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.
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.
Momo Bar. Dumplings & Poké Bowl
The newly opened Momo Bar in Dee Why dishes up so much more than its name suggests. Fast becoming a local favourite in Manly, foodies are flocking from all corners of the city to sample their famous Nepalese momos (Nepalese dumplings). The mushroom momos are mouthwateringly addictive, but their newly opened outpost branches out from the traditional Nepalese fare and offers Hawaiin Poke Bowls as well. Opening at 6:30 in the morning, early risers can get their brekkie fix in ...
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.
Chargrill Charlie's Frenchs Forest
Upping the game of the local chicken shop, Chargrill Charlies pairs gourmet salads with succulent barbeque and Portuguese style chicken. Although they’re a takeaway chain that has swept across Sydney, Chargrill Charlies hasn’t lost the local feel that the fabled neighbourhood chicken stores are known for. The Frenchs Forest outpost draws a crowd most nights of the week, for their clean-cooking style takeaway dinners.
This new outpost of the famed Berkelo bakery serves up mouth-watering loaves and pastries to the bread-lovers on the Northern Beaches. Their goods are wholesome and honest – with no refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, bleached or commercial flours. Don't leave without trying one of their custard tarts, they're irresistible!
The geniuses at Rollers in Manly do not mess around when it comes to experimenting with flavours for their deliciously flaky croissants. Some will make you raise an eyebrow, such as their sushi croissant (think charcoal dough, smoked salmon and nori) but the combo works surprisingly well and will leave you wishing you wore your stretchy pants so you could try them all. The space is small with communal tables, a cute courtyard and succulents aplenty. Oh, and its also ...
Albert & Moore
On any given day, fit foodies spill out onto the footpath of this bright and airy Freshwater café. The menu at Albert & Moore is nutritious and artfully presented, with many paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. If you’re fuelling up post-workout or on a health kick, Albert & Moore is the place to be.
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.
Down at Manly Beach, Girdlers is made for long, lazy brunches. With rustic and natural interiors, It’s also a health lover’s haven that’s known for its acai bowls, and its sweet and savoury buckwheat crepes. The coffee’s excellent, and there are a few flavours of kombucha on tap.
For feel-good food, make your way to Dolce Terra in Manly. A bustling neighbourhood haunt, the café is best known for its nutrient-dense smoothies and salads, which are packed with superfoods, ancient grains, seeds, nuts and veggies. They’re ready for pick-up at 8am – just in time for the commute – and you can mix and match up to three different types for a filling lunch that won’t break the bank.
The Boathouse fits perfectly into its idyllic surrounds on Shelly Beach. The cafe boasts rustic chic interiors and provides indoor and outdoor dining. They're open for breakfast and lunch, but they don't take reservations so get in quick to score a waterside table. On weekends expect the queue at the takeaway kiosk to never end.
Bare Naked Bowls
If it comes in a bowl, chances are they serve it at Bare Naked Bowls. From a small shop front in a Manly alleyway near the library, they serve they're renowned breakfast offerings (we’re talking acai bowls and smoothie bowls). And although brekkie is their specialty, Bare Naked Bowls' lunch doesn’t disappoint either with a couple of Buddha Bowl options.
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.
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.
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.
For delicious Campos coffee Newport's Zubi Espresso is the place to go. A Northern Beaches' institution, with an outpost at Narrabeen too, Zubi is a fave with caffeine fiends for their consistently good brews. The menu is made up of healthy, modern Australian fare. Be sure that once you have sat down for brekky, pick up a sweet treat for later.
Oceans Narrabeen Cafe, Bar & Restaurant
Oceans Narrabeen is an industrial chic café across the road from North Narrabeen Beach. This beautiful, laidback dining spot serves up cafe classic– from their sensational coffees to their famous burgers. Everything on the menu is tasty and made fresh daily.
The Grumpy Cup
The epitome of coffee on the go, The Grumpy Cup is a small shopfront on Pittwater Road serving coffee, baked treats and light snacks. This hole in the wall cafe is popular with busy locals on the morning commute during the week, and come the weekend it is the perfect spot to pick up a coffee before walking the lake track.
Coffee Brothers Mona Vale
A family-run business, Coffee Brothers serves up quality house-roasted coffee and modern Australian cafe fare. Set in the heart of Mona Vale, this eatery reflects its beachside setting with wooden furniture and rustic serveware. This laid-back cafe is the go-to for locals on the morning commute mid-week and for long, lazy brunches come the weekend.
The Flying Fox Cafe
Flying Fox Cafe is a spacious, open-air eatery with Pittwater views. When you have the kids in tow, treat them (and yourself!) to lunch at The Flying Fox. With toys, activities, undercover seating, a ‘Cubs Club’ menu, and a fenced-in playground, it’s one of the most family-friendly cafes in the Northern Beaches.