Everybody needs a little change of scenery every now and then. Sometimes just a ‘little’ is enough. A mini break, a tiny getaway: a nano holiday! DFDS Seaways offers a Mini Cruise between Amsterdam and Newcastle. You simply jump on board, eat at the new pop-up restaurant, drink a cocktail or two at the bar and when you wake up the next morning, you’re in Newcastle. Shop ’till you drop, check out all the best coffee bars, jump back on board, pick one of the restaurants for dinner, don’t forget the cocktails, channel your inner Beyoncé on the dancefloor, sleep (or not) and wake up back in Amsterdam. Sounds good right? I tried & tested the cruise and checked all the must visit spots in Newcastle!
Never before have I been on board of a ship the size of this one! Me and my fellow bloggers make some nervous Titanic jokes, when we walk to our cabins. The Seaview Suite is basic, with a small ensuite bathroom, but has everything you need. Time for our first dinner on board at the brand new pop-up restaurant! The theme of the menu changes every month. We enjoy the flavours of Asia! Yumm! After dinner we drink some dangerous cocktails at the bar and head to bed. Thank god the ocean is super calm tonight…
The next morning we arrive in Newcastle! Blogger Rachel, of Life in Geordieland, shows us her hometown and all her favorite spots. This city has 7 bridges and was the home of mister Earl Grey. 40 percent of the buildings in the beautiful city centre are listed by Unesco. As interesting as these facts are, I need to tell you about some amazing spots I found!
In the city centre, around Eldon Square, you find all the famous and fun shops like Kiehl’s, French Connection and amazing, luxury shopping centre Fenwick, with a delicious food court! Just in the middle of a beautiful old buidling, the oldest jewelry shop in the city, you find the golden ‘kissing clock’. Dates like to meet under the clock. Fiet fiiieew!
Visit the oldest cinema in the city: The Tyneside Cinema, with red velvet seats and a cosy cocktail bar. The Grainger Market is an old indoor market. Here you will find the best coffee in town at Pumphrey’s, delicious cupcakes at the photogenic Pet Lamb Patisserie and authentic crêpes at La Petite Creperie. If you would like to weigh yourself after all the food you had here, you can check yourself at the Weigh House. People didn’t have scales at home back in the day, so they would come here and pay 50 cent to weigh themselves. At night, bar Billy Bootleggers is worth a visit. You can find the door, next to the entrance to the market, next to William Hill on Nelson Street.
Another street I love is High Bridge Street. This cobbled street has lots of nice restaurants and coffee bars. One of my favorites is pretty restaurant Pleased To Meet You with tasty G&T’s and a beautiful courtyard. Laneway & Co is perfect for coffee. Kaltur is a brand new tapas bar/ restaurant and Kafe Neon has the best terrace in the city, with all day sun and excellent lunch options.
Pleased To Meet You
The Quayside used to be an area where you shouldn’t be late at night, but oh, things have changed. Nowadays this area is famous for some of the best restaurants in town, like House of Tides. The wife of the owner of the Michelin Star awarded restaurant, opened her own tea shop in this area, where her husband likes to cook every now and then too: Violets. A true hidden gem is The Bridge Tavern. This place has a rooftop bar with leather sofas, right under the bridge! Every sunday, there is a market between the Tyne Bridge and the Millennium Bridge with over 200 stalls including vintage clothes and independent coffee roasters. ‘The perfect place for a sunday hangover’, according to Rachel. Just so you know…
We enjoy our lunch at the original Cook House, that is located in a container, with a small garden in the back. The menu changes every day and is based on fresh ingredients found at the market in the morning. Delicious! Another great lunch option is restaurant The Herb Garden with tasty organic pizzas!
If you have some time left for cultural exploring, go visit the Discovery Museum and the stunning Sage Gateshead Music Hall! Newcastle is perfect to explore by bike. That’s what an Amsterdam girl loves! Check out Tripadvisor for some great biketours.
The trip with DFDS is comfortable: the beds are soft, the staff is friendly & the food is delicious. If you have experienced motion sickness before, bring some medicin for that and book a Commodore Suite for extra comfort.
The Mini Cruise can be booked from € 98 p.p. for three days. Would you like to stay a little longer because of all the tips I gave you? DFDS also offers a 4 day Mini Cruise!
For more details and possibilities check http://www.dfdsseaways.com.