Raw Energy is one of the latest cafes to hit the bustling Honeysuckle scene. This family-owned franchise provides healthful and colourful food with a great selection of vegan options.
Their open plan setting and relaxed vibe are a welcome change for office workers and weekend visitors from the chaos of Hunter Street right now. As a family owned and operated café you can feel the love; the space is light and airy, flooded with natural light, the decor fresh and the crockery colourful.
Calling all coffee addicts! Raw Energy uses local roaster, Black Monty, to produce competitive coffees for the well-versed Newcastle crowd. Their barista Carly is no stranger to a soy latte, whipping up a perfect brew for us. There are lots of plant-based milk alternatives on offer if soy isn't your jam. And smoothie and juice options are plentiful for those wanting something a little cooler for hot summer mornings. Looking for something sweet to accompany your coffee? Check out their range of house-made treats made daily which includes delicious and health-concious protein balls.
As though the colourful vegan options available and great coffee aren't enough to entice you, all produce used by Raw Energy is sourced locally. Owners Jenny and Greg frequent the Newcastle City Farmers Markets to pick the best of great seasonal and local produce from the region.
If you’re looking for a local café with a healthy twist this one is it. You'll find plenty of brekkie classics to tempt both sweet and savoury lovers. Smashed avo and heavenly vegan quinoa fritters are filling and loaded with healthy fats. Sweet tooths will love their acai bowl and newly added dragon bowl. Their lunch menu is full of fast and fresh options including vegan burgers and wraps but their menu shines with their nourish bowls. Try a loaded chilli quinoa bowl, made vegan with a spicy tofu side or load up on plants with their spiced chickpea bowl.
Service at Raw cafe is warm and the staff are attentive and experienced. The family-owned atmosphere is maintained by Matt and Alison, the owner's children, who are involved in the daily running of the cafe, as well as Matt's wife Hayley. Look out for a big smiling face from the kitchen where chef Leanne can be found cooking up a storm!
With a wide range of vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and diary free options this little gem of a cafe caters for all.
What's our favourite thing about Raw Cafe? They're pet-friendly! We're so happy to see this trend proliferate across Newcastle, you won’t hear any complaints from us.
Photography and words with thanks to Sid Atkinson