Unfortunately looking for cake at 3:00pm in a city crammed full of hungry sale shoppers is never going to be easy. Every window we peered through, we were met with full tables and empty cake stands.
We were almost ready to give up when we happened to stroll past the new branch of Zapatista, our favourite Burrito Bar, on Grainger Street.
You're probably wondering how a trip for cake resulted in us in a queue full of people ordering Mexican food! Well, as we were walking past we suddenly remembered that Zapatista recently added churros to their impressive list of food, and the promise of something hot and sugary on a cold January afternoon was more than enough to make us head for the door.
I'm not sure everyone would immediately think to head to Zapatista for a sugar fix so I'm here to tell you all about Newcastle's best kept secret sweet treat.
For the fantastic price of £6.00 you can order a portion of Churros with two cups of coffee - bargain! Unfortunately we weren't quick enough to see the sign and being greedy we automatically ordered a portion each which was probably a little bit too much even for expert food monsters like ourselves.
Churros at Zapatista come with a choice of two thick sugary dips - chocolate and lime or sticky toffee. As we had two portions it only seemed right that we picked one of each ... so even though we left a little full at least I can report back on the whole Churros menu.
A hot sugary treat is best served with coffee and we were surprised to see that Zapatista also offer a good range of hot drinks.
Happily clutching our trays of Churros and coffees we headed upstairs for the full Zapatista experience.
Much like the original restaurant, the branch on Grainger Street is splashed with bright coloured murals. Everywhere you look - the ceiling, the walls and even the toilets are decorated with vibrant pictures, making it such a fun place to eat.
The Churros were just what we wanted. Sugary, naughty and very tasty. They were fresh and hot and the dipping sauces were the perfect accompaniment. Although I loved the toffee, my favourite was the chocolate and lime. I'd recommend you give that one a try if you go.
Sometimes it's fun to think outside the box when you're on the lookout for food and I think it's safe to say that Churros at Zapatista are a very welcome addition to the menu and a fantastic alternative to cake.
Note: Zapatista also obviously serve AMAZING savoury Mexican food, so if Churros aren't your thing you can see my previous review of the fajitas here