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Tour of the North: A Jesmond Jaunt

What to do on a day-trip to Jesmond...

By Jenny Brownlees

To walk

Spend a morning exploring the picturesque Jesmond Dene, as nature puts on the show of changing seasons. Walking will not only be beneficial for your general health but spending some time away from screens and into the fresh air can do wonders for your mental wellbeing, too.

To shop

Afterwards, hunt among the many treasures at Fern Ave Antiques, where thousands of antiques and collectables from sixteen sellers are housed under one roof. Prices are reasonable and the staff are helpful and friendly. With stock constantly changing, you’re sure to bag a quirky and unusual find.

Pick up seasonal flowers and pretty plants at The Flower Folk on Brentwood Avenue, where owner Pip’s vision to bring the highest quality flowers to consumers comes to life. The store’s adorable shop assistant pooch Ziggy is reason enough to visit this chic store.

If you’re looking to be eco-conscious in your shopping, pick up refillable, plastic-free lifestyle products at Something Good. It’s easy to shop ethically when the items are this stylish.

If you’re planning to stock up on Christmas gifts, Y&L on Brentwood Ave and Gourmet Gifts on Acorn Road have a wonderful selection of on-trend pressies for every recipient.

Continue browsing at the North East’s only brand of lifestyle store Oliver Bonas, and be sure to check out Jesmond’s Oxfam book shop—our favourite place to pick up near-perfect second-hand books.  

To eat

For a lunch surrounded by calm and cosy Alpine and quirky retro interiors, stop by the homely feeling Arlo. Here you’ll be treated to locally sourced, seasonal and home-cooked food prepared by talented chefs, as well as treats from an in-house bakery for those with a sweet tooth.

If you enjoy delicious street food-esque dishes, Papa Ganoush is offering click and collect orders, or outdoor dining at their Jesmond branch. Expect magical mezze and a cracking coffee.

Café 1901, housed in a stunning church-conversion is equally impressive, be it for a cuppa, cake or lunchtime meal.

For dinner head to Sohe, for a delicious meal infused with the exotic flavours of the Far East, where the stylish, Asian-fusion restaurants à la carte menu offers a taste of Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and beyond. Our favourite pick? The slow-cooked Thai curry.

After your meal, stick to Sohe or head next door to 97 & Social, or onto Jam Jar to round off the evening with cocktails.

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