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.
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.
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!
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.
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 ...
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 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.
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.