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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
On the Northern Beaches, this pie shop has legions of fans, and often lines snaking around the corner. Upper Crust serves up 10's of flavours, making the final decision the hardest. With a wide variety of pies, rolls, tarts and cakes, Upper Crust is the perfect lunch pitstop on your way to the beach.
This Dee Why favourite does simply yet nutritious meals in a coastal chic, beachside café setting. At Girdler's lookout over the beach while you indulge in a long, lazy brunch. A health lover’s haven, Girdler's is known for its acai bowls, and its sweet and savoury buckwheat crepes. The coffee is excellent, and there are a few flavours of kombucha on tap too.
The Beach Shed
Perched on the edge of the esplanade, The Beach Shed expertly combines a relaxed vibe with million dollar views. The café has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating as well as a takeaway coffee counter. In true blue style, the brunch menu is offered all-day and the rockpool is steps away, as is the fully fenced playground, making this a top spot for families in the Northern Beaches.
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 ...
Cooh Organic Cafe
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Cooh Organic Coffee in Curl Curl is a beautifully, chic beachside cafe. Almost everything is made in-house at this earthy eatery, from the baked goodies and raw treats to the rich coffee blends. While soaking up the café’s rustic charm, feast on a menu full of wholesome, organic dishes.
Gusto On The Beach
Tumble out of the waves and right into Gusto on the Beach. Located inside the South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, the space is bright and beachy, with pops of yellow and uninterrupted views of the ocean pool. Swimmers and surfers mingle at the communal table, while couples gravitate towards the intimate seating around the borders. The café’s beans are roasted at the Belaroma Coffee Centre in nearby Manly.
Calling the Mona Vale Surf Club home, Bronze Kiosk is the ultimate beachside cafe. This light and airy eatery, complete with a beautiful dining deck, delivers seasonal, gourmet dishes for both breakfast and lunch. Let the ocean sounds provide the soundtrack to your perfectly plated, modern Australian brunch dish.
If you’re searching for one-of-a-kind designer armchairs, colourful cushions and custom lampshades, Armchair Collective has you covered. The Northern Beaches gem is known for its vibrant homewares and furnishings, and its sunny courtyard café beckons after a successful shopping trip.
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.