In terms of food, it really sucks! I think i might find this more so because I'm a vegetarian and Newcastle hasn't really caught up with the notion that not everyone consumes your typical meat laden diet.
It's not all bad though. For the most part I like it.
Newcastle is odd in that the city is not the heart of the city like you would expect.
The city centre reminds me of a small version of the Queen st Mall in Bris ( if you've ever been there?) It's just a hell of a lot quieter. A lot of shops sit vacant as no one really goes into town. I think they are working at trying to revive it but who knows if they will succeed?
I think you might like suburbs like Hamilton or Cooks Hill, maybe even The Junction. Rents are probably a bit higher in these areas but it's probably where you are going to find what you are looking for by the sounds of it.
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