La Banette Patisserie Boulangerie
A slice of downtown Paris in Avalon, La Banette will transport you to Paris with one bite of their chocolate éclair. The teeny-tiny shopfront exudes French provincial charm with its distressed wooden shelves, chic striped awning and smorgasbord of glazed fruit tarts, cronuts, miniature gateaux, chocolate éclairs, homemade pies and fresh bread.
Serving diners as they would their own family, Sky Thai is a firm favourite north of Bilgola Bends. Sky Thai serves authentic Thai cuisine and boasts an extensive menu, bound to please the most discerning palate. This unassuming restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, dine in or takeaway, and offers vegetarian options.
Beach House Avalon
Beach House Avalon is a small seaside café. To avoid the mad dash to score a seat, we recommend getting your food takeaway and having a picnic on the sand. As the day’s winding down, if you’re feeling fancy, go to the upstairs restaurant, which is a little more polished. Settle in and watch the sunset with a glass of bubbles or a cold cider in hand. Bliss.
Sushi ICHIRI Japanese Cuisine
In a little old converted home in the heart of the town centre, Sushi Ichiri brings authentic Japanese cuisine to the shores of Avalon. Fully licensed with BYO, the restaurant takes inspiration from Shonan; a coastal town west of Tokyo renowned for its use of fresh produce.
Northern Beaches family owned and operated, Beco is passionate about two things. Coffee and food. With a location in Mona Vale as well, the Avalon outpost is rustic and homely. Open for breakfast and lunch every day, expect less than some delicious Modern Aussie brunch-style fare.
Nourished Wholefood Cafe
Nourished Wholefood Cafe follows the mantra, less is more. Using locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, each dish is carefully curated to ensure full transparency of what is in the meal. The interiors of this neighbourhood haunt highlight their ethos with an eclectic and natural vibe. With serving Campos beans, caffeine addicts are happy, and the broad health-focused menu provides great options for dietary needs.
The Mill @ Avalon Beach
The folks at Avalon’s The Mill are all about live music, great company and quality fare. The smooth cocktails and wide-ranging wine list make this small, cosy bar the perfect spot to relax. The boutique wine bar won’t leave you wanting on the food front either, serving up fresh seafood by the net full.
Beach House, Avalon
Located in the surf club with uninterrupted views of Avalon Beach, the Beach House stands by their motto 'eat, drink, chill'. Open throughout the day, the Beach House has an upscale beach kiosk vibe and is a favourite amongst the locals. Due to its proximity to the waves, the menu is all about Modern Australian, seafood dishes.
Jonah’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel
It’s pure indulgence at this luxurious boutique hotel. Jonah’s is all that is beautiful about the northern end of the peninsula, deluxe ocean retreat rooms that come complete with a private balcony with stunning ocean views. Less than two hours from the CBD, don’t snack too much on the drive, as you’ll want to enjoy the fine dining restaurant’s fresh, mostly seafood dishes.
The Boathouse Palm Beach
Sitting pretty on Pittwater, The Boathouse is a destination within itself. Open for breakfast and lunch only, this Insta-worthy café doesn’t take reservations, so arrive early to grab a table with water views and delicious brunch fare. This alfresco dining hotspot is packed on weekends, and for good reason; their rustic chic, beach shack vibe comes complete with good food and incredible views.
Dunes Restaurant & Kiosk Palm Beach
Surrounded by beautiful parklands that open out on to Palm Beach, this alfresco-style restaurant and kiosk more than capitalises on its location. Dunes are open for dinner so it is a perfect spot for an evening meal as the sun starts to dip. Dunes has a seasonal, mediterranean inspired menu that draws on the freshest produce, so you know the food is going to be good.
Zeus Street Greek Balgowlah
For an honest feast, Zeus Street Greek serves up all your favourite, classic Greek dishes. Modern and stylish with indoor-outdoor seating, the Balgowlah outpost brings a relaxed vibe to Sydney Road. Popular with the lunch and after-work crowd, the eatery is a popular hangout come the weekend.
Nepalese for ‘our courtyard’, Hamro Aangan is a home-style Nepalese Restaurant. A local go-to for dumplings, their delicious meat or veggie-stuffed momos and menu of Nepalese classics will please even the most discerning of palates. A Nepalese feast isn’t complete without a sweet treat from the dessert menu.
Aggy’s Corner in Balgowlah is that friendly neighbourhood café that every local dreams of having in their suburb. Sitting pretty on the corner of Lodge and West Street in Balgowlah, this insta-worthy venue serves up everything from excellent coffee to Berkelo double-cheese toasties.
Cuisine, cocktails and live music are high on the agenda at this chic, warehouse vibe bar in Manly. Donny's Bar brings a touch of New York to the beaches with its loft-style fit out. Serving up Asian influenced share plates, Donny's have great weekly specials and a daily happy hour between 5pm and 7pm.
Banana Blossom Asian Salads
This popular Asian salad joint serves dishes equal parts healthy and delicious. With stores now on both sides of the bridge, Banana Blossom caters to Sydneysiders’ appetites with a broad menu too. The Manly store is almost like a little greenhouse with glass window shopfront and white interiors with touches of green adorning the space. Salads are served in huge bowls, so your money is well spent.
A Manly favourite, Chica Bonita is a raucous mingling of Mexican fare and Baja California charm. Rustic and vibrant in vibe, this is one of those places where it’s easy to get carried away with the lively atmosphere. The creative menu is a tasty mix of Mexican and Mexi-Cali ingredients from the hands of head chef Alex Wong and the flavoursome dishes regularly have the crowds lining up out the door.
For some seriously good seafood north side of the bridge, head straight to Garfish. Served just the way you want it, grilled, spiced or woodfired, the produce is fresh and dishes are flavoursome. Overlooking Manly Cove, Garfish has a woodfired oven and a cocktail and wine bar, SuGarfish. Another plus, the restaurant is BYO bottled wine only.
Fika Swedish Kitchen
Fika is a ritual that involves taking a break for coffee and a bite while catching up with family and friends. Something that we all happily live by. Moments from the beach, Fika Swedish Kitchen serves up Nordic delights for breakfast and lunch. Pair your meal with a Glow-J juice or a glass of O’Boy (Swedish chocolate milk), and admire the Scandinavian fit-out.
A local favourite from breakfast to dinner, Hemingway’s is a relaxed, old-timey bar offering plenty of snacks and full meals to facilitate any imbibing. This popular waterside hangout takes inspiration from its moniker with book-lined walls and repurposed gin bottles as water jugs. Happy Hour is not one to miss between 5pm and 7pm Monday to Friday.
To satisfy your croissant craving in Manly, go to Infinity Bakery. The croissants are handmade on-site using traditional techniques and top-notch ingredients. They’re also huge, so you’ll be set until lunch. Our pick is the almond croissant, a slightly crispy pastry dressed in almond slivers and icing sugar, which reveals soft, buttery folds when pulled apart. Un, si’l vous plait!
4 Pines Manly
This well-established microbrewery is all about good beer, good food and genuine, down-to-earth hospitality. Since opening its doors in 2008, 4 Pines Brewery has grown from a small microbrewery to a brewpub, restaurant and truckbar. Overlooking Manly Cove, 4 Pines mastered the art of fermenting beer and hospitality under one roof. A local hangout and a destination within itself, the beer is perfectly complemented by the quality pub fare.