It’s a good idea to arrive in Maitland with an empty stomach. Join the queue for delectable cakes and pastries, buy a loaf of the region’s best bread, discover a unique breed of coffee shop and dine all day on the best local produce.

Maitland is a mecca for the sweet stuff with a variety of retailers offering up delectable delights. Sink your sweet teeth into delights from Icky Sticky Patisserie in Lorn, Dragonfly Foods at The Levee, The Cunning Culinarian in Central Maitland and Donarch Fine Chocolate in Tenambit.

Whatever your coffee preference might be, Maitland offers a number of decent places to dine in or grab a takeaway coffee. Get on your bike and head over to The Bikesmith & Espresso Bar to get not only a great coffee but to also get your bike serviced at the same time. Stop by Black Label Espresso for a delicious coffee and the good vibes or Seraphine Cafe at Maitland Regional Art Gallery for a coffee, lunch or yummy treat with a side of art.  By the time you have tried all the coffee around Maitland, you won’t be able to feel your face.

No doubt after spending time enjoying the river, shopping, some of the history and drinking too many coffees, you’ll be feeling the need to replenish with a bite to eat. Pubs, restaurants and cafés are scattered throughout the city, from High Street to The Levee, out to Morpeth or East Maitland and everywhere in between.

If you have a dietary requirement which can sometimes make dining out a daunting experience, Organic Feast Wholefood Café in East Maitland is your one stop shop. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, this café caters for paleo, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, wheat free and dairy free, and the best part is that you can even stock up on your fresh produce and wholefoods while you’re there.

Don’t be afraid to try something new, because you’re bound to find a delicious option in Maitland.