dishes like
hamburgers and the like, then eat your meal at a pub. Firstly, it is a
straightforward way to get to know some of the locals, and secondly, it is often
here that you get good value for money.
Some selected restaurants in Newcastle:
Fisherman's Lodge (International / European)
Great place for seafood, whether it is fish or shellfish in typical European
style. The address is Jesmond Dene
One of the best restaurants in the city without being ruined. In the Denton
Road street is Solomons, a restaurant that surprises time and time again.
Delicious Indian food to suit our palates. The 10-minute walk out of downtown is
worth the trouble when you board Solomons.
Cafe Vivo (Italian)
Italian restaurant located "where it happens", ie in Quayside, more specifically
in the street 29 Broad Chare. Classic Italian with a relaxed
atmosphere. Plus for good wine!