We love uncovering great new Beaches cafes and restaurants, and in this foodie paradise there’s always an exciting new eatery to try. Here are a few that opened recently to check out if you haven’t already, and we’ll keep adding to the list!
Rise and shine this summer with the best acai bowls on the Northern Beaches. ACAI.SYD is the brainchild of Nick Theodorou, a breakfast lover who started selling acai and coconut bowls, soft serves, and smoothies out of his small food truck. Fast forward to today, ACAI.SYD has just opened its first corner store on Marine Parade in Manly.
“Our goal was to bring a fast and efficient method of producing açai bowls to more food markets and special events,” explains Nick. “This journey has led us to our first store opening in the Northern Beaches two weeks ago. When we came across our location in Manly, I knew immediately that it fit our concept to a ‘tee’.”
The menu is simple but satisfying and is gluten-free and vegan friendly.
“Our must-try has to be the classic açai bowl served with gluten-free granola and fresh fruit, finished off with a dollop of smooth Pic’s peanut butter,” Nick says. “We also offer a soft serve coconut bowl for something a bit lighter and refreshing.”
These bowls are the perfect excuse to add countless toppings including peanut butter, Nutella, honey, cocoa nibs, passionfruit, and chia seeds. All are as good for your body as they are for your taste buds.
ACAI.SYD is not only passionate about serving nourishing and energising bowls to the Beaches but is doing so in the most sustainable way possible.
“We feed our food scraps to a friend’s goats and chickens,” Nick explains. “We also practise recycling and encourage customers to take a seat on the Bowers wall or on the rocks with a dine-in bowl that they can return and save the use of plastic. We also encourage keep bowls if people choose.”
With summer fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to go get your acai fix.
“The best thing about opening post lockdown and with summer fast approaching is we can have our chairs and tables outside where customers can enjoy their bowls with the world’s best view,” Nick says.
ACAI.SYD is open from 7:30am, 7 days a week at 5 Marine Parade and you can also find their food truck at the Ramsgate Food Market on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm. Nick is so happy to be a part of the Northern Beaches community and looks forward to bringing his food truck to future community festivals and events.
Address: 5 Marine Parade, Manly
Golly Gosh Cafe and Golly Gosh After Dark Dessert Bar, Mona Vale
Tamara and James opened up Golly Gosh Cafe in Mona Vale in March of this year with a “a strong emphasis on great customer service, incredible meals and amazing coffee. We love to push the boundaries and be creative with the menu from time to time and we hope to see the new name ring true to your experience of our little cafe,” they announced at the time. It wasn’t long before they backed that up with their brekkie and lunch menus drawing crowds and creating queues out the door.
It was their creativity, great sense of humour and going the extra mile with service that also won hearts (and stomachs), with menu items like the ”big breakfast” for example that comes with a complimentary wheelchair service back to your car (and yes, it really is that big). Pups are also welcome and receive a free ”puppycino” with any human coffee, and the kids are well taken care of with unicorn toasties and to-die-for Belgian waffles.
The waffles soon became incredibly popular with kids and adults alike. And then the Snickers, Nutella & Peanut Butter Brownies started running out the door. And then the Freak Shakes were causing a buzz. And before long the desire for Golly Gosh’s sweet treats sparked a new idea – a Golly Gosh After Dark Dessert Bar!
Super Okay, Brookvale
If you’re looking for the ultimate new Beaches cafe, Super Okay is a hidden coffee oasis! Located in a Brookvale warehouse, this super hip cafe is famous for its jaffles, relaxed atmosphere and of course its beans – freshly roasted by Okay Coffee – a collaboration between Aaron and Bo, a roaster and a brewer who have a commitment to ethical supply. The jaffles are anything but ordinary, they’re stacked with gourmet ingredients such as truffled mushroom and grated ricotta or smoked ham and bourbon relish. And if you think this cafe is a bit of alright, you can even buy the Super Okay t-shirt.
Where: 11 Mitchell Road, Brookvale
Bringing you as close to an Italian holiday as possible right now, Marina swung open its doors in April bringing authentic Mediterranean cuisine to the Beaches. Inspired by simple European coastal life, expect the freshest seafood, including octopus, mussels, salmon and oysters, before settling into handmade pasta and a range of delicious mains. We hear the grilled octopus with chilli and tzatziki is the proverbial catch of the day. And if it’s a warm evening it would be hard not to start with a refreshing Aperol Spritz.
Where: 996 Pittwater Road, Collaroy
Three Seagulls, Freshwater
It’s three cheers for this charming new Beaches cafe in Freshwater. Part diner, part gourmet corner store, Three Seagulls swooped in late last year with plans to expand to Mona Vale next month (watch this space). Locals are loving the “Freshie Eggs,” buttery soft scrambled eggs on Berkelo sourdough and they’re lining up down the street for the Single O coffee. We hear the salted-caramel and Snickers slices are a real treat, too. And if you think they couldn’t get any sweeter, they donate 5c from every coffee to the Freshwater Surf Life saving Club.
Where: 87 Harbord Rd, Freshwater
Orchard St Wellness Café Manly
This is Orchard Street’s third Elixir Bar in Sydney and the first to open on the Beaches. The beautiful new space is focused on wellness, ethereal art, crystals and potent plant remedies for whatever ails you! Expect organic juices, plant medicines and high vibe edibles, available to eat in or takeaway, alongside a consciously curated selection of lifestyle products and the opportunity to collect Juice Cleanses in store three times a week. If you’d just prefer a kombucha and a chat with one of the friendly naturopaths behind the bar you can do that too.
Where: Ground Floor Shop, 42 Market Lane Manly
Little L Mona Vale
Little L has spread its feathered wings to Mona Vale. The cult burger joint which hatched in Bondi many moons ago is famous for its juicy chicken burgers (you can choose from eight!), but as they say, Little L is for that little bit of love we all have for good old-fashioned, quality chicken. They do combo meals, kids’ meals and family deals, plus wings, wraps and loaded fries. Serving up at Pittwater Place, this will be the place to grab a takeaway and head to the beach.
Where: Shop 21/10 Park St, Mona Vale
Little Shop of Waffles, Manly
Hong Kong’s famous Bubble Waffles have landed in Manly! This is Sydney’s first bubble waffle café and if you don’t know what they are, you need to make tracks to the Corso now. Made using flour, eggs, evaporated milk and sugar, they are poured into moulds to get their bubbly shape. These waffles have been given an Aussie twist with flavours like Pavlova, (Pavlova gelato with fresh fruit and meringue inside an original waffle), and decadent offerings like the ChocBerry – choc-cookie gelato, fresh strawberries, Oreos and a Kit Kat finger in an original waffle that’s then drizzled in chocolate sauce. Make sure you try the latest flavour, Banana-Carma, with $1 from each purchase going to the Northern Beaches Women Shelter. Waffle they think of next?
Where: 7/7-9 The Corso, Manly
For more local foodie adventures, read about degustation kings Coya Cromer by clicking here, or famed family Vietnamese restaurant Bau Truong by clicking here.