Bacino Bar Balgowlahbacino balgowlah

Small in size, but big in value and taste: great coffe, good service and open early (5:30 AM). Located on on Sydney Road in Balgowlah, Bacino is my favourite spot for early coffee. Limited food selection, however the banana bread is super tasty and I heard the tasty ham and cheese perrigino too, but I haven’t tried it myself. The coffee is just outstanding.

Barefoot Coffee Tradersbarefoot coffee

Specialised in small batch coffee and serving amazing waffles, Barefoot has great baristas and does awesome (if not the best in Manly) coffee. It is coffee made with love in cute little Take-Away cups. Don’t bother about small or large – Barefoot only does one size. Luckily we have two of their cafes in Manly. The “old” and original one on Whistler Street and one on Wentworth Street over on the harbour side.

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Cafe Calm FreshwaterCalm Cafe Freshie

Located right next to Freshie beach, Café Calm is a lovely place to have your weekend brekkie or lunch. Breakfast options range from healthy acai bowls to classics such as smashed avo on toast and eggs benedict; muffins, slices and plenty of gluten­-free snacks are also available. The Haloumi Burger is our favourite from the lunch menu. Local’s tip: Happy Hour is Thurs to Sun 5-6 pm.

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COOH North Curl CurlCOOH in Curl Curl

Fantastic friendly cafe with a great range of healthy and delicious food and good coffee on offer. Cooh is an easy stroll from either North Curly down the hill or Dee Why up and over the hill. It’s worth a visit – as as evidenced by the line-up of people waiting for a table on weekends. The smoothies are fresh and tasty, lots of gluten-free, raw & vegan options foodwise.

Cooh Cafe & Roaster North Curl Curl

Cruise Espresso FreshieCruise Espresso Cafe

Freshwater’s local coffee hang. Best Place to stop for a Sunday morning coffee and tasty breakfast options. This trendy little cafe is where you will find the very good coffee from Marvell Street roasters in Byron Bay and an excellent place for a post surf/swim coffee or tea, especially early in the morning.

Cruise Espresso Freshwater

Fika Swedish KitchenFIKA Swedish Kitchen

This place is more than just “fika” (swedish for “taking a break for coffee & a bite to eat”. Designed in a minimalist and Scandinavian way (even the water cups come in IKEA colors blue and yellow), this lovely café offers yummi breakfast including muesli, buns, salmon or semolina porridge. It is a cosy place, very relaxing atmosphere and friendly service.

Fuel Espresso BrookvaleFuel Espresso

Excellent coffee and mouthwatering breakfast dishes. Fuel Espresso in Brookvale has hot brekkie options (try their signature dish “Shakshuka, poached eggs cooked in home-made tomato sauce) as well as bagels, salads, sandwiches and the best bacon and egg roll we’ve probably ever had! Whatever your coffee peculiarity, Fuel serves everything from decaf to soy milk to flavour shots and “affogato” as well as a range of different teas, healthy fruit smoothies or – if you’re into ice-cream – ‘thickshakes’.

Girdlers Dee WhyGirdlers Dee Why

Great coffee, wholesome food and spectacular view of the ocean. Owned by Rugby league legend Ryan Girdler and his wife Katja, Girdlers is a local favourite. The menu has sweet and savoury crepes on offer, but my personal favourite is Seb’s burger with turkey breast, mushrooms, halloumi and home made pesto-avocado sauce. As they say: Simple Honest Goodness! Make sure you don’t walk away without one of their fair Trade and 100% organic coffee blends.

Plonk Beach Cafeplonk cafe

Relaxed place for Modern Australian food with lovely views of the Spit bridge and marina. A great spot for tasty breakfast or lunch on the deck when you finish the Manly to Spit walk! Breakfast platters are large (make sure you’re hungry when you go here) and cater for special dietary requirements (gluten free bread, soy milk available).

Ruby Lane

Ruby Lane Manly

Whether you choose to come here for breakfast or lunch, Manly’s newest wholefoods destination brings the best of a healthy lifestyle to the table. Ruby Lane has healthy food options, great coffee variations and refreshing smoothies on offer – made of ingredients that are organic, bio-dynamic and locally sourced. It can get busy, but if you are able to grab a seat on the spacious outdoor patio you will enjoy prompt and friendly service. Lots of gluten free and vegetarian options on the menu.

Ruby Lane

Sketch Bar


Cosy cafe serving great coffee and all-day breakfasts. If you are an avo-fan, try their Avo Mess (delicious!) or Corny Avocado, the gluten-free version with chilli-seasoned corn kernels. The breakfast bowls (Acai or Granola) are pretty good too. For good music and great tapas, visit at night when the place turns into a cosy cocktail bar. If you book in early (only happening once a month!), you can enjoy an Indian set menu from bar owner Leo’s mum.